Last weekend I had the opportunity to be part of the WCT Costa Blanca – Benidorm press cycling event. The purpose of this trip was to promote Costa Blanca as a cycling destination. And there is every reason for that. Great weather, quiet roads, close to mountains and ocean at the same time and spectacular scenery make this a cycling paradise. A group of six cyclists around Spain joined this trip: Miquel, ultraendurance cyclist Toni, me, former pro Samuel Soto, European Mountain Champion Sandra and ex-professional Javier Benitez (photo below left to right). In the background the skyline of Benidorm and ocean view.
We stayed in the four star hotel Grand Luxor. One night was way too short to use their amenities including swimming pool and an impressive breakfast buffet.
We set off in the morning from Benidorm and within 4km we were climbing on quiet roads. Within 84km we climbed over 1700m.
20km inland in the mountains, we stopped to take pictures in front the town Sella hugging the mountain range.
From sea level to 1025m up to Puerto de Tudons which had been part of the Vuelta a Espana previously.
Although coming from different cycling backgrounds we all connected immediately. I had such a great time to ride with those guys.
After a lot of uphill the last 22km were all downhill to the hotel.
I am a big fan of Spain (hence I live here) and I love the Mediterranean atmosphere, the palms, the wide open spaces. Costa Blanca is exactly that!
Thanks for this great experience:
Thanks to Ismael from Marchas Ciclistas for the pictures!