The Short Break Road Cycling Holiday Specialist


Triathlon Training Camp

With Nick Busca

Triathlon Training Camp with Nick Busca – Northern French Alps

Sunday 16th – Saturday 22nd or Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd June 2019

In association with Nick Busca, of CORE Ski and Triathlon Academy, we are pleased to offer a choice between a special 3-day or 6-day triathlon training camp, based in the heart of the Aravis mountains and Annecy.

This Bike Weekender break in the Northern French Alps offers you superb cycling, running and open-air swimming in stunning scenery, and offers the perfect base to relax and unwind after a day of pushing your limits.

The Lake Annecy – Aravis region is a fantastic destination for triathletes… with quiet Alpine roads providing the perfect cycling challenge (the Tour de France regularly passes through this area), great running facilities on the track or on the road, and excellent swimming to be had both in Lake Annecy and in various outdoor pools surrounded by spectacular mountain views, all at one of the most beautiful times of the year in this typically Savoyard region.  
Triathlete running in a triathlon
Triathlete in wet suit after a swim

This trip would be an incredible opportunity to build your fitness, receive personal coaching and training, as well as improve your climbing and bike-handling skills on some iconic climbs made famous by the Tour de France – all with a highly experienced and well-qualified coach who is passionate about helping you to achieve your athletic potential.

Hopefully you will be inspired by the beauty, freedom and feelings of exhilaration when training in the big mountains, and the huge sense of satisfaction you will feel at the end of each day’s achievements.

This is both a physical and mental challenge, that can help you to build inner belief and confidence, in your ability as a triathlete and in yourself.

Our Dedicated Cycling Base – Lake Annecy / Aravis Mountains

Our base for your Lake Annecy – Aravis trip is the Aravis Lodge, in Saint Jean de Sixt: the home of Bike Weekender. A charming Alpine farming village in the heart of the Aravis Mountains, its location ensures varied training is possible with minimal hassle, all week long.

It’s a sociable chalet-hotel, offering great food, on-site bike hire and a high level of personal service from our resident team, helping to make this a trip to remember for a long time to come.

Cyclists climbing to the top of a mountain in the French Alps with snow in background

Who is the Triathlon Training Camp For?

This camp is conceived and tailored to athletes with proven experience in the three disciplines.

Therefore it would most suit intermediate and advanced athletes looking for the physiological benefits and the physical/mental challenges of training at high altitude, and as part of a group.

Depending on each individual’s race season and goals, single sessions can be tailored and planned accordingly. Then when training as a group, there is still room for each athlete to customise their activity somewhat to meet their personal objectives.

Training with a group of athletes, even within an individual sport like triathlon (particularly long-distance triathlons), has an unmatched benefit in terms of fitness development. After just one week, the improvements experienced through training with other athletes can be huge.

The beauty of the region, and the immense potential of the outdoor playground made up of Lake Annecy and the surrounding mountains, will make the camp unique and unforgettable!

Female cyclists training together

Triathlon Training Camp – Maximum Achievement, Minimum Hassle

Sunday 16th – Saturday 22nd  or Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd June 2019

In conjunction with Nick Busca of CORE Ski and Triathlon Academy, we have devised a special itinerary for you, to ensure you get the most from your trip and experience the best the area has to offer. It’s a challenging and rewarding weekend featuring world-class riding, running and swimming in beautiful Alpine landscapes.

You’ll stay at our home base, the Aravis Lodge, a comfortable home away from home in the centre of the traditional Alpine village of Saint Jean de Sixt.

As well as delicious, hearty food, you’ll find great bike facilities and dedicated service from our resident team.

This 3 or 6-day training camp has a very short airport transfer from Geneva,  giving you the most training and coaching possible for your time away.

On each day, we’ll head out for the scheduled activity after breakfast at the Lodge. Lunch (not included in the package) is taken at cafés / restaurants along the route.

After each day’s activities there’ll be time back at the Lodge to relax before a 3-course evening meal, with wine included. 

Cyclist in the Mountains

Triathlon Training Camp Weeklong Itinerary

Sunday – Arrival You arrange afternoon flights to Geneva Airport. Geneva is well served with flights from the UK – see full details on travel options here >>> Our airport pick-ups are at 13:00 and 17:00  – transfer to your base is only 1 hour.

There’ll be time to build bikes / set up hire bikes, with an optional bike check on the road to ensure everything is working OK, before a 3-course dinner is served.

Monday – Swim (early AM) and double run (late AM and PM).

Time to refresh and relax before a 3-course dinner at Aravis Lodge with wine.

Tuesday – Swim (early AM) and double bike (late AM and PM; hills rep).

Time to refresh and relax before a 3-course dinner at Aravis Lodge with wine.

Wednesday – Swim (early AM) and cycle to/from track session.

Time to refresh and relax before a 3-course dinner at Aravis Lodge with wine.

Guests on the 3-day camp will arrive today – our airport pick-ups are at 13:00 and 17:00  – transfer to your base is only 1 hour.

Thursday – Swim (early AM) and long ride (3-4 hours).

Time to refresh and relax before a 3-course dinner at Aravis Lodge with wine.

Friday – Swim (early AM) and build-up run (late AM: 1h).

Time to refresh and relax before a 3-course dinner at Aravis Lodge with wine.

Saturday –  Departure Swim (early AM) and the option of a longer ride (2 hours).

Return to base, pack away bikes, shower, before departing for Geneva Airport. Transfers leave base at 13:00 (for flights departing after 16:00) and 17:30 (for flights departing after 20:30).

Please Note The itinerary outlined is provisional, and on rare occasions, we may have to modify this programme due to weather conditions, group ability, roadworks etc.

The Aravis Lodge – A Perfect Training Base

The Aravis Lodge is set up to cater to all of your triathlon training camp needs, so make yourself comfortable and think of it as your home away from home.

The Aravis Lodge has 18 ensuite bedrooms, with all bathrooms having recently (2016) been fully renovated in a fresh, contemporary style. Most rooms are 2-person twin / doubles; there are also four larger family rooms, which sleep up to 4 in twin / double beds plus an adult-sized bunk bed.

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The ground floor of the Lodge has a large dining and breakfast room, with tea and coffee available throughout the day. It also has a large, sunny lounge with comfy sofas, a smaller TV room with satellite TV and DVD player, and a large licensed bar. The bar has draught beers (Kronenbourg and Guiness) on tap along with a wide range of spirits, bottled beers and soft drinks.

On the basement level you will find the bike room and workshop. There is also a fully equipped gym and fitness room with CV and weights machines – in case you haven’t had enough exercise already. The modern sauna and massage room always seem to be much more popular!

Aravis Lodge Food and Drink for Athletes

All Bike Weekender breaks include half-board – a hearty breakfast and 3-course evening meal every night.

Breakfast is a continental buffet, served each morning to set you up for the day’s activities.

Dinner is freshly prepared by a dedicated chef team, using local produce, and served at 1930 each day. Menus are planned with athletes in mind, and will fill you up with the carbs/protein you need for the next day’s training.

Red and white table wine is included with dinner; additional drinks (draft and bottle beers, spirits and wine-list wines by the bottle) are available from the Aravis Lodge bar on a tab basis, charged on departure in Euros.

Find out more about the Aravis Lodge in the Northern French Alps here >>>

Dates and Prices for the Triathlon Training Camp – Northern Alps

Sunday 16th – Saturday 22nd June 2019

6-day Triathlon Training Camp with Nick Busca, of CORE Ski and Triathlon Academy

= £1,000pp

Early Booking Discount

If you book and pay your deposit by Friday 15th March you will receive an early booking discount of £150 per person, with the total price

= £850pp!

All prices are per person, based on 2 guests sharing a room. Contact us for details of single occupancy options.


Wednesday 19th – Saturday 22nd June 2019

3-day Triathlon Training Camp with Nick Busca, of CORE Ski and Triathlon Academy

= £465pp

Early Booking Discount

If you book and pay your deposit by Friday 15th March you will receive an early booking discount of £100 per person, with the total price

= £365pp!

Please note – there is an additional supplement of €150 (total max) per minibus journey (carrying up to 8 people) required for guests on the 3-day training camp, to cover your airport transfer. If we have multiple people on the same transfer, this supplement is split on a per-person basis. Please contact us for further information.

Inclusive package includes:-

  • Transfers to / from Geneva Airport on Sunday 16th and Saturday 22nd June. Supplement for Wednesday 19th June – see above
  • Ensuite accommodation at the cosy chalet-style Aravis Lodge, Saint Jean de Sixt (twin/triple rooms)
  • Athlete-focused breakfast and hearty 3-course evening meal, including red and white wine
  • Transfers to/from your daily activities when required
  • The dedicated service of our professional, friendly team
  • Access to the in-house gym and sauna

Not included in the package price:-

  • Flights to / from Geneva – arranged independently
  • Lunches whilst out – bought directly
  • Additional drinks from the Aravis Lodge bar – tabs charged on departure
  • Full carbon road bike hire (optional)
  • Post-activity massage (optional)

Arrivals and Departures

For Arrivals

Arrive on the afternoon of Sunday 16th or Wednesday 19th June. We have 2 pick up times at Geneva Airport, which allows a good deal of flexibility across flights from a range of airports, without too much waiting around time. We will schedule to be there at 13:00 and 17:00.

For Departures

On Saturday 22nd June – departing our base at either 13:00 (which is good for flights from 16:00 onwards) or 17:30 (which is good for flights from 20:30 onwards).

Booking Process

Sign up via the booking form linked below and select the following options:

Trip Type = Custom

Location = Northern Alps – Aravis

Start date = either 16th or 19th June 2019

End date = 22nd June 2019

Complete the remaining information as relevant and in the Voucher Code box enter ‘Busca’. Submit the Booking Form for processing.

We then require a deposit of £150pp within 3 days of your reservation having been confirmed by email. Details of how and where to do so will be in the full confirmation email.

The remaining balance will be due 6 weeks prior to the trip, and you will be sent a reminder 1 week before.

If you’d like to join us on this special training camp, just click on the button below to access the booking form and we’ll be in touch by email shortly to confirm your reservation.

If you have any questions about any aspect of our road cycling holidays, our package, accommodations or the areas we operate in, just send through an enquiry form here, call us on +44 845 557 5983 or email

About Nick Busca, of CORE Ski and Triathlon Academy

As a triathlon coach, personal trainer and ski instructor, Nick also coaches athletes 1-2-1 for long distance triathlons, particularly half and full Ironman.

He still races himself and has represented Team GB twice at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships (2016 and 2017).

Nick recently qualified for the 2018’s ETU Middle Distance European Championships.

Bike Weekender, triathlon training camp with Nick Busca

Coaching Philosophy

As a coach Nick uses an athlete-centered approach and all of his programmes are specific and tailored to the athlete’s specific needs and goals.

He believes that a coach must be flexible and adapt to the unique human being he or she is working with in order to unlock their true potential.

In his coaching methodology, Nick tends also to give the same importance and stress to the four main areas of triathlon training: endurance training, strength and conditioning, nutrition and rest and recovery.

He is currently undertaking the British Triathlon Level 3 coaching course for High Performing Coach Programme under the mentoring of Dan Lorang — coach of pro cycling team BORA-hansgrohe and personal coach of 2 x Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno (2015 and 2016) and Anne Haug (3th in Kona in 2018). He already completed the Level 1 and 2, on top of the Ironman coaching certification, the Training Peaks online course and the Level 3 in Personal Training.

Nick is really excited about hosting the Triathlon Training Camp in the French Alps, in conjunction with Bike Weekender, and he hopes you can join us!

You can find more information about Nick Busca at CORE Ski and Triathlon Academy

Triathlon Training Camp

With Nick Busca

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