Thursday 12th September - Day 1:
After arriving at Malaga Airport, you will be met by one of our
guides in the arrivals hall. Malaga is a 1.5h transfer away.
At the hotel you will be reunited with your bike that will have
been driven down for you. A couple of hours for a nice lunch, time
to settle in and fettle your bike, and then we will take a
leisurely ride through the orange groves to the West of the city.
Friday 13th September - Day 2
- Distance: 120km
- Elevation: 1300m
This ride loops firstly south and then circumnavigates the
Parque Natural Sierra de Huetor. Riding across the foothills of the
Sierra Nevada mountians, the backdrop is spectacular. Leaving
Granada, you climb upwards for a solid 30km to the village of
Tocon. From here the good news is that you are doing more down than
up. We recomend coffee at La Peza (km 40). From here you skirt
round a lake and through typical Andalusian scrub and farmland.
Iznalloz is an ideal stop for lunch and then from here it is under
40km back to Granada.
Saturday 14th September - Day 3: Queen
- Distance: 88km
- Elevation: 2300m
This ride is an out and back to the most famous mountain in the
area, the Pico de Veleta. The climb summits at over 3000m, and few
places offer the unique experience that climbing from Granada to
the peak provides.
The abruptness and theatre of the climb will not be lost on you.
For 43 km you climb, this is after all the highest road in mainland
Europe. A time of 3 hours will put you in the top ten for Strava
but expect a time nearer 4 hours!
After all your hard work, take a selfie, turn the bike round and
whizz back down to Granada for a well-earned drink.
Towering above the Sierra Nevada national park the Pico de
Veleta stands at 3395 metres above sea level and is mainland
Europe's highest main-road climb.
Perhaps not carrying the allure of some of the other high peaks
in Europe, the Pico de Veleta still offers a huge challenge to
anyone that wants to tick the biggest mountains of Europe off their
Climbing into the Sierra Nevada on your bike is a unique
experience. All mountain ranges must start somewhere, but few
places have access to over 3,000 metres so abruptly or dramatically
as when climbing the Pico de Veleta from Granada.
Sunday 15th September - Day 4: Warm down
Today we pack up and ride to the coast. This 80km ride is mostly
downhill and is the ideal end to the weekend. We then transfer you
back to the airport.
(nb: itinerary subject to change depending on weather and
other safety factors)