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At SportActive we’re no stranger to intense cycling challenges. Taking on Tour de France and Vuelta cols and demanding sportives are something we at SportActive relish. Taking on twenty-eight countries across three continents is a challenge like no other.

And that’s what two young lads from Tipperary (Birthplace of Legend Sean Kelly) are taking on. As well as the cycling, they plan to run an ultramarathon in each country. They obviously don’t want to make it too easy! They started in Australia, and the objective is to ride to the Emerald Isle. Currently, they are in Cambodia. You can chart their progress here.

sportactive-charity-bike-ride-28-countriesDaithi and Paddy are taking on one of the biggest cycling challenges

So who are our two heroes? Find out by watching the video.

They plan to ride 64 kms per day. They estimate the journey will take between 12 – 18 months. Given they started in August 2019, they should be in Dublin around the end of 2020 or early 2021 if things go to plan.

Fund Raising

Paddy Flynn and Daithi Harrison are both 30 and from Waterford. They are taking on the project to help others, principally the MRF Crumlin and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation. Two worthy causes for sure.
Daithi Harrison said, “One of the reasons we decided to take on the challenge was to raise vital money for two amazing charities – CMRF Crumlin and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation.

“We are really looking forward to learning about the cultures and histories of all the countries we’re visiting. It’ll be an exploration of the mind and a journey of the soul. We both believe that it’s our duty to be of service to the generation that follow us, especially to those who need it most.” Said Daithi.

Talking to the press, Paddy said, “It’s really cool to think that we could be making a difference not only to the children in Australia and Ireland, but also to our local towns, and our local counties, Tipperary and Waterford, bringing excitement and inspiring people from all walks of life.

“We decided to raise money for CMRF and the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation because they do wonderful work for sick children in Ireland and Australia, and making the journey from Sydney to Crumlin will be a way of not only helping both charities but also marking a link between the two.”

The two men said that they’re excited about the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and really want to make the most of it. Both charities do invaluable work to help children.

Amazing Challenge

The amazing ride will see them hit Europe, where they will no doubt cycle through Spain and France. They may well cross some of the cols we often ride in Geneva to Nice, Marmotte Alps, and Marmotte Pyrenees. It will be interesting to see which route they take.

If you’re interested in finding out more about the challenge, you can visit their website. You can donate by clicking here

If you’re on Instagram, give the two guys a follow and see their adventure unfold. 

Submitted date: 27/10/19

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EB* 669 €/pps
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7 nights HB, 5 guided rides/week, hire bike incl. (alloy frame-carbon fork), airport transfers

Mallorca, The Cycling Paradise!

In the spring, Mallorca really comes alive. The sun shines, the air is crisp and clean, and you ride in the perfect cycling climate. You will feel like part of a team as you take on gems such as Cap Formentor, Sa Calobra, and Puig Major. You will receive structred training rides based on ability, featuring paced training and pro coaching advice. You will improve your cycling, and ride further and faster.. 

Your free hire bike is of the best quality. Many of our guests love riding them and tell us they are amazing bikes. They are kept in top condition by our expert bike mechanic. Avoid the hassles of dismantling, packing, and assembling your bike. Take it easy. This package includes the bike!

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Get full details of our Mallorca cycling camps by clicking the link.

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  • EB* Book before 30th November 2019. Enjoy your holiday for 669 €/pps
  • R** From the 1st December 2019. Enjoy your holiday for 712 €/pps

As well as an exceptional training camp at an amazing price, you’ll receive the SportActive magic. This includes:

  • Exclusivity. We don't allow external cyclists joining the group rides.
  • Everything will be taken care of from the moment you arrive in Palma de Mallorca airport to the moment you get back to the airport. 
  • Half board in the four star Hotel Zafiro Tropic. Different room options are available
  • 5 structured guided group rides/week in ability groups. Group rides Sunday to Friday ; Wednesday is rest day; Saturday regular change over day. They feature paced training designed to make you a better rider.
  • Private SportActive bike garage & shop with bike mechanic. Buy your energy bars, gels, and drinks easily and with no fuss.
  • SportActive’s cycling jersey. Look good as you ride.
  • Experience camarderie. All SportActive guests stay in the same hotel as a big family and we have reserved tables in the hotel restaurant allowing to meet for meals and discuss the ride of the day. SportActive Mallorca Cycling Training Camps are perfect for couples, clubs, large groups, and solo travellers. 
  • The SportActive notice board in the hotel foyer informs you daily about group rides: Group leaders, distances, lunch stop, and ride destinations
  • Rejuvinate tired muscles by having a professional sports massage. Our exclusive SportActive professional sports masseur will keep you feeling fresh. (Fees apply)
  • You will be treated like a pro. Everything will just happen during your cycling holiday. It will feel like magic. Just jump on your bike and ride.

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Submitted: 9/10/19
Updated: 6/11/2019

On 6th July, one of the biggest and prestigious sporting events on the planet, the Tour de France begins in Brussels. It is an event packed with emotion as pro riders take on 3,460 kms across France in 21 stages. Every year sees heartbreak, triumph and surprises as the event unfolds. This is one of the most watched sporting events in the world and one of the most famous.

So, who is going to win it? With Chris Froome out due to a high-speed cycling accident, the field is arguably a little more open than it would have been. One of the following could be standing on the podium in Paris at the end of the race.

tour-de-france-2019With crashes, bad team decisions, and mystery illnesses, the controversy is ramping up before the great race begins!

Jakob Fuglsang – Astana

Jakob Fuglsang is an experienced rider who won this year’s Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Critérium du Dauphiné, the eight-day event. He goes into Le Tour on a high with victory in the Dauphiné. Given that he lost two races under controversial circumstances, one by a jury decision in the Itzulia Basque Country that saw the Dane relinquish his third-place podium finish to fourth, and the second down to an arguably bad team decision in the Amstel Gold, the Dauphiné win can be seen as a turning point in Fuglsang’s season.

Although the team decision cost him in the Amstel Gold, the Asana Team has been outstanding this year. It has won 28 races, 14 of which has been at WorldTour level and a further four victories have come in the form of a Grand Tour stage or Monument. Given the nature of the Tour de France having a good and disciplined team is crucial to the ‘star’ rider clinching the win. If the team performs, Fuglsang has to have a fighting shot at winning this great race.

Egan Bernal – Team Ineos

The young Columbian’s season was unfolding well having won Paris-Nice and was due to lead Team Ineos in the Giro d’Italia. It was not to be for Bernal, however, who crashed during a training ride in Andorra fracturing his collarbone.
Ineos has a lot of faith in Bernal who fulfilled his domestique duties in last year’s tour brilliantly, allowing Thomas to win and Froome to clinch third. Some publications have stated that he was the architect of this victory.
The 22-year-old is one of the rising stars of Ineos. The question is, will he be in the best condition to repeat his performance of last year?

Geraint Thomas – Team Ineos

Geraint Thomas’ recent crash has cast further doubt on the ability of Team Ineos to produce the winner in this year’s Tour de France. Thomas, last year’s winner, is a key player in the team. Although the crash left the Welshman with only a minor injury, it will dampen his preparation for Le Tour.

That said, in a recent interview, he was ready to go and feeling optimistic about another Yellow Jersey win.

His season has had a slow start, but he achieved a podium finish at the Tour de Romandie which saw a return to form for the rider.

With Froome out, Ineos will be looking to Thomas to plug the gap and produce.

Adam Yates - Mitchelton-Scott

Adam Yates’ form so far this season has been consistent and impressive. On a personal level, he must be pleased that he is finally stepping out of the shadow of his twin brother Simon Yates who has often been cited as having the edge.
The highlight of the season so far is the stage win in Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. The Englishman took the win following a group sprint from the summit of Vallter 2000 beating Ineos’ Egan Bernal and UAE Team Emirates’ Dan Martin. He finished second overall to Astana’s Miguel Angel Lopez.

He took another stage win at Itzulia Basque Country beating both Dan Martin and Astana’s Jakob Fuglsang.

In a dramatic change of fortunes, Yates who had a strong chance of winning the Critérium du Dauphiné dropped out with just 50 kms to go in the final stage due to a stomach upset.
Could Yates be the surprise rider of the tournament?

Le Tour comes to a close on the 28th July 2019 and the winner crowned. Nobody predicted last year’s winner, maybe a rider will come from ‘nowhere’ to win the Tour de France again. We’ll see.

Submitted: 02/07/19

 

There has been hors category cols, snowstorms, high winds, brilliant sunshine, and challenging climbs and our team has come through with flying colours.

Here you can see Yvonne riding Col de Turini.

 

Everyone agrees that Geneva to Nice is fantastic. Here is Seamus discussing how he has paced himself over the week.

 


Reaching Nice is a beautiful end to a fantastic week. Here are the team celebrating in the sun.

geneva-nice-turiniThe last day: Col de Turini (1607 m), Col de Castillon (707 m)

 

geneva-nice-riders-celebrateHappy faces! Arrival in Nice and the Mediterranean Sea

 

geneva-nice-cycling-achievemetnReaching Nice is fantastic!

 

geneva-nice-sportactive-ridersThis is what achievement looks like! 550kms, 12 Apline Passes, 1 Week!

 

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Submitted: 19/6/19

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Every member of the cycle training team at SportActive is a passionate and accomplished cyclist in their own right, not to mention an expert in cycle training. Indeed, it was after taking part in numerous races across Europe, America and Australia that Flora and I eventually decided to set up SportActive in order to offer a new approach to training for cyclists. Having experienced the very best that cycling clubs had to offer, we wanted to make these experiences accessible to everybody, which eventually led us to found SportActive - a unique cycling break company, committed to help cyclists at all levels improve their skills and have fun doing so.

 

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