Race To The Sun 2022

Race To The Sun 2022

14 May 2022 - 22 May 2022

A spectacular 487km cycle ride through Andalucia starting and finishing in Gibraltar to raise funds for excluded & homeless Veterans

Race to the Sun - Your challenge at the Rock!

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No Veteran should be forced to sleep on the streets. By taking part in this Challenge you will be raising life-saving funds for homeless and vulnerable Veterans.

This circular ride of a mere 487km over 5 days, sees riders take on Cat 1 ascents and totalling a breathtaking 8,600m through the glorious mountains of Andalucia, Southern Spain. Our bespoke route starts in Gibraltar and taking on the Andalucia mountain range before returning once more to the towering rock synonymous with Gibraltar.

The first day will take us away from the coast almost immediately as we head for the hills, it's a gentle start though with approximately 40km of almost flat riding before we start to climb.

The second day is more challenging and more spectacular as we ride into the Parqué Natural de la Sierra de Grazalema, which we will explore thoroughly as we build to a climactic third day, the highlight of which will be the ascent of the magnificent Puerto de Las Palomas which we will tackle from the tiny village of Zahara de la Sierra, affording us the opportunity to enjoy the climb from its most scenic side.

The fourth day sees us temporarily leaving the Sierra de Grazalema and moving over to the foothills of the Sierra de las Nieves, where we explore the quiet roads and rugged landscape surrounding the historic city of Ronda, the jewel in Andalucía's crown and our home for the evening.

We tone things down just a little for the final stage as we head back to Gibraltar, allowing a network of scenic roads to lead us through a series of Andalucía's famous White Villages and away from the mountains, back down to sea level.

This incredible cycling adventure will take you through a wealth of breath-taking scenery, through mountainous regions and sun-soaked valleys, until you reach the world-famous rock.

Are you up for breath-taking views, truly memorable experiences, a great sense of collective and personal achievement?  

 

The itinery

• Saturday 14th May 2022: all participants to arrive in Gibraltar and meet Ken Hames, the support team and the team from Alabaré

• Sunday 15th May: all participants meet with tour leader and get fitted for bikes (if desired)

• Monday 16th May: day one of cycling - Gibraltar to Algar Approx 90km 1150m Ascent

• Tuesday 17th May: Algar to Cortes de la Frontera Approx 90km 2050m Ascent

• Wednesday 18th May: Cortes de la Frontera to Grazalema Approx 87km 2200m Ascent

• Thursday 19th May: Grazalema to Ronda Approx 105km 2150m Ascent

• Friday 20th May: Ronda to Gibraltar Approx 115km 1050m Ascent

• Saturday 21st May: tug of war against the Gibraltar Regiment (optional) followed by celebration meal, drinks and medals

• Sunday 22nd May: you are now free to fly home or continue with your adventures in Gibraltar

If you have specific questions we encourage you to email fundraising@alabare.co.uk 

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