This tour is a 4-night, 3-day intensive climbing tour aimed at those who like a long day in the saddle and to climb. An intensive work for those without the time to take a week away.A total distance of 415 km with over 7000m of vertical metres climbed.
Arrival and collection from Porto Airport, latest early afternoon arrival, and transfer to our base at the Casa Vilapouca in Tui . On arrival we will make up the bikes and toast your arrival in Galicia. Then over an evening meal in a local restaurant discuss the upcoming week.
SUNDAY 142 km with 2475 m accumulated climbing
After a hearty breakfast, we start with an easy 10km to find our rhythm. We quickly start climbing, first tackling the Alto de Castillo, to warm up our legs. From there we cross the the Sierra de Groba, and crest Monte Groba , pausing to take some photos at with the spectacular ocean view at the summit. With a swift descent to Baiona, we will hit the coast road to Oia, with a sharp left turn climbing to the Alto de Torroña. After that twenty-minute intensive effort we drop back towards the coast at La Guardia through the Tamuxe valley. Another short intensive effort up Monte Santa Trega awaits us, before we head back towards Tui. The vertical metres are not over yet, as we cross the River Miño into Portugal. We conclude the day by climbing to Candemil, and from there an undulating 20km back to base in Tui.
MONDAY 143 km with 2460m accumulated climbing
We head inland today, opening up the legs with a 30km undulating ride to Ponteareas via Salvaterra do Miño. The climbing really starts, as we tackle the 22km of Monte Fontefria, before descending into La Cañiza for a well-earned rest. From La Cañiza, we drop back down to the River Miño at Arbo, and cross the border into Portugal. From Melgaço we are climbing again for 9km up to Pomares, before descending back down to the river at Aspras. We run parallel to the Miño as we head back to Tui´s border twin town at Valença. That can be the site for a well deserved cold beer. Those brave enough can finish off another intensive climbing day with 7km to the top of Monte Faro, before returning to base.
TUESDAY 128 km with 2220 m accumulated climbing
Our last day will pack in the climbing and kms. It is what the Galicians call “sube-baja”, up and down all day. We leave Tui and head towards Salceda de Caselas, onto Ponteareas, along undulating terrain. From there we where will we head north climbing to Pazos de Borben. After a very fast sweeping descent to Redondela, we start climbing again to Peinador/Vigo Airport. After cresting at the University of Vigo Campus, we descend back to Tui, but not back to base. Instead, we head upwards tackling the steep south face of Monte Aloya, with its 12% gradients. A quick 13km descent to Gondomar,takes us straight to our final climb of the trip,the Alto de San Antoniño. From the summit, we can enjoy the last 12km of the holiday with a sweeping decent into Tui. And a very well-earned dinner.