Tour of Basque

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bespoke guided rides

pie is a cycling events company delivering amazing bespoke bike rides throughout the UK and Europe. We create, develop, manage, operate and deliver fully supported guided group cycling trips for companies, charities and groups of individuals.  All to your specific brief.

Straddled across the border of France and Spain on the coast of the Bay of Biscay, this area is home to some of the world’s finest food, pintxos, and innovative buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum

 

Choice of daily routes

390km /480km total distance

5000m / 6000m ascent

3.5 days guided cycling

Full support crew

Itinerary

Day 1 – 50km & 537m ascent

We fly into Bilbao airport and transfer to our hotel in Pamplona, best known for the Running of the Bulls (Feast of San Femin). You will have a chance to meet the rest of the pie crew over lunch before having a briefing and getting out on your bikes for a few hours in the afternoon, depending on flight times. The warm up loop offers some gentle rolling hills to ease everyone into the first day ride as the route criss-crosses the Camino de Santiago.

Day 2 – Pamplona to San Sebastian: 120km & 1604m ascent / 135km & 2150m ascent

We start the day riding north as we head for the coastal town of San Sebastian. We will be riding on quiet roads as we navigate our way along stunning valleys. There are three named climbs during the day, San Miguel de Aralar, the Zuarrarrate, and the Uitzi. After all the climbing, your reward is a 15km descent into the outskirts of San Sebastian.

Day 3 – San Sebastian to Durango: 124km & 1527m ascent / 137km & 2109m ascent

In the morning we ride downhill into San Sebastian passed the bull ring, the old town and the beautiful Bahia de la Concha. Unfortunately, what goes down, must go up, and that up is 6 hairpins which take you to the top of Monte Igueldo. The climbing continues for several kilometres as we follow the coastline which offers spectacular views out across the Bay of Biscay and takes in routes from the 2018 Vuelta a España, Tour of Basque and San Sebastian Classic.

Day 4 – Durango to Bilbao: 124km & 1527m ascent / 137km & 2109m ascent

Setting off from Durango we head to our final destination in Bilbao, via Guernika. This truly is the heart of the Basque Country where the battle for independence was once fought and the area bears the scars of war. We tackle two of the most famous climbs in the area, Puerto de Urkiola and Balcon de Bizkaia, before riding past the Guggenheim Museum to the finish hotel to celebrate everyone’s achievements.

Day 5 – A chance to relax after the trip

Today is a free day to enjoy all the historic port city of Bilbao before your return flight back to the UK.

More Information

Interested? Please contact us for more details. Call 01932 460090 or email info@pieevents.co.uk and download the event summary sheet.

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pie delivers fully supported bespoke guided rides throughout the UK and Europe for the discerning cyclist.

Every ride is designed completely to your needs so your cyclists, no matter what standard they are, will have a fabulous time.

We’re known for our efficiency, integrity, and our passion to get it right. From your 1st contact with us, to the last cyclist’s arrival, we will make your event as effortless and awesome as possible.

Your cyclists will be led in small groups of similar standards by our team of amazing guides on bikes who are in turn supported by our experienced crew of tour leaders and medics.

The end result is stunning scenery, challenging ascents, incredible descents, perfect hotels, great food, like minded company.

In short, an amazing ride.

Download the Summary Sheet for more details