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Andalusia

$8,450

Many professional cyclists come to the Andalusia region to live and train. And for a good reason. The weather is perfect for long days in the saddle and the landscape is taken straight from a cyclist’s dream playbook.

We will explore every aspect of this region on this trip, from the rolling hills where we will be surrounded by the region’s world renowned olive trees, to the mountains of the Sierra Nevada where we will be able to spot Morocco in the distance and we throw in some stunning rides along the Mediterranean Sea for good measure.

On this week-long journey, through the lands, culture and cuisine, you’ll get to know the Andalusia region of Spain. You will experience all the wonders it has to offer, from the sea to the mountains and from the mountains to the sun-drenched rolling hills of the interior, all from the vantage point of your saddle. And while exploring the numerous white hilltop villages and the snow capped Sierra Nevada mountains, we will also take the opportunity to experience the region’s traditional Flamenco dancing and world renowned Iberian Ham.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One custom Castelli × inGamba cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

 

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location :

Archidona

Finish Location:

Granada

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

423km

Total Elevation:

7,921m

Longest Day:

Day 4. Granada. 107km

Biggest Climbing Day :

Day 6. Sierra Nevada. 1,808m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Archidona

Bienvenido a España! Our first ride is an easy spin to shake off the cobwebs, but it’s also very pretty, as we ride in the foothills of the Sierra de Gracia, towards the welcoming village of Archidona. This is the time to make sure everything with your bike is perfect – if something’s not quite right, let a mechanic or a guide know and we’ll be sure to fix it before the tough riding begins.
2

Fuente de los 100 Caños

On today’s ride, we ride in between Sierra de Loja and Sierra Gorda mountain ranges. Surrounded by olive and almond groves the region provides a tranquil and quite exceptional place to ride. But the highlight of the ride arrives just before we get to the highest point of our ride: Fuente de los Cien Caños. In this natural water source, the water has always been collected by many different irrigation systems with the top and bottom ones connected by a huge number of pipes.
3

Lago Iznaiar

In this loop, we will have a day of ups and downs, so pace yourself in the first few climbs. We will also have a day with beautiful countryside and olive plantations towards Iznájar, a typical Arab village with its castle dominating the dramatic setting overlooking the blue waters of the Embalse de Iznájar.
4

Granada

This point to point ride will take us to our new home in Granada. Spectacular and ever changing scenery will surprise you as you crest every climb. The city's name may have been derived either from the Spanish granada, "pomegranate," a locally abundant fruit that appears on the city's coat of arms, or from its Moorish name, Karnattah (Gharnatah), possibly meaning "hill of strangers."
5

Vuelta a Granada

We head out of Granada and we start immediately climbing towards our biggest climb of the day until we reach Beas de Granada at 1164m. Spectacular and ever changing scenery will surprise you as you crest every climb. The names of pro riders like Valverde and Contador can still be seen painted on the road from a recent “La Vuelta a España” as we ascend up towards the white villages of the area before heading back to Granada.
6

Sierra Nevada

On our last ride, we have the chance to ride up “Europe’s highest road bike climb”.
A climb of 30kms up to 2,270m into the thin air of the Sierra Nevada mountains. It really is an incredible climb. The Sierra Nevada is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and a much loved national park of Spain. Higher and higher the road climbs as Granada and the villages below appear to become smaller and smaller. Our descent has countless switchbacks as it swoops down through the lush green valleys and downwards even further to arrive back in Granada for the final time.
7

Departure

This is our final morning together and after a leisurely breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye, or at least arrivederci, until we meet again. Transfers to the airport will be arranged by our hard-working crew but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with reservations or a few recommendations. 

YOUR Guide

Eros Poli

The Champion

The night before Eros Poli took victory atop Mont Ventoux he couldn’t sleep. It was not like he was dreaming of victory or even had the slightest idea the next day's stage would change his life forever. It was just that it was hot. Unbearably, unsleepably hot in his less-than stellar French hotel. His roommate had taken his mattress off the bed and was sleeping on the small balcony outside their room. And the man who would shortly become known as Monsieur Ventoux was watching football, Italy vs. Brazil in the World Cup final, to be exact. Italy lost. The following morning as Eros dragged his weary, tired legs out of bed and down the stairs, as there was no lift, James Brown came into his head. “I feel good, I knew that I would now,” started to repeat over and over in his head. As it would the rest of the day. He felt good and the rest, as they say, is history.

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp 303 S Carbon Tubeless

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 1030