The Spanish Sistema mountains – This tour is now full. It will be run in 2025.
Another great adventure! Superb cycling over long warm days, through areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Just north of Madrid, is a range of mountains called the Sistema Central, which runs from the Sierra del Ocejon to the Sierra de Bejar, incorporating the National Park Sierra de Gredos, almost cutting Spain in half. The area consists of a spectacular succession of lakes, glacial cirques, gorges and crags created by erosion during the various ice ages. The mountain range is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, including particularly the Spanish ibex. (8/10)
Flying into and out of Madrid, we will cycle around these mountains
A great end to your summer of cycling. 400 fascinating miles, through incredible countryside, in 6 days.
This is a supported tour – at the start of the day, when the group sets off biking, your kit bag will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight halt. The van will meet you to feed and water you, but you are free to cycle at your own pace, with the support vehicle never far away. We must stress that apart from the emergency tool kit and spares that you would take on any day ride, you will not be required to carry any luggage. Stunning scenery, atmospheric overnight accommodation and a magnificent route make this an unforgettable cycling holiday experience. Average 65-70 miles per day.
• DISTANCE – Approximately 400 miles (approximately 40,000 ft of climbing) – Above is approximation of the route.
• BIKES – Ride your own bike ! Collection and delivery can be arranged, door to door, and back, for an extra £55 each way
• FULLY SUPPORTED TOUR, with 6 days cycling, averaging approximately 65 miles a day. 7 nights accommodation. Cycling leader plus support vehicle carrying luggage.
• ACTIVITY LEVEL – 8/10 – challenging.
• FLIGHTS – Fly into Madrid, Saturday 12th October (or earlier). Fly out of Madrid, Saturday 19th October (or later).
Starting off from close to Madrid, the capital of Spain, we cycle north, up into the beautiful Cuenca Alta del Manzanares Regional Park
Then cycling westwards throughthe mountains, we make our way to the Parque Regional de la Sierra de Gredos, before turning back towards Madrid. Staying in our typical unique style of accommodation, including renovated Monasteries and historic buildings. Another ACT adventure in an area little known to the British.
Roads are quiet and a reasonable quality. Its a stunning part of Europe.
We believe your tour experience will be enhanced if you are able to ride a bike you are comfortable and familiar with and, with that in mind, we will transport your bike to and from the start/finish of a tour. Our support vehicles are adapted to carry bikes in a safe and secure manner which gives you the peace of mind that you will be ready to get cycling on day one without any major rebuilding of bikes required. Your bike can be collected and delivered back to your door for £55 each way. If you would prefer, we can arrange bike hire.
WE CAN TRANSPORT YOUR BIKE IN A CUSTOMISED VAN SPECIALLY TRANSFORMED TO SAFELY CARRY YOUR VALUABLE BIKE ! (£55 each way)
We recommend a road bike with 25 to 32 mm tyres. Mountain bikes are NOT suitable. The most important thing is that the bike functions properly and that you are comfortable riding it. You should make sure that your bike has suitable gears as there are some steep hills on parts of the route.
You will require a passport to visit Spain. You are also required to have travel insurance for the duration of the holiday.
The weather in Spain is normally exactly what you expect. Warm and sunny, but we are often up in the mountains, so variable weather can easily be possible !
Click on ‘Book this Tour’, and go through the site to pay the deposit. Balance invoiced out 8 weeks before the tour
Call Martyn on (+44) 7830 932220
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