CYCLE THE CAMINO DE SANTIAGO
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?
This trip has a good mixture of fairly level cycling with a number of significant ups and downs. The two long uphills mentioned in the trip notes were fairly hard going, but the rewards came on the way down - A couple of fantastic long descents with superb views over the surrounding countryside.
What did you think of your group leader?
Both Nacho (cycling guide) and Jaime (driving the minibus) were excellent. Both had a great grasp of English (Jaime lived in Scotland for many years). Both were good cyclists and looked after the group very well - giving plenty of leeway for the faster/fitter riders and keeping an eye open for the more laid back cyclists in the group. Not an easy job with a group of 15 of various ages! The organisation was fantastic and the care of the cycling equipment with appropriate help when needed was superb. They were also good company both on the ride and in the evenings.
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?
This is a superb trip, but you do need to have a certain degree of cycling fitness! Having been on a couple of other trips, I would say Moderate/Challenging is about right... there are several fairly hard going uphill bits to the trip, but that only makes the downhills even more worthwhile. We had a very mixed group aged mid-thirties to late-sixties, but all coped very well albeit at slightly different paces! However, it isn't a gentle ride in the country!
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Although I took my own bicycle, the hire bicycles provided appeared to be well maintained and stood up to the trip well. I think 3-4 punctures in the week were the only difficulties encountered, and the guides sorted these quickly on each occasion. Enjoy!