ItalCycling’s Lake Garda Training Camp: The Perfect Italian Experience for Experienced Cyclists

“A week of training in Italy on the stages of the Giro du lac de Garda. Full experiential days to challenge yourself and each other, talk, ride and learn how to be a stronger, faster and better cyclist. A training camp guided by a qualified British cycling coach is also an experience to share, where the focus is on our passion for two wheels and for all that it allows us to do”, says Giuseppe Barenghi , owner of ITAL Cycling Bike Tours.

• Original article by Alberto Fossati, Bici.Pro Magazine, translated from Italian

The training camp and the academy

When it comes to training camps, academies, but also weekend collective training, thoughts run fast and emotions mix. We think of a resumption of sports activities to achieve goals. There are those who want to ride their bikes and emulate the professionals. There are amateur cyclists who, through a training camp, want to pedal with intensity in new places and discover roads never traveled before. But there are also those who simply want to learn, because not all of us are “hardened cyclists”. The last year and a half, lived with restrictions never encountered before, was also a kind of detonator that introduced the bike to many.

Organized training camps and bike academies are a real tool, where sharing allows everyone to grow and evolve, learn, see and update. It is a meeting place where the main thing is to pedal while giving birth to passion, using the “toy” which knows neither age, nor period, nor constraint: the bicycle.

Vacations? It’s part of the package.

A tempting opportunity to ride on the roads of Lake Garda, rich areas and destination for many cyclists who land on the shores of Garda to practice sports and enjoy a unique place. Nothing is missing here and not only in terms of bicycles, but our subject remains the “mechanical horse with two wheels and pedals”, the protagonists who live it and who give it shape and substance. No, it’s not the professionals, those who did the Giro d’Italia and who will race the Tour de France (always beautiful)!

Our subject is cycling amateurs and enthusiasts, those people who do not have a career as a sports champion, but who, thanks to the bike, ride their dreams.

Sometimes passion is violent and we experience it in our guts, factors that make us lose reason, common sense and goals. Sometimes passion is greedy and consumes us. Here, a concept comes into play, a teaching that we have made our own, or advice that comes from others and that we have sewn on our way of cycling. Training camps also have this task, to teach us how to best exploit our potential. School? Yes why not. We will not become champions, but we will become better cyclists.

A well thought out package and nothing is missing, from accommodation to van assistance.

The organization is that of Ital Cycling bike tours, that is to say a group of enthusiasts and pedal riders, entrepreneurs of course, but above all cyclists who want to offer their customers the same experience they want for them. themselves.

And then there’s Ian Jenner, a modern training professional tied to data, numbers and the use of power meters. Lots of stuff and that’s exactly what you need to learn and deepen.

There are nutrition counselors. Some advice on how and what to use when doing sport (and not only) is always welcome, even from the point of view of a sector, that of sports nutrition, which is evolving exponentially.

There is the support of some companies in the sector and it is not only a question of “gifts and gifts”, but it is the credibility that a project takes that does not happen by chance.

To each his own

Amateur cycling is not just about circuit racing and granfondos. The amateur universe is a vast pool that brings together many people, each with their own skills, particularities and degree of preparation, each with their own way of interpreting the bike. However, during an organized training camp, you are never left alone and for this reason there is always a small victory at the top of the hill.

In conclusion

“The bicycle is a tool for sharing”, a phrase that we will see appearing more and more in the near future. In a world where everything is going faster and faster, sustainable and slow means of transport (slower than cars and motorized traffic in general) are coveted and sought after and within everyone’s reach. Like all categories, however, even that of the bicycle becomes more and more specific, sometimes articulated in its rules, its standards and always fascinating. Going and participating in training camp is like going back to school and getting involved again, just like professional athletes do when they do college retreats.

We are all a bit professional… You can try this experience from September 12 to 18, 2022 in the magnificent landscape of Lake Garda, a paradise for cyclists as well as lovers of Italian wine and gastronomy. Check out the schedule at italcyclig.com or drop off and email [email protected]

• Original article by Alberto Fossati, Bici.Pro Magazine, translated from Italian


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