We’re just back from a couple of weeks at Club la Santa in Lanzarote. For those not familiar with it, Club La Santa is one of the premier sport resorts in Europe. Its location in Lanzarote makes it the ideal place for a spring training camp as the weather’s usually pretty good, and the temperature’s usually in the mid-teens to low twenty’s. We’ve been here many times before and always came away having thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
The weather was a bit windy for the first week of the camp, with the occasional rain shower. The wind made riding in a group a bit tricky, especially when riding alongside lighter riders who are more affected by the wind. However, only one ride was cancelled due to the weather and was replaced by a Q & A session with Joe and Dan.
The second week was self-coached, consisting mainly of some longer bike rides and a couple of runs. I managed to have a puncture on the second-last day, but couldn’t find the cause of the hole (neither could the guys in the Club la Santa bike shop who replaced the tube for me). The next day, the last day on my camp, I had another puncture on the same wheel about an hour into the ride. I changed the tube, again looking for signed of the cause, and just took it gently returning to Club la Santa – since I was flying home the next day, I didn’t worry too much about the cause – on returning home, I found the plastic rim tape had twisted and that seemed to be the cause – I’ve since replaced the nylon rim tape with Velox tape and have refitted the tube and tyre. So far, I haven’t had a chance to ride on it due to Aberdeen’s winter weather.