Cycling in Spain is as romantic as it sounds. That’s even more true now that Spain is beginning to define its cycling identity on its own terms. What Spain has so humbly forgotten to mention about its cycling offerings goes way beyond great food and weather, breathtaking scenery, and challenging terrain. If you want to know where the best cycling in Spain is, read on
“El pico de Veleta” is Europe’s highest cyclable climb and it soars up to 3,394 m (11,135 ft). Time your climb to a full moon, which falls this year on June 4, July 5, or August 3, 2020, to reach the peak at sunrise for an experience that’s hard to match anywhere else in the world.
The Sierra al Límite road bike event takes place over two days in July each year. Participants can choose to race both days or only the first day. The second day offers a non-competitive climb up Veleta to the finish at 3,290 meters/10,794′. Those who race both days have a chance at winning the title of “Golden Climber” for scoring the lowest cumulative time for both days. This vlog features the 2018 Sierra al Límite Golden Climber and the coach who helped him get there.
When the news hit that Spain had taken the top spot from Italy as the world’s healthiest nation, more than a few eyebrows shot up in surprise. However if you strategize your visit, the flavors and quality of life here will soon make it obvious why Spain is #1. Here are some tips for thriving in Spain if you are health-conscious.
Tickets to the Alhambra can be tough – if not impossible – to find during peak times or at the last minute. Dropping by the Alhambra to check it out is still possible; here’s a way to “visit” the Alhambra in a less traditional manner.
From wider tires to single-chainring groupsets, traditional drop bar bikes are evolving. Too bad traditional cyclists aren’t evolving as quickly. But that may change as a new batch of 1x drivetrains from leading component makers aim to simplify drop bar bikes. (republished from the Taipei Show Daily)
Travel is the great equalizer (and educator) so let these four destinations that aren’t Whistler, Moab, or Andorra light a spark to get that desire to travel burning. This was published to the Ritchey blog with help from Thomas Frischknecht and Jimena Florit.
Standing there at the start of a race, one foot on the ground, the other one resting on your pedal, cocked at 3 o’clock and ready to attack at the gun, you wonder, could you have prepared better?
When Ritchey asked for some blog ideas, we offered a few that we thought would resonate with their customers. Mountain bike tourism is especially on the rise in Switzerland, Italy, Austria and elsewhere, and the hospitality industries there are coming up with amenities and resources specifically tailored to two-wheeled tourists.
Water (and sunblock) more than anything else wields mighty power in Granada, probably owing to summertime temperatures that often soar above 35C/95F. Luckily abundant public water fountains are a nice perk to riding around Granada so you can go forth fearlessly on that 4-, 6-, or even 10-hour ride, your hydration requirements will be met.