People Cycling Rides

El Comtat, Inland Costa Blanca, Spain..

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Peter South
Tour Dates
Start Location
Cocentaina, Alicante, Spain
End Location
Cocentaina, Alicante, Spain
Cost (est.)
$1795 (USD + $100.00 ride fee)
$200 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
43 mi / 69 km
Avg. Elevation
4318 ft / 1316 m
Ride Description

Cocentaina is situated in the Inland Costa Blanca region, about 44 miles from Alicante airport. It is the county town of El Comtat, which itself is in the province of Alicante and the autonomous region of the Comunidad Valencia.

The immediate area is principally agricultural, with vineyards, olives, almonds, cherries and various other crops. We also pass through areas with citrus fruits and a local speciality, nisperos.

The area is quite simply, cycling heaven.  Almost all of the roads we use are wonderfully surfaced and very lightly trafficked by motor vehicles. We use what looks, on the map, like a very small area but each valley is different and our rides will take you through very varied terrain. Some of our rides go tantalisingly near to the coast to give beautiful sea views and then turn round. During this holiday, you will take in 7 'tops' marked by brown signs indicating the altitude reached.

Being based in a town means that you have all its facilities at hand - banks, several supermarkets, including a large Carrefour (supermarket) on the edge of town and even a Decathlon (sports goods). There are numerous bars open all day with pavement seating and very reasonable prices. Cocentaina has distinct old quarters, some dating back centuries when the Christians, the Moors and the Jews all lived separately but part of the same town.

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

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