INTRODUCTION

Our Alicante to Barcelona ride offers a week of wonderful end of season riding in the warm sunshine and beautiful scenery of Spain's Costa Blanca. Riding in a small group (max 15) and guided by experienced riders, this ride will be fun but challenging and an excellent way to finish your season of riding. 

ROUTE

Our route takes us from Alicante, known as Lucentum (City of Light) by the Romans, over 300 miles north to the world class city that is Barcelona, home of style, creativity and an independent spirit.

Our cycling will take us alongside sun dappled beaches as well as into the hills away from the coast, riding long stretches between olive and pine groves on largely traffic free roads.

Along the way we will be staying in a variety of evocative locations, including in Spain’s 3rd city Valencia, a rustic rural location in the Sierra and coastal Peniscola with its stunning fortified promontory.

PACKAGE

The trip includes the following:

  • Six nights accommodation*
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Experienced cycle leaders
  • Support vehicle
  • Luggage & bike transfer to & from UK
  • Airport Transfers
  • Event mementos

The trip doesn't include:

  • Flights
  • Personal drinks
  • Personal insurance

*Based on sharing twin room. Single supplement available.

DATES AND COST

Date: Tuesday October 2 - Sunday October 7

Cost: £1,395 (with initial deposit of £250 to secure place). Single supplement £150.

Places: 15 (7 places remaining)

Contact: E mail p.haskins@pfhproductions.co.uk or ring 01482 841007 for more info or complete REGISTER box below.


Q and A

How far and fast do we ride each day?

Each day will see riders ride an average of between 80 and 90 miles over well surfaced roads. Average daily elevation will be around 1,500 metres with some days on the flatter coastal roads, other days we head more inland into the rolling sierra. Average speed of rides will be around 14/15/16 mph. On flat windless sections, the group may ride up to 18-19 mph, on hillier sections this will slow.

What is an average day like?

After breakfast in the hotel, we normally set off riding at around 0830. After a couple of hours we stop for a 15-20 minute break where riders have the chance to sit down, grab a coffee and a snack, piece of fruit or some of our very special Mrs B’s home-made baking.

After break it’s another 1.5 – 2 hours of riding before lunch. Lunch is normally at a culinary establishment along the way and normally consists of a one or two course meal. This stop lasts about an hour.

Then we ride again for another 1.5 hours before another break at a local park or close to the road. The final riding session of the day is normally slightly shorter, between 1 and 1.5 hours, normally arriving at our hotel at around 5pm. Then it’s shower, relax and reflect on the day before going out to dinner at a local restaurant at about 7pm. After that you’re welcome to have a drink in the town we’re staying in, though remember don’t indulge too much as you’ll have to be up the next morning!

Will I be too slow for the other riders?

Most regular cyclists, both male and female, who are prepared to do some training in advance of the ride and have practised riding longer distances on back to back days should be fine for this challenge. If there is a split in the group, one guide rider will go with the lead group, another with the other group.

If you’re still unsure, why not try a couple of 50 mile rides on successive days and see how you feel after each ride and what your average speed has been. If you are struggling to finish day 2 or your average speed is below 12 or 13 mph on each ride, you may find the above ride a step too far at this moment.

Will the other riders be too slow for me?

We think riding 80 plus miles in a day will be a good challenge for cyclists of most levels, from keen weekend riders to competitive rider. It is though very much a leisure ride, not a race. So if you enjoy riding head down and hard (17mph plus) for hours at a time this ride is maybe not for you.

How will I know where to go?

You will be cycling with a guide ride at all times. This is one of the advantages of riding in a small group.


REGISTER

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