Trans-Cantabria

Trans-Cantabria

Ride across the dramatic Cordillera Cantabrica, home to Spain’s most challenging climbs

Conquer the legendary climbs of the Vuelta a España in this incredible week of cycling in the Cordillera Cantabrica. Includes Lagos de Covadonga and the Angliru, the toughest climb in pro cycling.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

May 23rd 2021

Price

USD $3,995

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

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Total Elevation

Daily Av. Distance

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Overview

Thomson Bike Tours is uniquely qualified to introduce you to this mind-blowing Grand Tour terrain. Spain is our back-yard and the Cantabrian mountain chain is our favourite playground.

Home to the legendary climbs of the Vuelta a España, the Cordillera Cantabrica is a staggeringly beautiful mountain range that runs along the North Coast of Spain, from the Basque Country to Galicia. Highlights of the week include the opportunity to conquer the notorious Alto el Angliru, the toughest climb in professional cycling, and the spectacular Lagos de Covadonga, voted by many of our guests as their favourite climb ever.

The Cordillera Cantabrica mountain range, with it’s non-existent traffic and extreme geographic profile, is one of the best kept secrets in European cycling!


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Our group has done a number of trips with Thomson. As with the others, the riding was fantastic, the staff was superb, the food was ...

Michael Collins, USA — 2019

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Trans-Cantabria is the best trip I have taken so far (this was my fifth Thomson trip). Beautiful mountains and hotels. Jordi,Llibert, Dani, and Cesar were ...

Chris Orton, USA — 2018

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Trip of a lifetime! Guides, routes, hotels, vibe, logistics were all 100 percent spot on. Rare for everything to line up this well. Far exceeded ...

Jasper Smith, USA — 2018

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Bienvenidos a España! Palacio de Sonanes
02 Vuelta a España Favorites Palacio de Sonanes
03 Saja Natural Park Hotel Reserva del Saja
04 The spectacular Collado de Hoz Parador de Fuente De
05 Picos de Europa Hotel La Cepada
06 Lagos de Covadonga Hotel La Cepada
07 The Angliru! Hotel Las Caldas
08 Adios!
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

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Bienvenidos a España!

Your trip starts at Bilbao airport where our staff will meet you before the short transfer to your first hotel, a former 18th century palace located in the village of Villacarriedo.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up, you’ll get your first taste of riding in Cantabria. Our warm-up ride takes you alongside the River Pas to the town of Vega where your first Cantabrian climb awaits, the 6.7km Puerto de la Braguia.

Day 2

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Vuelta a España Favorites

Considered one of our Top 5 European rides by our ride leaders! The route is classic Vuelta a España terrain with each of the climbs having featured many times in the Spanish Grand Tour. The scenery is absolutely stunning and you’ll see very little traffic throughout the entire ride. It’s a gem of a ride that you’ll cherish long after you return home.

Tip: The Puerto de la Sia comes in the middle of the ride. It’s 21km (13 miles) and you’ll want to take it easy on this one, leave something in the legs for the last climb of the day (it’s steep!).

Day 3

Distance

Elevation


Saja Natural Park

After yesterday’s big ride, today’s ride is a little easier with “only” 2000m (6500ft) elevation. You’ll still have 3 categorized climbs to contend with, the most challenging, the Puerto de la Magdalena coming after 21km (13 miles). After the Magdalena enjoy the 35 km of flat, a rare occurrence on a Thomson trip!

Tip: enjoy the beautiful views on the final 25km (15 miles) of the ride – a fun descent through the Saja Natural Park all the way to the hotel.

Map & Profile

Climb Distance Elevation Av. Grade Category
toggle arrow Puerto de la Braguia
from Vega de Pas
5.9% 3
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toggle arrow Alto El Caracol
from Selaya
5.7% 2
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toggle arrow Puerto de Alisas
from La Cavada
4.8% 2
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toggle arrow Puerto de la Sia
from Arredondo
5.5% HC
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toggle arrow Portillo de Lunada
from Las Machorras
5% 3
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toggle arrow Alto El Caracol
from CA-643
7% 2
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toggle arrow Puerto de la Braguia
from Selaya
5.7% 3
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toggle arrow Puerto de la Magdalena
from CA-263
4% 2
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toggle arrow Puerto de Palombera
from Espinilla
5.4% 3
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Climbs

Day 01
Day 02
Day 03
Day 04
Day 05
Day 06
Day 07

Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
3 Puerto de la Braguia (from Vega de Pas) 01 47 5.9%
2 Alto El Caracol (from Selaya) 02 58 5.7%
2 Puerto de Alisas (from La Cavada) 02 48 4.8%
HC Puerto de la Sia (from Arredondo) 02 84 5.5%
3 Portillo de Lunada (from Las Machorras) 02 46 5%
2 Alto El Caracol (from CA-643) 02 53 7%
3 Puerto de la Braguia (from Selaya) 03 49 5.7%
2 Puerto de la Magdalena (from CA-263) 03 47 4%
3 Puerto de Palombera (from Espinilla) 03 39 5.4%
3 Collado de Carmona (from Valle de Cabuerniga) 04 54 7.2%
3 Collado de Ozalba (from Puentenansa) 04 54 6.7%
2 Collado de Hoz (from Sobrelapena) 04 48 5.7%
2 Fuente De (from Potes) 04 46 3.7%
HC Puerto de San Glorio (from Potes) 05 101 5.4%
3 Puerto de Pandetrave (from Portilla de la Reina) 05 26 3.4%
2 Puerto de Panderruedas (from Posada de Valdeon) 05 54 5.7%
HC Lagos de Covadonga (from Covadonga) 06 105 7.6%
4 Collado de Zardon (from Corao) 06 28 4.4%
4 Alto del Torno (from Rinsena) 06 35 6.5%
2 Puerto del Mazuco (from Parres) 06 55 6.7%
3 Alfilorios (from Argame) 07 42 5.9%
HC Alto El Angliru (from La Vega) 07 158 9.5%
3 Alfilorios (from Vegas de San Esteban) 07 40 6.2%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
May 23 - May 30
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USD $3,995
USD $750
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    Trip Hotels

    Palacio de Sonanes

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    Hotel Reserva del Saja

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    Parador de Fuente De

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    Hotel La Cepada

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    Hotel Las Caldas

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 1 sit-down Lunch on Day 1
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and drop-off at Bilbao Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • 1 sit-down Lunch on Day 1
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and drop-off at Bilbao Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Bilbao Airport

    9:30am

    OR

    Holiday Inn Express Bilbao Airport

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    9:30am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Bilbao Airport

    10:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes


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