People Cycling Rides

El Maestrazgo, Spain..

This is a Approved Ride
Moderate
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Peter South
Tour Dates
5/24/2025–6/7/2025
Start Location
Manises, Valencia, Spain.
End Location
Manises, Valencia, Spain.
Cost (est.)
$3250 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
Deposit
$250 (USD
Payment Due
3/15/2025
Tour Company
Travadell Cycling
Avg. Distance
43 mi / 69 km
Avg. Elevation
3784 ft / 1153 m
Ride Description

El Maestrazgo is a magnificent, unspoilt area of Spain to the Northeast of Valencia. The area is sparsely populated with few roads, and where there are roads there are long distances between villages. The area is steeped in history, having been under control of the Moors for centuries before the Christian reconquest of the land in the 12th century. El Maestrazgo also had a significant role in the 19th century Carlist wars and the Spanish Civil war. We will cycle through Mirambel, the setting for the acclaimed Ken Loach film, Land and Freedom, depicting the International Brigades’ role in the Spanish Civil war. 

The climbs are long but well graded, with gradients of around 5% generally, but with some steeper sections. Participants should expect to spend the day in the saddle. Because of the length of the climbs, and riders preferring to climb at different speeds, it is not expected that the group will stay together for the whole distance each day. We may regroup at coffee stops or lunch stops, but it is likely that we will tend to split into smaller groups on the road. Many of the villages we pass are slightly off the main route, so you may wish to explore some of them. The leaders will always be available by phone if needed.  A certain amount of independence will be needed on this ride. GPX files and/or written cue sheets will be provided. Speed will certainly not be of the essence on this ride. There will be opportunities for coffee breaks and l… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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Easy
Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate
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Difficult
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Challenging
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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