It’s been a while since my last report. After completing my team preparations at Spanish Benidorm, I spent only a few days at home during the Christmas holidays in December. Immediately after them, Urška and I travelled to Cote d’Azur where we continued our training program. The weather was perfect, as most of the days were full of sunshine and the temperatures were favorable for training. The transition to the New Year has also passed “working” on a bicycle. After the holidays, the team had planned a trip to the Republic of South Africa for high altitude preparations, which were later cancelled due to difficulties with obtaining Visa’s, since the embassies were closed for a longer time during the holidays and our departure was planned for the second of January.

So we went looking for an alternative. Currently Urška and I are located in the Spanish Sierra Nevada at an altitude of 2,300m nearby a smaller ski piste. The UAE team currently has Jan Polanc and Rui Costa on board. We also have a masseuse accompanying us and also arranges transportation, massage and all other things for us. The place we are currently staying at is a very nice center for athletes similar to ours (Slovenian) Planica. The training usually starts with a car ride to the valley in the morning towards Granada where we train. After the training the Climb back to our accommodation awaits for us. All I can say is there is no shortage of climbs. It would be a little too cold for a morning bike ride down the valley, as temperatures in the morning range from -6 to -8° C. When returning from the bicycle, the air temperature to the top is anywhere from 3 to 5 ° C, which is quite good for cycling. The temperature in the valley is, of course, more comfortable and ranges between 10 and 14 ° C. Training is slowly starting to get more intense, and even with our thoughts, we are already slowly preparing ourselves for the first challenges of the year. We will be staying here until almost the end of the month, but then soon the first race in Valencia awaits in the first week of February.
Until next time,

Tadej