Euskal Lana - The Basque Job
The 110th edition of the Tour de France 2023 will start in the heart of the Basque Country in Bilbao, with its grand depart on Saturday 1st July 2023. For this special occasion in Bilbao, we have prepared different surprises during the openings days of the TdF 2023.
This trip is not a race to race, but a way to enjoy our passion for cycling, mountain passes and the best of cycling culture. We will take care of everything for you to enjoy an unforgettable and unique trip: transport, meals, supplies, mechanical assistance, 4* and 5* hotels, and everything you need.
We will inaugurate our new shop there during these days and will visit the best places to enjoy the Tour de France 2023.
THE JOURNEY AT A GLANCE
STARTING POINT: Bilbao
END POINT: Bilbao
DAYS ON BIKE: 4
TOTAL DISTANCE: 376km
TOTAL ELEVATION GAIN: 6,480m
LONGEST DAY: Day 2 - Loop to the north coast, 125km.
HIGHEST ELEVATION DAY: Day 3 - Loop to the north coast, 2,150m
DAY 1 - Test Ride through Bilbao
36km & 730m
Our first ride is an easy, but also good way to shakeout the legs. Heading south-west along the Bilbao Valley, we will cross through the Parque de La Arboleda, a large forest at the top of one of the hills surrounding Bilbao. This is the time to make sure everything is perfect on your bike - if something is not quite right, let a mechanic or guide know and we will make sure to fix it before you start the tough ride.
DAY 2 - PRE TdF - East Coast Loop
123km & 2,020m
This route takes us north towards the Alto de la Granja and Castro-Urdiales, with its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean. The highlight of this route is the ascent and views of the Alto Peñas Negras. Following this scenic ride, a special dinner awaits us as a reward in a secret location in Bilbao.
DAY 3 - STAGE 1 TdF - North Coast Loop
70km & 1,180m // 102km & 2,150m
At just under 70 kilometres, this route will test your endurance, however will also reward your efforts with stunning scenery and plenty of quiet roads. Today we head northeast on a loop around Mungia, experiencing magnificent views along the way over the lush green landscape and spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean. Refreshments and local food will be waiting for us in a spectacular location during the route, providing us energy to enjoy the final climb of Stage 1. An optional 102 km route is available.
DAY 4 - STAGE 2 TdF - Southbound - Farewell
117km & 1,590m
An early start to the south will take us directly to Legutio, through which stage 2 will pass after our arrival. We will then return to Bilbao to enjoy the last kilometres of this TdF stage. A good shower will be waiting for us at our hotel.
This is our last day together and, after a leisurely meal, it will be time to say goodbye, or at least arrive until we meet again. Our team will arrange airport transfers, but if you plan to stay a few more days, let us know if we can help you with bookings or recommendations.
OPTIONAL BIKE - Aurum Magma
FRAME: Aurum Magma
COCKPIT: Enve Road Carbon
GROUPSET: SRAM Force eTap AXS
PEDALES: Shimano SPD-SL or Look KEO (or your own)
WHEELS: Enve Foundation 45 Carbon Tubeless
TYRES: Pirelli Cinturato Velo TLR
BIDONS: Custom Tacx by VCC
GPS: Hammerhead Karoo 2 (or your own)
Road cycling trip through the Basque Country
MEET TIME: 2:00 PM
What is included:
- Cycling: 4 days - full assistance on our scheduled tour.
- Accommodation: 3 nights in a 4* hotel in the city centre.
- Meals: Full board on our scheduled tour.
- Transfers: Group transfers to and from airports are included in the scheduled tour.
- Welcome pack including a Scicon rain bag and a casual event T-shirt and VCC water bottles.
- Support vehicles and mechanical assistance during the trip.
- 2 refreshment stations during each stage.
- Different group levels to cater for different cycling abilities.
- Staff ratio 1 staff x 6 clients (1 equestrian guide for every 8 cyclists).
- Professional photography of the event.