Spain Bike Tour March 7 – 15, 2020.


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Day 1: March 8Familiarization with bikes, 2 hours of soft pedaling to address jetlagHang out at house and pool; hike the almond groves and take it easy to address jet lag
Day 2: March 9 3.5 hours of hilly terrain Explore old Valencia
Day 3: March 10 4.5 hours of hilly terrain Explore modern Valencia
Day 4: March 11 Recovery ride in the am Everyone goes to the beach
Day 5: March 12 4 hours of hilly terrain Explore the town and market
Day 6: March 13 RACE DAY: 30 minute warm up, then famous time trail Cheerlead and Vineyard/winepressing Tour
Day 7: March 14 Commute back to Madrid Explore Madrid
Day 8/9: March 15 Fly home in the am Fly home in the am

Your Next Adventure?


Dates of trip: 7-15 March 2020 (Saturday through Sunday)

March in Southeast Spain means perfect cycling weather to go along with postcard perfect scenery at every turn. Highs are in the mid to upper 70s, and lows are in the 50s. The pros are all over this region preparing for the upcoming race season, and the tourists have not yet started the yearly pilgrimages. On days you don't want to cycle, we have daily tours and activities for those who don't want to hit the road. Our ride and excursions start after breakfast each morning, and we pedal between 100 and 150 km per day on both coastal and mountainous terrain. You will want to stop and take pictures at the top of every climb. In addition to having a support vehicle at all times, every participant gets both a download of each day's ride for their bike computer as well as a paper printout to make sure you stay on the route. We regroup intermittently and put riders with riders of similar strength. Our lodgings include comfortable accomodations at a large house near the main intersection in a small village, with a cook and lots of food. During our trip to Valencia, we will stay in a hotel in the town. Arrival city and time: Madrid, Spain, preferably before sunset on Saturday, 7 March 2020. That means take the evening flight on Friday night to arrive in the am.

We will bike for on rural Spanish roads used by the pros as the train for the upcoming Belgian classics. Some of the routes are also used on the La Vuelta. For the more aggresive riders, you will get to compare yourself on Strava against TJ Vangarteren, Greg Van Avermaart and others. Just open the strava links below and click on KOM to see who else rides these roads! For the easy riders looking to see Spain from a bike seat and stop at quaint roadside stands, you can take your electronic route and paper printout with you each morning, along with the phone number of the SAG vehicle, and go at your own pace, with the company of one of our guides (Jeff, Alex or Chris). Or, you can get with Linda and take daily tours of the flavors of Spain.

Your cycling trip leaders are Jeff and Alex Gaura. Both men are Eagle Scouts and have top 3 finishes at National Championships in Duathlon and Triathlon, respectively. Alex wears the Yellow Jersey as the National Champion from the Gran Fondo Championship Series held in Asheville for 2019. Both are members of Team USA, and both have lots of time in the saddle in mountains around the world. They will push you are hard as you want or let you ride at your own pace in some of the world's most picturesque mountains. Don't be shocked if Alex jumps on Chris Froome's wheel when he passes us. Jeff is a retired IT professional who coaches triathlon and podcasts. Alex is an Arizona State student who does triathlon for ASU as well as studies environmental engineering.

Excursions that don’t include cycling are led by Linda Gaura. Linda loves finding out of the way places to explore and discovery, and she is a fan of country living. Not every day on this trip needs to be a cycling day. On those days, Linda is your guide. Her friends find her to be extremely gifted in all things related to hospitality. She loves a good farmers market, a beautiful garden and a perfect glass of wine. Linda has raised two wonderful young men, Michael and Alex, and she served on a board of a non-profit helping women recover from breast cancer.

Questions can be sent to jeff@thresholdacademy.com or linda@thresholdacademy.com

Whether you're a recreational cyclist or a serious athlete, our adventure cycling trip over the 2020 Spring Break is for you. With multiple ride groups going different distances and paces each day, cyclists and triathletes are able to find the group that works for them.

 


DayRidersPlus 1
Day 1: March 8Familiarization with bikes, 2 hoursHang out at house and pool; hike the almond groves to address jet lag
Day 2: March 9 3.5 hours of hilly terrain Explore old Valencia
Day 3: March 10 4.5 hours of hilly terrain Explore modern Valencia
Day 4: March 11 Recovery ride in the am Everyone goes to the beach
Day 5: March 12 4 hours of hilly terrain Explore the town and market
Day 6: March 13 RACE DAY: 30 minute warm up, then famous time trail Cheerlead and Vineyard/winepressing Tour
Day 7: March 14 Commute back to Madrid Explore Madrid
Day 8/9: March 15 Fly home in the am Fly home in the am

What does the trip cost?


Price of this trip is $1,995 for individuals or $3,800 for couples. Please inquire about single room pricing.

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: A deposit is required immediately with each booking request. A booking cannot be guaranteed without a deposit.

Deposits can be paid by check or credit card. All credit cards are processed through PayPal.

You can make your deposit here: https://www.paypal.me/thresholdacademy

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: Threshold Academy 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 bikers.

These policies are strictly enforced due to logistical partners in country and reservations made with local hotels and providers.


While the cyclists are out exploring from their saddles, the rest of us will do with our vans and our feet. We are within 1 hour of Alicanta and 90 minutes from Valencia, one of the oldest cities in the Iberian peninsula. We will spend one day exploring the old city, then spend the night in the city, so we can experience Valencia by night. The next day, we will visit the new city and be back at our house in late afternoon.

The local market is a lot of fun for first time visitors, as the collection of foods, clothing and household goods is unique to this part of Spain.


DayRidersPlus 1
Day 1: March 8Familiarization with bikes, 2 hoursHang out at house and pool; hike the almond groves to address jet lag
Day 2: March 9 3.5 hours of hilly terrain Explore old Valencia
Day 3: March 10 4.5 hours of hilly terrain Explore modern Valencia
Day 4: March 11 Recovery ride in the am Everyone goes to the beach
Day 5: March 12 4 hours of hilly terrain Explore the town and market
Day 6: March 13 RACE DAY: 30 minute warm up, then famous time trail Cheerlead and Vineyard/winepressing Tour
Day 7: March 14 Commute back to Madrid Explore Madrid
Day 8/9: March 15 Fly home in the am Fly home in the am

What's Included


  • Transfers to and from the Alicante Train station
  • 6 nights of lodging in Marina Alta (double occupancy)
  • 5 dinners and 7 breakfasts
  • Some beer and wine
  • Bike Rentals (ebikes are extra)
  • Ride Leader (Jeff and Alex Gaura)
  • All excursion costs
  • Transportation in Spain
  • Cycling Support Vehicle and mechanical services

What's Not Included


  • Flights to Spain
  • Laundry
  • Trip Insurance
  • Specialized nutrition Lunches while cycling and 2 nights of meals out on the town
  • Ebike rental

Who is trip for?


This trip is ideal for singles, couples and groups of friends. Participants are either cycling enthusiasts or are the partner of someone who is. Since bikes are included in the trip cost, all you need to bring are your pedals, shoes and a helmet.


What fitness level is required?


Participants need to show evidence that they have cycled 80 miles in a day. Ideally, participants have multiple experiences at that distance.


Where do I need to meet everyone?


You need only fly into Madrid no later than noon on the day that the trip starts. We will handle all the logistics of picking you up and taking you to the train station where we all buy a ticket to Alicante, our home baes in Marina Alta.


What should I do about a bike?


We have assumed the cost of a bike rental in all our packages. However, if you wish to bring your own, please do so! Make sure your bike is geared for climbing and accommodates a water bottle.


Do you have a packing list?


We will send out a packing list at group orientation about 30 days before we are to start the trip.


What sort of weather can I expect during the trip?


Days and nights are approximately the same length, and weather will be transitioning from Winter to Spring. Weather will be dry and mild, with daytime highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Nighttime temperatures will reach to about 50 degrees. The risk of rain is low in March.


How does departure work?


On departure day, we will take you to the Madrid airport for your onward departure flights. If you have additional travel other than returning home, we will try to accommodate getting you to your next location.


What are the terms and conditions?


A 50% deposit is due upon booking and the entire trip must be paid for 2 months before departure. If you cancel for any reason, there is a 10% non-refundable fee per person, regardless of the period when the cancellation is submitted. You can transfer your fee to a future year or a different trip, at no cost.


What are the big concerns for us on the trip?


You will be outside in the elements, nearly all day. As such, you should be able to cycle, walk or both much of the day. Since the sun is strong and clouds are few in Marina Alta, wearing adequate sunblock or protective clothing is important. There are no large concerns regarding bugs or disease during this time window.


Do I need to know Spanish?


It helps, but it isn’t necessary.


What currency will I use when I am there?


The Euro is the monetary unit of Spain, and cash will nearly always be best in the remote locations of the country that lack access to reliable internet and therefore credit card processing. There are places to exchange currency in Alicante; however, it is wise to get a few hundred Euros before arrival or at the Madrid airport.



Our Gift to You


As a participant of our trip, you'll receive one of these fabulous Threshold Academy biking jerseys at cost (currently, less than $100).


Maps of our rides

For details of the individual rides, please click on the Strava links below.


Confrides loop (Vuelta derivative): https://www.strava.com/routes/16889036


Ebo/Tarbena/Rates loop: https://www.strava.com/routes/18774027
Gallinera-Planes-Benimassot loop: https://www.strava.com/routes/12092461
Granadella: https://www.strava.com/routes/12263675
Ebo, Planes, Gorga, Guadelest, Tarbena: https://www.strava.com/routes/5080191
Parcent-Tudons-Parcent: https://www.strava.com/routes/134502
Valencia - Parcent (hillier option): https://www.strava.com/routes/21547048 is an optional one.