Moderate to hard
GETTING FASTER IN EUROPE'S CYCLING HOT SPOT
This guided Calpe Bike Camp includes a great opportunity to conquer some of the best Spanish cycling terrain. Calpe is widely favoured by both the pros and cycling community to create a real cycling mecca. Calpe is blessed with challenging mountain Cols famed by the Spanish Vuelta a Espana race – including the Col de Rates and La Cumbre del Sol. The area offers an unparalleled cycling landscape where roads are often well surfaced, quiet and offer any number of great cycling routes. Many of the routes venture inland for riders to absorb local Spanish culture whilst on the bike or enjoying the obligatory cafe stops along the way. Finally, Spain with on average 300+ days of sunshine a year, helps ensure the best cycling holiday experience.
Highlights of your trip
POPULAR CYCLING LOCATION
Calpe is a European cycling hot spot, and for a reason. Perfect conditions, nice weather and great service make Calpe top choice for many.
Qualified guides will show you the best route and teach you to be a better cyclist. You always have your back covered be it a need for the support car or professional mechanic.
TOP NOTCH ACCOMMODATION
Luxury accommodation in the heart of Calpe in a hotel with great food, spa amenities and comfortable suites.
CAPLE CYCLING CAMP
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CALPE - COSTA BLANCA - SPAIN
Travelling cyclists are typically looking for the superlative in two key criteria: climate, and terrain. Local delicacies, cost of living (and eating), and entertainment are all usually secondary. So, it’s helpful for the Costa Blanca that in 1986 the World Health Organisation recommended the area as “one of the most equitable in the world,” applauding it for being neither too hot nor too cold. The area boasts an incredible 325 sunny days a year. Cyclists tend to visit in the months between October and May, when max temperatures are around 16°C to 25°C. The months from June to September can reach 30° quite easily and can get a bit hot for bike riding. Average rainy days vary from one a month mid summer to six in December, with the spring months hovering at around four. On to the terrain, which boasts the beauty of variability. There are plenty of long, flat lanes – often accompanied by the zesty scent of orange groves. These provide an ideal playground for team time trial training – something CCC Team (previously BMC) had been doing a couple of weeks before Cycling Weekly arrived for a week of riding in Spring, leaving behind them evidence in the form of chalk lines drawn on the roads.
Mild weather all round permits to ride non-stop. It gets hot in the summer but the winter are very gentle with not too much rainfall. Grab your gilet though as winds can get nasty sometimes!
It's definitely an excellent climbing playground, though climbs are rather gentle. You can go as hard or light as you wish. Many climbs are famed in Vuelta a España. And yes there are smooth flats as well for the full variety of training.
Costa Blanca is home to very welcoming people and a good example of Spanish and Mediterranean culture. Foodies will be happy over here with the abundance of the freshest sea food. Valencia is the home of paella in the end! In your spare time there's no shortage of places of interest to visit be it a castle or a winery.
39.4699° N, 0.3763° W
There's even more to discover on your trip.
Puerto de Ebo
Puerto de Ebo follows the CV-712 from Vall d'Ebo, heading over the pas towards the Costa Blanca. This is a short and fairly easy climb, with regular gradients. It is very popular with professional cyclists staying in nearby towns, who include Ebo as part of long circular rides.More
Port de Tudons (via Sella)
Port de Tudons is one of the most popular cycling climbs in the Valencia Community, and is a favoured training ground of professional riders over the winter. It has featured several times in the Vuelta a España, although often quite early in the stage rather than being a decisive climb. The gradients on Port de Tudons are gentle and consistent, but the length makes it a moderately challenging climb; although one which is best included in a longer route rather than done by itself. The scenery is very picturesque, particularly on the lower slopes with views of the spectacular Puig Campana mountain.More
Rocacorba has a history every cyclist should become a part of. Used for over a decade by many local pros as a testing climb, the famous mountain is a challenge to anyone and everyone. The 10.7 kilometre climb has a deceptive overall gradient of 7%. Starting teasingly gentle before levelling off and demanding your easiest gear on sections up to 11%, disciplined pacing will pay off for the last half of the climb that averages 9%. However, the quiet tree-lined road offers just enough respite to remain achievable for the determined weekend warrior. Keep your eyes peeled toward the top for the faded “Look Right” painted on the road to see spanning Pyrenean peaks through an opening in the trees.More
Hotel Diamante Calpe 4*
Luxurious stay in the heart of Calpe and next to the sea promenade
Set 200 m from Levante Beach in Calpe, this hotel offers 3 outdoor swimming pools surrounded by sun terraces.
All elegant rooms at AR Diamante Beach Spa Hotel feature a balcony and free internet connection. They are also equipped with air conditioning and satellite TV.
Calpe Harbour and the famous Rock of Ifach are approximately 1 km away from AR Diamante Beach Spa. The seafront promenade is 2 minutes’ walk from the hotel with many restaurants, bars and shops.
The Diamante Beach Spa offers a buffet restaurant with Mediterranean cuisine and show cooking. Guests can enjoy meals outside on the poolside terrace in summer months. There is also a café and piano bar.
Guests can enjoy activities such as tennis and mini golf. Activities and shows are offered at weekends, and daily in July and August.
Meet Your guide
Simon is from UK and enjoys Murcia's cycling environment since few years. He is a co-founder of Etiquette Cycling and doing guiding as well. Simon knows every corner and is an experienced tours organiser to ensure your optimal experience.
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What’s included in your trip
Professional guide on bike, assistance vehicle in emergency
To and From the Airport
What's not included.
Available on demand
Single rider in double room