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Spain

Basque Country Escape

14th - 17th June 2018

Breeding ground of champions and home to the world’s most passionate cycling fans.

If you’re looking for deserted roads, verdant climbs and rugged Atlantic scenery, the Basque Country has it all. Add in cycling-mad locals, a renowned food culture and fine wine, and this may be the most rewarding place to ride in the world. Our carefully selected accommodation is at the foot of the Jaizkibel, the climb where the Clásica San Sebastián is won or lost.

Single occupancy — A$2,400 per person
Double occupancy — A$1,950 per person

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Who is it for

Rapha Escapes are short getaways based around one particular mountain, col or town, which will transport you to the heart of what is special about our sport. One of the great pleasures of road cycling is how close we can get to the professional peloton and share in their experiences by riding the climbs that have become legendary in the world’s great races. Each Escape stays in accommodation very close to the slopes that have made their mark in cycling history. In just a few days’ riding you will conquer a famous road, and our expert guides will show you the best that each mountain has to offer – the amazing views and the locals-only roads that will increase your appreciation of the area. When you’re not riding, simply relax in beautiful surroundings, enjoy hearty food and local wines, and deepen the friendships forged during your day in the saddle.

How Hard is it?

Escapes showcase some of cycling’s most testing battlegrounds, that are respected even by elite athletes. However, because the trips are based in one location and are shorter in duration, Escapes are suitable for a wide range of riders, including those relatively new to road cycling who are willing to put in the time training beforehand. Whether you want bragging rights over your friends, or to conquer one of the biggest names in the sport, you’ll return home with a major boost to your appreciation of cycling.

All trips include

  • Expert planning and guide support from guides and vehicles
  • Pre-trip discounts on Rapha apparel
  • High guide-to-client ratios
  • Unique routes
  • Top-level mechanics

Flights, bike hire and travel insurance are not included

All Escapes include

  • All meals
  • On-road food

Double occupancy as standard

Day Distance Climbing
Arrival Day Climb the Jaizkibe 26 KM 700 M
Day 1 Col du Rhune looP 100 KM 3200 M
Day 2 Dam Loop 83 KM 2300 M
Day 3 Rio Endara 50 KM 1500 M

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Arrival Day

Climb the Jaizkibe

Arrive via Biarritz airport and reach the hotel for a quick spin including the Jaizkibel climb, stopping at the top to admire the dramatic boundary with the Cantabrian Sea

Distance

26 KM

Climbing

700 M

Accommodation

Hotel Usategieta

Day 1

Col du Rhune looP

A day with very few flat kilometres, we cross into France to climb the Col du Rhune, the highest mountain in the Basque Country at 905m. Rather than take the funicular to the top, you will have earned the 360 degree view of the French and Spanish coasts and the beginnings of the Pyrenees.

Distance

100 KM

Climbing

3200 M

Accommodation

Hotel Usategieta

Day 2

Dam Loop

Today we take in many of the narrow concrete roads (and occasional unpaved path) that criss-cross the area, following many of the small rivers that have carved the region into a non-stop succession of small hills and descents.

Distance

83 KM

Climbing

2300 M

Accommodation

Hotel Usategieta

Day 3

Rio Endara

A short loop in the hills near our hotel, giving you one last blast on the wonderful single-lane roads in the area before heading home.

Distance

50 KM

Climbing

1500 M

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Customer Testimonials

The location was stunning and the Hotel was excellent. The rides up both Stelvio and Timmelsjoch were simply jaw dropping. I will take away many memories and photos from the trip, but one in particular that of Mattia pulling a wheelie alongside me going up the Stelvio!

— Stelvio Ascent rider, June 2016

Thank you so much for supporting us so well. The tone of the whole trip was so positive and supportive it made such a huge difference to my mental attitude to the challenge. A truly unforgettable experience.

— Ventoux Ascent rider, August 2016

FAQ

What kind of assistance can riders expect on the road?

When you’re riding you’ll always have at least one ride guide on the road with the group. There will also be a mechanic with a full tool kit and spare parts not far away – usually in a support car behind the group. Your guides and mechanics will be able to help you out with ride food and drink, as well as local knowledge, first aid, a morale-boosting chat and – if necessary – a hand to push you up the hill if you’ve run out of energy. They’ll do everything they can to keep you and your bike on the road but, if for any reason you can’t make it to the end, they’ll always make sure there’s a seat in a vehicle so you get safely home.

Can I rent a bike?

We have a fleet of top-specification hire bikes available for rent on our European departures. They cost £50 per day. We ask that guests requiring a bike tell us as far as is possible in advance, so we can guarantee the right size is available, and also to send us your fit measurements, so our mechanics can set up the bike for you ready for the start of your trip. If you’re renting a bike you need to remember to bring your helmet, pedals and saddle to your trip start.

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Contact Us

Europe

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)

USA

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: 877.907.2742

Hours: 8.30am-5.30pm (PDT)

Asia Pacific

Email: travel@rapha.cc

Telephone: +44 (0) 207 482 9175

Hours: 9.30am-6.00pm (BST)