Bike Tours

highlights

 
  • Explore the “Green Spain” Cantabria and Asturias by bike
  • Climb Lagos de Covadonga – the most spectacular National Park in Spain and L’Angliru – the hardest climb in Europe and many more popular Vuelta a Espana climbs
  • Ride the coast, green valleys, visit charming villages and explore Santander, Bilbao and the capital of Asturias – Oviedo
  • Enjoy Spanish hospitality while having traditional tapas, delicious sea food and natural cider
  • It is a 9-day / 8-night guided and a SAG van supported cycling tour, accompanied by the founder of HC Bike Tours. The tour is open to anyone, but the number of spots is limited to only a maximum of 7 guests
  • This tour is perfect for all type of cyclists who ride a bike on a regular basis and are comfortable with rides of 2 hours or more at a relatively strong pace. Although there are no limitations and every cyclist is welcome. Our SAG van will follow us on every ride and make sure you are fine to ride or pick you up to shorten your ride.

Book your trip right now! To reserve your spot fill in the Booking form.
 
You can make this tour Private or go Custom with personalized and tailored to fit your schedule, interests and budget. Start planning today! Go to Custom & Private cycling tour and fill in the Booking form.
 
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WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • 9-day / 8-night the founder of HC Bike Tours guided and a SAG van supported tour
  • All transfers from/to the airports and all ground transportation
  • All luggage and bike transportation
  • All accommodation fees (double occupancy)
  • Our SAG van at your disposal after the rides
  • All breakfasts
  • On-road picnic lunches and supplements including fresh bread, cheese, meet, fruit, snacks and drinks
  • Recommendations for restaurants for dinners
  • Ride Leader (the founder) + SAG van during every ride
  • Services of our professional English speaking staff
  • Mechanic assistance
  • Welcome pack including the maps for the rides, two water bottles, SiS recovery drink and an HC Bike Tours s/s cycling jersey
  • Pre-tour training and holiday preparation advice
  • HC Bike Tours staff evenings experience exchange – Pro experience sharing, nutrition advice, bike fitting, coaching
  • Photos of your tour
  • We welcome non-riders and family members of riders
 
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance (recommended)
  • Additional personal expenses, i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, drinks, gratuities, laundry, coffee stops
  • Lunches and dinners (however on-road picnic lunches are included)
  • Rental bike (available for an additional fee)
 
Day 1 - Wednesday, September 13

Welcome to Spain

Peña Cabarga
HC Bike Tours’ team will meet you at the airport. From there, you will be provided with the transportation to the hotel. A bit later, our team will help you to set up your bicycle. If possible, we will take off for a warm-up ride in the afternoon. It is going to be a special ride up to Mirador de Peña Cabarga. It is a short but very steep climb: 3.7 miles / 6 km long, average grade 9,8%, max up to 18%. This climb was the summit finish of Vuelta a Espana 2016 Stage 11. Welcome to Northern Spain where are the hardest climbs in Europe.
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
On road supplements
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Santander area

Posada Mies de Villa
hills
climbs
Peña Cabarga
tour
accomplished
Distance 33 miles / 54 km
Elevation gain 5,250 ft / 1,600 m
Day 2 - Thursday, September 14

Let’s start to explore the Green Spain

Somo => Santillana del Mar => Comillas
We will leave our hotel in the morning and head to the village of Santillana del Mar - a picturesque old town in Cantabria. We will take a coffee stop there and go around the town. A bit later, our way heads to another beautiful village located by the sea – Comillas. Dinner – is it time for seafood?!
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Comillas

Hotel Faro de San Vicente
tour
accomplished
Distance 45 miles / 74 km
Elevation gain 3,950 ft / 1,200 m
Day 3 - Friday, September 15

From the coast into the mountains

Comillas => Pico de Tres Mares => Potes + Fuente Dé (optional)
We will start to ride along the sea for a while and turn into the mountains in a while. We will take a backroad towards to Pico de Tres Mares. It is a long backroad that goes up for almost 40 km but not very steep averaging around only 3%. We will finish the ride in the historical village of Potes. The area is surrounded by the spectacular mountains, with running streams and rivers. We will stay in a very special hotel and have highly recommended dinner in the hotel`s restaurant.

Optional - a shorter route is available too. We recommend, you choose + you can extend the ride by climbing up to Fuente Dé (extra 50 km).
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner in Casa Cayo (Potes)
house
accomondation
Hotel Infantado (Ojedo)
hills
climbs
Pico de Tres Mares
Fuente Dé (optional)
tour
accomplished
Distance 62 miles / 101 km
Elevation gain 7,880 ft / 2,400 m
Day 4 - Saturday, September 16

Enjoy the beauty of two gorges…

Potes => La Hermida => Gorges del Cares => Cangas de Onis + Mirador del Fitu (optional)
Nice warm-up riding down through Gorge La Hermida. It is 25 km long descent before we turn left and start to head to Cangas de Onis. But before we reach Cangas, we will ride through spectacular Gorges del Cares and stop for coffee somewhere there to feel the nature. Short guided walk in the town of Cangas de Onis is up to you tonight. Let`s go and explore local restaurants:)

Optional – you can extend your day by a climb to Mirador del Fitu (35 km).
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Cangas de Onis 

Hotel El Stella
hills
climbs
Mirador del Fitu (optional)
tour
accomplished
Distance 50 miles / 81 km
Elevation gain 3,600 ft / 1,100 m
Day 5 - Sunday, September 17

Lagos de Cavadonga…

Cangas de Onis => Lagos de Cavadonga (Picos de Europa) => Cangas de Onis
Picos de Europa is a fantastic climb 16 km long with average grade 7.4%. It is also one of the most beautiful natural parks in Spain. Vuelta a Espana rides it almost every year. Up there are two lakes called Lagos de Cavadonga. You will be amazed by the beauty of this natural park. No rush for today. You choose your own pace for going up.
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Cangas de Onis 

Hotel El Stella
hills
climbs
Picos de Europa
tour
accomplished
Distance 28 miles / 46 km
Elevation gain 6,560 ft / 2,000 m
Day 6 - Monday, September 18

Day off… or ride the Parque Natural Ponga

Cangas de Onis => Parque Natural Ponga (Collada Moandi) => Cangas de Onis
It`s time to take day off and relax or you are welcome to ride a special loop we have prepared for our guests who would like to ride today. It`s a nice loop, the road that goes up to Collada Moandi is a very narrow old backroad where normally cars don’t drive. It`s worth to ride it!
Of course, other shorter or longer rides are available for you for today. We recommend, you choose!
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Cangas de Onis 

Hotel El Stella
hills
climbs
Parque Natural Ponga (Collada Moandi)
tour
accomplished
Distance 50 miles / 82 km
Elevation gain 5,600 ft / 1,700 m
Day 7 - Tuesday, September 19

A long way to the capital of Asturias – Oviedo

Cangas de Onis => Alto de la Llama => La Campa => Gargantada => San Esteban de las Cruces => Oviedo Rich breakfast and off we go for a climbing festival in Asturias. The route goes up and down all the way to Oviedo. We will ride four famous and spectacular climbs. You will love the views of Asturias. We will stay for last two nights in Oviedo. It is a historic town and the capital of Asturias. Its old town is something special and we will definitely go there to have a bottle of local sider and delicious meal for dinner. There are several good restaurants we would like to take you.

Optional - a shorter route is available too. We recommend, you choose:)
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Oviedo

Gran Hotel Espana Atiram
hills
climbs
Alto de la Llama
La Campa
Gargantada
San Esteban de las Cruces
tour
accomplished
Distance 66 miles / 107 km
Elevation gain 6,900 ft / 2,100 m
Day 8 - Wednesday, September 20

L’Angliru?!

Oviedo => Alto de L’Angliru => Oviedo
This is your last day on this tour and it will be a hard one, perhaps, even the hardest bike ride in your life! We have been riding L’Angliru and other the most terrible climbs in Europe including Monte Zoncolan and Passo Mortirolo (both in Italy) and many more, so, the Angliru is the worst! But it`s a very spectacular, actually, one of the most beautiful climbs in Europe. You should get up there:)
Let`s have great farewell dinner and few bottles of local cider tonight in the restaurant we have selected for you.
 
 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Oviedo

Gran Hotel Espana Atiram
hills
climbs
Alto de L’Angliru
tour
accomplished
Distance 38 miles / 62 km
Elevation gain 7,550 ft / 2,300 m
Day 9 - Thursday, September 21

Hasta luego Spain…

We will transport you to the airport or a hotel in the morning.
Simply let us know where you need to be transported.
Thanks for traveling with HC Bike Tours and we are looking forward to see you again on our tours next year:)

meals
meals
Breakfast

HC Bike Tours support


We know what the best ride support is. Get on your bike and enjoy the ride! We do the rest:
  • We are ex-Pro riders, professional coaches, mechanics, experienced Ride Leaders. We will provide you with professional support, guide and encourage you through every ride, even make photos, be your coaches and make sure you have the best picnic stops in the world
  • We ride in small ride-groups of up to 7 riders per group, which allows us to keep the group together and provide full support with less waiting time
  • Each ride-group is led by an HC Bike Tours Ride Leader and one SAG van per ride-group is provided
  • If you become tired at any point, you have an option to use van transfer
  • An experienced mechanic will be available to assist in case of trouble with your bike
  • We will provide you with on-road supplements including local fresh bread, cheese, meet, fruit, snacks, energy bars, and drinks will be available any time

Bike Rental
Pro level bikes are available for rent. For availability and full details on our rental bike options please email us at info@hcbiketours.com or indicate the request for the bike rental in the Booking form and we will get back to you with the details.
WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • 9-day / 8-night the founder of HC Bike Tours guided and a SAG van supported tour
  • All transfers from/to the airports and all ground transportation
  • All luggage and bike transportation
  • All accommodation fees (double occupancy)
  • Our SAG van at your disposal after the rides
  • All breakfasts
  • On-road picnic lunches and supplements including fresh bread, cheese, meet, fruit, snacks and drinks
  • Recommendations for restaurants for dinners
  • Ride Leader (the founder) + SAG van during every ride
  • Services of our professional English speaking staff
  • Mechanic assistance
  • Welcome pack including the maps for the rides, two water bottles, SiS recovery drink and an HC Bike Tours s/s cycling jersey
  • Pre-tour training and holiday preparation advice
  • HC Bike Tours staff evenings experience exchange – Pro experience sharing, nutrition advice, bike fitting, coaching
  • Photos of your tour
  • We welcome non-riders and family members of riders
 
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance (recommended)
  • Additional personal expenses, i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, drinks, gratuities, laundry, coffee stops
  • Lunches and dinners (however on-road picnic lunches are included)
  • Rental bike (available for an additional fee)
 

Let's talk when it's best for you

Calls need to be scheduled at least 4 hours in advance of the scheduled call time and will be confirmed via email. HC Bike Tours uses time zone GMT/UTC+1 and welcomes your call in early mornings, late evenings and on the weekends as well.

Any questions?