After the traditional Spanish Tostada in the local Ribadesella café with Alex, our new buddy and support vehicle driver, we headed to the beach for the Length of Spain ride kick off photos with the Atlantic glistening in the background, then we were off to a slow start – cleat issues for me for the first few KM (the clips which attach your feet to the pedals). Great scenery was with us all day, and in the first few km a buzzard dramatically swept down and got its breakfast at the side of the road just by us.
Then onwards past all the kayakers to the popular tourist town of Cangas de Onis. Handy hint for anyone doing this route is, as you enter the town there is a stunning Roman bridge on your right. Enjoy the sight, but don’t let it take your mind of the route, especially if another cyclist has the audacity to overtake you. Otherwise you may miss the turning to Riaño and then you will probably end up doing and extra 12k uphill up the wrong road. If you do this, stop and ask the old lady if this is the road to Riaño, she is very helpful.
And then after 110km and 1779m in climbs we arrived at the Hotel Presa, and time for a welcome après bike! Great day in great weather. What a superb start.
Heres a great resource for cycling activities in Spain. A great country in which to enjoy a great sport - the mountain and road biking are superb!