Guided Cycling Tours in Galicia

Cycling Galicia organises bespoke cycling holidays in the beautiful region of Galicia, in north west Spain. Galicia has everything a cycle tourist needs. Miles of coastline and river valleys, incredible views and natural beauty. And on top of all that, enough mountain climbs to test all cyclists, most on roads that are traffic free. It really is a paradise for any cyclist and offers some of the freshest and cleanest air in Europe. The local food isn’t bad either! If you are looking for cycling holidays in Spain, then look no further.

Whilst Galicia remains a relatively unknown region of Spain for foreign visitors, it is a haven for domestic tourism. Many enjoy the Camino de Santiago by bike as well as on foot. The ambient climate, the miles of unspoiled roads and the Gallego hospitality are second to none. Couple with our knowledge of the region ,will guarantee a cycling holiday that you will never forget. We are confident that once you have experienced Galicia, you will want to come back.

 All of our bespoke cycling holidays are fully organised around the client´s needs, not ours. We engage with every client to offer them a trip that suits them perfectly. All our bespoke cycling holidays are all inclusive . Once you are here you can put your wallet away and we will take care of the rest. So check out the details of our guided cycling tours that cater for all group sizes, or individuals.  There are many Spanish cycling holidays, but none are better than those in Galicia. Come and see for yourself. 

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September 17, 2019

Promoting Cycling in Galicia

by: Dean Fletcher

I feel like I have to write a short post about promoting cycling in Galicia. As readers of this blog know, there are many reasons to come to Galicia and enjoy your passion. The Galician roads are safe and second to none for cyclists. The natural beauty of Galicia is evident, and more when enjoyed from a bike. Post-ride, the Galician gastronomy is a delight, with abundant Galician wine and beer to keep you happy. And on the “day off”, exploring Galician history, and its cultural Celtic roots can be explored. All in all, a great destination for your next Cycling holiday in Spain. The question is, what are the Government doing to promote the cycle tourist here in Galicia?

Promoting Cycling in Galicia

Well, the answer to that question is not enough in my humble opinion. And that is where we, at Cycling Galicia aim to shake things up a bit. And the time is ripe for a variety of reasons. In our biggest city Vigo, the local council has just invested six million euros on a new cycling superhighway. This links Chapela in the east, next to the great Rande bridge, to the beach at Samil. This will be the first highway of its type in Galicia, and hopefully not the last. The Vigo council has really gone to town on this initiative, and rightly so. Like all big cities, traffic is a problem, and safe cycling in these cities must be promoted.

Xacobeo 2021

It may be two years away but promoting cycling in Galicia via the  Xacobeo 2021 is already kicking off. When the day of St James, the 25th July , falls on a Sunday, Galicia celebrates with gusto. The year is designated a Xacobeo year. (Xacobeo is Galician for St James). The central government promotes the region in a huge way. The Camino de Santiago sees a huge spike in pilgrims, and Galicia comes alive. And cycling is taking centre stage too for the celebrations. Rumour is that the Vuelta will either start or end in Galicia. And we know a Vuelta without Galicia is not a Vuelta at all. There will be a World cup of Cyclocross too, after two successful Spanish national championships. And campaigns to promote cycling in Galicia will take centre stage. We hope to see you here. You know where to come for your next cycling holiday in Spain.

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September 17, 2019

Thoughts on Power Meters

by: Dean Fletcher

In my blog of August 28th, Strava application debate, I touched on Power meters. I said that I would return to the subject, and thus here we are. So, what are my initial thoughts on Power Meters? Well, before I go any further, they do cause a bit of an argument. As cyclists, we all love to think that we know best. Our bikes have a lot of components, and we all like to argue that we have chosen the best out there. Best value, best looking, best weight/performance ratio etc. Well, that hornet’s nest is well and truly kicked over with Power Meters.

Thoughts on Power Meters

Firstly, which one do you buy? Crank mounted, pedal mounted, bottom bracket or hub incorporated? All have their pros and cons. My research on that will carry on, and I will refer. Now, I think hub mounted looks the best result. However, all have their pluses and minuses. I want to be more generic about their use though. I, like many ride my bike to enjoy it. If you only ride your bike to compete, the argument for power meters is simple. Which one should you buy, not should you buy one. That is 100% clear. Power meters will increase your performance, guaranteed.

Experience of Power Meters

So, what I have done in my, yet primitive research. Well, I have been out training with a friend who swears by them. We weigh the same, are the same height, and ride similar bikes. So, in theory my output and his should be similar. We follow his power meter. I have yet to buy one. So, what have I discovered, and has it altered my thoughts on Power Meters.? Firstly, training has become more intense. You are ruled by the numbers. Interval training is a good example. I have not tried it on any Galician climbs yet, only on flattish roads. Maintaining the wattage on 1-2 minute intervals is a tough job. Your body says no, the numbers say carry on. Without doubt, I have seen a marked improvement in my strength and ability to hold the speed. I am becoming a stronger rider in a short space of time. Huge uptick for power meters from me. But…

Negative Thoughts on Power Meters

This is a simple answer. The enjoyment is taken away from riding. It’s all about the numbers. Maintain X watts for Y amount of time. Repeat. Great, but I am human, not a computer. I have feelings, and I love riding my bike. I like to chat; I like to stop for a coffee and shoot the breeze. I don’t want to talk endlessly about watts per kilo over a milky white. I am one of the 90+% of cyclists who ride because we love it. Not because we want to win trophies or grab KOM on Strava. We simply are cyclists, nothing more. So, what are my final thoughts on Power Meters after a month of “using” one? I will carry on “borrowing ” my friend’s one once or twice a week. Let’s see if I feel the same if I start to really get my legs strong thanks to the Power Meter training. Will the bug bite? I will keep you informed.

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