Introducing a new family cycling concept, the Le Col Velusso Cycling Academy. The trips will give young riders under the age of 16 a chance to gain insight into the life of a professional rider, and to teach them the skills needed to progress their cycling talents, both on and off the bike.

Aimed at being a trip for the family to enjoy, the Cycling Academy offers activities for both parents and children, on a three to five-day experience that includes guided training rides by current and ex-professional riders, as well as a range of informal afternoon lectures on various aspects of the sport, including training, nutrition, tactics, fitness and more. 


The brainchild of former GB-cyclist and founder of Le Col, Yanto Barker, the Academy is set to launch in the spring of 2018, with the first five-day trip taking place in Mallorca, an island frequented by amateurs and professionals for its ideal training conditions year-round and accessibility.

“The Cycling Academy was born from a passion to give young riders the tools they need to make the most out of their time on a bike and to help them progress and get a taste for training and racing, that they may not have already experienced,” Yanto explained. “At the same time, we saw that there wasn’t a cycling experience out there that fully encompassed the family. As a new father myself, I see the attraction of being able to combine your hobby with your family, as well as getting away at the same time.”


Young riders of any ability are welcome on the Cycling Academy. With a mixture of closed and quiet roads, 2h30-3h00 morning rides and 2h00 theory based afternoon lectures, the Academy is well suited to any ambitious young athlete. Speaking of the concept, Yanto explains; “I have worked hard to distil down some of my 20 years and 25,000+ hours of riding and/or racing, as well as analysing data in professional cycling, to be able to share the most relevant information to young riders early in their cycling careers. There will also be plenty of interesting information for any cycling parent, as well as pointers on how to support a keen young cyclist.”


Travel operator Velusso brings its experience of organising and hosting groups of riders in cycling hotspots such as Mallorca, to deliver a comprehensive experience where every element of the trip is covered. Renowned for using excellent accommodation in great locations, to benefit from riding some of the best local roads, together with a keen eye for detail in nutrition, routes and support staff, Velusso forms the perfect partner for Le Col to deliver an experience for the family to remember.


The Cycling Academy will officially launch in Europe in 2018, however guests are invited to join a unique three-day Academy experience in Cheltenham, UK, between the 23rd to 25th October. From just £395 per child and £475 per joining parent, guests will experience a unique itinerary of fantastic cycling routes, professional coaching and great accommodation.

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