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5 Days Challenging Cycling Holiday in Spain

Jalon Valley, Costa Blanca, Spain

Awe-Inspiring Cycling Holiday Spain

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How about a Cycle Holiday, where all you need to worry about is riding your bike; and once you arrive all you’ll need is a bit of money for lunch and even your kit is washed for you? This is the cycling holiday dreams are made of. From the moment they pick you up at the airport every detail is taken care of; from the perfectly fitted carbon fiber bike to the exquisite 3 course evening meals with selected wines. The in-house baker will have afternoon tea, with freshly baked cakes waiting for you when you return from a perfect day being guided around some of the most breath-taking routes and vistas you will see on a bike; it’s no wonder it’s a regular spot for the pros. The qualified guides will ensure that your time in the saddle is pitched perfectly for you and if you need a sports massage at the end of a long day in the saddle, they can even arrange that for you. At Cycle Retreats you don’t have to worry about anything; simply turn up at the airport unplug your brain and let them take care of the rest. Simply put they have thought of everything for a perfect bespoke Cycling holiday.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Challenging climbs
  • Starts in: Jalon
  • Ends in: Jalon
  • Difficulty level: Challenging
  • Total distance: Can be adapted to the fitness level and need of the cyclist
  • Bike type: Road bike

Highlights

  • Guided rides
  • Yoga class included
  • Full breakfast and 3-course evening meal daily
  • Unlimited wine, beer, and softdrinks throughout your stay
  • Caters to any dietary requirements
  • Afternoon teas and cakes
  • 4 nights accommodation

Styles


4 cycling days in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Alicante–Elche Airport
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Accommodation

On this cycling holiday, you will be provided four nights of accommodation in a five-star high end luxury villa. The retreat house sleeps up to 16 people in double or twin rooms which are all air-conditioned. The rooms are serviced by multiple luxury bathrooms and a large kitchen area. The pool area is also equipped with a private jacuzzi room.

Program

Whilst you will feel challenged on the bike, the routes are ridden without the worry of timescales and pressures of everyday life. All you need to do is allow our qualified guides to show you around the quiet smooth roads, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery in the best way possible: on two wheels! Cycle Retreats pride themselves on their ethos which is “Cycling done your way”, so there is never a worry of the pace being to quick or to slow as we have years of experience managing cycling groups to ensure the pace is just right.

Chilling Riders

The routes are ridden at a relaxed pace where the focus is as much about the holiday experience as it is about the cycling. The distance covered in a day is around 70km – 85km and whilst this may sound a lot we have all day to cover the distance. The maximum you will ride at any one time is around 90 minutes before stopping for refreshments or lunch. We take in some beautiful routes which are much gentler in terms of elevation but enough to feel challenged. In terms of elevation, you need to be comfortable climbing 500m to 1200m during the day on some wonderfully smooth rolling roads. All the rides are guided with a support vehicle on call.

The rides are managed with a flexible approach to ensure that whilst you will feel pushed you don’t feel that the challenge is too much, after all it is your holiday.

Challenging Riders

Best suited for seasoned cyclist or triathletes that have a depth of experience in the saddle. Whilst our retreat is not a training camp we have countless breath-taking routes ranging in distance and difficulty from 80km of rolling roads to epic 140km challenging routes taking in some of the most famous climbs in the area. We always stop at a local café for refreshments and then lunch at local traditional cafes to soak up the local ambience. All the rides are guided with a support vehicle on call.

Standard rider routes

Leg Spinner

The perfect start to your cycling holiday is the 50 kilometers / 31 miles of rolling smooth roads to flush out the legs from your earlier flight. You will ride across to Orba before dropping down into the Xalo valley which is simply breathtaking passing through the beautiful village of Lliber before heading over to Gata and back to the retreat. This ride is to spin the legs out and to make sure your bike set up is 100% and ready for the week.

Coll de Rates

You will head out into the Xalo valley to warm the legs up before heading towards probably one of the more well known and famous climbs in Costa Blanca, Coll De Rates. The views from this climb are spectacular. The roads are quiet and you will be lucky to see another car as you head over to Castell De Castells from Tabena.

  • Distance: 67.7 miles
  • Elevation climbed: +6,874 feet / -6,874 feet

Val D Ebo

This route takes in the iconic Vall De Ebo. Oftentimes, you will see the pros riding this, and once up, you will know why. It is a simple and beautiful climb, with tree-lined sections, switch backs, and beautiful views. Once up and over Ebo, you will head out to Tollos before dropping back down on some wonderful sweeping descents to Castell De Castells before heading through the valley back to retreat, a breathtaking finish to the ride.

  • Distance: 59.9 miles
  • Elevation climbed: +5,746 feet / -5,746 feet

Guadalest

This is a beautiful ride and is one you will not forget. Heading out along the Xalo valley floor through the almond and olive groves to Castell de Castells, the climbing starts here as you ride up through Tollos and Benimassot. The views are spectacular, the roads quiet and smooth as you turn and climb up to Confrides and over to Guadalest. The piercing blue waters has to be seen for you to believe it.

You will have a stop for a well-deserved lunch before descending for 20 kilometers / 12 miles before the final climb back up to Coll de Rates from the southern side. This climb is long and steady, one to be savored, before dropping back down onto the home stretch. This will serve an awesome day cycling.

  • Distance: 70.7 miles
  • Elevation climbed: +7,780 feet / -7,786 feet

Bike information

Feel free to bring your own bike, but if you do not want the stress of transporting your pride and joy, Cycle Retreats have it covered. The hire bikes available are all fully carbon and less than 12 months old and are included as part of the package. Cycle Retreats can carry out bike fits to ensure you are riding in the best possible position. Specification is detailed below.

TREK Emonda SL

  • Full carbon frame
  • Wheels: Bontrager wheels
  • Group set: Shimano 105 50/34
  • Compact 11 speed Cassette 11-28

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Spain. It will cover places including Castell de Castells, Tollos, Benimassot, Confrides, and Guadalest. The retreat house is located within the Jalon Valley, a perfect location for cycling and only a mile from the wonderful center of Jalon.

Food

The cost of the packages include daily breakfast and three-course evening meals. All soft drinks, coffee, tea, unlimited wine, and beer are also included while at the retreat house, which has a beautiful indoor and outdoor eating areas overlooking the Bernia mountains, including an outside BBQ area. Breakfast how you like it.

OTE Nutrition is available to buy from the shop at the retreat, and do not forget to budget for lunches while out on the tarmac as Cycle Retreats know lots of local restaurants and bars to stop off at. No matter what your dietary needs are, Cycle Retreats can ensure you are catered for.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During the rest day, you are free to explore one of the many routes available, or you can look to do an alternative activity which can be arranged for you, such as local wine tasting, cave rafting, or simply relaxing at the retreat and enjoying a massage.

What's included

  • Airport transfers
  • Exclusive luxury Retreat Breakfast how you like it.
  • Home baked post ride cakes ever day
  • 3 course evening meal
  • All soft drinks, coffee, tea
  • Unlimited wine and beer
  • Guided rides
  • Support vehicle on call. Cycling kit cleaned
  • Toiletries
  • Full carbon bike hire
  • Exclusive Cycling Retreats Jersey Water Bottles and Gifts
  • Cycling kit washed
  • Guided rides
  • Qualified mechanic on site
  • Support vehicle

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
5 days / 4 nights
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Monday October 7, 2019
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