This year YouGoDo will be cycling the length of Spain.
So this September, along with a few friends I will be cycling right across Spain, from the Atlantic on the North Spanish Coast right down to Fuengirola on the Mediterranean South Spanish Coast.
Why are we going North to South? Easy answer - because its all downhill ;-) No - I’m told the prevailing winds tend to come from the West so no real likely tail wind advantage going top to bottom or bottom to top. So it’s the psychological advantage of every single turn of the pedals taking me nearer to home, as I live in the South!
North to South of Spain Route
You can see our draft planned length of Spain route here, starting at Ribadesella and passing through
The route is currently showing to be 1053km but I’m sure we will add about 100 – 150 extra km to this, looking for places to stay, getting lost, taking detours, etc!
How long will it take?We plan to complete the ride in 12 relatively easy cycling days - so it looks like around 100km a day average which should be no problem. We want to have the time and energy to enjoy the Spanish sights, food and culture at our overnight locations. Even with an average rider age of over 50! Are we too old to be called MAMILs (Middle Aged Men in Lycra!) yet?
We are planning to ‘not plan’ our stops, rather decide on our overnight points each day around lunchtime. This way we can take advantage of those dream days where it’s all downhill or level-ish and we have a tail wind from heaven! (Mmmmm - maybe - is there anywhere flatish in Spain?). We will do shorter rides on those uphill, into a driving rain and a headwind days!
We are hoping to enjoy quiet well surfaced roads, and avoid any really steep climbs – long climbs not a problem – all part of crossing Europe’s second most mountainous country.
We will be starting on the weekend of 15th September so hopefully not too hot and dry!
Help and Advice!
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Bring it on!
And of course we hope to raise some funds for some great and well deserving charities along the way – you can help us to support reasrech to help suffers of Cancer, Cusytic Fibrosis and Alzheimers by donating at http://www.charitygiving.co.uk/paulbell - every little helps in the fight against these dreadful diseases.