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Five days of unforgettable gravel riding

9th to 14th October

Experience a ride into the mountains through olive and almond orchards, explore the breathtaking Gorafe Desert, and stay in a Gypsy cave opposite the magical Alhambra Palace. Spend a night out in the desert and watch Flamenco dancers whirl.

Highlights

Fabulous Gravel

Covering 400km with just one gate, the gravel riding here is some of the most fabulous you'll ever encounter.

Stay in Caves

Stay in the gypsy caves of the the Albaicin district of Granada.

GORAFE DESERT

Ride through the incredible scenery of the Gorafe Desert aka Badlands

Sleep under the stars

One night Free camp for a night in middle of the desert.

Flamenco night

Enjoy a barbeque on the terrace overlooking the Alhambra Palace followed by a private Flamenco Tableau

Traditional Food

Eat simply, eat well with homecooked traditional Andalusian food in the bars in small villages.

INTINERARY

Day 1

A warm up 60 km ride into the mountains following an old tram track to have lunch in a shady café on the riverside

Day 2

A slightly longer cycle through the Olive and Almond groves to the west of Granada, almost entirely on gravel, you'll love the long flowing descents back into Granada.

Gather for a barbeque on the terrace overlooking the Alhambra with a private Flamenco tableau after dinner.

Day 3

Set off across the mountains on our three day adventure into the heart of the Badlands.

The long climb is amply rewarded with a long 25km descent to the edge of the desert.

Day 4

Welcome to the Badlands!

Your first glimpses of the desert come from the old railway line, and the scenery and riding just get better with every kilometre.

Stop for lunch in a tiny village to enjoy home-cooked tapas before heading out to the heart of the desert, where we'll camp under the stars.

Day 5

The desert gradually gives way to olive and almond groves as we head back towards Granada along the glorious gravel roads connecting pretty little villages.

Accommodation

In Granada, we're based from a series of caves in Albaicin, the traditional home of the gypsys of Andalucía and the heart of the Flamenco culture.

The caves are simply but comfortably furnished and the communal terrace has the most stunning view overlooking the Alhambra Palace.

We'll spend one night free camping under the stars in the Gorafe Desert.

The nitty gritty

Tour dates: 9th to 14th October

The cost per rider is £1550.00 which includes five days fully supported and guided gravel riding, all accommodation and luggage transfers when in the Gorafe desert.

Breakfasts and evening meals in Granada and when we free camp in the Gorafe desert.

Private after dinner Flamenco tableau in Granada.

Bike, luggage and camping kit transfer to and from London.

Price excludes flights and your travel costs getting to Granada, meals when riding to and from the Gorafe desert, all lunches & snacks.

A non-refundable £200 deposit will secure your place, balance due 8 weeks before the tour starts.

WHATS INCLUDED

ACCOMMODATION

We stay in caves in Granada and local hotels enroute to the Gorafe where we freecamp for one night under the stars.

Meals

Breakfasts and evening meals in Granada and when we free camp in the Gorafe desert.

Luggage TRANSFER

Your bags are transported from hotel to hotel when we're in the Gorafe Desert.

Fully GUIDED

Rides are guided by Charlie, an experienced British Cycling Qualified Ride Leader

Supported Ride

Rides are shadowed by a van driven by a trained bike mechanic who can fix almost any bike problem.

Route grade

Red/Challenging, riders require reasonable fitness and some experience riding off road.

Bike Transfer

Bike transfer to and from London.

Airport Transfer

We'll meet you in the late afternoon of the 9th at Malaga Airport and drop you off there before 10:30 AM on the 14th of October.

Bike Hire

You can hire a Titanium Landrace Gravel bike for this trip

Any Questions

Send me an email or give me a call 07930406610

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