London Wasps are taking to the Spanish hills to try to keep a grip on the Heineken Cup.
The Heineken Cup champions have been drawn in the 'Pool of Death' with 2006 winners Munster, 2007 semi-finalists Llanelli Scarlets and last season's European Challenge Cup winners and French Championship finalists Clermont Auvergne.
They will begin their defence of the trophy in November and Ian McGeechan is banking on the pre-season training at high altitude in Granada, Spain giving his players a vital edge.
The Wasps Director of Rugby wants his players to take May's success against the Leicester Tigers at Twickenham onto another level in the new season and knows his team will have to be at their very best right from the start of the tournament.
"We are going back to Granada. We went there for the first time in February to do some high-altitude work and it did us a power of good," admitted McGeechan.
"The feedback from the players after that was excellent and they thought it had a genuine effect on their performances and physical conditioning in the last two months of the season.
"We are going with the squad we have left which is approximately 20-22 players because it is important that we go through that conditioning and also go through those things as a new squad with a new challenge particularly for the first two months."
Wasps have been hit hard by the Rugby World Cup in France, which is less than two months away, with the loss of 14 players from their squad to four different countries.
"It's an exceptional challenge for us at Wasps because we have never had 14 players away before for a World Cup," he added.