This trip is June 9-16, 2019
Wander with us for a 8 day cycling trip on undiscovered rural roads throughout the Andalusia region of Spain. In addition to 5 days of cycling safe and well-maintained roads, we are offering a daily itinerary of wanderings for tired or non-cyclists Monday through Saturday.
Cyclists will have 5 days of cycling on rural Spanish roads in two groups. Each group will be lead by an experienced and avid cyclist; Jeff Gaura and Leigh-Ann Mueller. E-bikes rentals are available for all. All non-cyclists (or tired ones) will enjoy daily wanderings with Megan Riley, Head Wanderer of Big Fat World Tours. This includes trips to local markets, Granada, the beach, beautiful white washed villages of the region and more.
Whether you want a high adrenaline, cycling adventure or a laid back relaxed week in bucolic Spain, we have the adventure for you.
Arrive in Velez Rubio, take bikes to the Villa (where they will be kept securely during the week.) After some relaxing, drinking & eating, we will shuttle you to your hotel.
We have 2 days to traverse the region directly around our hotel. The days consist of a 55 km lap of the area in clock and counter-clockwise directions on both days. The A group will complete two 55 km loops in and near the Sierra Maria-Los Vélez National Park and the B group will complete one 55 km lap. This famous nature reserve includes rocky summits, and contrasting landscapes of arid plains and densely wooded views. We will have a professional photographer taking custom pictures when you reach the summit for you to take home. We will return to our Villa to jump in the pool and eat a fresh-cooked Spanish meal, prepared by our hosts. We will drink wine and sit by a bonfire watching the sunset over the Velez Valley.
The A Group will ride to the foot of the Sierra Nevadas and climb Alto Velefique. This day includes 15k feet of vertical climbing and will be one of the most memorable rides of your life. The B group will shuttle to the base of Alto Velefique before attempting the climb. (Alto is the hardest and highest climb in all of Europe)
This is a rest day from cycling. Both groups will come together an explore the local countryside and includes your choice of Granada excursion. You have the choice of a guided tour of the famous Alhambra, a palace and fortress of the Moorish monarchs of Spain or a very delicious Granada Food Tour where you’ll enjoy local tapas with glasses of local wine.
Both the A and B groups will leave the Villa and head due south for a 100 km ride with the Mediterranean as our destination. Once we reach the sea, we will all swim in the clear blue water inside a National Park at a locals-only beach, not found on tourist maps. Following our swim, we will break the bikes down and shuttle them back in our vans.
The A and B groups will test themselves against the clock as we conduct a staged time trial on part of La Vuelta’s course. Riders will do a warm-up ride followed by staggered releases as they ride a course that will demand they go at threshold, but only for a few minutes before the clock will stop and they can cool down. In addition to awarding for the fastest time trial, KOM and QOM will also be awarded for the descent that’s part of the course. Afterwards, we will all pile into the vans and head to an awards dinner this evening with distribution of jerseys, medals, and a souvenir.
Today is departure day. Cyclists and Plus 1’s will prepare for transportation from Velez-Rubio to Alicante.
Jeff is an Eagle Scout and has been leading groups into the great unknown for nearly 40 years. Outside of his athletic career, Jeff is a people person, sensitive to group dynamics. A former IT business executive, Jeff now lives to inspire others to achieve success. Jeff will lead the A group of riders each morning as they explore the Sierra Nevada of Southeast Spain, mixing adventure, challenge and safety into each day’s ride. Jeff is a certified coach, as well as a public speaker, writer and podcaster.
Leigh-Ann is a mom, wife and athlete, with a passion to share and explore the world with people. Leigh-Ann also coaches athletes of all abilities in addition to a having a successful career as an amateur athlete. Leigh Ann will lead the B group each day as we head out into the Sierra Nevada, making sure that participants of all levels are challenged as well as have a good time.
Megan started Big Fat World Tours to fulfill a passion for travel. In her 4th year, she has successfully taken groups on running, trekking, food & wine trips to Iceland, Croatia, Portugal & Nepal.
Price of this trip is $2650 for each cyclist and non-cyclist or $5000 for couples. Please inquire about single room pricing.
This Andalusia Adventure is designed for active wanderers who would like to explore the real Spanish countryside and enjoy the outdoors before tourist season, and before it gets too hot. If you have questions about physical specifics of this trip, please contact Jeff (firstname.lastname@example.org). Trip prices are based on accommodation and American guides for duration of the trip. All trips will have an orientation (in person if geography suffices) for all guests approximately 4 weeks before departure.
Deposit Requirement: 10% deposit is required immediately with each booking request. A booking cannot be guaranteed without a deposit.
Deposits can be paid by check, Venmo or credit card. All credit cards are processed through Stripe.
Trip Costs: This trip must be paid in full prior to 2 months start of trip. If trip fees are not paid within this time-frame, trip deposits will be forfeited.
Refund Policy: There is a 10% non-refundable fee per person on all received cancellation requests, regardless of the period when the cancellation is submitted. This trip is only 50% refundable if the request is made prior to 2 months. If cancellation request is made after, no refund will be issued. This is due to the strict booking policies for desired hotels.
We apologize for any inconvenience of this policy. You can however, transfer your reservation to another willing participant in the event you need to cancel. Just notify us if this is the case.
Tour Cancellations: Big Fat World Tours reserves the right to cancel any trip for any reason and will notify each guest as soon as possible. All deposits and monies paid will be refunded 100% in such an event. Trip Insurance is required for all cyclists.
These policies are strictly enforced due to logistical partners in country and reservations made with local hotels and providers.
This affords an opportunity to hang out with other athletes who share a similar cycling interests. The trip offers 2 distinct active participation levels (A and B) while affording for quality day trips for non-cyclists in the group to visit rural Spain.
Andalusia is one of the least developed regions of Spain, and nearly all the roads will be void of traffic, most of the time. Crime is generally not an issue in the area. The greatest risk is sunburn from the long days in the Spanish sun.
For the A level rides, anticipate longer days in the saddle (3-6 hours, depending on group consensus). For the B level rides, you will be going well below threshold at a recovery effort.
Jeff Gaura is a USA Triathlon certified coach who focuses on endurance training. He is available for a monthly fee and can help you with a training plan, with a 3-month minimum engagement.
Most international flights will land in Madrid or Barcelona. We are picking up everybody in Alicante and all flights should be made here.
You are welcome to fly into any airport you wish, but we are only picking up wanderers from the Alicante airport. If you wish to fly into Madrid, we can rent a car and drive yourself to Velez-Rubio and meet us there.
You have the option to bring your own bike or rent Cannondale bikes from a local company in Alicante. You are responsible for the transportation of your own bike to Alicante but we will have a bike equipped shuttle from the airport to our hotel.
A full week of bike rentals is not included in the price of this trip. It costs approximately $200+ for an 8 day bike rental. We can secure your bike reservation on your behalf, just request that when registering for this trip. It will be an additional $225. Click here for models.
June is considered the start of the high season in this part of Spain. For this reason, we have to charge more for our trips.
Yes. If you would like to do this or a similar itinerary but on different dates or with your own group, please contact us. We need a minimum of 6 cycling participants for a private trip.
We will be operating a hub and spoke arrangement for our daily tours and activities, so items may be carried in suitcases. There will be a washing machine and dryer to clean your clothes. Cycling excursions require a kit, helmet and sunglasses. Day trips for non-cyclists require only comfortable clothing and sunblock. Since we are in the desert part of Spain, the threat of rain in minimal, and rain gear can be left behind. The days will be warm and the nights cool, requiring only a lightweight jacket. We will be sitting by a bonfire, drinking wine and beer, so make sure that what you bring is OK to get a little bit smokey. Since there will be swimming options both for the pool and the Mediterranean, a swimsuit or two is recommended.
If you start on the A group and decide to switch to the B group, we can accommodate you, as we have 2 SAG vans. If you If you get injured or can’t go any further that day, you can always get in the van and ride the rest of the day, without shame. This is your vacation, after all.
On departure day, we are shuttling all wanderers to Alicante for their onward departure flights.
Yes, we have built activities around the expectation that the ones whom have supported you as your built up for Worlds will be there with you! They will get pampered during the day by Megan Riley as the more adventurous/rigorous ones go on the bikes into the Spanish Countryside.
We have many daily excursions planned from leisure activities of exploring local towns, market tours, cooking classes to some with more exertions such as hiking and e-bike rides.
Megan will be taking a group to Granada, Murcia and coastal towns offering opportunities to shop.
There are 2 options today. You can rent e-bikes from the hotel and cruise around the roads of Velez-Blanco, along the same routes as the cyclists or you can go & hang out at the pool of our hosts. E-Bikes have a range of 50km and with the addition of downhill segments will allow the bikes to tackle the terrain around the village with ease. The rental fee of 30 euro is covered today.
We are heading to the nearby city of Murcia, where we will explore the central plazas, churches, cathedrals and the Veronica Food Market. This is a day to get more familiar with the specialty foods of the area in a quaint city with little tourism.
Today will be lower key with options to go hiking around the region as there are several trails only minutes from the hotel that afford wonderful views of the valley. After a morning hike, we can explore on foot the local towns of Velez-Blanco & Velez-Rubio.
Today is a cycle free day and includes your choice of Granada excursion. This is open to anyone on the trip. You have the choice of a guided tour of the famous Alhambra or a very delicious Granada Food Tour where you’ll enjoy local tapas with glasses of local wine.
We are heading southeast to the beaches of Spain for a day of relaxation/exploration. We will take the morning to visit a couple beach towns and meet up with the cyclists at a secret cove in the afternoon. This is a great day to rent an E-Bike at the hotel for some gorgeous & easy riding along the coast. An E-Bike rental is not included in the cost.
The final day includes a morning trip to the bustling market of Velez-Rubio where our hostess, Nuria will walk you through the market explaining local cheeses and meats. We will pick up the necessary ingredients for a group meal back at the Villa and Nuria will teach you how to prepare some amazing local dishes. The rest of the day will be filled with eating, drinking, dancing and local music.
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