Ever fancied training and racing in France? Mark McKay Training are setting out to make it easy for riders to get trained up and racing on the other side of the Channel by organising an early season training camp including race entry to the Courses au Soleil (Races in the Sun).

The training camp takes place from mid-February 2007. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome to join in the riding around the Perpignan region, in the Catalan Pyrenees. Fourteen places in the Courses au Soleil event have been reserved for Juniors, Elites and first category racers. Senior races take place on February 10, 11, 17 and 18 over distances of 100-160km, with Juniors on February 24 and 25.

Places are open to teams and individuals, but are limited so will be taken on a first come, first saved basis, before the end of December 2006. Prices for the camp start at £369, including one week half-board with transfers and guided rides included (cost of race entry not included).

Mark McKay is a former UK Star Trophy Winner (1992) and World Elite Duathlon Long Course bronze medalist (2005). He has been living and racing in the Perpignan area since February 2006. McKay coaches Rapha Condor?s Caroline Kloiber and also works as cycling coach to British Triathlon.

For more information go to www.markmckaytraining.com or email info@markmckaytraining.com.

For more informtaion on the Courses du Soleil, visit www.velosoleil.com.