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My article published last year in Fitzrovia News about winter cycling training on the Costa Blanca.

Fitzrovia News

By William Rider

Spain’s Costa Blanca has long been a staple of many professional riders’ winter training experience. Good roads and dry weather when the rest of Europe is wet and under snow attracts not only professional and elite riders, but increasingly L’Etape du Tour competitors, road racers, time trial riders, triathletes, as well as tourist and Audax riders.

I’ve been going to a training camp at Albir in Alicante province for ten years and this year I took part in a fortnight of cycling as a volunteer ride leader. I got the chance to get to know a variety of people and ask them why they choose to train in Spain.

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Travelling to the Costa Blanca independently

This is the first time I’ve travelled to Spain’s Costa Blanca with my bicycle on a trip I’d booked independently using a combination of EasyJet, TravelRepublic and the regular service buses and taxis to and from the airports. While it’s cheaper than the package options it’s not without its drawbacks.

From my home in London I hailed a black cab to take myself with a rucksack and my bicycle in its flight case to the coach stop near the Allsop Arms at Gloucester Place. From here I caught GreenLine‘s 757 to Luton Airport where I checked in. I’d pre-booked the EasyJet flight and pre-paid for the one piece of hold baggage and also the bicycle. The flight took off and landed on time.

On arrival at Alicante’s El Altet airport I had to look for the Alsa service bus that would take me to Benidorm. I’d been told by my journalist friend in Polop that the Benidorm bus takes bicycles. The bus runs every two hours and takes less than an hour to get to Benidorm. From there I would have to get another taxi. This is where my trip took a bit of a detour, so to speak… Read more…