Route and Bikepacking

Bikepacking 750km from Bilbao to Valencia in 11 days

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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

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Day 2 – Zuhatzu Kuartango to Castanares de Rioja

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Day 3 – Castanares de Rioja to Ezcaray

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Day 4 – Ezcaray to Quintanar de la Sierra

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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

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Day 10 – Chelva to Chera-Sot de Chera Natural Park

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Day 11 – Chera-Sot de Chera Natural Park to Valencia

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