Bikepacking 750km from Bilbao to Valencia in 11 days
Starting from Bilbao, I’ll be cycling and camping (i.e. bikepacking) to Valencia with all my kit over the course of 11 days. Climbing a total of 8310m and with a quarter of that within half of one day, this is not going to be easy. For those who may be interested, I’ve added the distance & elevation profiles for each day at the bottom of the page.
My overall route is as follows:
Bilbao – Zuhatzu Kuartango – Castanares de Rioja – Ezcaray – Quintanar de la Sierra – Soria – Abanto – Teruel – Puebla de San Miguel Natural Park – Chelva – Chera-Sot de Chera Natural Park – Valencia!
BUT WHAT IS BIKEPACKING ANYWAY?
In brief, bikepacking is like backpacking, except you pack stuff on your bike, not your back. More often than not, it includes a bit of “wild camping”. Similar to cycle-touring, but generally omits a heavily loaded pannier type setup in preference of a lighter weight load in a set of bags fixed to various parts of the bike like the saddle, handlebars and within the frame triangle.
A brief Google or Instagram search of “bikepacking” will return copious side-on images of bikes in far-off lands with specially designed bags and other things attached all over the bike. A search of “bikepacking kit list” will return a number of hipster/OCD layouts of various bikepacker’s cycling and camping items. Once I’ve settled on what I need and what I don’t need, you’ll get a blog post about the kit I’m taking. I may even have to include one of those super-duper neato hipster kit pics (they do look cool).
I’ll be camping almost exclusively in-between days of cycling. There may be a few nights of hostelling to charge batteries and get a better night’s sleep but otherwise I’ll be roughing it wherever I end up.
DISTANCE & ELEVATION PROFILES: DAY BY DAY
Day 1- Bilbao to Zuhatzu Kuartango
Day 2 – Zuhatzu Kuartango to Castanares de Rioja
Day 3 – Castanares de Rioja to Ezcaray
Day 4 – Ezcaray to Quintanar de la Sierra
Day 5 – Quintanar de la Sierra to Soria
Day 6 – Soria to Abanto
Day 7 – Abanto to Teruel
Day 8 – Teruel to Puebla de San Miguel Natural Park
Day 9 – Puebla de San Miguel Natural Park to Chelva
Day 10 – Chelva to Chera-Sot de Chera Natural Park
Day 11 – Chera-Sot de Chera Natural Park to Valencia