In 2018, we began our collaboration with the Homestretch Foundation, set up by former pro racer Kathryn Bertine (Teams – Cylance, Wiggle Honda, BMW HappyToothDental, Colavita). We will run a series of training camps / holidays called ‘Above & Beyond’, involving Kathryn in a few different ways, for the benefit of her current work in addressing gender inequality in professional sport.
Kathryn is a formidable force in women’s cycling, and as a racer she accrued many top 20 UCI finishes, three Caribbean Championships and six national championships. Both during and after her pro career, Kathryn continues to be a tireless activist for women’s cycling. She is the author of four books, two of which highlight her path in cycling: As Good As Gold and The Road Less Taken. She is also the director of the first film ever produced on women’s pro cycling: Half the Road. Expect screenings of the film, copies of the books, as well as some fundraising fun at our Above & Beyond events this autumn.
When Kathryn retired in 2017, she founded the Homestretch Foundation, which combats the gender pay gap in professional sports, and enables underpaid women to continue their pro cycling careers. In its first year, Homestretch Foundation assisted 30 athletes, across 5 different sports. Homestretch is a non-profit after our own heart, providing room and board for professional & elite cyclists in Tucson, Arizona (USA).
If you’d like to support Homestretch financially and ride with Kathryn, whilst benefitting from the experience and insight of three pro coaches, in beautiful Girona, sign up for one of the Above & Beyond camps here.
For those interested in ultra-endurance, we run our own series of ‘Above & Beyond’ training camps, at our HQ, La Bruguera de Púbol. The camps are run by three coaches brought together by our 500km ‘Wolf Pack’ charity ride in 2017, including our own Mike Duff, along with Dave Smith and Jilly Coppack. Read more about the coaching team here.
These are aimed at cyclists who are hoping to improve their chances of success in ‘ultra’ endurance events, or as we prefer to call them, ‘doing something fun but for a very very long time’. Sessions at these camps cover training, nutrition, equipment choices, bike skills, emergency repairs and include some very interesting (to say the least) navigation and night-riding activities. Although we will be riding for several hours each day, our camps are not designed to form part of your ultra training – rather we will use the time to arm you with knowledge and skills to help your future challenges, though of course we’ll also have plenty of ride time. We even cover the strategic use of zip-ties and duct tape to survive almost any mechanical or medical calamity!
Hosting & Facilitation Services
For tour operators or self-guided clubs and groups, we’ve got all the skills and staff to provide top-class bike-friendly accommodation at La Bruguera de Púbol, catering, and coaching, and we have all the friends in the Girona cycling scene to get you or your riders hooked up with recommendations for bike rentals, physio, massage, mechanics, or additional fun activities like SUP, yoga, pilates, wine-tasting, museum visits, sportives and even sky-diving. Whether you are the Training Camps director for a major CC, a Tour Operator, or just the one in your group of friends who got stuck planning the annual cycling holiday, get in touch and we will help you get your custom cycling holiday in Girona just right, with the help of our various skilled partners in and around Girona.