Originally Posted by NorthAmericano
I am trying to get information about good biking roads to travel for an upcoming ride. I'd appreciate your help if possible: Start in Bilbao to Vitoria, Vitoria to Pamlona, Pamplona to St. Jean PP (france), St. Jean PP to Bayonne, Bayonne to San Sebastian, San Sebastian to Bilbao. 300 miles in 9 days. I'm leaving in 2 weeks to investigate possible roads (the trip is in June 2013). It would sure help to have some upfront information. Thanks DD, Indiana
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McCrankPin makes a very good point about covering the ground and you could get a load of information from the internet and other research, such as studying good maps.
Two areas come to my mind immediately:
1. The Picos de Europa, which I haven't visited (yet) but that has a great reputation for climbing/descending.
2. The Pyrenees; I was there, in the West Pyrenees, a few weeks ago and the mountain roads were still covered at that time with the Tour de France graffiti painted on the road surfaces - so you can just follow their route!! Simple, except it is a lot of climbing and descending. It all depends how much of that you really want.
Check out the Cols:
e.g. via Google maps/satellite.
In general, the French road surfaces are excellent and the Spanish ones are even better, having been constructed more recently.
ps For June 13 check out the route of the next Tour - it may be there then, in which case roads will be packed out with spectators and closed for the race.
Last edited by Walkabout; 2 Nov 2012 at 18:34.
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