Love Spain 2018 Cycling Tour
Please check out the daily details of our Love Spain 2018 Cycling Tour itinerary from September 14-23, 2018 below. The route across the scenic Andalucia region in southern Spain is 430 kilometers long over five cycling days, which averages out to 86 kilometers (53.4 miles) per day. Although stages are relatively short, most days will involve substantial climbing. Anyone with a moderate level of fitness should be able to complete the trip. Road bicycles are strongly recommended. For more technical details about the trip, consult the blog for occasional updates. We will be staying in historic, luxury "Paradores" most nights. Each registrant's fee helps us pay for a half scholarship for a Rivas Light and Life Cultural Center student and participants are encouraged to raise the half scholarship match ($360). Participants who wish to do so can stay on for six more nights from September 23-29 and join up on September 23 in Seville with participants in the Love Spain 2018 Vision Trip at a reduced combined cost. To download a summary sheet of the Love Spain 2018 Cycling Tour, click here.
friday, september 14
All participants need to fly into Madrid, Spain - arriving early afternoon at the latest, if possible. We will do all airport pickups and transport you to the Holiday Inn Express Rivas where you will be staying for two nights. We will organize a late afternoon / early evening tour of Madrid followed by a group dinner with introductions, discussion of the overall organization and schedule of the event followed by a "Love Spain" campaign presentation.
Saturday, september 15
We will be staying in Rivas Vaciamadrid for the day to get involved in activities in conjunction with the Rivas Light and Light Cultural Center. You will have a chance to meet some of the students and we will plan a variety of community activities including a possible community "fun ride" on bicycles on nearby roads. We will plan an evening pool party and "paella" dinner at the home of Peter Clark, a long-time Rivas Vaciamadrid resident.
Sunday, september 16
We will depart Madrid early by car for the four-hour drive to Cordoba, where we will stop to tour the ancient city center, visit the old mosque (now converted to a church) dating from Moorish occupation times, eat lunch and continue on for another 2.5 hours drive to the southern coastal town of Cadiz, where we will stay on the beach at the lovely Parador de Cadiz. The old town is a short walk from the hotel. The warm air and the Mediterranean breeze should get everyone in the mood to begin cycling the following morning.