Madrid Road Cycling - Classic Routes of Spanish Champions
About your bike tour
On this guided road biking trip, you'll experience classic bike routes ridden by Spain's great road bike champs.
Conveniently located just north of Madrid, we'll enjoy spectacular roads with little traffic and moderate mountains climbs. Nestled amongst them, we discover enchanting and medieval villages such as Pedraza, breathtaking historical sites, heritage-protected cities such as Segovia and Toledo and monuments like the El Escorial’s Monastery.
We'll ride in the territory of some of Spain's great cycling champs - Alberto Contador's home town of Pintor, Carlos Sastre and his foundation in Avila, Pedro Delgado and his love for Segovia, Bahamontes and his treasured Toledo.
There's a great reason why this is one of Spain's favorite cycling areas - we’ll combine mountainous routes with more relaxed terrain, cycle along small and well paved roads, see ever-changing landscapes and stay in charming hotels.
The tour finishes in Madrid with a Spanish ‘fiesta’ and flamenco and a cultural tour of the city.
Minimum 4 people on this supported tour. Please note that distances are estimates since the tour guide will adjust the route and distances based on the participants' preferences.
From Madrid, we head by van to the hotel in Soto de Real. At the hotel and enjoy a welcome refreshment, fit the bikes and review the tour information the ride maps.
We’ll take a short spin to get acquainted with the terrain.
Soto is the preferred location for cyclists, it combines flat, medium and high mountain passes. The cycling path starting in Madrid, ends in Soto, so it is always busy with cyclists, and many professionals come here to start their training programs.
Overnight in Soto.
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the top of the Morcuera Pass, hop on the bikes and ride down and through the beautiful Lozoya Valley, visit the El Paular monastery and ride along the edges of the Pinilla Reservoir.
We’ll then go to Lozoya, along the valley and start to climb the Navafría Pass. From here we ride along the northern flank of the Guadarrama Mountains, travelling through oak and pine forests on back country roads to the town of Pedraza - a perfectly preserved medieval town, complete with castle.
We’ll have lunch in Pedraza and then continue riding along the picturesque roads towards Segovia, where we’ll stay the night in a historic hotel located in the city’s Plaza Mayor.
Segovia is the hometown of Pedro Delgado, who won the Tour of France in 1988.
After check in we have a chance to visit Segovia’s Cathedral and Alcázar and explore the bars & cafes around town.
Overnight in Segovia.
Segovia’s ancient streets and medieval neighbourhoods provide a great place to start today’s riding.
We’ll pass along the ancient city walls, under the world-famous Roman aqueduct and ride by some marvellously old monasteries on our way to San Ildefonso de la Granja, built by the first Bourbon monarchs of Spain, who were determined to re-create a little piece of Versailles in the dry plains of Spain.
From there, we’ll head over the Navacerrada Pass, a classic climb in the Vuelta d'Espana. There is a fantastic downhill into the town of El Escorial. Here we’ll visit the Monastery of San Lorenzo. Built between 1563 and 1584, the Monastery was the biggest building of the Renaissance period.
Todays riding brings us closer to the territory of Carlos Sastre, winner of Tour of France in 2008.
Overnight in El Escorial.
The mountainside setting of El Escorial is a favourite location for cycle tourists and road bikers alike; once we’ve had the chance to explore the area surrounding the San Lorenzo Monastery, we’ll cycle along the roads frequented by Carlos Sastre - medium mountainous terrain, very pleasant and quiet with some reservoirs, cow farms and pine trees.
After lunch, we jump in the van and go further back in time, to the world-famous city of Toledo, which was the capital of the country in the 15th century and was once the most famous seat of learning in the peninsula. The city is home to innumerable convents, churches, museums, synagogues and palaces. Take the afternoon to discover the narrow alleys and hillside staircases that have inspired everyone from artist El Greco to novelist Noah Gordon.
Toledo is the home of Federico Bahamontes, "The Eagle of Toledo", and winner of tour of France in 1959.
We spend the night in the historic city of Toledo.
After a quick van transfer, we’ll head to the town of Chinchón, which has one of the prettiest town squares in the region. From there, we’ll ride through the rolling countryside to the town of Aranjuez, pedaling by wineries, olive groves and melon farms.
We’ll pass by Tielmes, Morata de Tajuña and Colmenar de Oreja, the towns where Alberto Contador used to take his daily training rides.
From here, we'll go by van to visit the town of Pinto, the hometown of Tour winner Alberto Contador. Pinto is adorned with Contador memorabilia - the town’s bars, restaurants, and locals all adore Alberto.
We'll then transfer back to our hotel in Madrid.
The final day of the tour gives you the chance to discover Madrid on your own, either on foot or by bike.
There’s so much to do that it almost seems unfair to list all the possibilities, but favorites include the Big Three museums (the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía), the beauty of the Retiro Park, or the wide open spaces of the Casa de Campo Park.
In the evening, you’re free to go on your own tapas crawl, take in a flamenco show or see something cultural at the Teatro Real or the Teatro Nacional (we’ll be happy to make the reservations for you).
Overnight in Madrd.
After breakfast, it's time to say goodbye to the Madrid. Adios and see you on the road again soon!
Photos of this bike tour
What we love
- experiencing the classic bike routes at first hand, ridden by Spain's great road bike champs
- exploring the bars and cafes around the medieval cities of Segovia and Teledo
- feasting on Paella, Jamón serrano ham and tapas followed by a glass of superb Spanish wine
- clapping to the percussion of castanets while watching elegant Flamenco performers
- visiting the Big Three museums such as the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía
What to know
- rental bikes at extra cost
- spectacular roads with little traffic and moderate mountains climbs
Arrival in Madrid, Spain.
Departure from Madrid, Spain
March 12th – November 26th 2012
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- New tour dates coming soon!
Accommodation & Rates
- $1,900: Double Room (1 bed)
- $1,900: Double Room (2 beds)
- $2,194: Single Room
- 6x hotel accomodation
- 6x breakfast buffet
- All transfers
- Snacks/drinks in the van
- Maps and guidance
- 4x lunches
- Cycling jersey
- Emergency hotline
- Bicycle rental available at extra cost
Description of Accommodation during the bike tour
4 star hotels, often staying in Paradors, luxury hotels located in historic buildings. See http://www.paradores-spain.com/
Photos of Accommodation
Photos are examples, actual hotel & room may vary.
A credit card (VISA or MasterCard) is essential as a guarantee for any type of rental.
Rentals have no insurance coverage. The user will be liable for the good keeping and use of the bike and its accessories. In case of lost/damaged bike or accessories we will charge the value to the customer’s credit card.
Aluminium road bike ORBEA AQUA TTG Alum.7005
Corbon road bike ORBEA ONIX T105 2011