Bespoke tour one is a 7-night, 6-day cycling tour, aimed at those who like a demanding challenge, and to ride upwards. In total this tour would take in 700km with approximately 12000m of accumulated climbing.
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, toast your arrival in Galicia, and over an evening meal in a local restaurant discuss the upcoming week.
SUNDAY 100 km with 1500 m accumulated climbing
After breakfast we head out from Tui to tackle some of the local climbs. Today will be a gentle cycling to warm up your legs for bigger tests in the week. We will follow the coast road to Oia, then climb the south face of Monte Groba via Torroña and take in the stunning ocean views from the summit. Then descend into Baiona and then on to tackle Monte Aloia from Gondomar. From the summit, we will descend back to our base in Tui.
MONDAY 121 km with 1800m accumulated climbing
This morning will be head inland along the valley of the River Miño, an undulating 35km to Arbo, where we will turn inland and climb the 15km towards La Cañiza, and after a brief stop, we will climb another 4km to the top of Monte Fonte Fria , and then enjoy the 20km descent to the spa town of Mondariz . From there the cycling gets tougher, as we tackle the Alto de Moscoso, used in the 2010 Vuelta de España. From the top we will descend to Os Valos, and from there head back to base, a flat ride of 25km.
TUESDAY 108 km with 1670 m accumulated climbing
Our third day will start bright and early with the short sharp shock of the south face of Monte Aloya, overlooking our Tui base. From the top we will descend to the coast at Baiona via Vincios. After 10km cycling by the coast we will turn sharply inland to tackle the climb of Mougás, bringing us on the Sierra de Groba 500m above sea level. The descent to the coast at La Guardia takes us through the wine growing region of O Rosal. In La Guardia, we will tackle the Monte Santa Trega, the mythical mountain at Galicia’s south west tip. The views from the top will live long in the memory. From there it is 30km back to base, where a relaxing massage awaits, AND your dirty kit will be taken away , washed and ready for Wednesday morning
WEDNESDAY 112 km with 2455 m accumulated climbing
Our earliest start, as we load up the van for the 75-minute drive to A Retorta, where will start our ride. After an undulating 45km we will arrive at the Puente Romano en A Pobra de Trives, from where we will tackle the 30km of Cabeza de Manzaneda, to the highest summit in Galicia at 1763m. After a well-deserved snack in the café at the top of the ski slopes, we will tackle the descent via Montederramo, and back to A Retorta. An energy sapping 120km before we head back to base.
THURSDAY 126 km with 2080 m accumulated climbing
Today´s route will take us into what the Galicians call “Galiza vella”, the old Galicia, which in modern day is known as Northern Portugal. We will cross the border in Tui and stretch our legs with a 30km ride to the foot of the Alto de Extremo, followed by a descent into Paredes de Coura for a well-deserved Portuguese cake. From Paredes we will then start to explore the beautiful cycling routes of the interior leading to Serra de Arga. We tackle the brutal 15%+ slopes to the Arga de Cima, from Cabraçao. After crossing the beautiful Serra De Arga, we will work our way back to base, a very undulating 25km for a very well-earned drink.
FRIDAY 130 km with 2365 m accumulated climbing
Our final day will be focus on picturesque cycling . We will tackle San Antoniño from Tui, and then cut the descent off as we head towards Tebra, and the the climb of the Alto de Castillo. From there we cross over to San Cibrán, where we will descend to the coast at Sabaris. After a break in Baiona, we will tackle the north face of Monte Groba and descend back to the coast via Torroña. We will then follow the coast road, 20km of stunning cycling. After a small deviation via the Alto de San Xian with it´s ocean views. we head back along the Miño river. For those who want one last hurrah, we can climb up Aloya´s Portuguese twin Monte Faro. And finish off with a well earned,last night gourmet dinner.