This ride again heads out from the hotel and up to towards Jijona and up La Carrasqueta climb. Then you head inland towards the village of Benifallim. Then its over Torremanzanas and back towards Jijona and back down to the hotel. If you take you time and stop for a coffee these 128kms should be manageable even though there is 2,800 metres of climbing.
The Movistar boys here had another tough day in the mountains with 1800 metres of climbing over 154kms. This ride will take you through Alicante province’s interior towns in the heart of footwear manufacturing country. You head through San Vicente and Agost, carry on inland through to Novelda, Elda, Monover and Villena. Then you head back through Castalla. Not as tough as some of the rides but tough enough.
I rode this one with Alex and its a lovely ride for either your first or last day. Down to the coast and San Juan. Then its along the coast road back into El Campello. Maybe a quick coffee? Then up to Aguas, turn left and up to Busot and the descent back to the hotel. Easy.
This ride sees you head from Bonalba through San Vicente and Agost and climbing the famous Maigmo climb. After this climb you can turn left and tackle the very steep Alt de les Xemeneies or turn right and head for Ibi. Then its the legendary La Carrasqueta climb which takes you then on to the Torremanzanas climb and up to Tudons. Then you head down to the coast into VillaJoyosa, at which point you’ll probably want to stop for a coffee. Then its the coastal road back into El Campello and back to the hotel. 177kms and 3,200 metres of climbing. Good luck with that one folks.
A shorter route at just 65kms but with 1,200 metres of climbing. This one take you down towards Campello then a slow drag up to Aguas, then on to Relleu where you turn round and come back the same way. After Aguas you turn right and go through Busot and then back down to Bonalba. You can make these 65kms as easy or as hard as you want!
Tjis is possibly the hardest route you can ride in Alicante. It has over 2,200 metres of climbing and takes you over the mythical Xorret de Cati which is known as Alicant’s Angliru. Only 4 kms long but with sections of over 22% even La Vuelta a España rider use a 28th tooth sprocket. We advise a compact chainset for this climb as it as hard as you’ll see anything in Europe. Have a look at our photos from La Vuelta España from 2010 when it last went over this climb. Its a long route too taking you through many mountain towns and villages with plenty of places to stop.
This one takes us South West through the up and down lanes to the town of Agost. We then go through the quiet roads on to Monforte, Aspe and Hondon de las Nieves, a typically Spanish mountain village where you can stop for a coffee and cake. Then its back up the same road but then turning right at Aspe and on through the lanes again to San Vicente. Then a short hop over to Mutxamel (where Spain’s fines tomatoes are grown) and back to Bonalba. Nothing massively testing on this route but there is over 1,000 metres of climbing.
Another mid length ride but with over 1,500 metres of climbing. Remember 85kms in the UK is not the same as 85 kms in Spain when riding over climbs that are used in La Vuelta España. This one again takes us up to Busot and Jijona slowly climbing all the way. Then on the road ot Alcoi we turn off to climb the famous Torre Manzanas and then onto Relleu. You may want to stop here for a coffee or carry on back to Aguas, over to Busot again and then downhill to Bonalba.
Another long one here with over 2,700 metres of climbing. This one takes you along the cost road through the villages leading up to the mythical town of Benidorm where you’ll carry on through more seaside villages until you hit Calpe. This is where many World Tour teams base their winter training camps so you’ll probably see a few out on the roads in January and February. The road from Bonalba to Calpe is up and down without any real climbs to speak of. However, on the way back is when most of the climbing metres appear so probably best to keep your powder dry until Calpe. One the way back before hitting La Vila again you’ll take the mountain road up through Orxeta and onto Relleu. Then its on to Aguas, Busot and downhill back home to Bonalba. There’s countless seaside and mountain villages to stop off at should you need any refreshments or indeed a well earned rest mid ride.
Easy warm up ride for either your last day or your first day or both. Gentle flat roads down towards El Campello along the beach road for while before you turn right behind the beach and head towards San Juan where’ll you’ll rejoin the beautiful scenic beach road back to El Campello. From there its the same way back with a very gentle climb and false flat to Bonalba.
Only for the brave. 116kms and over 2,000 metres climbing. This ride will take you over some of the climbs used on La Vuelta España and is a real tester. If you’re strong you’ll be fine. If not either choose an easier route or take your time. Plenty of villages along the way if you fancy a rest. We imagine our co-founder Alex Dowsett will be using this route during his 2014 season preparation.
A ride thats harder than the 60kms suggest. You can tackle this going from either side of the Maigmo mountain. Personally I think going through Agost first and then going up to Maigmo is easier. Going the other way you can face headwinds and can be a real drag but then you get a more technical descent down to Agost. You may want to take this on twice. There are coffee shops in Agost for you to take a break if you wish.
This is a 75km ride taking you through the quiet villages of Busot, Aguas, Relleu, Orxeta and dropping down into La Vila where you can stop for a well-deserved coffee and cake on the beachfront. There´s over 1400 metres of climbing so you´ll need plenty of energy. Then we take the main costal road back to El Campello and back to the Hotel. This was where we shot the Ride With Alex Dowsett promotional video.