Biking Spain's Basque Country and Cycling its Climbs
Planning to Cycle Spain's north and check off all those climbs? With roads like these and its Vuelta a España history, you are in for a treat. Get to know some of the Basque Country's road cycling heritage before you go!
Cycling the Basque Country is excellent and road
cyclists will love the climbs here, which can be anything from short and impossibly steep to
milder inclines but always with some staggering scenery and dramatic landscape.
There are so many to choose from it is hard to make time to cycle them
all. Bike such notables as the Category 2 climb, Alto
de Arrate (“Alto Ixua”) which has been a stage final for the Vuelta a
España 3 times or even the nice Cat 1, Alto
de Bianditz which is a good one as it never gets too steep to
breath! Give Jaizkibel a go which can be climbed from both sides of
the east and west. Eager for something more, bike the brutal Urkiola, a great one to challenge
every road cyclist with its 7% average on the short (5.4km) route which
reaches some tougher ramp sections in the 11% range.
Samuel Sanchez, famous Euskaltel-Euskadi rider
|Samuel Sanchez, famous Euskaltel-Euskadi rider|
|Cycling the tough Balcón de Bizkaia|
|Euskaltel Euskadi on the |
Angliru (2013 Vuelta a España)
|2013 Vuelta a España - Sammy Sanchez, Euskaltel Euskadi|
|Mikel Landa - 2013 Vuelta a España Euskaltel Euskadi (as of 2017, Landa is now president|
of the Euskadi Cycling Foundation )
But don't fear, the Basques love cyclists and the sport, so you won't ride away empty handed and will be generously supplied with huge hunks of tortilla to keep you climbing those hills around here!
|Balcón de Bizkaia - La Vuelta 2018|