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 24, 2019

Off-Season Cycling Training

by: Dean Fletcher

As we move towards the end of the summer, we need to focus on an important phase. Off-season cycling training is very important, and can be the key to a successful new season. And the sooner this training starts, the better. That does not mean that there is no downtime. The body needs a rest, as well as the mind. Therefore off-season cycling training can involve a lot of time off the bike. No need to keep climbing ,  nor eating too much. This is now becoming more popular amongst pro cyclists and triathletes. This does not mean that  we must spend the winter in the gym, paying large fees. What is now crucial is flexibility, core strength, and controlling body weight.

Off-Season Cycling Training

The fundamentals of cycling are watts per kg. It really is that simple. So, during off-season it is vital not to let the weight increase too much. Obviously, with less time on the bike, weight will increase naturally. Once full training resumes, the weight will come down. Control the diet, and do not let the kgs rack up. This is the most important part of off season cycling training. Gentle running, or walking keep the body in shape. And in Galicia, that enables you to enjoy the beautiful scenery and mountains. Secondly, less bike means more time for other work. All top cyclists have an incredible core strength. This is the base that they build from, enabling the legs to do the work. What is the best way to increase this strength?

Key to Core Strength Improvement

Pilates are very popular for core strength improvement. This improves flexibility too, another key point for cyclists. There are many types of Pilates, and the best for cyclists are those that really focus on deep core muscles. We are not looking for six pack abs. No, we need to concentrate on the deeper internal abdominal muscles. Many videos on You Tube are available that focus on internal abs. I will not recommend any. Find the one that suits and stick to it. A good base of core strength, with controlled breathing is vital. Get this right, and your season will start well.

 

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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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