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Best Time of Year: Feb - October
Grand Cycle Tour of Spain
Join us on another fantastic adventure when we travel through Spain from top to bottom. Our journey starts on the northern atlantic coast and we weave our way through picturesque towns and villages. We will cycle across the high plateau at over 2000 feet altitude before dropping down to Madrid. We take a well earned rest day before making our way down past Cordoba and on to our final destination Malaga where we can celebrate completing our epic journey.
This ride is designed to offer a more cycle expedition feel as we tackle the full extent of the Iberian Peninsula from top to bottom, exploring and scratching well beneath the surface of real Spanish life, away from the Costas and the tourist honeypots. Of course, we shall be visiting some incredible spots along the way - Parque Nacionales (Gorbea, Montes Obarenes, Cuenca Alta, Sierra Cardena, Montes de Malaga), and historic towns and cities (Burgos, Segovia and its amazing aqueduct, Madrid, Consuegra and its famous Windmills, and then Lucena in the south)
Day 1 - Meet, safety brief and bike checking - time for dinner in Bilbao
Day 2 - Bilbao to Briviesca approx 115km
Day 3 - Briviesca to Roa approx 130km (Overnight in ancient rural village with pretty church and cobbled streets)
Day 4 - Roa to Segovia approx 115km (Stunning Medieval City with incredible architecture and especially stunning towering aqueduct)
Day 5 - Segovia to Madrid approx 100km (Climbing over the trip's high point - at Navacerrada - 1865m)
Day 6 - Rest day - free time to explore, celebrate, or possibly catch up on some sleep!
Day 7 - Madrid to Consuegra approx 120km (quitessentially Spanish hilltop town - with amazing castle and line of traditional windmills - epic photo opportunity!)
Day 8 - Consuegra to Brazatorta - approx 130km - Across more amazing wide open Spanish plains with views into infinity - and via Ciudad Real today - one of Medieval Spains most fortified cities.
Day 9 - Brazatorta to Castro del Rio approx 130km - over the Sierra de Cardena
Day 10 - Castro del Rio to Malaga approx 140km - the final frontier - with one last sting as we ride over the Sierras Subbeticas, and the Torcal de Antequera - before a night to remember in the stunning city of Malaga.
Day 11 - Pack Bikes and Return Journey
Accomodatiion will be mid-range 2-3 star with breakfast included - where possible we shall use village or town centre locations with access to authentic restaurants, so we can enjoy the true flavour of rural Spain.
What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event.
Collection available from Bilbao Airport - please confirm your flight arrival time early. Our crew expect to be arriving in Bilbao in the middle of the day. At the other end we will not be able to do transfers - as we shall be retracing 1000km back up to Bilbao !
NB - this ride may be broken in the middle at Madrid - meaning that you can either ride the first or second half... but bear in mind... there will be no Red Jersey for those leaving us halfway :-)
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
Daily Max is expected to be around 17-19 degrees in most locations - ideal cycling weather. Although you should be prepared for either cooler or warmer, and even the possibility of rain.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
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