Is there a case for sports events that allow you to dope? Life of a bike tour guide Vol.4

It has been a really eventful few weeks in cycling, Sagan retains the Rainbow Jersey, controversy surrounds the points system for the world tour 2017, Brandon Semenuk wins again with Antoine Bizet pulling the first double back flip at the Red Bull Rampage……and Bradley Wiggins.

The fact is Bradley had permission to use a substance that in normal circumstances would be considered a doping violation. Should the questions be;

  • Was Bradley genuinely ill?
  • Did the doctor falsify or exaggerate his illness?
  • Was the treatment excessive for the symptoms he presented?
  • Should we have a panel of 3 doctors instead of 1 individual who authorises the use of TUE’s?

Has this been a case of a witch hunt that has gone slightly in the wrong direction? The bottom line is rules have not been broken and it is anybody’s opinion as to how far they have been bent.

Should the spotlight be turned up a little more on amateur cycling?

Picture by ilovebicycling.com/

Picture by ilovebicycling.com/

Lots of names over the last 2 years come to mind this week. Robin Townsend, Ciaran Kelly, Gabriel Evans, Kristjan Kumar, Oscar Tovar, Yamile Lugo, Andrew Hastings the list is endless.

All of these cyclists were found to be doping at amateur events. They include ex-continental riders, aspiring pro riders that were in the junior ranks and age-groupers. The entire spectrum is involved.

Have we assumed that being amateurs, they have less incentive to win and fewer reasons to cheat?

Unfortunately we are now in an age of escalating competition for amateur slots in big races such as the Ironman world championship. The fact of the matter is that you have people with money, access to performance enhancers and a type-A personality, and they want to win just as bad as professionals. Is it driven by ego and the desire to feel important?

The talk among many strong leisure cyclists is that they do not want to compete because they feel that it not a level playing field even at the lower levels of cycling. So we leave you with this……

Should we have a sport event where any form of doping is allowed? Let us know what you think.

#levelplayingfield #norules #dopeornohope #bikepure #MPCC #WADA #UKAD # USADA #stickybottle #TheTelegraph #CyclingWeekly #GFNY #LTGA

Mick is a bike tour guide at Bueno Bike Lanzarote – Bike Tour Operator of the Year for the Canary Islands, Spain 2016 & 2017, Luxury Travel Guide Awards

Lanzarote Road Bike Special 2nd-9th December, 2016

Treat yourself to 6 days of riding the famous road biking destination of Lanzarote.

This amazing package includes return UK flights, 7 nights accommodation at one of our recommended hotels based in Puerto Del Carmen and private transfers. 6 carefully designed guided tours and a Pro carbon bike hire included.

One of the most popular cycling destinations in the Canary Islands is Lanzarote which attracts cyclists from leisure to serious and hard core triathletes with specific goals in mind. The island offers some interesting challenges, including the famous Iron man road course, great for pros and novices to have a try!

The Lanzarote training camp takes advantage of its great location in Puerto Del Carmen with access to some of the islands best cycling routes. Limited places available, book today for just £149 deposit!

More details of your daily route schedule here

Lanzarote Pilates and Road Cycling Training Camp 2017, 4th – 11th Febuary…book now!

Price includes:

*Above price is per person and is based on a twin share

*Single supplements apply

      Book Now!

Click HERE for more information on your flights, transfers, accommodation and training package

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Bueno Bike Lanzarote and MollyDoo Cycling have teamed up with one of Lanzarote’s most sought after training venues for sports people and athletes, Club Santa Rosa to bring you our six day all-inclusive road bike & pilates package.

Pilates originated back in the early 20th century and was introduced by “Joseph Pilates”, born in Germany. Originally more used as part of dance class routines, it’s now used by elite athletes as part of their core training, and more recently, cyclists and triathletes alike have seen the benefits from this Yoga like exercise.

So, you may wonder how do pro cyclist get in those aerodynamic positions and where do they get those extra watts of power from? Well it’s been proven that having a strong “core” body strength results in a more focused power and energy output. So, if you have a stronger core, then be sure that more of that power you generate when pushing hard down on those pedals, will be used to propel you forward and, yes, results in more speed and better climbing.

Also, if you have issues with your back, neck and upper body, then increasing the strength of your core will help support these issues.
Come and join us at our new winter Pilates and Cycling training camps in January and February 2017 and come away turbo charged ready for your spring and summer cycling!

 

Bike Tour Operator of the Year 2017 for Bueno Bike Lanzarote

We’re feeling really proud at Bueno Bike Lanzarote this week after being awarded “Bike Tour Operator of the Year 2017” for the Canary Islands by the Luxury Travel Guide

Bueno Bike Lanzarote - Bike Tour Operator of the year 2017 Canary Islands SpainAll winners of the 2017 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by experienced in-house professionals as well as a number of celebrity guest judges. This ensures that only the most deserving teams, businesses and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades.

All Luxury Travel Guide Award programs represent the pinnacle of achievement, championing the best in their respective fields, therefore to come out as a clear winner is an achievement to be proud of.

We would also like to take this opportunity to give a big shout out to everybody who nominated us, all of our participants throughout the year, our bike shop partners and of course the panel of judges at the Luxury Travel Guide!

El Grifo Wine & Museum Tour

The next Bodega El Grifo Wine and Museum tour takes place on

Next Tour  Monday 21st March, 2016

                     Tuesday 3rd May, 2016

Time 9.30am – 2.30pm from Bike Tour Partners shops in Puerto del Carmen

Cost

  • €50 including Hybrid Bike
  • Electric Bike €5 supplement

Note: Booking is essential for this tour.

Level Basic

Distance 30km

The Bike Tour will be visiting El Grifo Museo Del Vino the oldest winery in the Canary Islands located in the heart of “La Geria”.  There the participants will partake in a fully guided historical tour of the winery and museum and afterwards will get to sample the beautiful El Grifo wines.  (www.elgrifo.com)

Complimentary pictures are taken by the guide and are e-mailed to participants afterwards!

We also stop at a Canarian Bakery on the way home for a complimentary coffee.

More Information:

Global Luxury Travel Guide Award for Bueno Bike

Cycling = Happiness …..this is just the icing on the cake, thanks everybody who has contributed to the success.

LTGA Nomination

 

Here’s the message we got from the LGA during the week.

Congratulations Mick, you have won Bike Tour Operator of the Year for Lanzarote in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards!

Sponsored by United Airlines, the awards program selects winners based on their achievements and strengths in the travel industry. We received an overwhelming number of superb nominations this year and the judging panel had the unenviable task of selecting those firms, teams and individuals within each category most worthy of an award.

All winners of the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our experienced in-house professionals as well as a number of celebrity guest judges. This ensures that only the most deserving teams, businesses and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades. Award winners that have demonstrated success and innovation will gain a place in our soon-to-be published award winners’ guide, which will be distributed to over 500,000 readers.

All of Luxury Travel Guide Award programs represent the pinnacle of achievement, championing the best in their respective fields, therefore to come out as a clear winner is an achievement to be proud of.

Luxury Travel Guide Awards – Nomination

We’re feeling really chuffed at Bueno Bike Lanzarote this week. We’ve been nominated for the Luxury Travel Guide Awards sponsored by United Airlines.

LTGA Nomination

 

 

 

The Luxury Travel Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Their team of experts have scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies.

Thank you for the nomination guys and a big shout out to everybody who has joined us on a bike tour and of course the bike shops who work really hard behind the scenes to have the best bikes available for the tours.

 

Next FAT Bike Tour

Day & Time : 

  • Tuesday 26th January
  • Tuesday 9th February

departing @4pm from ProAction BH

Booking in advance is essential (only available on Tuesday afternoons)

It’s the only FAT bike tour in Lanzarote!

Distance 20km, 90% off-road and 50% beach, taking in some of the most spectacular coastline on the island.

Price : €50 including bike hire for the duration of the tour

Location:

ProAction BH in Puerto del Carmen (click link for google map location Bike Shop A)

 

Complimentary pictures e-mailed afterwards!!!!

Contact:

The route is suitable for all levels of cyclist, from the MTB enthusiast to the commuter cyclist.

Lanzarote Beach & Bike Holidays

Our most exciting news of 2016, we’ve teamed up with Mollydoo.com to bring you the complete family friendly bike holiday, with your accommodation, flights and a bike package included!

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A dedicated cycling holiday maybe out of reach for you, so why not combine your family holiday and enjoy a few days fully supported bike package for the cyclist in the family. Whilst the family enjoy a morning around the hotel pool or beach, you can get on the bike and sample some of the best trails and roads that Lanzarote has to offer and be back in time to join them for lunch or later afternoon.

We will include a mix of 3 of the best tours on the island for you to enjoy right from your hotel door, including bike hire and we’ve even included an experienced guide, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

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