Galicia is becoming, very rapidly a destination for cyclists, and cyclotourists. It is a great place for a Spanish cycling holiday , as it has everything that a destination has to offer. There are kms of safe roads, fantastic scenery and nature , and the Galician food is excellent for “apres-cycle”. For those who love mountain climbs, there are endless choices. So, what is on the menu for those who like to pin a number on their back? What are the options for Cycle Sportives in Galicia? Well, the answer is, there are quite a few. So, let’s look at them in chronological order for 2019.
Strade Termal Ourense 7th April
This is a very special race in the Cycle Sportives in Galicia calander. That is because it is one of the rare races that crossed the Portuguese border. Because of very difficult administration of traffic police, cross border races are rare between Spain and Portugal. However, the Strade Termal can offer this rarity. Also, as its name implies, there is strade. Strade , or strata in Italian is gravel. And this race loves its gravel. In the Strade Termal 2018 edition , there were four distinct strade sections, with two of them mountain climbs.
A quick glance at the drone footage from the race video captures these climbs. The race starts and finishes in the Spa Hotel of Caldaria de Lobios . The pasta party the night before, and the full buffet lunch after the race are excellent. The race for 2019 has a provisional distance of 108km with 2000m+ accumulated. Contact Cycling Galicia for details of packages.
4 Picos Road 16th June
The 2019 edition of the 4 Picos Road will be the third running of this cycle sportive. It pays homage to Everisto Portela, the sporting director of SuperFroiz, Galicia’s biggest pro cycling team. The race starts and finishes in Pontevedra, and has four distinct climbs, the “4 picos”. Two of these are on the Morrazo peninsula, Lago de Castiñeras and Mirador de Moraño. The other two are just to the north of Pontevedra. Acibal, and finally the Vuelta de España climb to Monte Castrove, where Fabio Aru bested Chris Froome in 2015. The 2018 edition welcomed Miguel Indurain, the 5 time Tour de France winner as its patron. The race is controled , apart from the climbs, and is growing in stature every year. For package details contact Cycling Galicia.
Gran Fondo Ezaro 7th July
This race, organised by the famous Galician rider Ezequiel Mosquera, is growing every year. In 2018, and in 2019 it is a qualifier for the UCI world gran fondo championship. The race starts and finishes in Ezaro, the stunning waterfall, close to Cape Finisterre. The final 2.5km is the climb to the mirador de Ezaro. It has been used twice in the Vuelta de España and is famous for its ramp section that touches 30%. There is always a great crowd on the climb, that grows every year. This race has rapidly become the standout of the Cycle Sportives in Galicia. This is a proper race, with 20km neutral section, followed by 110km on mainly closed roads. Many of it along the coast, or overlooking it. It is a stunning race, and well worth visiting. For details of packages built around the race contact Cycling Galicia.