Bordeaux to Bilbao Cycle Surfari


8 days France Catered

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  • 15 Sep - 23 Sep 2018
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Overview

A bespoke cycling adventure through the Basque country surfing the best spots along the way.

This surf and cycle tour starts in the thick of the pine trees in SW France, picking up the spiritual path of the Camino De Santiago, taking you to untouched corners of your own pedalling paradise. The route is challenging, but achievable by anyone with a good level of general fitness. The waves can be the best in Europe. The perfect holiday for the true adventure enthusiast.

What to Expect

Hassle Free Cycling

We will cycle to each spot carrying only daily supplies. The Ticket to Ride support vehicle will carry all camping equipment, surfboards and luggage and will await us at each camp every evening with cold beers and a warm supper. 

Dedicated Hospitality

You will have a dedicated team supporting your journey the whole way led by Max Hepworth-Povey. This will include two cycle & surf guides, a camp manager / chef who's sole role is to ensure that you are nourished and satisfied on the food front. As well as a camp assistant who will get the evenings camp site ready and will be driving the support vehicle. 

We are even going to wash your lycra every evening so you're getting into fresh clothes every morning!

 

Accommodation

The accommodation will be set up for you every day upon your arrival to the camp site. The private tents are spacious and comfortable. We will spend two nights in hostels in Hossegor and Bilbao.

All meals 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & Snacks - These will be made and prepared by our experienced ticket to ride team to make sure you have plenty of energy for the trip, including one celebratory meal out in Bilbao Old Town.

Surfing Equipment 

We have access to a quiver of brand new Soft Tech boards and will bring the right board for you. We will also bring a wetsuit in your size, although we do expect to be surfing in shorts most days...

Bike Hire

Good quality bikes are available to hire for £150 for the duration. Please let us know if you require a bike when booking.

8
days

TimeLine

Here you'll find a day by day breakdown of your course.

  • Arrival in Bordeaux 2 Days

    After your arrival into Bordeaux you will be transferred to your first camp site in Mimizan to meet the rest of your fellow Riders and get an evening surf in. The following day will be spent surfing and lapping up the SW France vibes.

  • Mimizan to Hossegor 1 Day

    50 miles - Wake up surf, cycle all day, chilled camp vibes in the evening. 50 miles may sound like a long slog but it's a flat route along a cycle path through the start of the beautiful Landes region of SW France and should take around 5 hours including the lunch break.

  • Hossegor to Hendaye 1 Day

    40 miles - Here we will go inland slightly and take on our first inclines of the trip, but you will still be breathing in the fresh sea air mixed in with the pine trees for most of the day. The journey will take a leisurely 4-5 hours. Upon arrival in Hendaye we will surf til sunset.

  • Hendaye to Zarautz 2 Days

    30 miles (hard) - After cycling through some of the most beautiful French and Spanish towns you can ever imagine and a short tapas stop in San Sebastian we arrive into Zarautz. 30 miles may not sound like a lot but climbing the mountain out of San Sebastian alone will take almost an hour. We will have time to surf the waves on the extremely long beach, or just take in the epic views from the camp site. We will spend two night in our temporary basecamp to maximise our surfing on this great beach.

  • Zarautz to Lekeitio 1 Day

    30 miles (hard ride) - we up the ante here as we take on a few more mountains and cruise along some of the most undulating roads in the continent, with the pinnicle being the last mountain on which the campsite sits. If anyone makes it up this without pushing the bike we will be very impressed.

    Make sure you have seconds of the porridge...

  • Lekietio to Bilbao 1 Day

    33 Miles (very hard ride) - The crescendo is grueling but worht the effort. We will take on a 13km incline to the beautiful town of Larrabetzu, a popular spot for Camino De Santiago hikers, where we will stop for lunch. It is around 1-2 hours from here til we arrive into Bilbao where we will enjoy a final night of rich Spanish cuisine and World-class red wine in Bilbao. When in Rome!

  • Final Day 0 Day

    Transfers - Sadly all good things must come to an end, but you will need to stop after this epic surf and cycle adventure. We aim to have a morning surf and will be running transfers to Bilbao airport all day.

FAQs

Got a question about this course? Here's the best place to start. If you don't find your answer here, you can request a callback or get in touch using our contact page.

We advise boxing your bike up and checking in as Sports equipment. Alternatively we can suggest transfer companies.

We will be washing your lycra for you every evening.

France and Spain have some of the best naughty treats in the World, think cheese, bread, croissants, meat. However our in house chef can cater to any dietary requirements.

Traditional surf lessons aren’t on the itinerary and we do ask that surfers are competent in surfing on their own. However TTRide staff are qualified lifeguards and surf instructors and we will be all surfing together,so you will receive advice, tips and techniques all week from trained professionals.

The support vehicle will have full bike servicing equipment however you are required to bring any cycling clothing and spare inner tubes for your bike. 

A general level of good fitness is required. You don’t have to be a cycle enthusiast, but be able to ride a bike and be up for a challenge.

Yes we will be bringing a quiver of surfboards with us in the support vehicle.

No bicycles aren't included as a cycle of this distance will require the rider to use a bike the ideal size for him/herself. As long as you are comfortable in the saddle we'll get you there.

Bike hire will be available in France upon arrival at an extra cost. Notify your sales agent upon booking and we'll make sure logistics are sorted on the ground. Bike hire will be arranged locally and bikes cost no more than £100 for the trip.

Fly in to Bordeaux, France (BOD) | 26th May 2018 or 15th September 2018

 

Fly out of Bilbao, Spain (BIO) | 3rd June 2018 or 23rd September 2018

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