Arrival day: Alicante Airport to Hotel Transfers
May
1
1:00 AM01:00

Arrival day: Alicante Airport to Hotel Transfers

Arrival & check in day.

Check in and the itinerary starts at 15:30 on the first day, so we are asking guests to be at Alicante airport by 13:00 local time to allow for transfer time.

A short ride out to the incredible Mirador de la Granatilla.  Stop for a coffee or beer & tapas on the way home in Garrucha Harbour.

The ride will start late afternoon to allow for arrival & check in.

65km in length with 1,019m climbing.

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Gran Fondo Costa Almeria
May
4
7:00 AM07:00

Gran Fondo Costa Almeria

On Saturday 26 May 2018, the Gran Fondo Costa Almeria will take place. National and international participants can choose one of two distances:

  1. a 208km Gran Fondo with an altitude gain of 3,680m
  2. a 120km Medio Fondo with an altitude gain of 1,780m.

Timings:

7.00am to 7.45am: opening of start pens
8.00am: group start GRAN FONDO COSTA ALMERIA 2018 @ Hotel Marina Playa
From 11.30am: arrival of 1st participants MFCA (120km)
From 2.00pm: arrival of 1st participants GFCA (208km)
5.00pm: podium ceremony GFCA & MFCA for men and women
5.30pm: paella party @ Gran Fondo Village
6.00pm: end of official timing
9.00pm: GFCA beach party @ Chiringuito Marina Playa

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    Recovery ride
    May
    5
    9:00 AM09:00

    Recovery ride

    After the Gran Fondo and Paella party, take a slow morning to recover before spinning the legs in the afternoon (route tbc) to a coffee shop or bar in Mojacar old town.

    Rest up as you won't want to miss Monday's route covering quiet countryside and breathtaking coastal scenery.

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    Countryside Ride
    May
    6
    9:00 AM09:00

    Countryside Ride

    Our countryside route starts by heading inland through the sleepy town of Vera before turning towards El Cortijo Grande - a fantastic village nestled 500m high in the remote countryside.

    As you start climbing be aware of fairly narrow and uneven roads. There are potholes on this route but it's worth it for the silence of the mountains and the spectacular views.

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    Alto de Velefique
    May
    7
    9:00 AM09:00

    Alto de Velefique

    Alto de Velefique, also known as Almeria d'Huez due to its striking similarity to Alpe d'Huez.

    This is a challenging ride, with a mountain pass climb and descent, so prepare accordingly in terms of fitness and spares/food/drinks.

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