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The Trans-Cantabria Challenge



 
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THE TOP 50 COLS
... you have to ride:


Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2014 Trip dates
August 3 › August 10

Start location
Bilbao Airport

Ending location
Oviedo-Asturias Airport

Accommodations
mix of 4-star & 3-star hotels

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person
$3,895 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $800

Non-rider price
20% Discount (double occupancy)


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The spectacular Cordillera Cantabrica mountain chain runs along the northern coast of Spain and features some of the best bike-riding opportunities in Europe.

Each year Cantabria welcomes the top mountain stages of the Vuelta a Espana with classic climbs such as the Lagos de Covadonga and the infamous Alto El Angliru where Bradley Wiggins cracked to lose the red jersey of race leader in the 2011 Vuelta a Espana.

With our Trans-Cantabria trip we offer you the opportunity to ride this magnificent region, one of the best-kept secrets in European cycling!

Click here to view the complete list of famous climbs on this trip.

Trip Profile

 

Trip Highlights

  • Conquer the infamous Angliru - possibly the toughest Grand Tour climb!
  • Climb to Lagos de Covadonga - the most famous climb of the Vuelta a Espana
  • Day 2 ride over Vuelta a Espana favourites Puerto de la Sia and Puerto de Lunada - one of the top rides in Europe!
  • Collado de Hoz - one of the best descents ever!
  • The 30km Puerto de San Glorio - a spectacular climb and gateway to the Picos de Europa National Park.
  • Top class hotels throughout the trip
  • Virtually traffic-free roads for large portions of each ride
  • As always the top support in the industry!

Top Support in the Industry

Throughout the trip you can relax and enjoy the rides knowing that you have the best Support Team in the industry right behind you all the way!

1 Sag Van and 1 experienced TBT ride leader for every 10 clients. And the highest staff to client ratio....1 staff member per 4 clients!

Your Daily Rides

Day Route Summary
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Warm-up ride around Villacarriedo

35 miles
2,815 ft
2

Villacarriedo › Alto El Caracol Puerto de Alisas › Puerto de La Sia Puerto de Lunada Alto El Caracol › Villacarriedo

83 miles
11,215 ft
3

Villacarriedo › Puerto de Braguia Puerto de la Matanela Puerto de Palombera › Cabuerniga

68 miles
6,000 ft
4

Cabuerniga › Collado de Carmona Collado de Ozalba Collado de Hoz › Fuente De

57 miles
7,470 ft
5

Fuente De › Puerto de San Glorio Puerto de Pandetrave Puerto de Panderuedas › Cangas de Onis

89 miles
7,620 ft
6

Cangas de Onis › Alto del Torno Alto del Mazuco Lagos de Covadonga › Cangas de Onis

81 miles
7,550 ft
7

Mieres › Alto El CordalAlto El AngliruAlto El Cordal › Mieres

50 miles

8,475 ft

Total:
463
51,145
Daily Average:
66
7306


What's included in the price of our trip

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip with Thomson Bike Tours
  • Mix of 4-star and 3-star hotels
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Pick-up at Bilbao Airport
  • Drop-off at Oviedo-Asturias Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicles
  • Daily maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles


What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
  • Lunches (except Day 1 lunch which is included)


Climb these Famous Cols

In just 1 week climb many of the legendary cols of the Vuelta a Espana in Cantabria! Here are some of the cols included in our itinerary (sorted by Difficulty Index):

Climb
Elevation Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
(m/km)
Difficulty
Index
Alto El Angliru
4,100 ft
9.9%
7.8 miles
193
Lagos de Covadonga
3,465 ft
7.4%
8.8 miles
Profile
129
Puerto de la Sia
3,556 ft
5.2%
13.4 miles
99
Puerto de San Glorio
4,193 ft
4.8%
16.6 miles
98
Alto El Cordal (south)
1,693 ft
9.6%
3.4 miles
90
Puerto de Panderuedas
1,739 ft
5.7%
5.8 miles
75
Alto El Caracol (east)
1,434 ft
6.7%
4.0 miles
70
Alto del Mazuco
1,453 ft
6.2%
4.5 miles
Profile
67
Alto El Caracol (west)
1,946 ft
5.6%
6.7 miles
Profile
65
Puerto de Alisas
2,014 ft
4.9%
7.8 miles
60
Collado de Carmona
1,184 ft
7.5%
3.0 miles
Profile
59
Puerto de Braguia
1,608 ft
6.2%
4.9 miles
Profile
57
Collado de Hoz
1,444 ft
6.1%
4.5 miles
Profile
57
Alto de Fuente De
2,549 ft
3.2%
14.9 miles
Profile
57
Alto El Cordal (north side)
1,594 ft
6.1%
5.0 miles
55
Collado de Ozalba
1,276 ft
6.7%
3.6 miles
Profile
55
Puerto de Lunada
1,745 ft
5.3%
6.2 miles
Profile
52
Puerto de Palombera
1,060 ft
5.4%
3.7 miles
Profile
45
Puerto de Braguia
1,132 ft
5.8%
3.7 miles
Profile
44
Puerto de Pandetrave
1,188 ft
3.4%
6.5 miles
Profile
31

 

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.

 

The Thomson Bike Tours Difference

Your trip to Europe may be a once-in-a-lifetime experience and you deserve the best! Performance cyclists now rate Thomson Bike Tours as the premiere provider of performance trips to Europe. Here are a few details that set us aside from the rest:

LESS VAN - MORE BIKE: NO Van Transfers between your hotels and the start/finish of the bike rides. Each day we ride from and to the hotel. Our local knowledge, extensive planning and vast experience mean that you spend less time in a van and more time on the bike!
Please note that, on this trip, there is a short van transfer (1 hour) on the final day to get us to the base of the Alto El Angliru.

Best-in-class Support & ride leaders: another key to our success! Sag van and ride leader for every 10 riders.

Highest Staff to Client Ratio: 1 staff member per 4 clients!

THE THOMSON RIDES: over the years we've also gained a reputation for providing the best (and most challenging!) rides. 25 years experience riding in Europe counts!