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Northern Spain Cycle Surfari


7 days Spain Catered

  • 09 Jun - 16 Jun 2018
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Overview

Drink in the dramatic scenery whilst cycling up challenging mountains, along quiet roads and through beautiful coastal towns, surfing empty waves along the way.

A unique cycle and surf adventure along quiet roads, up massive mountains and through beautiful coastal towns on the spiritual path of El Camino De Santiago in Northern Spain.

The tour starts in Bilbao, where it picks up El Camino De Santiago and follows the northern route to the sleepy surf town of Loredo. This coastal highway is impressively engineered yet lightly used and makes for some of the most spectacular coastal riding in Europe. It does however run you into a few major gradients, so be prepared...

The waves in this region vary regarding to the swell, but due to the topography of the area, if there is too much swell there's always a sheltered corner to be found and if it's small, we can always find an exposed beach.

This is the perfect holiday for the active adventurer.

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 or hostel 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. Some evenings will be spent in clean and comfortable hostels. 

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 Loredo.

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

Due to the intensity of some of the inclines, we would advise that you bring your own bike that you are comfortable with and which fits you. However we can arrange good quality bikes to hire for £150 for the duration. We will arrange this upon arrival.

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TimeLine

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

  • ARRIVAL IN BILBAO 2 Days

     

    After your arrival into Bilbao you will be transferred to your first camp site in Zarautz where you will spend the first two nights. You will get to meet the rest of your fellow Riders, surf the big beautiful beach, lap up the Northern Spain vibes and go through the route plan.

  • Zarautz to Lekeitio 1 Day

    This is a short but moderately tough 30 miles as we 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

    This is hard 33 miles, which includes one leg burning 8 mile incline to the beautiful town of Larrabetzu, a popular spot for Camino De Santiago hikers, where we will stop for lunch. As well as a grueling crescendo of a hill into Bilbao where we will enjoy an evening of rich Spanish cuisine and World-class wine. When in Rome!

  • Bilbao to Laredo 1 Day

    This is another solid slog of 40 miles including some cute coastal roads and not so cute mountains. 

  • Laredo to Loredo 2 Days

    The final day is a cruisy 20 miles, which includes some inclines but nothing compared to the previous days. Here you will feel like you are really escaping city life and are in true Cantabria as you peddle your way past quiet farms and are completrely surrounded by the everything green. The welcome in Loredo will be warm and we will have two nights to make the most of the great waves at Playa de Somo.

  • Departure Day 0 Week

    We aim to have a morning surf on the final day and will be running two transfers to Bilbao in the afternoon.

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.

Spain is a true gastronomic delight, full of wonderfully gluttonous treats. However our daily menu will fuse local treats with healthy fuel and our in-house chef can cater to any dietary requirements you may have.

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 and will be in safe hands.

We will provide all bike maintenance equipment in the support vehicle and your guide will be carrying basic spares and tools, however you are required to bring your own bike and any cycling clothing you may want to wear.

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 range of Surftech surfboards and wetsuits with us in the support vehicle. You can specify your requirements upon booking.

Bike hire will be arranged locally and a suitable bike will cost no more than £150 for the trip.

Pack lightly as you won't need a lot. You will be wearing your lycra all day, followed by a wetsuit and then will need some comfortable clothes for the evening at the camp, something to sleep in and a nice outfit for the final meal. You should have extra space in your hand luggage...

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