Blue Sky Adventures and I are combining our strengths to offer a holiday that combines our passion for cycling, and our love of yoga in the stunning area of Girona. Our home for the seven nights is a historic treasure - a beautiful 17th century Catalonian homestead with ancient stone walls that shelter the ripening oranges. There is a swimming pool, or for those who prefer natural waters, the lake at Banyoles is only 1.5km down the road, where we can swim in its crystal clear waters. Iconic local cycling includes the climbs of Rocacorba and Montserrat mountain, but the mild weather and the empty flat roads make this area very popular with keen cyclists from around the world. Plan for 5 days of cycling and 6 sessions of meditation and 6 sessions of yoga.
I will offer daily practices of meditation to begin our days intentionally and mindfully. Our yoga asana sessions will be designed around the needs of the cyclist, but would also suit non-cycling partners. Tired legs, tight shoulders and backs can greatly benefit from the cross training benefits of yoga, aiding recovery and ensuring we continue to enjoy our cycling the next day.
As a keen long distance triathlete I can have benefited greatly from a consistent yoga practice that spans over 21 years. I have worked with cyclists, runners and triathletes and offer specialised programmes for athletes as required. I am a senior teacher with the Yoga Alliance Professionals UK and offer classes on the Isle of Wight and yoga retreats throughout Europe.
An exceptional character property with en-suite rooms and communal spaces full of ancient charm and luxury touches. The villa and the estate are perfectly situated beneath the mountains to offer the challenge of iconic climbs, or quiet rolling rural roads, or the hustle and bustle of the Costa Brava - just a pedal away. There is a swimming pool on site and proper training pools and a lake locally.
Evening meal and breakfast is included in the price. Local, vegetarian and plentiful, the menu is created to fill the belly, repair the body and soothe the soul. Nothing is too much trouble and anything is possible when you are fuelled by good pastry according to the in house chef. A modest amount of wine and beer is included in the evening meal. Outside of mealtimes, coffee and tea are extra.
We will recommend certain flights to ensure straight forward cost efficient group transfers. Flights are to either Girona from Stanstead or to Barcelona from various airports. Transfers are extra and guests should budget for about £60 return from Girona or £160 return from Barcelona. Bike hire is possible at the villa with a fleet of Cervelo R3 road bikes to fit all sizes; budget for €210 per person for 5 days. Car hire is cheap from the airports and guests might choose this option so as to make the most of their day off to go sight seeing.
Derek Charlton specialises in personally led rides and tours that provide the right balance between challenge and enjoyment. He established Blue Sky Cycle Tours in 2013 to offer the delights of discovery with the thrill of riding a bike. Derek is married to a yoga teacher and enjoys incorporating the practice into his training regime. He offers regular tours through this area and is planning some exciting rides for us. There is the possibility of two cycle groups to accommodate different concepts of a good day in the saddle.
“I am completely stunned - what a fantastic week, everyday was different but equally spectacular. Great hotel, great company, astonishingly beautiful descents - I want to do it all again.” Gary Wakefield
"Wanted to say a huge thank you again for such an amazing holiday. It was a wonderful week away, and I feel blessed to have experienced it all. I truly loved your [yoga] classes/teachings and what a beautiful spot, with awesome people.” Susi Schafer 2019
" I came along to your wonderful 'Yoga for Runners' workshop in Tunbridge Wells… and you kindly gave away a DVD with a 30 minute routine on it. I found it the other day and last night gave it a full go and I have to say it was brilliant!” David Turfitt 2019