Welcome to the Picos de Europa, a little known paradise for cyclists. Jam-packed with stage finishes from the Vuelta España, the mountain ranges of Cantabria offer roads to test the legs of the most seasoned cyclists.
Our itinerary tackles the fabled climbs of Sotres and the Lagos de Covadonga as well as the lesser known gems of Los Machucos and the Puerto San Glorio.
On an Eat Sleep Cycle tour all you have to think about is enjoying your ride. Our trip support is second to none and we pride ourselves on a high staff-guest ratio. We take care of everything so you can savour the ride of a lifetime. This is a flexible itinerary offering riders the opportunity to extend or shorten the ride depending on their fitness level.
Arrival in Valle, warm up ride
Puerto Ason, Sia and Lunada 112 km, 2,600 m
Optional: Los Machucos, 20 km, 700m
Valle, Pena Cabarga, Santillana del Mar, 100 km, 200m
Santillana del Mar- Lerones, 120 km, 2,900 m
Lerones, Puerto San Glorio, Cangas de Onis, 130 km, 2,800 m
Lagos de Covadonga, 75 km, 1,500 m
Optional: Sotres- add 75 km, 1,900 m
Our Trans Cantabria Challenge is designed for ‘Intermediate’ and ‘Advanced’ riders with optional extensions for riders who want to challenge themselves further, as well as options to shorten the rides for those who need to. To best enjoy the tour riders should be comfortable riding 100 kms and able to climb for at least an hour without stopping. Training for the tour is recommended.
The ride is fully-supported by an Eat Sleep Cycle staff crew, guiding you on the road and in an Eat Sleep Cycle vehicle.
Our support staff are experienced professionals from all walks of life united by a love of cycling. They’ll take care of everything; keeping you and your bike in tip top condition throughout the tour.
All you have to do is Eat, Sleep, Cycle.
All food is included on this trip and we work with the restaurants to ensure it’s exactly what you need to keep you fuelled on the road.
Enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel each morning. Lunch is a roadside picnic served by the support crew. In between meals stay energised with ride nutrition – fresh fruit, nuts, energy bars etc. etc..
Dinner in the evening is a 3 course meal at the hotels, a chance to indulge in and savor Cantabrian cuisine. On day 4 enjoy a unique local food experience from the brothers at Abejo Meson.
We’ve hand-picked the best hotels in the region, each with a unique identity, exemplary service & attention to detail.
Stay in a restored palace, in a rural Posada with exquisite views (yes, you earn this on the last climb of the day up to the hotel), the Parador Santillana del Mar and the Parador d Cangas de Onis, a restored monastery.
Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.
Choose from a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium, or a state-of-the-art Factor bike. All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes.
RIDLEY FENIX SL 105
RIDLEY HELIUM X
RIDLEY FENIX DISC
The nearest airports are Bilbao and Asturias Airport (Oviedo). Both cities are great to explore should you wish to extend your trip. We are more than happy to help with your travel arrangements to and from the tour.
Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 3* & 4* Hotels and guesthouses.
Food: Full board.
Bike Hire: Optional
Transfers: Prices on request.
Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.
Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.
Very helpful shop that we discovered almost by accident. They will be arranging my next trip in October 2017.Ken Peters
I loved traveling with ESC and would book another trip with them - for sure! The emphasis was about having fun and achieving our goals as a group. The guides were safe, easy to get to know and encouraging throughout the rides. The support was amazing! We had plenty of food, snacks and drinks along the ride and Lee and his team were totally accommodating to riders of all levels. The hotels were great and meals excellent.C.S
Our home in Girona, Spain, gives us unique access to remarkable people and places, allowing us to create world class cycling tours.
Our guides are experts in cycling, travel & hosting world class tours. We recruit professionals from all walks of life who love to ride.
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98% of our guests say they’ll come back to Eat Sleep Cycle for another tour.
Ride with Eat Sleep Cycle and enjoy the best roads, landscapes & cultural experiences thanks to our knowledge.