Windmill Cycle Club Special Event

Pico's de Europa!

Organisers: Andy Ross & Mike Higgs

Date: Thursday 6th June to Monday 10th June 2019

Ride Start - Casa Gustavo B&B, near Potes

Start Time - TBC

Event Details:

Thursday 6th June

Ryanair Stansted to Santander. Departs 18:35, arrives 21:35

1 hour minibus/taxi transfer to Casa Gustavo B&B, near Potes

Click here for a link to the Casa Gustavo Guesthouse

Friday 7th June

Full Route fly Through! - Final details to be finessed, but looking great!

Details for the day...

30 min minibus/taxi transfer to Fuente De, then cable car up to a very scenic 1800m altitude

Pick up our bikes at the hire shop at top-station, get our own pedals fitted if desired, check bike over

Then a truly epic day's riding all the way back down to our B&B. Over 2000m of cumulative descent, with some bits of climbing in-between

Evening meal at Casa Gustavo B&B

Saturday 8th June

More of a leisurely day after the big one on Friday!

Full Route fly Through! - Final details to be finessed, but looking great!

Saturday evening dinner at local restaurant

Sunday 9th June

Another day's mtb riding, local loop to be plotted in advance - links will appear here once finalised

Full Route fly Through! - Final details to be finessed, but looking great!

B&B owner will return the hire bikes to the operator using their minibus

Sunday evening dinner at Casa Gustavo B&B

Monday 10th June

A lazy morning or go for a short hike - it's up to you!

Minibus/taxi transfer to Santander airport

15:10 flight from Santander to Stansted, arriving 16:05

Additional Useful Info:

Preparation

We're hiring bikes on this one, so if you want to bring your own pedals please let Andy know in advance. Fingers crossed for balmy sunshine, or at least not pouring rain – this trip will anyway go ahead regardless. Just check the weather forecast before heading off, and adjust your clothes accordingly
Try to get as many cycle miles in as you can, pre-trip.
Bring some warmer clothes, and a spare layer/rain jacket to carry on the ride. Weather can quickly change there, and don't underestimate the potential for a cold wind on top of the hills. Given a lot of the riding is fairly remote, make sure you ride with enough water and snacks.

What to bring

Must have spare bits for your bike:
We'll investigate what the hire shop have on offer and what kind of tyres they run etc. Watch this space for more info on what to bring along.
Nice to have spare bits:
Energy gels are great for tired legs on long rides. They really can make the difference between finishing a ride or crashing out. Always have some spare with you. It would be good if someone can volunteer to bring first aid basics. Great if someone can bring a post ride tipple (John's toffee vodka went down a treat last time)

We've built up a great list of essential equipment through trial, error and experience out on the trails. Click here to visit out Essential Equipment page.