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August 29, 2018

Galicia Spain’s Hidden Paradise

by Dean Fletcher

When people from outside Spain are asked if they know Galicia, the answer is invariably negative. Why is it, that this part of Spain is so popular with Spanish tourists, yet remains relatively unknown for foreigners who visit the peninsula. The easy answer could be the weather. The Costas of the Mediterranean , and the Andalusian coast have always been popular with sun-seeking tourists from all over Europe. The sun is guaranteed, but the beaches can be very overcrowded, and not very clean. Many are private, and also full of expensive sunbeds and parasols. At least you know what you are going to get, and the local councils plough a lot of money into attracting tourists. This last point could be the reason that the region remains unknown outside of Spain.

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August 22, 2018

Tourism in Galicia

by Dean Fletcher

Galicia remains one of the hidden gems of Spain. Galician tourism is becoming an important factor to the economy. The Spanish know all about it, and they love to come here on their holidays. The population that lives in what is known as the interior particularly relish Galicia. Much of Spain, particularly the central and southern parts are arid and dry. And in the summer can be quite unbearable, as temperatures hit 40 Celsius. Thus Galicia, with its coast, mountains, and unlimited greenery is very appealing for anybody thinking of cycling tours in Spain.

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August 13, 2018

Volta de Portugal passing close to Galicia

by Dean Fletcher

The 80th Volta a Portugal has just concluded in the town of Fafe, just an hour’s drive from the Galician border. This year, Gallegos were very fortunate to see a total of four stages, all easily accessible from Galicia. The heat was not as extreme as for the early part of the race, where the mercury hit 44 degrees Celsius. This caused the great spectacle of firemen in every town hosing down the peloton as it passed through. Social media loved those images.

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August 7, 2018

Heat and Riding

by Dean Fletcher

Most of Europe has been sweltering this week in temperatures never witnessed. The heat has been unbearable. When the hot weather makes it to the first item on Spanish television news, you know it must be hot. And it was hot. Galicia is not known for these extreme temperatures, particularly because of the cooling influence of the Atlantic Ocean. This time it was different. In Tui, where Cycling Galicia is based, the mercury hit 42.5 degrees Celsius, making a bike ride quite uncomfortable.Although these temperatures were unprecedented, when the thermometer hits 35 degrees plus, a ride is still possible. However, some rules need to be followed when cycling in such heat.

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July 28, 2018

One Law Just for Team SKY?

by Dean Fletcher

We watched the domination of TEAM SKY at this year´s Tour de France. And this after an emphatic Giro win, all achieved under the dark cloud of Chris Froome´s “positive test” for excessive Salbutamol. All this has really opened a Pandora´s box in the world of cycling. You must feel though, that despite the scandalous revelation of Froome´s abnormal result by the French press, TEAM SKY have played this one badly. What Brits see as playing by the book, is seen as arrogance in Europe. And today´s rest day press conference by Brailsford, essentially blaming the French people is not going to help the situation. So, let´s try and put this all into perspective.

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