Crete Training Retreats 2020
For the most my most recent training retreats I have joined forces with my partner Hana, who brings Yoga, Gyrokinesis and Nutrition to the Cycle Swim and Run mix, and we selected Crete for our late summer 2019 retreat/camp.
Crete is pretty much undiscovered in terms of cycling, swimming, yoga and Gyrokinesis training retreats, which is strange as it is blessed with amazing scenery, quiet roads, plentiful sunshine and the best diet in the Mediterranean. After checking out the southwest of the Island in May Hana and I selected a base in a lovely coastal town Paleochora.
After the amazing success of this camp we are happy to offer more opportunities to join us in Crete in 2020.
Starting the day with either a swim and or Gyrokinesis session sets you up perfectly for the day. We start the rides as the sun and incredible blue sky reveal a beautiful rolling landscape. On the whole this area of Crete is hilly with low level mountains, it has in my mind the feel of an alpine retreat, only a lot warmer and the smells of the orange blossoms and herbs they are better than the aromatherapy in a spa.
The climbs vary from gentle to more challenging, with many lasting over 9km. The tarmac is crisp, and there’s no traffic to speak of. The gentle sound of bike drivetrains is only occasionally interrupted by the scuffle as a mountain goat leaps up the stony cliffs. High above a few birds of prey lazily hang circling in the thermals above the valley floors, and many times during a ride as you crest the top a perfect set of tight, newly-cut hairpins shimmer into view, cascading down the other side of the climb towards the twinkling blue Libyan Sea.
The island is stunning as anything I’ve seen anywhere in the world - an enticing mix, thin and wide gorges carved into the mountainsides caused by millennia of gushing water, the winding road roads elevated high above the valley floors, a tiny blue and white chapel chapel shinning brightly in the distance, a beacon that indicates the top of many climbs. From the outside these exude an air of history and secrecy, along with rudimentary charm and indisputable beauty. I can’t help thinking just how well these sum up the island, a picturesque if obvious façade from without; a trove of unseen riches from within. Crete has an abundance of hidden treasures and all you have to do to discover them is ride a bike.