GRAVEL & GRAPES IN LA RIOJA

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15-17 May | 9-11 October 2020

*This Week End is also offered on private request on other dates

OVERVIEW

“Red, rosé or white?”

This trip around La Rioja combines the best the region has to offer: perfect gravel trails, tapas, famous gastronomy, high mountain and the world’s best wine (if you ask the locals).

La Rioja, a small region huddled around the Ebro river valley in northern Spain, is famous for the quality of its wines, the large amount of cultural attractions and its impressive landscapes combining large vineyards, beautiful villages and an outstanding nature.

Our route, divided into three stages, will run from Logroño, the capital, to Ezcaray (a small town in an absolutely stunning location) through ochre-colored vineyards, walled medieval villages (some of them declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO) and high-mountain areas.

We’ll ride 210 kilometres and climb 3.925 meters.

We will also enjoy quality accommodations, excellent foods and of course remarkable wines: the perfect complement for a unique cycling experience.

Remember that with 3Travel, you do not need to carry all your gear on the bike (only what you need for the day) and exact route & accommodations may change based on availability and other circumstances.

You can also rent a 3T Exploro with us and it will be waiting for you at the beginning of the trip, so you can travel light and without worrying about the bike transportation.

Below you’ll see a video of some XPDTN3 explorers scoping out the route for this trip. Remember that unlike the XPDTN3 members, participants of of 3Travel only need to carry their daily needs on the bike, not their entire luggage. Exact route & accommodations may change based on availability and other circumstances.

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.
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Within 30 days from departure the penalty fare is 30% of the total cost of the trip.
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Within 21 days from departure the penalty fare is 60% of the total cost of the trip.
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Within 14 days from departure the penalty fare is 75 % of the total cost of the trip.
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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.

THE PRICE INCLUDE

  • Two PA-Cyclism guides riding with the group.
  • Small groups of maximum 10 riders.
  • Great, authentic 3/4-star hotels. Not super-luxury chain hotels but little owner-operated gems.
  • Breakfast and dinner plus non-alcholic drinks.
  • Luggages transportation.
  • Group travel insurance.

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Arrival airport transfer.
  • Departure airport transfer.
  • 3T Exploro Rental.
  • Flight ticket and overbaggage.
  • Extra services and activities.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Everything not present in “The price include”.
  • Dates
    15-17 May | 9-11 October 2020
  • Duration
    3 days
  • Stages
    3
  • Length
    210 km
  • Elevation
    3.925 m
  • Difficulty
    Medium
  • Price
    1.180 €

THE TRACK

THE STAGES

DAY 01 – STAGE 01

LOGROÑO-EZCARAY – 70 km | 1.693 m

The first stage of our journey, from Logroño to Ezcaray, has a special flavour: for most of the way it follows the world-famous Camino de Santiago (Saint James Way)—we needed only follow the ‘scallop’ signs that mark the route (and dodge the groups of peregrinos trudging along with huge backpacks towards the cathedral of Santiago).

Once we deviate from the Camino de Santiago route, our track starts winding through vineyards that grow all along the Ebro river valley, gradually gaining some altitude as we approach the mountains of Ezcaray.

A couple of extra stops to visit old monasteries and feed on tortilla de patatas and we can start noticing the changes on the landscape. Soon we climbed our first real pass. This is where winding gravel singletracks and amazing food await us.

DAY 02 – STAGE 02

SIERRA DE LA DEMANDA – 62 km | 1.638 m

If the first day is a Waltz, the second day is Rock ‘n’ Roll: a pure mountain stage. A long and slow climb is waiting for us just at the start of the day, gradually leading us to the top of the Sierra de la Demanda range. We will navigate among white carpets of humid clouds from 1,200 meters all the way to the top of the 2,000 meters climb.

Then we are going to face a long and enjoyable downhill through pathways and dirty roads all the way down to Ezcaray. The evening is Ezcaray promises to be magical.

DAY 03 – STAGE 03

EZCARAY-LOGROÑO – 78 km | 593 m

The third and last stage is the recovery stage (from the riding, not the wine we hope). We´ll pedal the Via Verde (a repurposed old railway track) that winds up through the dry, yellow fields on the plains, and meanders through the Ebro river valley.

The Ebro is the river that makes the magic happen. Lots of meteorological conditions are needed to have the perfect climate for grapes and wine, and the Ebro provides exactly the right mix.

We´ll visit some of the most beautiful villages, such as Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Cenicero and Elciego before finally returning to Logroño.

YOUR GUIDE

Julian Bueno Risco

Julian Bueno Risco

Travel Logistic Coordinator & Guide

Julian Bueno is a geographer, photographer, traveler, digital-map-maker, bike lover and route & event designer. In this way, and as an active and passionate person, Julian has collaborated and published several spanish mountain bike guide books and he is an active member of the Spanish Mountain Bike School (EEMTB). He likes to share his passions and to discover new routes and friends, spending also time steering many people through different cycling destinations. Overall, he feels movement as part of his life and he used to participate in marathon, roller skates challenges and general long distance events. You can chat with him about life, GPS secrets and innovative cycling gadgets. Now, he is part of the Projecting Adventure Cyclism.

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