17 – 21 June 2019
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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Combine your love of cycling and adventure on Australia’s spectacular Gold Coast.
Join us for five days of expert training and coaching with former professional cyclist and National Champion Nick Gates. A rare chance to explore this sporting paradise on two wheels with a champion guide. Whether you’re an experienced competitor keen to improve, or new to cycling and want to start right, don’t miss this amazing opportunity to join us for Pro Cycle Gold Coast in June 2019.
- Four days of riding and coaching with professional cyclist Nick Gates
- Accompanying guide in language
- Professional bike mechanic service to build and service your bike
- Meals, transport, transfers and accommodation on Australia’s spectacular Gold Coast
- Improve your skills and fitness under the guidance of professional cycle coaching
- Train like a pro and test your Functional Threshold Power (FTP) in the studio
- Ride smarter with professional tips as you build your strength and stamina on the bike
- Explore the green beyond the gold on rides into the surrounding hinterland and rainforest
- Enjoy five days exploring one of Australia’s most desirable holiday destinations
COACH: NICK GATES
Nick Gates is an Australian professional cyclist and former Australian National Road Race Champion.
Nick turned pro in 1996 winning the Australian Road Championships and the Commonwealth Bank Cycle Classic. He has ridden the Giro d’Italia six times, Tour de France twice, Vuelta a España twice and represented Australia in six World Championships.
Nick retired in 2008 and was appointed Director Sportif of Team Saxobank, the number one cycling team in the world. A directeur sportif is a French title for the person directing a cycling team during a road racing event. It is seen as the equivalent to a head coach in football. At the professional level, a directeur sportif follows the team in a car and communicates with riders, personnel and race officials by radio. Nick was responsible for race tactics and communication, as well as the training and racing programme.
During this time Nick worked with Alberto Contador for three years, one of the most successful riders of his era, winning the Tour de France twice, the Giro d’Italia twice, and the Vuelta a España three times. He is one of only seven riders to have won all three Grand Tours of cycling.
After Saxobank, Nick managed a cycling studio in one of Asia’s leading sports resorts in Phuket, Thailand.
Now, between coaching with Come See Do, Nick takes groups on cycling holidays to the Tour de France.
EXPERT: Ellice De Giovanni
Ellice De Giovanni has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years as an athlete, an advanced care paramedic, a mind and movement mentor, author, speaker and trainer. Ellice has crafted an easy and efficient joint mobility routine that specifically works to increase synovial fluid, flush the joints, and restore and re-hydrate your dehydrated bones, cartilage and ligaments. The routine will help to strengthen and improve your joint health and range of motion, enabling you to feel less like a rusty old bike and more like a well-oiled Cervelo!
Day 1 – Monday 17 June 2019
Fly into the Gold Coast for a morning arrival and be greeted by our guide who will travel with you to the Gold Coast Cycle and Triathlon Studio where our trusty bike mechanic Stuart ‘Stu’ Monk will be waiting. Stu will be on hand and available throughout the week to assist with any mechanic issues. While Stu works on the bikes, we’ll duck over the road to Harbour Town, Australia’s largest outlet shopping centre, with over 240 stores, as well as specialty retailers, alfresco dining, entertainment and services. Find something to eat in the open-air plaza of Harbour Town Eats before we wander back to the studio to meet professional cyclist Nick Gates. After introductions and a briefing on the plans for the week, Nick will take us through our first challenge of the week, an FTP test. FTP, or Functional Threshold Power, is the average amount of power that a rider can sustain over an hour. Your FTP score is something to take away with you, a number you can track, so you can measure improvements over time. The studio has trainers set up so all we need are our bikes (and if you’ve got a heart rate monitor strap, bring it along, otherwise we’ll organise one for you). Following a fairly intense introduction to World Class Cycling we’ll head to the hotel. If you’re booking your own accommodation we recommend staying somewhere in Broadbeach (we’re happy to help with recommendations). After a shower and change of clothes, we’ll experience a very authentic Australian first dinner together at the Kurrawa Surf Club. Located on the beach, with an uninterrupted view of the magnificent Pacific Ocean and Gold Coast coastline, enjoy a mouth-watering Aussie meal and glass of Australian wine or beer. The best part about dining at the Club is that we’ll be supporting the volunteer Surf Lifesavers to patrol Kurrawa Beach.
Day 2 – Tuesday 18 June 2019
Each day will begin with a group ride, guided by Nick and supported by Stu in his van, who will be well equipped with snacks and drinks and all the necessary spares like tubes and wheels and chains. We’ll start from the hotel, and during each ride, as we explore the magnificent surrounds of the Gold Coast, Nick will share his knowledge and experience, providing advice on things such bike setup and positioning on the bike, pedalling technique, gear ratios, group safety, nutrition and more. Our first ride is a nice 60km loop through the Currumbin Valley. Currumbin Valley is a nature-lover’s paradise. Carving its way through the mountain ranges of the Queensland and New South border region, the Currumbin Valley follows the course of the Currumbin Creek. A sub-tropical rainforest environment abounds as we pass farms, eco villages, fruit stalls, bed and breakfasts, homesteads, gardens and cottages. We finish back at the beach in Miami for a coffee at Piccolo Espresso, a café owned by Australian cycling legend Robbie McEwen. We’ll review the ride and hear a few stories over a brew before we roll back to the hotel for a shower and some free time. Take lunch at your leisure and enjoy a few hours to relax and recover. In the afternoon we’ll meet former hurdler and advanced care paramedic Ellice De Giovanni who will lead us through a guided session on joint mobility. Ellice’s routine will increase the synovial fluid between your joints and restore and re-hydrate your dehydrated bones, cartilage and ligaments. The moves will help to strengthen and improve your joint health and range of motion, which should really help on the bike. After a big day we have a special excursion this evening; including a delicious three course dinner, the Australian Outback Spectacular will take you on a compelling and entertaining ride into the heart of the Australian bush.
DAY 3 – Wednesday 19 JUNE 2019
Today we ride South over the Tweed Heads bridge and up Fraser Drive, before descending into the cane fields past Murwillumbah and then back via Salt Village and Kingscliff. The Murwillumbah region lies in a green caldera, which is a vast crater of the eroded Tweed Volcano covered in rainforest and farmland. The shield volcano last erupted 20 million years ago, and today the fertile soil supports dairy, sugar cane, banana plantations and hobby farms. It’s a slightly longer 90km ride this morning, which is a great distance to test the legs and practice some of Nick’s advice while taking in the spectacular scenery.
Take lunch at your leisure and enjoy a few hours to relax at the hotel before we meet yoga, pilates and fitness instructor, Samantha Hopper, a passionate advocate of health and wellbeing, for an unforgettable yoga class. Get a deep stretch into those hip flexors as Samantha guides us through the practice. Release, relax, breathe and unwind during this guided stretch and meditation. Dinner tonight is a little local secret called the Hideaway Kitchen & Bar (don’t tell anyone!).
Day 4 – Thursday 20 June 2019
Another beautiful though slightly longer ride today. Leaving the Coast behind we head straight up through Springbrook, part of the Gondwana Rainforest, and home to wildlife including koalas and rare birds. After a long climb enjoy a satisfying descent into the Numinbah Valley, described by Lonely Planet as the most beautiful in South East Queensland, as we cycle past rocky outcrops, waterfalls, rainforest and out into the cleared grazing land of the Hinterland. We cross the border into New South Wales and drop down into the small village of Chillingham for a short stop before continuing on through the cane fields and up the infamous Tomewin Climb, a 6km uphill slog of pure determination, before dropping back down into Currumbin Valley for a flat spin home. After a huge effort on the bike take the afternoon to rest and recover – have a swim, read a book or take a nap, it’s up to you. Tonight we toast, share and celebrate with Coach Nick over dinner in our private room at Rivea Italian Dining. Enjoy delicious house made pastas and pizza, seafood and other Italian classic dishes and make the most of this amazing opportunity to ask, learn and laugh with one of Australia’s top cyclists.
Day 5 – Friday 21 June 2019
The coach will depart early for the Gold Coast Airport where we say thank you, goodbye and hopefully see you again soon!
Please Note: The cost of any parts or accessories required for bike repairs will be in addition to the prices quoted above.
Speak to us if you would like to hire a bike rather than bring your own.