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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April 10, 2019

ITU World Championships in Pontevedra

by: Dean Fletcher

It is not often that you get to have the world’s best riding in your own backyard. Here in Galicia, we are going to have that pleasure in under two weeks with the ITU World championships in Pontevedra. This festival of sport will allow us to welcome to our corner of Spain the world’s finest all- round athletes. Let’s hope that they enjoy everything we have to offer here. The Galician food , our diverse Galician culture, and if the weather is good, our magnificent beaches . So let’s have an in depth look at what is coming.

ITU World Championships in Pontevedra

The fun will start on April 24th when the EXPO opens in the centre of the city. This will be situated in a huge tent in the Alameda gardens and will have many exhibitors. This will be the hub of the pre-competition days. Many athletes will take a look at what is an offer from the major brands in triathlon. The Thursday will be an admin day for the athletes, completing their registration, and perhaps doing their last training rides. A good idea for getting in some climbing km will be to tackle Monte Castrove from Cabeza de Boi. This would be a great warm up for the duathletes.

The Competition Days

The real work starts on the Saturday 27th, with the duathletes taking centre stage. The sprint starts at 8am, and the competition goes on all day until 9pm. The first world champions will be crowned from 1.30pm onwards. The cycling route has already been studied in detail in this blog-post from February. Sunday 28th has been made difficult by the national elections. However, the juniors and the para athletes will take centre stage. Much more interesting than politics.

Mountain Bike Day

Tuesday 30th is the big day for the mountain bike men. The beautiful, but sometimes brutal slopes that surround the city of Pontevedra, will be full of triathletes. The route is tough but fair, and the winner will have really earned their medal. The track is not super technical  but will need a lot of resect given to it, a there are plenty of short, sharp slopes to deal with. It should create enough gaps amongst the elite athletes to make the run not so vital.

The Big One LD Triathlon

After the Aquathlon on Thursday, the build-up will start in earnest toward the jewel in the crown of the ITU World Championships in Pontevedra. The long distance triathlon, which will take place on Saturday 4th May. Early birds will be able to see the best triathletes in the world take to the water at 8am. Ahead of them will be 3km swim, 113km on the bike, and a 30km run. And here in Galicia we all hope that at the end, our golden boy Javier Gomez Noya, Galicia’s golden boy will be crowned world champion. See you all in Pontevedra.

March 25, 2019

Great Galician Coastal Climbs

by: Dean Fletcher

Galicia is a part of Spain that is blessed with wonderful nature. It has 1500km of coastline, thousands of square kms of wild forest, and above all mountains. Lots of mountains. And most of them can be climbed by bike. There are some truly great Galician coastal climbs. From north to south, east to west, the region is a cyclist’s paradise. What makes Galicia special, and somewhat unique, is the proximity of these climbs to the beautiful Atlantic coastline. There is nothing better than challenging terrain, and at the same time, a view of the sea.

Great Galician Coastal Climbs

We are very much spoilt for choice for these coastal climbs. In the south of Galicia, the most famous is the north face of Monte Groba. This climb was the site of Nicolas Roche’s famous victory in stage 2 of the 2013 Vuelta. The climb starts in the town of Baiona, and winds through the forest, and across the Serra de Groba. The climb in total is 12km at just over 5%, but don’t let that fool you. This climb hits ramps of 15+% and will test the best legs. The view from the top, looking north up the coat is simply stunning. On a clear day, over 75km. Monte Groba can be climbed from two different sides, from the west via Mougás , or from the south from  Oia. Both options are challenging and offer sea views all the way up.

Climb of Monte Santa Trega

The mythical mountain of Monte Santa Trega is right up there on any list of great Galician coastal climbs. The famous peak situated on the south western tip of Galicia is beautiful. It has a deep historical and cultural value to the region, with its celtic links.  It is short and steep, at just 3km long, but with an average gradient of 8.3%, it never relents. The beauty of the climb, is the view changes from the ocean, to the river Miño , and back to the ocean. The road winds its way up on both sides of this pyramid type mountain. At the top, at 260m above sea level, you can see the latest sunset anywhere in Europe. It has to be seen to be believed. It really is a must for any cycling holiday in Spain.