8 Days Challenging Cycling Holiday in Spain

Thrilling Cycling Holiday Spain

Cycle Retreats, with their love for cycling, will provide a relaxed atmosphere and the ideal getaway for the cyclists who like to do it in style. Take in incredible views as you ride through a country rich in culture, and journey with one of the expert guides on a day mixed with the perfect blend of riding and relaxation.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Center-based
  • Terrain: Paved with challenging climbs
  • Difficulty level: Challenging
  • Bike type: Road bike

Highlights

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

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8 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
Airport transfer included: Alicante International Airport
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Accommodation

On this cycling holiday, you will be provided seven nights of accommodation in a five-star high end luxury villa. The 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

Challenging Riders

Over the many years of cycling in Costa Blanca, Cycle Retreats have amassed a large library of breathtaking routes ranging in distance and difficulty from 70 kilometers / 43 miles of rolling roads to an epic 140 kilometers / 87 miles challenging routes taking in the best climbs of Costa Blanca. You will always be stopping at a local café for lunch and refreshments, and all the rides are guided with a support vehicle on call.

Over the duration of your stay, it will be mixed, but typically, you will be looking at cycling 90 kilometers / 56 miles to 120 kilometers / 75 miles per day, taking in some wonderful climbs including those that have feature on the Spanish Vuelta, such as the Vall de Ebo and Coll de Rates to name a few.

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

What's included

  • All cycling rides
  • Transfers from Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • All soft drinks, coffee, and tea
  • Unlimited wine and beer while at the retreat
  • Guided rides
  • Support vehicle on call
  • Cycling kit cleaned
  • Toiletries
  • Full carbon fibre Trek bike
  • Cycling top
  • Water bottles for bikes
  • Yoga class
  • Transfers

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.
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