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Cycling in Portugal – Serra da Lousã and Schist villages

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Should I first tell you about our amazing rides in the Serra da Lousã, or about the Aldeias do Xisto? Language barrier aside, I had heard about Schist villages many years ago, probably in school. But it took me a … Continue reading

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Cycling in Portugal – Cascais to Sintra via Cabo da Roca

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In Portugal our focus was not on cycling. We anticipated beach, food and Fado – a holiday at the end of our travels. Any cycling was considered a bonus. The great fatigue at the end of a long season, and … Continue reading

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La Covatilla

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I hadn’t heard of La Covatilla prior to coming to Spain despite this climb featuring in the 2011 Vuelta a España. Bejar and the Sierra de Bejar is only a short drive from Avíla and Piedrahíta, where we had ridden … Continue reading

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Sierra del Gredos

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This amazing journey, on which AMR and I had been for seven months, has finally come to an end! Like all good things must! Some, or most of you, will already know that we are back in Brisbane and it’s good … Continue reading

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La Bola del Mundo – The impossible climb

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What happened to a cyclist who thinks 10% gradient is ‘comfortably flat’? a) She’s gone stark raven mad. b) She’s been cycling in Spain. c) All of the above. If this climb had just been the Puerto de Navacerrada in … Continue reading

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A ride along the Costa Brava…

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… from St Feliu de Guixols to Tossa de Mar and back. First there were beautiful fast descends, and sea views to the left! At the half way point there was some surprise sightseeing in Tossa’s medieval old town because … Continue reading

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Chapter Five: Our Vuelta a Espana! Four memorable rides in the Spanish Pyrenees

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We crossed the border into Spain from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. We landed on a different planet. The French Pyrenees had been lovely with lush green fields and forests, villages with vegetable gardens, corn fields and vineyards, the air always fresh, even on … Continue reading

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