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Top 5 Olympic Inspired Holidays

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olympic stadiumMany of us are still buzzing from the Olympics, having backed athletes and been glued to our televisions for 3 weeks solid. Following that we’ve now got the Paralympics to keep us occupied as we cling onto this great British sporting summer!

Play homage to London 2012 by visiting one of these wonderful destinations. Ready, set, go!

Rowing in Slovenia
Follow in the wake of Team GB’s Olympic rower, Helen Glover, by taking a crash course in rowing in the beautiful Bled, Slovenia. Bled boasts one of the world’s most famous rowing training centres and a World Championship course within a spectacular setting on the picture postcard Lake Bled.

Athletics in Spain
lake bledGet running straight from the starter’s pistol by signing up for a fitness boot camp at La Manga Club Resort in Murcia, Spain. Royal Marine fitness instructors hold the camp and will make sure that you are putting in the effort to get some amazing results. You could aim to drop a dress size in a week, or smash the Olympic record. Why not!

Cycling in France
If you want to be the new Bradley Wiggins or Lizzie Armistead, you better get started soon. To time-trial like Wiggins, saddle up for some stages of the Tour de France and practice a few ascents like the Alpe d’Huez. This iconic set-piece is famous for its corkscrew climb involving 21 hairpin bends. You may think that you deserve a medal if you make it to the top after 13.8km of gruelling gradient, but don’t be fooled, the descent will be hair-raising!

Swimming in Florida
aple d'huez cycling
Throw yourself in at the deep end at a swim training camp at the National Training Centre in Clermont, Florida. The world’s top coaches will teach you stroke technique and race strategy, while advanced sports science testing will turn you into a real winner. If swimming isn’t enough of a challenge, there’s always the triathlon…

Beach volleyball in Brazil
If all of this exercise sounds like a lot of hard work, then how about a holiday on the beach? You can wear your bikini and swimming shorts, however sunbathing is not on the agenda. Instead head to the home of beach volleyball to compete with the greats. There are a variety of beach volleyball schools in this beautiful country, from the beaches of cool Copacabana to the iconic Ipanema.


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