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Cycle EspaƱa for Spinal Injuries Association 2018

Challenge type: Bike in support of Spinal Injuries Association

Destination: Spain

Runs from : 9th May 2018 to 13th May 2018

Spain is one of Europe’s most geographically diverse countries, the landscape ranges from the near-deserts of eastern Andalucia to the green countryside of Galicia and the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees. The 2018 bike ride takes us to the region of Andalucia which stretches across southern Spain and is one of the country’s most exciting areas. Its vibrant people are perhaps even more in love with fiestas, music, spectacle and fun than any other Spaniards. This is the home of flamenco, sherry and some of Spain’s biggest and most spectacular festivities, a heartland of bull fighting and birthplace of the guitar. Our beautiful cycle ride starts from spectacular Lucena and the journey then takes us through classic Andalucia to Cordoba and onto Seville following the banks of the majestic Rio Guadalquivir.

Challenge Highlights

Experience the vibrant district of Andalucia

Action-packed long weekend ride to Seville

Beautiful tree-lined route through historic towns and villages

Time to explore the sights of Seville

What's Included

Flights to and from London Heathrow, accommodation, transfers, full medical support, experienced guides, support staff, water & all meals except breakfast on day 1, lunch & dinner on day 5.

What's Not Included

Travel insurance, breakfast on day 1, lunch & dinner on day 5, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.

How to Take Part

To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee of £150 (payable directly to SIA) and pick from one of the following three payment options: 

Fundraising Option 1 (sponsorship): You raise £1745 minimum sponsorship.

Fundraising Option 2 (part fund): You pay £345 tour cost & raise £1240 minimum sponsoship

Fundraising Option 3 (tour cost): You pay £1245 tour cost & raise as much as possible.

* For more information on these options take a look at our booking conditions. 

All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change

Itinerary

Day 1: Wednesday 9th May

Flight to Malaga. Coach transfer to Lucena (100 KM). Arrival at hotel for bike fitting, dinner and evening briefing about the challenge ahead. 

Day 2: Thursday 10th May

Lucena – Cabra – Castro Del Rio – Cordoba                                                                                                                                                                  79 km approx.
As we head towards Cordoba the terrain flatten out with vineyards as far as the eye can see.  We cycle through Cabra, a pretty old town with some fine monuments including a castle which is now a college of a religious order.  We continue on through more vineyards and olive groves towards Castro Del Rio.  From there we ride past wide cotton fields to Cordoba, our final destination for the day.  Standing on a sweep of the Rio Guadalquivir with countryside stretching far in every direction around, Cordoba is one of the most historic cities in Spain. Remains of civilisation in the city have been found dating back to the 3rd Century BC. Today it has both a provincial and sophisticated atmosphere.  Its old quarter is a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets just waiting to be explored.                                                                                                                                                             

Day 3: Friday 11th May

Cordoba – Palma del Rio                                                                                                                                                                                                 60 km approx.
We begin with a half day tour of this fascinating city.  After lunch we leave Cordoba and cycle through the Guadalquivir Valley towards Palme del Rio with the slopes of the Sierra Morena to our right and farmlands to our left.  We pass through Almodovar del Rio, a small town lying in the shadow of a superb 14th century Gothic castle.  One of the finest in Andalucia, not least because of its perfect state of preservation and elegant architecture.  We continue cycling along the river through small villages until we reach Palma del Rio – an agricultural town producing oranges on its irrigated lands.

Day 4: Saturday 12th May

Palma del Rio – Seville                                                                                                                                                                                                    80 km approx.
We continue to follow the Rio Guadalquivir through farmlands and rural villages this time all the way to our final destination – Seville, capital of Andalucia.  It is a fascinating city whose people, streets and buildings have been the inspiration for great novelists, painters and musicians.

Day 5: Sunday 13th May

Transfer to Malaga airport (2½ hours approx) for our return flight to UK.

Challenge Details

Take the challenge…

Registration Fee: £150 (payable directly to SIA)

Fundraising Option 1 (sponsorship): You raise £1745 minimum sponsorship.

Fundraising Option 2 (part fund): You pay £345 tour cost & raise £1240 minimum sponsoship

Fundraising Option 3 (tour cost): You pay £1245 tour cost & raise as much as possible.

 

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