34th Year! 1987 – 2020

Getting ready for next season? Want to get a head start?

then come to the Sun in Italy!

The Personal Best Triathlon Training camp.

A choice of 1 week, 8 day, 10 days or 2 weeks.

May 12th/19th, 16th/26th, 18th/26th, 19th/26th 12th/26th 2020

All departures from Heathrow are 8am apart from Monday 18th May which is 2.40pm, this flight gets you to the hotel around 7pm.

 Tel: 01202 722365    e-mail: trew@personalbest.demon.co.uk

Our training camp is based at The Hotel Beau-Soleil in Cesenatico, Italy. Cesenatico is situated on one of the stages of the Tour of Italy cycle stage race; the Nove Colli, the nine hills –which says just about all there is to stay about the terrain! Cesenatico was also the home town of Tour de France winner Marco Pantani. The hotel has its own 6 lane, 25 metre heated outdoor swimming pool for our use on site; the hotel is also –quite literally- just two minutes walk through the woods to the beach. The woods themselves have a 5km Pine Running Trail marked out. The majority of our run training sessions take place in the woods.

The Hotel Beau Soleil is a dedicated sports hotel, and is owned and run by ex-professional cyclist Dante Delvecchio and his family. The hotel rooms are clean, comfortable and all have their own en-suite shower and toilet. The food is excellent with an enormous continental breakfast on a serve yourself basis; all you can eat with cereal, yoghurt and fruit and rolls with the usual tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Evening meals have a choice of ‘help yourself’ salad buffet starters, and choice of four main meals and deserts. There is secure cycle storage and workshop in dedicated areas at the hotel so there is no need to take up precious bedroom space with the bikes. There is also a small gym and massage facility.

In early season, March – June, 90% of people staying in the hotel will be Triathletes or Cyclists from Austria, Switzerland or Germany, training for the forthcoming season. It has become very popular with the British cyclists and triathletes, many of them taking part in the Nove Colli ride over distances of either 130 or 210 km.

The Personal Best Triathlon training camp is the perfect way to start the season whether you are an International athlete, a novice or a middle of the packer. All the normal triathlon training sessions on cycling, running and swimming (including open water), plus yoga and stretching. There is the opportunity to train all day if you want….or to take it just as easy as you want to.

Limited places available. ONLY 6 places left !!

Price includes flight, accommodation, transfer to hotel, breakfast and evening meal, coaching, facility use.


Olympic coach and triathlon commentator Steve Trew

Olympic trialist and Triathlon Coach of the year Dan Bullock,

Plus lots of help and advice from returning triathletes

I know that many of you will have been on a previous warm weather camp to Italy or Malta and will have experienced the level of coaching that we can offer including video feedback as part of our coaching services. We film and feedback individual swim technique almost every day. We also have a masseur on site throughout.

Interested? Email Steve at trew@personalbest.demon.co.uk

There are organised and coached swim, run and cycle sessions every day. ALL standards are catered for.

In our group, there are a lot of experienced coaches and experienced athletes to help you sort out your own particular best programme. Every previous camp held has included and catered for standards ranging from absolute beginners right through to experienced Internationals.

Two weeks of training in all disciplines, a minimum of four sessions planned for every day……! (but you don’t have to do all of them!)

tel             01202 722365

mobile        07960 267922

e-mail         trew@personalbest.demon.co.uk

Costs for those travelling on British Airways from Heathrow

We believe that our camp is by far the best value out there. OK,

Cost for a one week (12th to 19th or 19th to 26th May) is      £1147

Cost for eight days (Monday 18th to Tuesday 26th is           £1239

Cost for ten days, Saturday 16th to Tuesday 26th is            £1395

Cost for the two week camp Tues 12th to Tues 26th is        £1680

Flight details, Heathrow

Departure  BA 0540     May 12th, 16th and 19th                   8.00am

Departure  BA 0542     (Monday 18th)                                 2.40pm

Return       BA 0541     May 19th and 26th                         12.10pm

Flying time is approximately 2 hours.

Transfer from Bologna international is approx 60 minutes

Other airports and airlines

Stansted: Ryanair departs 08.30am arrives 11.35am

Gatwick: EasyJet departs 7.10am arrives 10.20am (tbc)

There are, of course, loads of other flights, departures from UK and literally everywhere in the world, we can sort out everything for you, particularly transfers, of course.

Costs for those booking their own flights on these or other flights; please deduct £135 from price. Let Steve know by e-mail if you are doing this.

Please do compare the cost to other warm weather training camps and see what is and isn’t included.

If you want to hire a racing bike in Cesenatico, the cost will be added to your room/drinks bill direct. I’ve been in touch with the hire bike people and they tell me that hire costs for 2020 are 25 Euros per day. I have previously hired a bike for the two weeks but after having done my sums properly, that makes 350 Euros for the trip. For anybody wishing to hire for one week, it is of course 175 Euros.

 Bike carriage on British Airways is now charged at £65 each way  to and from Heathrow (if pre-booked). Hiring for one week would cost around £25 more than taking your own bike (depending on Sterling/Euro exchange rates) whereas hiring for two weeks would cost you around £180/£200 more than taking your own bike  

Please let me know when you book if you require bike carriage or if you want to hire a bike. If hiring, cost will be added to your room bill for settlement at end of camp.

 Extra costs…..

And,           Lunch,

And,           your own insurance

And,           NOTHING ELSE! (apart from your bar bill in the hotel)

We believe that the price knocks spots off of just about every other warm weather camp out there. The camp price includes all flights and transfers, and all meals except lunch. There are several other training camps where the price doesn’t include one or both of these. Please, please do compare and see what there is out there.

The camp price includes the following:

Air travel out of Heathrow and into Bologna International airport.

Coach transfer

Breakfast and evening meal

Accommodation in twin-bedded room; there are a limited number of single rooms, supplement is around E15 per night, please let me know EARLY if you want a single room.

The Novo Colli cycle event takes place on Sunday May 24th. I can arrange guaranteed entry for this through the hotel but would need payment prior to the trip before the camp. I’m usually asked for final numbers and names along with the entry fee around mid-January. I don’t yet have a cost of entry; last year it was around £110 (I think!? Can anyone confirm?) I don’t yet have the cost for 2020 but I understand that it is likely to be a little higher as the event organisers are adding extras for the 50th year of the event

Kit, equipment and training. (further info on this, nearer the camp date!)

Always make sure you have a drinking bottle.

The weather has been (mostly) kind to us on previous camps; however remember that there can be showers and it is as well to bring along at least a rainproof cycle jacket.

Normal training gear is best; for swimming please bring a pull buoy, paddles – remember goggles! If you want to try your Wetsuits either in the sea or in the pool, then please bring them as well.

Crash hat is essential, hand mitts advisable. Questions? Ask!

Camp HQ!

Hotel on left, our swimming pool right centre, woods and sea in background………. Couldn’t get the nine hills cycle in!

typical day goes something like this………

  • yoga stretch and/or open water swim

 A typical day goes something like this……..

7.15           yoga or stretch or open water swim

7.45           run

8.30           breakfast

9.45           swim          (and/or longer bike ride leaves

necessitating just one swim in the afternoon on these days)

  • snack/eat/early lunch
  • cycle

5.0 pm       swim

6.15pm      DVD playback

7.00pm      dinner

 In addition to our “out in the country, hilly bike rides!” we also have one massive brick sessions (reps of 2k bike and 800m run, number of reps to be negotiated)

We also have two/three technical and or interval sessions on flat, safe road for bike

Plus one/two technical run sessions

There is always somebody to train with at your standard. If you are interested or want to have a chat then just pick up the phone and ring Steve on 01202 722365.

e-mail back to me on trew@personalbest.demon.co.uk

With ALL contact details: name (as on passport!), address, home and mobile numbers, e-mail address, emergency contact nos, AND if you’re a member of the BA exec club, let me have number

My present address (if needed)    

213 Sandbanks road,



BH14 8EY

Yes! I’d love to be a member of the Personal Best Warm Weather Training Camp. I enclose deposit of £250 (£380 if taking own bike so we can book it) and will forward balance by March 10th 2020

As your deposit will be used to book flights and these are non-changeable, there is unlikely to be any refund of deposit if you decide at a later stage not to go on the camp.

I understand that the organisers cannot accept any liability for any injuries howsoever caused, nor for non-availability of any stated facilities or changes in the training programme.

Best times. Please give some info, and state distances if not shown below.

Swimming 400 metres ______________________________________________

Cycling 40 K ________________________________________________________

Running 10K _______________________________________________________

I wish to share an apartment with…………


or, I couldn’t care less who I share with ‘cause I’ll be too shattered to care!!!!!