WHERE TO GO THIS WINTER CLERMONT, COZUMEL AND LANZAROTE
DESTINATION TRAINING CAMPS
Get a head start on your 2016 race season by booking a winter or early spring training camp. After a few months of increased indoor trainer rides, your body will be craving a ride outside. With so many great training locales it’s hard to choose the best one, but we’ve narrowed some of the top choices for you.
GETTING CONSISTENT IN CLERMONT, FLA.
Clermont is very easy to get to. It’s only 30 minutes from the Orlando airport, which has direct flights from many parts of the country. The winter in Florida offers perfect training temperatures with the average high of 23 C. It is also the dry season, so there is limited rainfall, just lots of beautiful blue sky. Florida in general is very flat, but Clermont offers rolling hills which are great for both biking and running. As a rural city, Clermont has some of the friendliest drivers and a number of quiet country roads perfect for riding. For those who want to avoid cars all together there is well over 100 km of bike paths in the area as well. Among Clermont’s most popular running routes is the red clay Orange Grove road just south of town. This is a 16 km loop on a hilly red dirt road that has more runners than cars on it, there are also great runs in Lake Louise State Park and on the bike path around Lake Minneola right in town.
Clermont is also home to the National Training Centre, which offers a wide range of facilities from a top notch 50 m outdoor pool, to a 400 m track (where some of the top U.S. sprinters can be found training during the winter months), to a 5 km cross country running course on the hills around the facility. There are also numerous rehab and recovery resources on site including physio and massage, along with weight rooms and training studios. The National Training Centre serves as a great home base as the bike path comes right up to its doors.
There are also a lot of great local bike and triathlon shops nearby for all your needs. Many even offer options like bike rentals or the ability to ship your bike to them directly so it will be built up and ready for you to ride when you arrive. You can then drop your bike off at the end of your camp to have them pack it up and ship it home for you.
Nigel Gray is the head coach of NRG Performance Training and has been putting on winter training camps in Clermont for the last 14 years.