Bikepacking the Pre-Pyrenees
The north Spain traverse.
Bikepacking the north Spain traverse
This beauteous bikepacking route flows through countless Romanesque chapel and geological pearls south of the Pyrenees. For bikers with no rush, traveling with their bikepacks on local roads and traks. Those who enjoy every pedal turn and take the time to photograph and stare at the Prepyr wonderful sceneries with awe.
Stage 1: Bierge-Castilsabás (Ermita del viñedo)
Today is gonna be a great day. You’re going to Bikepacking through Sierra de Guara’s wonderful landscapes travelling along its south hillside and the astonishing rocky formations of Tozal de Guara and Vadiello.
After pedaling:We recommend visiting the Church of San Miguel de Foces or if you have more time, the complete tour of Huesca.
Stage 2: Castilsabás-Loarre
Salto de Roldán and San Julián gorges are two unique rocky landscapes hiding between their walls amazing rock carved hermitages which were inhabited in middle ages. Pedalling at the foot of Guara, Caballera and Loarre mountain ranges peaceful and charming villages are found, settled in their fertile foothills. The bikepacking stage finishes in loarre passing under its renowned medieval castle.
After pedaling: You can visit Castillo de Loarre.
Stage 3: Loarre-Biel
Running through the Reino de los Mallos has an excellent reward: passing under the huge conglomerate needles of Mallos de Riglos, Peña Rueba and Mallos de Aguero. The Bikepacking route visits these overwhelming rocky landscapes before going deep into the Santo Domingo mountain range towards the medieval town of Biel.
After pedaling: you can know the nearby medieval town of Biel; narrow streets, medieval castle, Jewish quarter and important Romanesque churches await you.
Stage 4: Biel-Sos del Rey Católico
Ready for a medieval crusade? Our suggestion today is to reach Sos del Rey Católico or Uncastillo crossing through the sierra de Santo Domingo and passing by one of its landmarks, the natural pool of Pozo Pigalo. Later we will wonder with the Sibirana Towers, in the middle of nowhere. There, we must choose between taking the shorter variant to finish the route in Uncastillo or follow the main track till Sos del Rey Católico passing by the peculiar spot of Petilla de Aragón (Navarre). The final stop of the pre-pyrenean crusade is up to you!.
After pedaling: Uncastillo and Sos del Rey Catolico are two perfect end for this cycle route, we recommend visiting it quietly to finish with a good memory of this welcoming land full of surprises.
- Welcome at the start of the route
- Half board accommodation
- Final transfer to Bierge
- Luggage transfer
- A guidebook with topo and a map and the GPS tracks
- Insurance (optional)
What’s not included:
- Bike and equipment, drinks, lunches
- Anything not listed above under “What’s included”
- This trip is available all year although from March to November the weather is more favorable. In summer you must start early and to rest and bathing in natural pools at midday.
- You can fill out a form to customize your trip or hire extra services: Rent a bike, e-bike, gps, insurance …
- Prices are calculated for a group of four people.
Technical difficulty: Medium
Etapa 1: Ficha técnica
- Distance: 41,4 km
- Positive height difference: 695 m
- Estimated time: 4 – 5 h
- Road: 70% – Unpaved track: 30%
Etapa 2: Ficha técnica
- Distance: 45,7 km
- Positive height difference: 710 m
- Estimated time: 4 – 5 h
- Road: 39% – Unpaved track: 60% -Pathway: 1%
Etapa 3: Ficha técnica
- Distance: 45,9 km
- Positive height difference: 829 m
- Estimated time: 4 – 6 h
- Road: 41% – Unpaved track: 59% -Pathway: 0%
Etapa 4: Ficha técnica
- Prepyr Slow is a 4-stage self-guided MTB route, so a GPS device is needed to follow the track. Please remember to bring an extra battery with you.
- It’s always advisable to bring the route map&factsheet of every stage with you, and auxiliar cartography as well (digital or printed).
- In the route planner, main crosses and waypoints considered important are marked. If during the tour you find diversions not described in the route planner, you must follow the main road/path without deviating. Keep in mind the eventuality of small discrepancies between route planner distances and those measured by your own odometer.
- Plan you trip and staging points in advance. It’s also essential to book your trip or accomodation in advance to ensure its availability. The staging points are small villages with few services, so prior appointment is a must.
- Start the stages early to take advantage of the sunshine and avoid unexpected delays due to losses or breakdowns.
- During each stage bikers must be food&drink self-reliant. Slow tour passes by villages that usually have a bar, but is advisable to always bring enough food and water just in case.
- Route terrain is mostly local paved roads and dirt/unpaved roads in good condition. Almost always there is an alternative way by road avoiding the unpaved tracks, but you’ll have to study the cartography in detail before taking a decision.
- Mountain bikes are very recommendable in the Slow Tour because there are plenty of unpaved roads, some of them covered with small rocks. Bickpacking gear can be carried safely. For hibrid bikes is advisable to choose mountain tires, otherwise it’s better to search for alternative ways by road avoiding the unpaved tracks.
- Helmet is compulsory for all bikers. It’s advisable to bring with you lights and reflective vest/clothes in case of scarce sunlight in road sections.
- An accident/travel insurance (like cyclist federative insurances) is always recommendable.
- Many places in the route don’t have internet or telephone coverage. Nevertheless, don’t forget to bring your mobile phone with full battery and to inform about your planed route to the accomodation where you are expected to arrive. Remember: 112 is the emergency number in Spain.
- EU citizens should bring a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from their home country, or take out prívate medical insurance.
- Non-EU citizens will need a passport and visas.
- All excursions are guaranteed with a mínimum of four people.
Bikepacking the Pre-Pyrenees<br>The north Spain traverse.
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