I have another big bike ride coming up this year. Not as far or long as last year’s but it will be a challenge nevertheless.

The ride is from Biarritz the Barcelona over 5 days with a few iconic climbs thrown it to spice it up, a lot like the chorizo we’ll be eating on the way. It’s the same team that rode the last with the addition of a couple that couldn’t make it before. The format will be the same which means that we’ll ride it like the pros with all the back up that a pro team has but without their speed. Razors to the ready!

Here’s the route on Strava. As David, our guide and mentor, is a local he has said that the last day will be a surprise and not the tame 60 kilometres direct that you can see on the map. Barcelona is surrounded by hills or, if you come from Sussex, mountains so we will just have to wait and see.

The route on Strava

Biarritz to BarcelonaAs David used to race at a top level in Spain he has secured the services of a pro mechanic and soigneur who have both been working with Spanish teams this year. I can’t wait!

Distance and Elevation

 

Km

M

           

Day 0

34

             

Day 1

166.8

4625

Les cols d'Irati, Col de Soudet, Col de Marie Blanc

 

Day 2

126.6

4953

Col d'Aubisque, Col du Tourmalet, Col d'Aspin

 

Day 3

180.2

4681

Col de Peyresourde, Col de Portillon, Alt de la Bonaigua

Day 4

166.7

2855

           

Day 5

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?

           

Total

640.3

17,114