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Cycling

Take a break from the everyday and hit the trails (or the roads) in the warmth and sunshine of our beachclubs in Spain, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Sardinia. 

New for 2019 we are excited to announce we have teamed up with Chris Boardman MBE and Boardman Bikes. Road cyclists, mountain bikers and those that enjoy a bit of both can all get into the saddle of a Boardman bike at one of our five premium biking beachclubs - Mar Menor in Spain, Baia dei Mori in Sardinia, and Buca, Messini or Retreat in Greece.

Cycling at a glance...
  • New for 2019 - Boardman bikes at our top five cycling destinations
  • Inclusive mountain biking in all beachclubs
  • Inclusive road cycling in eight beachclubs
  • Ride in Spain, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Sardinia
  • Inclusive expert bike guiding
  • Four levels of ride for all abilities
  • Option to pre-book a premium bike
  • If you have your own pedals and shoes, bring them with you so they're guaranteed to fit

At all eleven of our beachclubs, you'll be able to head out on a top-quality bike to discover winding hillside roads, shady olive groves and rocky pine forests. There is a wide variety of rides for different skill and fitness levels, whether it's a gentle ride to the best coffee shop around or testing climbs, there's something for you.
 

The best bit is that, if needed, all rides are fully guided. Just turn up and ride. There's no need to worry about where to go next, just focus on the riding, soaking up the scenery as you pass through.

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Mountain biking

Mountain biking with expert guiding is an inclusive activity in all of our beachclubs. You can’t fail to notice the endless possibilities for riding in the surrounding countryside, the potential is huge with endless rolling trails and exciting descents.  There are usually at least two guided rides per day, it’s a great way to explore, so what are you waiting for? Get out there and ride.


At our top five cycling destinations of Mar Menor in Spain, Baia dei Mori in Sardinia and Messini, Buca and Retreat in Greece we have a brand new fleet of mountain bikes from Boardman Bikes. On the racks, you'll find the MHT 8.8, which is perfectly suited to the terrain around our beachclubs. In Mar Menor Beachclub we also have adventure and hybrid bikes as part of the standard fleet.


Our TREK mountain bikes are available in six beachclubs (Airone, Alana, Vounaki, Portomyrina Palace, Aeolian Village and Cosmos). The bikes have been specially selected for the terrain we love to ride. With a wide range of gears, comfortable front suspension and a range of frame sizes from 15.5” to 21”, we’ll ensure you’re well equipped for the trails and our experts keep each bike running smoothly. 

If you've got cycling shoes with cleats and are planning on bringing them with you, we also advise you to bring your own pedals. That way, they're guaranteed to fit.

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Road cycling

It’s not all about mountain biking, with warm weather, specially selected routes and some great hills, eight of our beachclubs are heaven for roadies. At these beachclubs road cycling with expert guiding is an inclusive activity.

Our top five beachclubs for road cycling will all have a brand new fleet of Boardman Bikes for 2019. The standard road bike in these beachclubs will have a lightweight carbon frame as opposed to aluminium - a first for us, which we're sure you'll enjoy! If you want to put the Boardman SLR 8.9 through its paces head to Mar Menor Beachclub in Spain, Baia dei Mori Beachclub in Sardinia and MessiniBuca or Retreat Beachclubs in Greece.

You can also hit the road at Vounaki or Cosmos in Greece and Airone Beachclub in Italy on our fleet of TREK road bikes. Available in a range of sizes from 47cm to 60cm, with lightweight frames, reliable components and all the gears you need to take on the road.

If you've got cycling shoes with cleats and are planning on bringing them with you, we also advise you to bring your own pedals. That way, they're guaranteed to fit.

Premium bikes

If you plan on spending most of your time riding, you might just want to check out our premium bikes. These are available to reserve for your exclusive use, with a custom set up by our team of mechanics, all for just £95 per person per week. If you've got cycling shoes with cleats and are planning on bringing them with you, we also advise you to bring your own pedals. That way, they're guaranteed to fit. 

Mar Menor Beachclub, Spain
Boardman SLR 9.2 carbon full Ultegra road bikes (XS, S, M, L, XL)
Baia dei Mori Beachclub, Sardinia
• Boardman SLR 9.2 carbon full Ultegra road bikes (XS, S, M, L, XL).
• Trek Fuel EX8 full suspension trail bikes (17.5", 19.5")
Buca and Messini Beachclubs, Greece
• Boardman SLR 9.2 carbon full Ultegra road bikes (XS, S, M, L, XL)
Retreat Beachclub, Greece
• Boardman SLR 9.2 carbon full Ultegra road bikes (XS, S, M, L, XL)
Airone Beachclub, Italy
• Trek Emonda SL4 carbon road bikes (50cm, 52cm, 54cm, 56cm, 58cm, 60cm)

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Our bike team

Our bike team have done most of the hard work for you and have mapped out a great variety of rides. They’ll take the time to make sure you’re happy and comfortable on the bikes, with guidance on all parts of the ride if you need it.


No doubt, you’ll want to get out riding straight away, so sign up for your first ride with the bike team on the first morning of your holiday. After you have completed your first ride, more can be booked with the bike team.

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Free riding and Strava

Doing your own thing on the bikes has never been easier, safer and more accessible. Bikes are available to use at any point during the day, and one of our team will always be on hand at the cycling centre to give you advice and assistance with routes and bike mechanics.

Our use of the popular cycling and running smartphone app 'Strava' has made free riding easier than ever, all routes are now available through destination specific Strava pages. We provide secure phone mounts to ensure the safety of your phone, giving you the flexibility to discover your holiday destination at your own pace and at a time that suits you. 


If you need advice on how to use the tech, speak to one of the bike team at your beachclub.

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Green rides

Available in all beachclubs, our mountain bike 'green' rides are leisurely and achievable for everybody (much like green slopes in ski resorts).  Ride to nearby beaches, villages and tavernas. Distances can vary from between 5-20km with gradual ascents and descents, they’ll get the blood pumping (but just a little bit).

 

On the road bikes, 'green' rides of between 5-25km are just enough to stretch the legs or as a taster intro session for newbies. If it’s your first time on a road bike, get some top road riding tips from the bike team or join an introduction session. You’ll find ‘green’ rides in all of our beachclubs where we include road cycling (Mar Menor in Spain, Retreat, Vounaki, Cosmos, Messini and Buca in Greece;  Airone in Italy and Baia dei Mori in Sardinia).

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Blue rides

A small step up from the green level rides, the blue mountain bike rides take you slightly further afield and may include some slightly harder terrain to get the blood pumping (but only a little bit)!  Blue rides vary from 10-25km and will take you inland to villages or along the coast taking in spectacular views along the way.

Blue level road cycling is our step up from the introductory session. Whether you want to test yourself ever so slightly or go for a short blast when you find some time in your activity schedule, blue routes are the ones for you. They vary from 20-35km and are available at Mar Menor in Spain, Retreat, Vounaki, Cosmos, Messini and Buca Beachclubs in Greece; Airone Beachclub in Italy and Baia dei Mori Beachclub in Sardinia.

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Red rides

If slightly more adventurous and technical mountain biking is for you, then speak to one of our bike team in resort about red level rides. You’ll be venturing far and wide rather than to local coffee shops. A fantastic way to explore more of your holiday destination with some technical ascents and descents thrown in for good measure. Red rides are available in all beachclubs.

 

If you're a confident road cyclist and are ready for a more technical and challenging ride, then our red level road rides are for you. Expect mountainous climbing and switch back descents as you get some serious miles under your belt and work up a sweat in the incredible countryside of Spain, Greece, Italy and Sardinia. Red routes on the road bikes are available in Mar Menor Beachclub in Spain, Retreat, Vounaki, Cosmos, Messini and Buca Beachclubs in Greece, Airone Beachclub in Italy and Baia dei Mori Beachclub in Sardinia. 

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Black rides

Mountain bikers think longer, steeper, more challenging and more technical – you get the picture! Black rides will really make the most of the rolling terrain around all of our beachclubs and are guaranteed to make you work hard! Black rides will test your ability and endurance, speak to one of the bike team before heading out on these rides.

 

Road riders will eat up the miles and take in some tough mountain climbs on our black level rides. A combination of tough climbing, technical descents and time trial style roads make black rides a real mixed bag and a challenge not to be taken lightly. Speak to our bike team at Mar Menor Beachclub in Spain, Retreat, Vounaki, Cosmos, Messini and Buca Beachclub in Greece, Airone Beachclub in Italy and Baia dei Mori Beachclub in Sardinia for recommendations and tips.

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Family cycling

Bring your family cycling to discover some of the routes that criss-cross the hillsides around our beachclubs in Spain, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Sardinia. Should our bikes fit safely, there's a great selection of routes available for children to ride when accompanied by an adult. Children aged 14 and above are also able to join guided bike rides or go free riding if they can ride a bike safely, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. 

At Mar Memor in Spain, Airone in Italy, Baia dei Mori in Sardinia and Messini Beachclub in Greece there's also a number of Frog bikes, lightweight and designed especially for children, young cyclists love them and they are perfect for learning to ride with the help of our bike team. Frog bikes are available to use around the beachclub grounds but cannot be taken outside of the beachclub. Don't hesitate to speak to your bike team, they are on hand to offer tips, advice and safety instructions for you and your family.

Best beachclubs for riding

We offer mountain biking at all of our beachclubs, but if it's a real passion for you, check out the following beachclubs: Mar Menor in Spain, Retreat, Cosmos, Vounaki, Messini, Buca Portomyrina Palace and Aeolian Village in Greece and Baia dei Mori in Sardinia.

Our road bikes can be found at Mar Menor, Retreat, Cosmos, Vounaki, Messini, Buca, Airone and Baia dei Mori Beachclubs, but if you're looking for the best road riding on offer we recommend Mar Menor Beachclub in Spain, Retreat, Messini and Buca Beachclubs in Greece and Baia dei Mori Beachclub in Sardinia.

Best beachclubs for riding

We offer mountain biking at all of our beachclubs, but if it's a real passion for you, check out the following beachclubs: Mar Menor in Spain, Retreat, Cosmos, Vounaki, Messini, Buca Portomyrina Palace and Aeolian Village in Greece and Baia dei Mori in Sardinia.

Our road bikes can be found at Mar Menor, Retreat, Cosmos, Vounaki, Messini, Buca, Airone and Baia dei Mori Beachclubs, but if you're looking for the best road riding on offer we recommend Mar Menor Beachclub in Spain, Retreat, Messini and Buca Beachclubs in Greece and Baia dei Mori Beachclub in Sardinia.

Where we cycle...

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Artist's impression of pool area and hotel exterior

Mar Menor Beachclub

Los Urrutias , Spain

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Aerial view of Retreat Beachlcub

Retreat Beachclub

Sivota , Greece

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Early mornings on the beach

Messini Beachclub

Analipsi , Greece

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the hotel and pool area

Buca Beachclub (adult only)

Analipsi , Greece

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the beach

Baia dei Mori Beachclub

Budoni , Sardinia

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The beach at Vounaki Beachclub

Vounaki Beachclub

Paleros , Greece

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swimming pool with double loungers

Aeolian Village Beachclub

Lesvos , Greece

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Early morning at the swimming pool

Cosmos Beachclub

Vassiliki , Greece

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Airone Beachclub

Airone Beachclub

Sibari , Italy

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50m pool and sailing area

Alana Beachclub

Paklenica , Croatia

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Space to relax around the 50m (approx.) swimming pool

Portomyrina Palace Beachclub

Lemnos , Greece

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