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newfydog

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We have a whole forum on biking the camino------wade through it and if that doesn't cover it for you come back with specific questions, I'm sure someone will help.

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sillydoll

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I have a whole chapter on cycling the Camino in my book - Your Camino on foot, bicycle and horseback. I can't send you all 14 pages but here is some info that might help you to plan.

Guides
The Cycling Pilgrim on the Camino Francés: John Curtin 2007. Advice on bicycles, loading, and kit, prepared by cyclists, with information on means of getting bicycles to and from Spain, and some route suggestions for touring bikes away from the walkers’ route.

The Way of St James: Le Puy to Santiago – A cyclist’s Guide: John Higginson. 1997. Covers the entire French and Spanish route. http://www.cicerone.co.uk

A Practical Guide for Pilgrims: The Road to Santiago: Millán Bravo Lozano (Everest). A guide for walkers with a section for cyclists with stages, profiles and route descriptions.

3-in-One: Three Great Bike Trails – Camino Frances, Aragones
and Via de La Plata. http://www.mundicamino.com

Camino Frances: Road Cycling Guide: In Spanish, but easy to use, the first guide path for cyclists. Mapping at 75 000 ° with GPS integration. The guide is aimed at both bikers and beginners who want to avoid the difficult sections.

Mapswww.bikemap.net/route/139920
http://www.esterbauer.com/ From the Pyrenees to Santiago de Compostela
Jakobs-Radweg (Bike Path). The total length of the Camino de Santiago – bike trail is 914 km. Variations and excursions are not included.

Forum:
For more information and a good place to ask questions of experienced bikers, join the Yahoo Bike forum:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Santiago_Bicicleta/

Camino Frances:
http://homepage.mac.com/verbier7/index.htm
http://www.caminocycle2006.com/
http://www.gaerlan.com/others2/camino/camino.htm
http://caminodesantiagobybike.blogspot.com/
http://www.interam.com/camino/indexeng.htm

Roscoff (France) to Santiago: layte.com/index.html
Uk to Santiago: buchaneers7.wordpress.com/
Via de la Plata: http://www.viaplata.eu/
Via Podiensis: http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/
French Routes to Spain: vtt.compostelle.pagesperso-orange.fr/accueil.htm

General bike webs: http://www.bikeweb.org/ru_camino.htm
General Camino cycle site: http://www.amigosdelciclismo.com
homepage.mac.com/verbier7/home.htm
http://www.caminhodesantiago.com/bici3.htm

Comparing the daily stages in the diaries above it is possible to plan your 8-, 10- or 12-day cycling camino.

Good luck!
 

jaws101

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We have just returned from biking the Camino Frances. We did the route over 13 days, which was more than we were expecting. The mud, wind and rain made us cut short some days. We encountered mud on the climb to Alto de Perdon so we then rode minor roads. We were led to believe that the route was bikeable. Maybe we missed a track - look carefully and maybe you can find a bike route. Further on we rode through more mud and certainly avoid the left route into Burgos if it has been raining. We actually rode more roads than we would have liked because of the threat of more mud, but even so we enjoyed the ride. We only had one day of sun, which was encountered on a ride down wonderful caminos to Los Arcos.

If it is wet when you ride the route our recommendations are to ride the roads, even if you are on a mountain bike, with panniers it is much easier.

Enjoy the experience.
 

Davroos

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I'm planning to ride the Camino with my brother-in-law at the end of May 2012. I'm looking for any information which would help us plan this adventure.

But which route do you want to take? I have ridden il Primitivo and Via de la Plata if it is any help to you
 
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newfydog

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jaws101 said:
We have just returned from biking the Camino Frances. We did the route over 13 days, which was more than we were expecting. The mud, wind and rain made us cut short some days. We encountered mud on the climb to Alto de Perdon so we then rode minor roads. We were led to believe that the route was bikeable. Maybe we missed a track - look carefully and maybe you can find a bike route. Further on we rode through more mud and certainly avoid the left route into Burgos if it has been raining. We actually rode more roads than we would have liked because of the threat of more mud, but even so we enjoyed the ride. We only had one day of sun, which was encountered on a ride down wonderful caminos to Los Arcos.

If it is wet when you ride the route our recommendations are to ride the roads, even if you are on a mountain bike, with panniers it is much easier.

Enjoy the experience.

Wow! One day of sun! In Spain.. Have you sinned or something?

We were in Italy, and had some rain too but nothing like that.

I have done the Frances twice in the fall, and only did one short mud detour. I've seen the ruts, and thought how thought that would be. In dry conditions, theAlto de Perdon can indeed be done on a loaded bike without walking.

glad you had fun, and keep the faith, most of the time conditions re a bit better than that.
 

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