CYCLING IN SPAIN

The Costa Blanca, Calpe and Val de Pop is the picture perfect place for cycling and quickly becoming one of the most popular training bases for professional cycling teams, as well as any other keen cyclist. With a sunny, warm climate throughout the year to keep up those tan lines and superb, Instagram worthy mountains views, this is the place to be! 

 

Presenting a wide range of climbs of differing lengths and gradients but not forgetting the generous offering of coastal stretches. This area truly is the ultimate playground for cyclists of any ability. 

 

The region is where many Pro Peloton riders choose to call home, it's perfectly positioned only a few kilometres from some truly breathtaking climbs and the coastline only 20km away. Complimented with some world class establishments to refuel, whether you are looking for coffee and cake or a full 3 course al fresco meal, you’re spoilt for choice!

 

 

The Valley is awash with small holdings that create some truly fantastic produce. From seasonal almonds and cherries to cold pressed single source olive oil, tomatoes, peppers and sweet potato to name a few! You will also find some fantastic bodegas where you can browse the selection of wines they create, have tastings and purchase direct from the Barrel.

To top it off a world renowned cycling bistro is located within Xalo, an ideal place to start and end your ride. With wall to wall cycling decor and memorabilia, a courtyard to soak up the sunshine and dedicated bike storage, there is no question why it is always busy with local pros and teams that are in the area training! 

EXAMPLE ROUTE

Route Analysis

 

Route : Xalo - short loop 014

Distance : 55Km

Elevation : 1000 Metrers

Estimated time : 2 - 3.5 hours

Water fonts on route : 2

CHAMPION CLIMBS

COLL DE RATES

The Coll de Rates is one of the most popular cycling climbs in all of Spain. Throughout the year you will find amateurs and pros alike both testing themselves. As a keen cyclist, you can’t come to Calpe and not try out the Coll de Rates! It’s not the steepest or longest climb in the area, but it has majestic rugged mountain views and wide coastal panoramas, plus the switchbacks from the Coll de Rates down to Taberna are a dream!

CAT 2    6.5KM     AVERAGE GRADIENT 5.6%     TOTAL ELEVATION 356M

A FEW MORE OF OUR FAVORITES...

COLL DE GARGA

VALL DE GALLINERA

PUERTO DE BERNIA

VALL DE EBO

      CAT 1       10.8KM      

 AVERAGE GRADIENT 6.1%

TOTAL ELEVATION 654M

CAT 2      22.1KM

AVERAGE GRADIENT 2.5%

TOTAL ELEVATION 562M

CAT 2       13.6KM

AVERAGE GRADIENT 2.7%

TOTAL ELEVATION 434M

CAT 2      10.8KM

 AVERAGE GRADIENT 6.1%

TOTAL ELEVATION 654M

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