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Biking Andalucia: the best cycling holidays in Spain

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Source: Tyne Triathlon Club Newsletter

So, midsummer's passed, the nights are drawing in, it's near as dammit Christmas. Time to think about taking the bike to sunny Andalucia. Whether you want to train or play, this place is the antidote to the rain and gales we endure in Northumberland. It's bone dry, there's plenty of dry tracks and quiet mountain roads, and more climbs and descents than you can shake a stick at. Oh, and it's not often windy either.

We stayed with Dave Isaacs, who runs Biking Andalucia at Orgiva. This small town is on the edge of the Alpujarras (Driving Over Lemons country) but you don't have to move there (or read the book) to find the good tracks. Dave, a roadie and mountain biker from Cumbria, knows the place well and gets you to the best bits without wasting valuable holiday time. Many tracks run straight out of the town into the hills with little to do on tarmac, though we also drove to a couple of routes further off. There wasn't a lot of snow when we were there in February so we went up to 2,800 m and stopped in a refuge. The return to 400 m was 25 miles of almost continuous descent! After 5 days solid pedalling we were glad to get a bit of culture with a visit to Granada.

Dave says he can work up an programme to suit, including on-road training routes or downhill. If you want altitude, you can cross the 3,400 m Veleta pass later in the year and overnight in Granada. If you want a dip in the Med, it's just a short drive away.

Getting there is pretty cheap: EasyJet fly to Malaga from Gatwick, Luton and Stansted. The drive to Orgiva takes 90 minutes, or Dave will pick you up. Spring, autumn and winter are the best times - summer's far too hot.

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