There is a region of Spain so dramatic and striking, its lands could easily be mistaken for those of the iconic, majestic US National Parks. Yet unlike the natural American wonders, these Spanish landscapes, surrounded by the earth-tone hues of the Montes Universales all the way south to the source of the emerald-green Tajo River, can be easily reached without having to take an intercontinental flight. As a matter of fact, getting there only takes an hour and a half from Italy.
In addition to the medieval history, evident in the 12th century castles of Zafra (as seen in Game of Thrones) and Peracense, there’s the incomparably amazing Spanish cuisine—all overlooked by the village of Albarracín, considered a national monument, winner of a Gold Medal of Merit for Fine Arts and a candidate for UNESCO World Heritage status.
We discovered all this thanks to the genius of Ernesto Pastor, creator and founder of the Montañas Vacías bikepacking route. Anyone who meets Ernesto soon knows that his philosophy towards adventure is truly superlative, almost heroic, as he invites everyone to visit these lands and experience something great, in whatever form suits them best.
With Ernesto’s blessing, we want to propose an adventure along part of his 700 km route: an unbeatable bikepacking experience with a knowledgeable guide, good food and a fine roof over your head every night.
Of course, for this expedition to be truly successful, it is absolutely necessary to create a strong team spirit amongst all our travelers. No rider will ever be left alone or find themselves individually facing difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility not only of the guides, but also of the individual participants to help problem solve throughout the duration of the trip, working together to make the most of our adventure as a team. It will be an unforgettable experience and journey, but also a unique opportunity to educate ourselves on group consciousness and the ability to share—be it joy, fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, defeat or success.
And in this case, success will not be defined as arriving at the final destination but having set off and having done our best to arrive all together.
Yokoso! Japan welcomes you for an amazing tour from the ancient capital of Kyoto through the heart of land of the rising sun passing from the cliffs of Tojinbo wandering the forest bathing in natural volcanic onsens climbing Japanese alps to the Castles in Nagano and around the mighty Mt Fuji to the modern capital of Tokyo.
This will be a unique adventure in bike packing unlike any place in the world Japan is mystical and rich with culture and natural beauty. With 70% of its landmass completely un inhabited the best kept secret is the amazing combination of security and wild off grid living. You are never too far from help and yet it is never too far to solitude and maximum serenity.
For the success of this expedition and the safety of all participance the creation of a strong team is absolutely imperative. No one will be left behind or in difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility of not only the guides, but also of each team member (participants) to help solve any and all kinds of problems that arise during the trip. It will not only be an unforgettable journey, but also a unique opportunity to experience self-education in group consciousness, to share joy in fatigue, planning, organization, coordination, in defeats as well as in successes.
“In the autmn night Breaking into A pleasant chat ” —Matsuo Basho
Success will not only be the arrival at our destination, but through our journey. And knowing we have done our best to arrive, together.
Finally, after several years, we return to Patagonia along the Carretera Austral with a breathtaking Argentinean variation. And once again we will be bikepacking, without support vehicles but with the security of travelling accompanied by expert guides with twenty years’ experience on these trails.
Once we reach Balmaceda, in Chile, and after setting up our bikes and shopping for food, we will head south for about 800 km (including navigation) in 11 stages with a rest day at the foot of the majestic Fitz Roy in El Chalten. We start cycling on 4 December to reach El Calafate on 16 December and visit the hypnotic Perito Moreno glacier the next day.
Epic Patagonian gravel and its magnificant trails await us.
“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death”
— Leonardo da Vinci.
The Carretera Austral is there to be lived. Let’s go together and live well!
Andrea would have liked all this!!!
For the success of this expedition and the safty of all participance the creation of a strong team is absolutely imparative. No one will be left bihind or in difficulty for any reason. It will be the responsibility of not only the guides, but also of each team member (participants) to help solve any and all kinds of problems that arise during the trip. It will not only be an unforgettable journey, but also a unique opportunity to experience selfeducation in group consciousness, to share joy in fatigue, planning, organisation, coordination, defeats as well as in successes.
Success will not be the arrival at the final destination, but through the journey. and knowing we have done our best to arrive, together.
Why Patagonia via La Carretera Austral? Because Patagonia is not only Argentina it starts much further north than anyone imagines. More over La Carretera Austral remains a land full of great adventure and wonder.
This is why we at PAC are always hungry to return for more!
Mongolia Bike Challenge is a challenging race, open both to professionals racers and high level amateurs, which will take place entirely in the lonely steppes of Mongolia from which, in the XIII century, the local herdsmen departed led by the valiant Gengis Khan in a short lived but also fast conquest of central Europe, China and the Middle east.
Mongolia Bike Challenge will not be only a mountain bike race in stages, but more than anything it will be a very strenuous physical trial and a test of psycological endurance which will try every racer.
In 2018 the Mongolia Bike Challenge will be new and improved and better than ever, and that is guaranteed!
Shorter stages and brand new routes will offer a wider variety of participants the chance to experience the incredible beauty of the Mongolian landscape.
With every night to to be spent under the romantic roof of a traditional Mongolian ger, you’ll come as close as possible to experiencing what life must have been like for people in the days of Genghis Khan, with your two-wheeled steed parked up outside.
It is not simply restyling. This, in fact, is a revolution.
Mongolia Bike Challenge: where the impossible becomes possible!
For registration and full information about the race please visit the official website
Riding EL Camino
This tour should be on the must-do list of every serious cyclist. The classic pilgrimmage route of the Camino combine many elements that make it a truly unique experience: history, culture, art, and nature come together on this magnificent route. Thousands of people around the world arrive in the north of Spain every year, to walk and live this unforgettable adventure.
We will ride on what is known as the “Camino Frances”, which starts in the north of Spain in Roncesvalles and continues 760 kilometres, ending in Santiago de Compostela.
There are ten riding stages that vary in distance from 60 to 106 kilometres.
The riding is not technical and we will be fully-supported on each stage. We have planned a quiet ride, stopping to explore the amazing sites and hidden corners along the way.
Discover the “Bel Paese”
Your ride starts next to the Colosseum in the heart of Rome and concludes in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
You will ride through several ancient trails like Via Francigena, the pilgrimage route from Canterbury to Rome. The ride will also include forest roads, mountain biking trails, low-traffic secondary and unpaved gravel roads.
One of the highlights of the tour are the Strade Bianche, which criss-crosses Tuscany and passes through the most breathtaking scenery in the region.
We have choose a mixture of local farm-stays and small hotels for your stays.
Tuscany is home to the Slow Food Movement: all of the food and wine provided is produced and prepared locally.
The most challenging aspect of this ride is the cumulative climbing with an average 1,500 meters of climbing per day.
This ride is designed to be challenging hence you should be comfortable with riding 4-7 hours per day. You will be able to ride at your own speed, but you should come to the tour in good shape.
Refund and cancellation
Where, for whatever reason, one person is obliged to withdraw, the person must give written notice to Projecting Adventure Cyclism.
Refund will be calculated with this penalty:
Within 45 days from date of departure the penalty fare is 10% of the total cost of the trip.
Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip. -
Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip. -
Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip. -
After this date no refund will be given.
No refunds for those who will not show at the start or withdraw during the course of the tour. No refunds for those who could not make the tour due to lack or inaccuracy of the personal travel documents (i.e Visa or Passport).
Traveler understands that some destinations pose more risk than other destinations due to weather conditions, political conditions and the geography of the region. Traveler acknowledges that factors such as, but not limited to, weather conditions, landslides, floods, flight cancelations or delays, strikes, labor troubles, failure of power, restrictive governmental laws or regulations, riots, insurrection, war or other reason of a like nature not the fault of Projecting Adventure Cyclism (hereinafter “Force Majeure Event”) can hinder, delay or even prevent the Traveler’s ability to make or complete the trip. Traveler acknowledges that the Projecting Adventure Cyclism shall not be liable to Traveler for any delay or cancelation of the trip due to a Force Majeure Event. Traveler shall not be entitled to a refund or any other payment for damages from the Projecting Adventure Cyclism in the event that the trip is cancelled or delayed due to a Force Majeure Event. Please note that we are never responsible for any airfare ticket expenses.
Included + Not included
The price includes
– Vehicles for the transport and assistance of luggage.
– Organizing and logistic team, including joker and mountain bike driver.
– 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches (en route) and 8 dinners.
– 8 overnight stays in hotels and rural houses in double or triple rooms, depending on the number of participants.
The price does not include
– Transport costs by plane and bicycle.
– Accommodation before and after the trip
– Lunch and dinner in Rome.
– Drinks and extra activities in hotels and rural houses.
– All services and extra transport before and after the trip.
– Transfer to the airport.
– Single room supplement.
– Everything not listed above PRICE INCLUDES.