WholeHealth Getaway FAQs

Interested in the WholeHealth Getaways, but not sure what to expect? Here are some frequently asked questions about the Getaways that might help you to decide whether to join us in the beautiful Pyrenees this June…

Q. Which week would suit me best?

A. We have divided the Getaway into two weeks so that our guests can get the best out of it according to their ability. Week One runs 6th to 13th June and is aimed at female cyclists who prefer an all-female environment. We’ll be focusing on coaching to develop skills and stamina for mountain riding. 

Week Two runs from 13th to 20th June, and is open to all riders. 

On both weeks we’ll be aiming to complete some challenging rides, including riding to and up the local Cols such as Col d’Aspin, and Col du Tormalet. Trips to other local climbs can also be arranged depending on the wishes of the group. We’ve enjoyed Col de Peyrasaude, Peyragudes, Portet, Hourquette d’Ancizan and more  

These rides are more suited to cyclists who are used to riding 65-80km rides at home, and have some experience of riding in a group, so we will offer a choice of two rides on most days to suit differing abilities. 

Q. Who are the coaches?

A. The Getaway is coordinated by the WholeHealth Head Coaches, Cat and Justine. Cat is a L2 Triathlon coach and experienced triathlete and cyclist, and is running the camp for the 5th consecutive year. Justine is a Swim coach and stroke technician as well as a previous channel swimmer and long distance triathlete. We will also be joined by a team of experienced ride leaders, themselves cyclists and triathletes, including some local triathlon coaches who live, train and race in the area. We’ll swim train with Lourdes Triathlon Club. In the first week, ALL the coaches and staff will be female. Of course, Anja is with us for both weeks too, catering for your massage needs, and leading yoga sessions.

Q. If I choose a shared room, do I need to find someone to share with?

A. No. A dorm room place comes as standard, and if you choose this option, you will be allocated a bed in one of two adjoining 3-bed dorm rooms, so you’ll be sharing with a maximum of two other people. If you choose a shared room, you will be allocated a room which you will share with one other. However there is space on the form to specify who you’d like to share with if you are coming with a friend. There are just 3 single occupancy rooms available each week, so if you like your own space, you’ll need to get in quick!

Q. Do I have to pay the full price when I book?

A. No. A £100 deposit secures your place. You can pay the rest in instalments, as long as the balance is paid in full by end of April.You must book by the end of November to secure this deal. You can then pay in instalments if you wish until the balance is due by end of March 2020

Q. Will there be any downtime from training?

A. Yes, definitely! We’re going to the Pyrenees to train, and also to get away, relax and have fun. Activities will be scheduled by the coaches each day, but it is totally up to you how much you do (or don’t) do! After a fun, tailored training session or ride in the morning, we will usually be back at base in plenty of time to relax by the pool or in the hot tub before dinner and a glass of wine watching the sun go down over the mountains.

Q. Do I need to bring my bike on the plane?

 A. We can transport your bike for you from Nottingham if needed. There will be an extra cost of £50 for this, and the bike will travel with the coaches; ie your bike will leave the UK before the Getaway, and won’t be back in the UK until the coaches return at the end of the two weeks. This is at your own risk. There are also a limited number of bikes to borrow at the property. You can specify what you want to do when you fill in the online booking form.

Q. How do I get there?

A.  The easiest way to arrive is to fly from Stansted to Lourdes, and flights are very reasonable-especially if you book early! You’ll need to book your own flights, and we can arrange transfers from the airport for you for a cost of £30. Again, you can choose this on the booking form.

Q. Can I drink wine on the Getaway?

A. Of course! The WholeHealth ethos is all about balance. We enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine (or two!) in the evening after a day’s training, and your choice of drink will be provided with each meal. We’ll also have guests’ fridge and honesty box for buying your own drinks, and regular trips to the supermarket if you want us to pick up any special requests for you.

Q. Can you cater for special diets?

A. Yes. Cat is an experienced cook, and will cook breakfast and dinner each day to include any special requests. She is used to accommodating vegetarian, vegan or gluten free diets. Before the holiday we will be in touch to find out more about you-not just any allergies or intolerances, but also preferences, hopes for the holiday, training experience etc.

Q. How much money will I need to bring with me?

A. Not a lot. Your breakfast and dinner each day are included in the price. You may want to order extra snacks or drink from the supermarket runs. You’ll need to buy your own lunch each day which will be at a cafe if we are out on a ride, or can be made in the accommodation from supermarket supplies if we are at home. There is a small shop and boulangerie in the local village which is 2 km from the farmhouse.

Q. Will there be other activities than cycling?

A. Yes! There will be the opportunity to do a yoga session each day, and we will also offer run and strength and conditioning sessions on the programme. There will be the opportunity for Open Water swimming as well as pool swimming. There will be chance to book a massage with Anja from the Anja Touch during your stay too. It’s the perfect balanced break. We hope you will join us!

Q. What kit will I need to bring?

A. We will send all guests a suggested kit list. You’ll need to bring plenty of kit to train in, especially cycling kit. The weather is changeable in the mountains, and the temperature can vary dramatically even within a short ride, so layers including arm warmers, a gilet and a lightweight rain jacket that you can fit in a pocket are a good idea. As well as transporting your bike we are happy to bring bulkier items of luggage in the van to save bringing them on the plane, for example if you want to bring a wetsuit for open water swimming. 

It’s good to have something warmer to put on if the evenings are cooler, and comfy clothes to relax in. A WholeHealth hoodie is perfect… The setting is rural, and you are unlikely to need to ‘dress up’ beyond tidying up for dinner with your fellow cyclists!

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