September & October Cycling in the Sierra Nevada, Spain

Cycling Holidays & Training Camps based in the Sierra Nevada National Park. Beautiful scenery, great roads and unrivaled climbs.

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September & October Cycling in the Sierra Nevada, Spain

Cycling Holidays & Training Camps based in the Sierra Nevada National Park. Beautiful scenery, great roads and unrivaled climbs.

  • Self catered apartment
  • Andalucia —Vélez de Benaudalla
  • Activity Type
    • With guide
    • Training camp
    • Fixed base
  • Groups up to 30 in 10 bedrooms
  • Grade
    • Moderate riding
    • Challenging riding
  • Style
    • Mountain cols
    • Rolling hills
  • Distances
    • 100-150km/day
    • 50-75km/day
    • 75-100km/day
  • Features
    • BBQ facilities
    • Bike shop nearby
    • Bike stand
    • Bike tools
    • Bike wash
    • Cooking facilities
    • Covered bike maintenance area
    • Drying space
    • Emergency spares
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Family rooms
    • Outdoor pool
    • Private parking
    • Sauna
    • Secure bike storage
    • Table tennis table
    • Terrace
    • TV/DVD
    • Wifi

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At Cycle Sierra Nevada we arrange our training camps to suit the beginner to the elite level cyclist. We adjust our routes each day to suit your capabilities. Our rides can range from 60km right up to 175km or from 2 to 7 hours. It’s our aim that you benefit from your week here. More important to us however is that you enjoy your time with us and we endeavour to make your cycling holiday an enjoyable experience.

WHAT´S INCLUDED:

  • 7 nights accommodation in self-catering apartment
  • 5 fully guided group rides
  • 5 daily printouts of the next days ride and profile
  • Ride pack each day with cereal bars and snacks
  • Secure bike storage
  • Access to our bike workshop

WHAT´S NOT INCLUDED:

  • Bike rental
  • Flights
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch and evening meals
  • Single room supplement
  • Airport Transfers

Typical Itinerary:

Saturday: Arrival, build bikes, short spin to test the bikes, dinner and then relax after a long day of traveling.

Sunday: Introduction to Spain! Light spin for 2 to 3 hours and an optional longer route of 3.5 to 4 hours.

Monday: Medium spin, 3 to 4 hours or an optional longer route of 4.5 hours. Afternoon and evening free to explore the village and relax.

Tuesday: Long day in the saddle, 5 to 6 hours, with a possible trip to Spain’s highest village, Trevelez.

Wednesday: Rest day with optional light coffee spin to the beach. Possible evening trip to the historical city of Granada or alternatively a day on the beach.

Thursday: Medium day of 3 to 4 hours cycling in some spectacular scenery.

Friday: Will be another long day in the saddle to test those legs over some grueling climbs, 4 to 5 hours, aim to be back by 4pm and stretch straight off the bike. Pack the bikes. Prearranged meal in local restaurant.

Saturday: Breakfast, goodbyes, transfers to airport.

The area where we are based is quite mountainous and you will be expected to tackle long and arduous climbs each day.

Please note if the dates are not suitable for you we will be happy to try to accommodate you on those dates that suit you best.

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We offer a selection of one, two and three bedroom apartments. All have roof terraces with stunning views to the village and mountains beyond. The terraces are ideal for outdoor dining. Each has a dining table and chairs, a large parasol, sun loungers and a BBQ.

All of our properties are based in the centre of the village of Velez de Benaudalla. We are easy walking distance to all the local shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Most of the apartments are decorated in typical Andalusian style with terracotta flooring throughout. All rooms are air conditioned and all bedrooms have Juliette style balconies with shutters, fitted wardrobes bedside cabinets and reading lamps. The bedrooms are arranged over 2 floors. The master bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with bath, w/c and bidet and shower room. There is also a w/c on the 1st floor.

The open plan living areas have large sofas, TV/DVD and a breakfast bar. Fully fitted open plan kitchens come with all major appliances and are fully equipped for your stay.

10 Bedrooms

Room 1
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds + sink + bath + shower + toilet + bidet

Room 10
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds

Room 2
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds

Room 3
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds

Room 4
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds

Room 5
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds

Room 6
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds

Room 7
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds

Room 8
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds

Room 9
Sleeps 2

2 × single beds

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Only approximately one hour from Malaga, Granada and Almeria International Airports, we are situated in the beautiful small village of Velez de Benaudalla. Nestled on the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, in a beautiful area known as the Alpujarras, and only a few kilometres to the coast of the Costa Tropical, make Velez de Benaudalla an ideal location for your cycling holiday.

VELEZ DE BENAUDALLA

Only one hour from Malaga International Airport, one and half hours to Almeria Airport, and only 30 minutes to Granada Airport, we’re located in the small traditional Spanish village of Velez de Benaudalla.

Velez is nestled between three mountain ranges- Sierra Nevada to the north, Sierra Lujar to the east and the Sierra Los Guájares to the west. We are also only a short spin of 10 kilometres to the coast of the Costa Tropical to the south.

The village itself is authentic and typically Spanish. You will find genuine tapas bars, traditional restaurants typical of the Andalucian region, supermarkets, banks, pharmacy, doctors and takeaway foods. The bakery even makes daily deliveries around the village! Triathletes can enjoy the newly constructed municipal swimming pool and swimming is also possible in the nearby reservoir created by the newly constructed Rules Dam.

LA ALPUJARRAS

Velez de Benaudalla is located in the region of La Alpujarra, a large, sparsely inhabited area covering the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range and bordering one of Spain’s few National Parks. The hillsides of the Alpujarras are dotted with small, traditional white villages and some of the most stunning countryside in all of Spain. The southern facing slopes that ascend to the peaks of the Sierra Nevada are gentle in their incline and are well covered by a network of traffic free meandering roads that are perfect for cycling all year round.

THE LECRIN VALLEY

An area of outstanding natural beauty, the Lecrin Valley is famous for its verdant landscape and amazing views to lake Beznar and the Sierra Nevada mountains. The Lecrin Valley offers fantastic walks, birdlife, amazing spring colours and it’s perfect for cycling. Riding though the Valley, one can’t help but be enchanted by its beautiful array of orange, lemon, olive and almond groves. All of which are irrigated by a system of channels that are a legacy of the Moors.

COSTA TROPICAL

Costa Tropical is the name given to the relatively unspoilt stretch of coastline between Almunecar and Almeria. It lies just 15kms south our base in Velez de Benaudalla. The Costa Tropical is blessed with 320 sunny days a year making it a haven for sun worshippers. The Costa takes its name from the sub-tropical climate which enables the cultivation of exotic crops such as mangoes, bananas and citrus. With warm winters and long hot summers, the average year round temperature is 20C. In the past, this stretch of coastline wasn’t ideal for cycling but since the construction of the new motorway the old coastal road has become almost devoid of traffic.

                                **THE CLIMBS**

La Zubia - 1200 m - 4.6 km

The closing climb of stage 6 of the 2014 Vuelta Espana is only a short spin away from our base in Velez de Benaudalla. The 1200m high climb is not a particularly long one, but what it lacks in length it is made up for in it’s steepness. The total length to La Zubia is only 4.6 kilometres from which the first 600 metres are partly flat. The following 4 kilometres raise with an average gradient of 10%!

Sierra de Tejeda - 1358 m - 36 km

This is probably the most spectacular climb in the area. With 36 kilometres of steady gradient, the climb tops out at 1358 meters above sea level, with a well deserved coffee stop at the summit. This is the old road from the coast to Granada city, locally named La Carretera de la Cabra or The Road of the Goat. In the past, the road was used by mule drivers taking fish from the coast to the markets in Granada city, taking almost two days and traversing the mountain at night to avoid the daytime sun. We start the climb from the tropical climate of the seaside town of Almunecar. By-passing banana plantations and rising steadily through the small towns of Otivar and Jete, we eventually climb to alpine level and proceed on to the barren plains of the Vega of Granada and the famous El Suspiro del Morro pass.

Haza del Lino - 1300 m - 20 km

Haza del Lino sits atop the Sierra de la Contraviesa, a coastal mountain range famous for its vineyards, almond and fig groves. There are many approaches to the portal of Haza del Lino, both from the coast and inland. All approaches are incredibly beautiful and the views are breath-taking in all directions. It’s hard to decide which approach we at CSN like most, it would be like a mother attempting to choose between her children. However, it’s safe to say no matter which approach we attempt, it’ll be a memorable time in the saddle with a great little cafe right at the end.

Trevelz - 1486 m - 20 km

Tevelez, resting at 1486 metres above sea level, is one of the highest villages in Spain. The village is famous for the quality of its air-cured Iberian hams. Because of the cooler climate- due to the altitude and the village’s position within a gorge conditions for curing ham are ideal.

We have the option of three approaches for tackling the climb to Trevelz. Some are less steep but longer than others. Nonetheless, each approach takes in quiet stretches of mountain roads with great views and plenty of opportunities to refill for water and fuel.

Alto Hazallanas - 1650 m - 17 km

Leaving the outskirts of the city of Granada we travel through the golden plains of Cenes del la Vega, following the path of least resistance we track the source of the famous river that flows through the city, Rio Genil. Eventually after around 10km of steady climbing we make our way to the village of Güéjar Sierra. The village is situated in the north-western part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, at an altitude of 1,088 metres, it is a main gateway to the three peaks of the Sierra Nevada, most notably the Mulhacén, Alcazaba and Veleta.

For the final 6km the gradient of the road is less forgiving than the first half of the climb. The road really starts to kick up and has an incline of 20% in places. It really pays to have a compact crank or a 28” on the back sprocket here. One would be forgiven for questioning their love of the sport along this road, but don’t let us put you off. The pain is worth it for the magnificent views from the Alto Hazallanas.

This climb featured on stage 10 of the 2013 Vuelta Espana, Chris Horner makes it look a little too easy for a man in his forties!

Distances

Nearest bus stop:
Less than 250m
Nearest shops / amenities:
Less than 250m
Nearest bars / restaurants:
Less than 250m

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