GCN Avoriaz Roadbook 2019

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Official Roadbook for GCN Avoriaz: 01-05 August 2019

WELCOME TO

GCN AVORIAZ

We hope you are ready for a spectacular few days in the beautiful alpine resort of Avoriaz.

We’ve got an action packed programme for you from riding to workshops, with fun on and off

the bike and of course plenty of time to relax too.

We are excited to be joining you for some amazing riding taking on some of the famous alpine

climbs that have featured in the Tour de France. It all culminates with the GCN KOM Challenge

on the final day so remember to keep something in the tank (and not get too carried away at

Lloydy’s pub quiz the night before!)

We really look forward to spending the next few days with you and hope you leave Avoriaz on

Monday with memories and achievements that you will remember for a long time to come.

GCN Team

Dan, Chris & Mayalen


WELCOME TO

AVORIAZ

We are delighted to partner with Avoriaz to host our second GCN event – GCN Avoriaz. Avoriaz

1800 is renowned as one of the best ski resorts in France. Located in the Portes du Soleil,

above the town of Morzine it is famous for its spectacular cliff top location and unique style and

architecture.

Outside of the ski season Avroiaz is a fantastic summer destination and perfect for cyclists. MTB

lovers will be in their element, you can switch easily between the cross-country trails, downhill

runs, equipped bike parks, fun features, beginner slopes and picnic areas where you’ll even find

a barbecue! The road cycling is also superb with a great selection of routes steeped in Tour de

France history – Avoriaz itself has hosted a stage finish of the Tour 6 times!

This only scratches the surface of activities and attractions in Avoriaz so make sure you check

out www.avoriaz.com before you arrive.

Special thanks to the Avoriaz Tourist Board for hosting us and helping to create the GCN Avoriaz

experience.

James Pope

GCN Events Director


GET TO KNOW THE PRESENTERS

A MASSIVE WELCOME TO YOU ALL FROM EVERYONE AT GCN AND GCN EN ESPAÑOL

DAN ‘LLOYDY’ LLOYD CHRIS OPIE MAYALEN ‘MAI’ NORIEGA

How would you describe yourself as

a cyclist? Sporadic.

Your best moment on a bike? Getting

into a breakaway with 100km to go at

my first Tour of Flanders with Hoste,

Chavanel and Quinziato.

Post-ride beverage? Beer.

You are most likely to...?

Overestimate my fitness.

Favourite bike tech? Wahoo Bolt –

love a few numbers.

Your cycling hero? Jan Ullrich. Most

people from that era now have some

question marks and asterisks next to

their name, but when I was young, I

wanted to be Jan Ullrich.

Your best joke? What do you call

a swimmer with no arms and legs?

Clever dick.

Favourite bit of GCN Mallorca? The

karaoke.

Looking forward to most at GCN

Avoriaz? Descending the Col de Joux

Plane.

How would you describe yourself as

a cyclist? Heavy. Retired. Sprinter.

Your best moment on a bike? Winning

myself, but when teammates won it

was even better as you could feel

everyone’s enjoyment and felt part of

something bigger.

Post-ride beverage? On heavy training

days if it was hot I would always lust

after something really cold and fizzy

like bitter lemon!

You are most likely to...? Win the

sprint for the cafe.

Favourite bike tech? Discs/thru axles.

Your cycling hero? Erik Zabel.

Your best joke? My list of results!

Favourite bit of GCN Mallorca? Aside

from the Karaoke, just riding with so

many people from different walks of life

with one common passion.

Looking forward to most at GCN

Avoriaz? I’m looking forward to using

GCN Avoriaz as a training camp to

prepare for my first competitive event

since retiring from racing. A 100 mile

MTB event called the Leadville 100.

How would you describe yourself

as a cyclist? Like all kinds of cycling

disciplines, not the best at any.

Your best moment on a bike? London

Paralympics road race, when we were

in the breakaway for the majority of the

race and got home with a silver medal.

Post-ride beverage? Beer, of course!

You are most likely to...? Go too

hard too early, I never learn from my

mistakes!

Favourite bike tech? Disc brakes.

Your cycling hero? Marianne Vos.

Your best joke? I am the worst person

at telling jokes!

Favourite bit of GCN Mallorca?

Apart from all the great riding

around Mallorca, getting to hang out

afterwards with the guests and seeing

Lloydy on the Karaoke.

Looking forward to most at GCN

Avoriaz? Riding my bike with great

people in the mountains for a couple of

days.

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Spokes are online coaching specialists for cyclists, triathletes and endurance athletes. All of our coaching programmes are

completely tailored to the personal profile, circumstances, needs and aspirations of the individual. The coaching programmes

vary in terms of the specialist treatments included, ranging from: ‘video call’ consultancy and regular review time with the

coach and or nutritionist; DNA analysis; sweat analysis; access to expert and specialist webinars on mental fitness, strength +

conditioning; stretching + yoga and a nutritional recipe library.

Regardless of your age, experience or goals Spokes can provide you with a personal coaching programme to improve your

performance and enjoyment.

PAV BRYAN – PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

Pav heads up the coaching team at Spokes and is responsible for ensuring the products and

services they offer is market leading and always at the forefront of innovation. Pav developed

the ‘Truly Personal Coaching’ methodology, which has provided countless successes not just

with his coaching, but within the industry that has now adopted it. Truly Personal Coaching is

a promise that you will always get coaching that is achievable, be that from the time you have

available, the goals you want to achieve or the manner in which you want to achieve them.

JAKE YARRANTON – COACH

Having always had an interest in sport and being quite a competitive individual, I fell into the

sport of cycling easily as I started working as a part time sales assistant at my local bike shop. It

wasn’t long before I became heavily involved with the sport in racing and also a chosen career

path of professional bike fitting and coaching. My only regret with cycling is not starting earlier.

I have been cycling for just over 10 years and have progressed through the ranks whilst working

full time and moving away to San Diego to gain experience and pass further qualifications in

bike fitting. Having studied sport and exercise science in my previous education brings the

interest of athlete performance and how to achieve the best results whilst training and racing.

AITOR ALTUNA – COACH

I have a passion for human performance and coaching. I started reading training books and

everything related to performance that I could, with the quest of understanding how the human

body works in the context of exercise. My curiosity kept growing, and I found myself reading

physiology textbooks, nutrition textbooks, and articles in scientific journals. That passion made

me start coaching other cyclists, applying the theory to practice.

My approach to coaching is focusing on the science, and building the training plan based on

principles of physiology, never forgetting the psychological aspect of the sport, and

all the social/mental factors that affect day to day training and performance. Having physiology

as a base, I try to find a way to apply it to practice, always in the quest of optimizing human

performance.

Twitter @spokesfit Instagram @spokesfit Facebook @spokesfit


AVORIAZ MAP

MORZINE

VIA ROUTE D’AVORIAZ

MONTRIOND

VIA COL DE JOUX VERTE

PUBLIC

PARKING

TENNIS COURTS

AMARA

SASKIA

LA FALAISE

BREAKFAST LOCATION

TOW

STAG

AQUARIAZ

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PR

TO


GCN RESIDENCE

GCN RESTAURANT

CROZATS

GCN VENUE

The Place

LE REFUGE

DINNER LOCATION

TOURIST BOARD

GCN Information Point & Venue

ARRIVAL RECEPTION & TRANSFERS

Drop-off & Pick-Up

N

E

PRODAINS GONDOLA

(to Morzine)

KIDS ZONE

LANDMARK/PLACE OF INTEREST

ROAD

BOWLING

SHORTCUT

Passage Publique

ODAINS

MORZINE

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RIDE GUIDE

The GCN Avoriaz ride outs will be fully supported with guides, mechanic support vehicles and feed stops. Plus you’ll get the

pleasure of the company of the GCN presenters!

RIDE GROUPS

Riders will be split into groups based on different speed and ability levels. We’ll contact you in advance to find out which

group is most suitable. Riders will also have the option to join the coaching masterclass on the two main ride days - this will

be a shorter route providing the opportunity for more hands on coaching by the Spokes coaching team.

There will be the opportunity to change groups if you feel that the group you are in is too fast or too slow. Each day we will

make any updates to ride groups and provide information and timings at the GCN reception in the hotel lobby.

RIDING GUIDE

Each group will be led by an experienced ride guide who

will lead the group. The ride guide will provide instructions

during the ride and any other warnings on the road so it

is important that riders follow their instructions at all times.

Although the ride guide for each group will lead the group

on the road, please bear in mind that we all have a collective

responsibility to conduct ourselves safely and respectfully

on the road at all times, both to your fellow riders and other

road users.

Signal Right

Signal Left

On the climbs, it is possible that the group will fragment,

and riders are encouraged to take the climbs at their own

pace. The ride leader will regroup everyone back together

at the top of each climb before continuing. If any riders are

struggling, the support team will be there to help and can

assist a rider to join a slower group on the road or provide a

short boost up the road.

Slow Down/Stop

RIDE SAFETY

A safety briefing will be provided each day before the ride

begins. Please ensure you follow the safety instructions

given and any further instructions of the ride leader on the

road. Riders are to ride two abreast within the groups unless

asked to single out by the ride guide. Groups must not be

spread across the road as you may see in a race situation.

Please ensure you ride safely at all times, observing the

rules of the road and following good basic riding etiquette.

Good etiquette means that we are always respectful of our

fellow riders, have good communication with each other

and take due care and attention to highlight any hazards or

obstacles you may encounter on the road, clearly and safely.

Point Out Hazard

Move Around Object

With respect to any descents on the rides: please ensure

that you take extra care and attention when descending as

a group. The rides are not a race situation and the roads are

all open to traffic. The ride guide will always be the first rider

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on the road when descending, they will set an appropriate

and safe tempo for the descent. Please do not pass the

ride guide when descending, allow yourself some space

between you the rider in front and please remain on the

correct side of the road at all times.

FEED STATION

There will be a feed station on the main ride days (Thursday/

Friday) which will be just over halfway. The feed station will

provide snacks, nutrition products and the opportunity to

top up water. Before the ride there will be fruit and snacks

available at the GCN bike area to put in your pockets.

MECHANIC SUPPORT

Our mechanic team will be on hand for bike checks before

and after the ride. They will also provide support on the road

and can assist with minor problems and punctures. Please

be aware that this is not a “race style” neutral service and

riders are still expected to be capable of managing minor

problems and punctures. In the event of a more significant

mechanical problem that cannot be fixed at the roadside,

the support team may need to take the bike for further

assessment to ascertain if further repair or replacement parts

may be required. In the event that a bike is unrideable, the

bike and rider can be transported back to the hotel in one of

the ride support vehicles.

RIDE DETAILS

The following pages provide a detailed summary of each

ride day including route maps and profiles. Riders are

recommended to add routes to your bike computer – GPX

files will be available to download in advance.

KOM CHALLENGE

The grand finale to GCN Avoriaz will be the KOM Challenge

(see details of the climb on page 18-19). The KOM is

designed to be fun - riders can choose to race or ride at

your own pace.

PERSONAL INSURANCE

As is good practice when riding at home or abroad, We

highly recommend all riders have full personal insurance

(see insurance section on page 10).


TRAVEL INFORMATION

AIRPORT TRANSFERS

Airport shuttles will be provided on the designated transfer days (see transfer details below). For guests who are arriving

outside of these transfer times please contact us for assistance with a private transfer by emailing

gcn@sportstoursinternational.co.uk or refer to the Avoriaz transfer service at www.avorinet.com/transfers

ARRIVAL – THURSDAY 1ST AUGUST

Transfers leaving Geneva airport at:

DEPARTURE – MONDAY 5TH AUGUST

Transfers leaving welcome point at resort entrance at:

12:00

07:00 for flights departing Geneva after 11:00

17:00

11:00 for flights departing Geneva after 15:00

Your flight should arrive 1 hour prior to the transfer time

to ensure that you and your luggage are ready to leave

on time. On arrival at the airport please exit the baggage

collection where the GCN team will be located.

Please meet at the welcome point at the entrance to the

resort (where you were dropped off on arrival day). Ensure

you are checked out of the hotel, have your bike packed,

and are ready to depart ahead of the transfer times.

INSURANCE

Please ensure that you have put in place your own travel and personal accident insurance cover for the event that

specifically insures you for cycling activities and covers potential theft and damage to your belongings. Having this insurance

in place is a condition of participation of GCN Avoriaz – refer to section 4.2 in our T&Cs here: www.gcnevents.co/pages/terms

ITINERARY

We have four action packed days of riding, events and

entertainment at GCN Avoriaz:

DAY 1: ARRIVAL

Thursday 1st August

DAY 2: COL DU CORBIER

Friday 2nd August

All Day

Guest arrival and transfer

Morning

Col du Corbier or Coaching

Masterclass

Afternoon

Short (optional) orienation

ride

Afternoon

Coaching Workshop with

Pav Bryan

Evening

Welcome with the GCN team

Evening

GCN Show Live

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GENERAL, VISA, PASSPORT AND HEALTH INFORMATION

For passport and visa information, please check the relevant section on this page: www.gov.uk/browse/citizenship/passports.

General Travel and health Information for your destination is available on the FCO website. Please note that this information

relates to UK passport holders only and that other nationalities should refer to their own authorities for this information.

KIT LIST


Passport


Arm/Leg Warmers


Power Meter Parts


Flight Details & Pass


Full Finger Gloves


Spare Mech Hanger


Insurance Documents


Overshoes


Spare Tubes


Credit Cards & Cash


Bottles


Spare Cleats


Mobile Phone & Charger


Multitool


Swim Kit


Plug Socket Adapters


Mini Pump


Wash Kit


Bike (in bike box)


Tyre Levers


Sun Screen


Helmet


Quick Chain Links


Personal Medication


Sunglasses


Lights


Energy/Hydration Products


Cycling Shoes


Pedals


Chamois Cream


Cycling Kit


Bike Computer


Waterproofs


Heart Rate Monitor

DAY 3: COL DU JOUX PLANE

DAY 4: KOM CHALLENGE

DAY 5: DEPARTURE

MORE DETAIL

Saturday 3rd August

Sunday 4th August

Monday 5th August

Morning

Morning

Morning

Col du Joux Plane or

KOM Challenge

Checkout by 10:00

Coaching Masterclass

Afternoon

Afternoon

R&R – Free Time

Ask GCN Anything

& Wrap Party

Evening

Evening

Lloydy’s Pub Quiz

Dinner

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DAY 1 THURSDAY

STAGE

TIMINGS

NOTES

Transfer

Various

Please refer to travel section on page 11

Arrival

All Day

On arrival at Avoriaz guests will be met at the Avoriaz

welcome point where you will be directed to you

accommodation to check in. Bikes can be taken to your

apartment to build yourself or transported to the GCN

bike area at the Tourist Board

Welcome Pack

From 14:00

After check in guests are invited to make your way to

the Tourist Board Office to collect your accreditation and

welcome pack at the GCN reception.The GCN reception

will be open from 14:00

Bike Build

14:30–16:30

19:00–20:00

GCN bike area will be located outside the Tourist Board.

Mechanics will assist with bike build and checks. Orbea

demo bikes can be collected here

Orientation Ride

17:00–18:00

Optional beginner coaching session to learn the basics of

riding in a group, riding etiquette and descending. Group

will ride down the top part of the Avoriaz descent and

back up to Avoriaz (approx. 10km). Please meet at GCN

bike area at 16:45 ready to ride. Riders will be set off in

groups following short safety briefing

GCN Welcome

19:30–20:00

Head to the GCN studio in the Tourist Board office for the

welcome briefing and to meet the team

Dinner

20:00–21:00

La Refuge Restaurant: GCN allocated area for dinner

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APARTMENT INFORMATION

The accommodation in Avoriaz is apartment style run by Pierre & Vacances. Guests will be located in either Saskia, Crozats

or Amara apartments (please refer to the Avoriaz map for the location of the apartment blocks). On arrival in Avoriaz you will

be advised which block you are staying in and directed to the reception.

There are some important terms and conditions to be aware of:

Check-in Times

Check in is normally 17:00 but we will endeavour to organise

early check in for guests arriving in the afternoon

Check-out Times

Check out will be 10:00 on Monday 5th August

Security Deposit

A security deposit will be required on the apartment (200

Euros for Saskia, 400 Euros for Crozats, 500 Euros for

Amara). Please ensure you have a credit card available for

this – the deposit is for any damages so will be refunded

following departure

Kitchen

Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen with kettle and

coffee machine

Wifi

Complimentary wifi is available and you will be provided with

an access code at check-in

Linen and Towels

Please note that a linen and towel pack will be available for

you, but you need to make your own bed

Cleaning

Daily cleaning of the apartment is not provided. End of stay

cleaning is provided, but please tidy the apartment and

follow any instructions provided at check-in

Bikes

Are allowed in the apartments

Laundry

An automatic laundry service is open daily in the resort

Taxe de Sejour

Daily tourist tax is payable in France (approx. 2 Euros per

day). This will need to be paid at check-in.

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DAY 2 FRIDAY

STAGE

TIMINGS

NOTES

Breakfast

07:30–08:30

La Falaise Restaurant: GCN allocated area for continental

breakfast

Ride Out

From 08:30

Ride groups will depart from 08:30 – check daily groups

and start times at the GCN information desk in the Tourist

Board Office. Meet at GCN bike area ready to ride 15

minutes before your group departure time.

Massage

15:00–17:00

Complimentary post ride sports massage provided by

Katrina. Allocated in 15 minute slots – please register your

slot on return from the ride. The massage room is located

in the Tourist Board Office

GCN Workshop

17:00–18:00

GCN Coaching Workshop hosted in GCN Studio

Pav Bryan – Performance Director at Spokes

Dinner

18:30–20:00

La Refuge Restaurant: GCN allocated area for dinner

GCN Show Live

20:00–21:30

Head to the GCN studio for the GCN Show with Dan and

Chris

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ROUTE INFORMATION

MAIN RIDE STATISTICS

Distance 72.5 km

Difficulty Difficult

Total Elevation 1420 m

Total Descent 2260 m

Est. Moving Time* 03:46

*average speed 19.2 km/h

MASTERCLASS RIDE STATISTICS

Distance 29.4 km

Difficulty Difficult

Total Elevation 990 m

Total Descent 990 m

Est. Moving Time* 02:08

*average speed 13.8 km/h

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DAY 3 SATURDAY

STAGE

TIMINGS

NOTES

Breakfast

07:30–08:30

La Falaise Restaurant: GCN allocated area for continental

breakfast

Ride Out

From 08:30

Ride groups will depart from 08:30 – check daily groups

and start times at the GCN information desk in the Tourist

Board Office. Meet at GCN bike area ready to ride 15

minutes before your group departure time

Massage

16:00–18:00

Complimentary post ride sports massage provided by

Katrina. Allocated in 15 minute slots – please register your

slot on return from the ride. The massage room is located

in the Tourist Board Office

Dinner

18:30–20:00

La Refuge Restaurant: GCN allocated area for dinner

Lloydy’s Pub Quiz

20:00–21:30

Head to La Place bar for Lloydy’s Pub Quiz

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ROUTE INFORMATION

MAIN RIDE STATISTICS

Distance 79.2 km

Difficulty Difficult

Total Elevation 1920 m

Total Descent 2750 m

Est. Moving Time* 04:39

*average speed 19.2 km/h

MASTERCLASS RIDE STATISTICS

Distance 38.6 km

Difficulty Difficult

Total Elevation 850 m

Total Descent 1680 m

Est. Moving Time* 02:34

*average speed 15.0 km/h

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DAY 4 SUNDAY

STAGE

TIMINGS

NOTES

Breakfast

07:30–08:30

La Falaise Restaurant: GCN allocated area for continental

breakfast

Ride Out (Option 1)

08:00

Riders who wish to do the full loop ascending the Col du

Joux Verte to the start of the KOM must be ready to leave

by 08:00

Ride Out (Option 2)

09:00

Option for riders who wish to descend the Col du Joux

Verte to the start of the KOM

KOM Challenge

09:30–11:00

On arrival riders will sign in. Riders will set off at 1 minute

intervals in start order. Following the KOM riders will ride

back to Avoriaz (3km)

Wrap Party

15:00–17:00

Head to La Place bar where we will be hosting the wrap

party featuring Ask GCN Anything – your chance to ask

the GCN presenters anything you want

Dinner

18:30–20:00

La Refuge Restaurant: GCN allocated area for dinner

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ROUTE INFORMATION

1750m

KOM SEGMENT PROFILE

1700m

1650m

1600m

1550m

1500m

0km

Avg Grade 6%

4.26km

VITAL STATISTICS

Distance

Difficulty

Total Elevation

Total Descent

Est. Moving Time*

Feed Stations

4.33 km

Easy

250 m

0 m

00:26

1

*average speed 10.0 km/h

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DAY 5 MONDAY

STAGE

TIMINGS

NOTES

Breakfast

07:30–09:30

La Falaise Restaurant: GCN allocated area for continental

breakfast

Pack

Morning

Riders pack bikes into bike boxes ahead of departure.

Assistance will be available from our event team.

Please note: for early departures we recommend

packing bikes on Saturday afternoon

Transfer

Various

Please refer to travel section on page 11 for departure

instructions and information on the airport transfer times

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GCN AVORIAZ PARTNERS

We are pleased to be supported by the following partners at GCN Avoriaz:

Wahoo Fitness harnesses the power of your smart phone to transform the way you ride, run

and reach your fitness goals. At GCN Avoriaz you will be able to try out the latest Wahoo Kickr

smart trainer - we will have two trainers set up in the GCN studio which will also be in the Wahoo

warm up zone at the start of the KOM Challenge. Wahoo will also have the latest Elemnt bike

computers available to test – you will need to download the Wahoo Roam app onto your phone.

Go to www.wahoofitness.com to download the app and find out more about Wahoo

Leading Bicycles, helmets and cycle clothing brand Orbea develops technology applied to

products for bike lovers. At GCN Avoriaz you will get the chance to test a top of the range Orca

Aero road bike as well as the new Orbea Gain road e-bike.

To find out more about Orbea go to www.orbea.com

Enervit Sport is a complete line of endurance sport nutritional supplements, providing specific

products for every step of your performance strategy. We are delighted to have Enervit providing

energy products before, during and after GCN Avoriaz rides.

Find out more at www.enervit.com

Whether hiking or biking, Komoot’s planning and navigation tech helps you to easily plan

your next adventure. GCN Avoriaz guests will get access to worldwide offline maps on

Komoot. You will also be able to download all the ride routes from Komoot as well as upload

images to the routes using your Komoot account.

Find out more at www.komoot.com

Find out more about our Coaching Partner, Spokes on page 5 or by visiting www.spokes.fit

Special thanks to Katrina for providing Sports Massages. Check out www.pilates-trainer.co.uk


EVENT TEAM

James Pope

Event Director

Ben Roberts

Drone Pilot

Gary Willis

Ride Director

Ed Nicholl

Event Support/Mechanic

Jamie Warren

Head of Marketing

Steve Drewery

Event Support/Mechanic

Neil Wyatt

Production Manager

Abi Gibb

Ride Leader

Keith Stocker

Event Manager

Tim Scott

Ride Guide

Dan Lloyd

Director of Racing

Grigor Wallace

Ride Guide

Chris Opie

GCN Presenter

Pav Bryan

Performance Director

Mayalen Noreiga

GCN en Español Presenter

Jake Yarranton

Coach

Stefan Darque

Video Creator

Aitor Altuna

Coach

Karl Wakfer

Video Creator

Olly Bowman

Photographer

Sid Albanis

Creator

Katrina Aldridge-Heath

Sports Massage

CONTACT INFORMATION

General enquiries info@gcnevents.co

Booking enquiries +44 161 703 8161 – gcn@sportstoursinternational.co.uk

Event Control Number +44 7968 264 196

Don’t forget to share your photos on Instagram

#GCNINSPIRATION


in partnership with

www.avoriaz.com

www.wahoofitness.com

www.orbea.com

www.enervit.com

www.komoot.com

www.spokes.fit

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