Flight into Biarritz, transfer to Roncesvalles 1hr30 or flight into Bilbao, transfer to Roncesvalles 2hr 45. Assemble bikes or measure up for rental bikes.
Roncesvalles has been a starting point for centuries for pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago route and is now the starting point for this Pyrenean ride. We set off on our warm up ride through the lush and fertile foothills of the Pyrenees, mainly on forest tracks, with 2 climbs as our preparation for things to come.
Today we have a tough challenge as we join the GR11 trans-Pyrenean trekking route. A mix of tarmac, forest tracks and single track means we stay high on the frontier ridge crossing in and out of France before a 15km descent down to our night stop in Elizondo.
The day starts with a tough 10 km climb out of Elizondo to a ridge at 900 meters. It’s not quite all down hill from here, but there is some great riding, mainly on forest track, actually along the border between France and Spain. As we get closer we get great views down to the Atlantic were we will head to the finish and celebration at the beach side hotel in Hendaye.
Transfer Biarritz airport 35 minutes or to Bilbao airport 1hr 30
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