Granada, Sierra Nevada, Pico Veleta
5 days − Guided
Cycle this phenomenal road cycling area, the best and highest in Europe!
Based in the centre of the beautiful city of Granada at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, this tour takes you on 4 varied, scenic and challenging loop rides on roads carefully chosen by us using our local knowledge.
Rides are in the morning and get back early afternoon giving you plenty of time to relax, recover and explore the wonderful city. Being a short tour of 5 days in total, it should appeal to those of you who are looking to get some quality riding in on challenging roads over an extended weekend.
The loops take us out of Granada (easy to cycle in and out of with our local knowledge) onto the silky smooth asphalt roads, passing olive and orange groves and white villages galore. As a final test on the last day of riding, you ascend the infamous “Pico Veleta” of the Sierra Nevada, Europe´s highest road. Plus you have the chance to ride other famous local climbs used in previous La Vuelta’s and the roads where the pros train (Movistar, Garmin, Lotto and Peter Sagan with his Bora Hansgrohe team).. An ideal fixed based training camp.
2 Jul 2021 | 31 Jul 2021
85 KM+ Daily Average
- Challenge yourself on Pico Veleta, Europe’s highest road at 3394m!
- 4 great loop rides all from one beautiful city
- Garmin, Movistar, Lotto, Bora (Peter Sagan) are regulars training on these roads
- Explore Granada, one of Spain´s most beautiful cities and home of tapas and the Alhambra
- Amazing climate to ride in – On average we have over 300 days of sunshine here in Granada
- The most inspirational riding for Roadies through rural Andalucía
We are local! Based here in Granada and all the rides have been carefully chosen using our local knowledge
Being an official Vuelta Tour Operator, the only one in Andalucia, keeps us on our toes and we are always scouting out new climbs to try!
We strive to provide the best tours of this area which means the best routes, guides and experiences because we are local and we are invested in this route!
That was a great trip – thank you so much. Dean was an excellent guide and cyclist who obviously loved showing us the best of the area. The climbs, the quiet roads, the coffee stops….it was everything we wanted and more!
Day 1. GRANADA
Ride : 70 km | Elevation Gain : 400 m
Transfer from Málaga and Granada airports on the Friday morning or meet in Granada at our hotel at 15:00. After a bike set/build (depending on whether or not you´ve brought your own bike with you or hired one of our carbon Treks), we head out on a warm-up ride to get you feeling comfortable and acclimatised.
Day 2. GRANADA
Ride : up to 140 km | Elevation Gain : 1560 m
Depart after a hearty breakfast and head out of Granada past the fertile plains (vega) along gentle roads for the first 25kms eagerly anticipating the day’s first climb. Spectacular and ever changing scenery will surprise you as you crest every climb. The names of pro riders like Valverde and Contador can still be seen painted on the road from a recent “La Vuelta a España” as we ascend up towards the white villages of the area before heading back to Granada.
Day 3. GRANADA
Ride : up to 130 km | Elevation Gain : 1350 m
We head out in a different direction into wonderful cycling countryside favoured by local Granada cyclists. A slightly easier day than yesterday, but still a good and challenging workout. A loop that takes us past olive and almond groves, via a beautiful blue lake, a shady descent and a climb through pine trees to arrive at Granada cyclists’ favourite cafe. Once again you can see the pro riders names painted on the road from the Ruta del Sol (Vuelta a Andalucia) race.
These are the quiet roads regularly ridden by us and locals out training and sometimes, even the Pros!
Day 4. GRANADA, SIERRA NEVADA & PICO VELETA
Ride : 90 km | Elevation Gain : 2100 m
The final challenge of this tour. Your chance to ride up “Europe’s highest road bike climb. Touch the Sky on this one!
A climb of 30kms up to 2,500 meters into the thin air of the Sierra Nevada mountains, and even higher up to 3,398 meters if the weather permits. It really is an incredible climb. The Sierra Nevada is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and a much loved national park of Spain.Higher and higher the road climbs as Granada and the villages below appear to become smaller and smaller. At 2,400 metres is an altitude sports training complex regularly used by the pro teams and triathletes. At 2,500m is Alto de Hoya, a stage finish of last year’s La Vuelta. The good news is that after the awesome ascent, now you can enjoy an awesome descent. We take a different way back via the village of Monachil. A descent that has countless switchbacks as it swoops down through the lush green of Monachil´s fertile valley and downwards even further to arrive back in Granada for the final time. Here is a shot of that beautiful cycling descent!
Day 5. ONWARD TRAVELS
Today we offer airport (Málaga or Granada), bus or train station transfers on this last day. Sadly we say goodbye, unless that is you stay on and ride some more with us in Granada (we have self guided loop ride options) or join another one of our tours.
Road Cycling Tour : Guided & Supported
Route : Granada – National Park of the Sierra Nevada – Monachil – Lecrin Valley – Granada Vega and her White Villages
Terrain : Quiet country and mountain roads. Excellent asphalt road surface.
Group Size : 2 – 14 | Discounts for Groups of 4+ Booking Together | Custom Tour Options
Challenging : Daily average of 85 km over hilly terrain. The tour is suitable for experienced cyclists of all ages who have a good level of fitness and enjoy road biking.
4 nights in 4* City Hotel : all bedrooms are en-suite – breakfast included
Daily snacks and refreshments (MULEBAR Energy Bars and Goos inc!)
Electrolyte drink supplements
- Airport transfers from Málaga / Granada airport
- Fully guided rides with locals & Vehicle support
- 4* hotel in central Granada with breakfast buffet
- Cycling Country Spain Race Cut cycling jersey
- Local mechanic on hand
- Pre tour information & Daily Maps, GPS route
- Bottle, luggage tags & helmet bag
- 5% off future trips!
Good quality road bike hire : Carbon Trek Emonda SL6 Ultegra with Disc Brakes (140€) | Trek Emonda S6 Series – carbon – Shimano Ultegra transmission, compact chainset: (120€) | Trek Domaine Series or equivalent- carbon – Shimano 105 transmission, compact chainset: (90€).
We welcome you to also bring your own road bike
From Málaga airport (Friday at 12.00 midday) or Granada airport (14:00) on the first day and back to Málaga airport (arriving at airport at 12:00 midday) or Granada airport (arriving at 10:00) on last day. Please note we have some flexibility with pick up times so do contact us if to see if other times could work.
1 leader cycles with the group / drives support van to provide refreshments, acts as guide, offer tips and insights throughout the day, transfer luggage and provide on-road assistance (Groups over 8 will have 2 guides).
The rides will make you feel that when you do put your feet up, it is done in great style and of course will be welcome. Our 4 star hotel in Granada is central and gives you a great sense of the area being close to the action of the heart of this city for after your finish riding.
It will guarantee you sleep the night away in tranquillity and are up and ready to ride the next morning! Buffet breakfast will be available.
Easy to get out of Town, Easy to get in and well placed to enjoy your afternoon and evenings! Possibilities to upgrade, please enquire!
“It was a great cycling week again and the guiding by Dean like last year excellent. He knows the area very well… Having a car with us was a new but also nice feature, it gave us more flexibility in the day planning.
And Granada as destination and base did the rest.
I am sure this was not our last time :).
Hope you will have a great season and greetings to Dean!”
A. Schwung – April 2018
“That was a great trip – thank you so much. Dean was an excellent guide and cyclist who obviously loved showing us the best of the area. The climbs, the quiet roads, the coffee stops….it was everything we wanted and more!”
J. Hennes – Surrey, UK – April 2017
“Just finished the Granada,Sierra Nevada tour with Dean. Had the most amazing rides. Did the 2013 Vuelta with cycling Country which was fantastic m, back for more and truly enjoyed every minute, great hotel and local knowledge. After experiencing other tour operators The cycling Country team are by far the best. See you again soon guys.”
D & M. Yates – Sydney,Australia – June 2016
“It was a classic few days of cycling. What a legendary area and Granada is a great city and base to ride from.”
L. Jones – Australia – May 2016
“Just a note to say thank-you again for such an enjoyable tour. Incredible climbs and scenery made me smile every day. Having locals from Granada show us these roads made us all feel like a local Spanish cyclist. Amazing experience and hope to see you all again in the future.”
S. Keenan – Minnesota, USA – October 2015
“Thanks so much for taking us on those rides. We really have great memories of the beautiful area that you live in, and the perfect routes. We have been telling all our cycling friends from the club to get over there!”
David Dermott – Lancashire, UK – April 2015
Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .
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