Quebrantahuesos cycle race and training camp
7 night road biking holiday
- Compete in the Quebrantahuesos cycle race – one of the biggest cycle events in Europe
- 7 night cycling holiday: training camp with race at the end of the week
- 4* hotel with pool and sauna
- Guaranteed Quebrantahuesos entry and race number included in the price
- Quebrantahuesos race maillot included
The Quebrantahuesos (the ‘bone crusher’) cycle race is one of the biggest cycle events in Europe. Last year over 10,000 cyclists took part from over 25 countries. It’s a fantastic event with a great ambience, magificent scenery and challenging cycling. The route is 198km passing between Spain and France with 3500 metres of ascent accumulated over four mountain passes: Somport (Cat 2), Marie Blanque (Cat 1), Portalet (Cat Special) and Hoz de Jaca (cat 3).
In 2018 the race is on the 23rd June. Our special Quebrantahuesos cycle camp gives you the best possible prepartion for the race and during the week we’ll head out and tackle each of the cols individually and also drive the route so that you know what to expect come race day.
The race is really popular and the 2018 event is already fully subscribed but we have 10 guaranteed entries for this years event – sign up and grab yours quick!
All of the training rides will be fully supported with both a bike guide and support vehicle. Our cycle guides Javi and Alfonso have ridden the Quebrantahuesos race many timnes themselves and will give you lots of advice on the best approach for the race.
If you feel the full Quebrantahuesos is a bit too much for the legs there is the option of taking the shorter and more manageable Treparriscos which takes place on the same day from the same starting point. This is a route of 85km with 1500 metres of ascent without any super steep sections and is acheivable for any regular rider.
The holiday is based at the excellent four star Hotel Tierra de Biescas which has excellent facilities including a sauna and an indoor and outdoor pool. The hotel has bike storage and lays on early breakfasts for race day and special cyclists evening meals for you to carb load before the race!
The training week itinerary is designed to give you the best possible preparation for raceday. We’ll cycle as much as the course that is possible during the week and also drive the route explaining where the mechanical and food stations are and hints and tips for the tricky spots during the route.
Sunday – Biescas
Arrive in Biescas from Zaragoza – we pick up at the airport or train station and can transport your bikes if you have brought your own. Organise bikes and have a briefing about the week ahead followed by the evening meal.
Monday – training cycle – Portalet (Special category) – Laruns – Biescas
For our first days training we’ll tackle the third of the Quebrantahuesos cols – Portalet on the Spanish/French border. We’ll drive up to Portalet and start cycling from there, beginning with a lovely long descent down to Laruns where we’ll turn around and start heading back up to Portalet again. The scenery is superb throughout and it’s a spectacular road. Once you reach Portalet we’ll continue with the descent to Biescas. Portalet-Laruns-Portalet-Biescas (85km, 1,500 m accumulated ascent).
Tuesday – training ride – Biescas – Larrede – Sabiñánigo – Biescas
A more relaxing day to recover energy cycling in the valley south of Biescas known as the Serrablo. There are quite a few ascents but all are small – under 100 metres – so not too tiring. It’s a lovely quite country road with virtually no traffic and the route passes by old medieval churches and villages. Distance: 63 km with 633 metres acumulated ascent.
Wednesday – training ride – Sabiñanigo – Somport (Cat 2) – Sabiñánigo
Today we start at the race start point and cover the first section of the race up to the first col of Somport. The route starts with a fairly flat section to Jaca before you turn north and climb up the Valle de Aragon, past the ski resorts of Candanchu and Astun to the col of Somport at (1632m). We’ll head back to Sabiñanigo either by the same route or taking a couple of diversions or side trips. Distance: 112km, ascent 1896 metres.
Thursday – Rest day
A relaxed wake up and at midday our guides will be at the hotel to pick you up a drive around the complete itinerary show you complicated points, drink and food stops and no doubt a nice lunch stop in France.
In the afternoon you can book a massage at the hotel or relax in the sauna or pool.
Friday – rest day and race preparation
A relaxed start to the day and a final check over the bikes and kit for the following day. Late afternoon we’ll head down to Sabiñanigo to collect your number, race infomation pack and maillot. All of the bike and kit manufacturers have stands and it’s a great place to see all the latest kit, buy some extra energy gels and soak in the pre-race atmosphere. In the evening the hotel prepares a special cyclists meal with plenty of carbs to give you energy for the following day.
Saturday – race day
An early start as the Quebrantahuesos race starts at 7:30 am and Treppariscos at 8:15 am. We’ll ride down in the vans parking five minutes cycle from the start line. At the end of the race there is a great competitors area with the biggest paella’s you’ve ever seen and free beer! We’ll have something to eat, collect our certifcates and medals (on which you get your name and time etched on), finish basking in the glory of completing teh challenge and then head back to the hotel. The evening meal is another cyclists special and after if you have any energy left you can go out partying!
Quebrantahuesos: Distance 197km, 3500m ascent
Treparriscos: Distance 85km, 1500m ascent
Free morning in Biescas before leaving lunchtime to catch the afternoon flight from Zaragoza or to be dropped off at the train station.
Sunday 17-24 June
Race day: Saturady 23 June
1269 € per person (based on two sharing a double or twin room).
7 nights accommodation at 4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas
Breakfast each morning
Picnics / snacks during rides
3 course evening meals each night apart from the rest day. The meals are taken at the hotel.
Transfers to and from either Zaragoza airport or train station on Sundays (including bike transport if required)
Entry to Quebrantahuesos (can be used for Treppariscos if required)
Training rides as listed in the itinerary with full vehicle support
All transport required during the week and to get to/from the race
Flights, insurance, drinks, lunches on non-cycling days and bike hire.
Please note that to particpate in Quebrantahuesos you are required to have a medical certificate, signed by your doctor, dated within the year prior to the event. We can provide an example certificate for you to take to your doctor if required.
Bike hire for the full holiday: 150€
Bike’s need to be booked in advance. We’ll contact you for your measurements so we can reserve a bike of the correct size. Please bring your own cycling shoes and pedals so that we an be sure your pedals and shoes are compatible. On the first evening we’ll mount the pedals, adjust the bike to your size and go on a short test cycle to check the set up is OK before heading out.
Getting to the Pyrenees
From the UK
There are direct flights from London Stansted to Zaragoza. You can also fly to Barcelona or Madrid and can catch the AVE fast train to Zaragoza. We pick up at both the train station and the airport.
From outside Europe
Most of our guests from outside of Europe fly via Barcelona or Madrid, combing a stay in one of these two excellent cities with their walking holiday. From either city there are excellent rail links to Zaragoza.
See more travel options and details on our getting here page.
4* Hotel Tierra de Biescas
The four star Hotel Tierra de Biescas is in the heart of the old village, set in lovely grounds with an indoor and outdoor pool.
Each of it’s 51 stylishly furnished rooms have an en-suite bathroom. It has a bar, lounge area with sofa’s, a restaurant and gardens with loungers and tables.
Each morning a breakfast buffet is served with cooked and continental options. Three course evening meals are taken in the hotel restaurant with a choice of starters, main courses and dessert. Please note wine is not included.
Guests can relax in the the hotel’s spa facilities which include a small indoor swimming pool and sauna. A full range of massage treatments are available. In July and August the outdoor swimming pool is open.
The hotel has a bike storage area with basic maintenance facilities and we have a close relationship with one of the bike shops in Biescas who can provide spare parts and further maintenance if required.
Read more about Hotel Tierra de Biescas.
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Race cycle camp
Sunday 17 – 24 June