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Cycling VDLP Late April/Early May 2020

2020 Camino Guides

Anita Rigoni

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Frances, 2017 Via Francigena - Lucca to Rome, 2019 Camino Del Norte and Via Francesco
Hello I am from Australia and would like to do my first cycling Camino. I was wondering if anyone else would like to join? I am not super confident to cycle on my own. Always happy to way alone. Not super fast but not super slow either. Any tips or suggestions would be welcomed.
 

Blue-Lady

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
planing to do the Camino on a bike from May 18 to June 3
Hello I am from Australia and would like to do my first cycling Camino. I was wondering if anyone else would like to join? I am not super confident to cycle on my own. Always happy to way alone. Not super fast but not super slow either. Any tips or suggestions would be welcomed.
Hi Anita,
I'm new at using this cite. So I'm assuming that your message was posted on Jan. 2, 2020. If so, I'm too cycling the Camino for the first time beginning on May 18 and (hoping) to reach Santiago on June 3. I'm doing this solo, but did arrange with Camino.com for the renting of a mountain bike, transfer of luggage, and hotel reservations. You might want to check with them. If days for your trip and mine overlap, perhaps we could do some of the Camino together. I've been cycling for over four years--but mostly road. Learning to ride a mountain bike at the moment.
Best, Meredith (Blue-Lady)
 

Blue-Lady

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
planing to do the Camino on a bike from May 18 to June 3
Do any of you know if it's easy to get from Pamplona to Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port by bus? I'm arriving to Pamplona from the US on May 16 around 5:30 PM, and need to get to Saint-Jean-Pied form where I'll begin my cycling journey of the Camino. I did find a cite for buses but it simply says that there are no schedules for May 16. Any advice?
Thanks,
 

jony jony

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
Hello Anita....great time of year to cycle the VDLP . I have cycled this route 3 times , twice in April/May and once in September /October and loved every kilometre of every ride ( well almost ) .April 2019 i tried a short cut , although still the camino from near Montamara along the N631 to Tabara . I was told this was a quiet road and would save some 20/30 klms ....oooh not so quiet with many trucks and nowhere to go as there is a ditch alongside the road ..so...my first piece of advice is to avoid this short cut and just continue the camino upto granga de moreruela from Montamara where the camino sanabres starts .

I have lots of info on bike hire . Useful apps etc etc .please feel free to ask away and in that way i am there in spirit .
Regards....john
 
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Anita Rigoni

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Frances, 2017 Via Francigena - Lucca to Rome, 2019 Camino Del Norte and Via Francesco
Hi Anita,
I'm new at using this cite. So I'm assuming that your message was posted on Jan. 2, 2020. If so, I'm too cycling the Camino for the first time beginning on May 18 and (hoping) to reach Santiago on June 3. I'm doing this solo, but did arrange with Camino.com for the renting of a mountain bike, transfer of luggage, and hotel reservations. You might want to check with them. If days for your trip and mine overlap, perhaps we could do some of the Camino together. I've been cycling for over four years--but mostly road. Learning to ride a mountain bike at the moment.
Best, Meredith (Blue-Lady)
Hello Meredith

Thank you for replying. I looked at the link you sent and I only get an add to buy the name Camino.com. Did you mean Camino Ways the tour group? I am sending my luggage through with the postal service. This has worked with other camino's I have completed. I am hoping to be in Santiago by May 15. Would have loved to have cycled with you. Good luck.
 

Anita Rigoni

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Frances, 2017 Via Francigena - Lucca to Rome, 2019 Camino Del Norte and Via Francesco
Hello Anita....great time of year to cycle the VDLP . I have cycled this route 3 times , twice in April/May and once in September /October and loved every kilometre of every ride ( well almost ) .April 2019 i tried a short cut , although still the camino from near Montamara along the N631 to Tabara . I was told this was a quiet road and would save some 20/30 klms ....oooh not so quiet with many trucks and nowhere to go as there is a ditch alongside the road ..so...my first piece of advice is to avoid this short cut and just continue the camino upto granga de moreruela from Montamara where the camino sanabres starts .

I have lots of info on bike hire . Useful apps etc etc .please feel free to ask away and in that way i am there in spirit .
Regards....john
Thank you John for your reply. I will take your suggestion regarding short cuts to heart. I am really interested in your tips and information on bike hire and also apps and how to download them. Also I have never used panniers before, I assume I pack similarly to a backpack. Normally I take just a silk liner as my sleeping gear. Do you believe this will be sufficient or should I pack a light sleeping bag?

Thank you in advance.
Regards Anita
 

Gilmour

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino de frances
I’m cycling Camino frances May 7 th do you have any recommendations for bike hire? MTB or hybrid ? Going minimal so will be taking my own pannier , helmet etc
 

Galloglaigh

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Lycra tribe.
CF (2017/8), VF (2018/9), VFnS + Thessaloniki (2020)
Have a look at this site for starters


It may be more cost effective to purchase one and donate it at the other end.
 

Peregrinopaul

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Madrid/Sanabres/Frances reverse(2018)
Hello I am from Australia and would like to do my first cycling Camino. I was wondering if anyone else would like to join? I am not super confident to cycle on my own. Always happy to way alone. Not super fast but not super slow either. Any tips or suggestions would be welcomed.
Hi Anita. I hired, and stayed at Triana Backpackers in Sevilla, (twice). You will find the VdlP a perfect cycle route. Lots of well-surfaced farm tracks, and the highway, (pretty empty) is always close by if you need to make up time. Coming from Australia you will be blown away by the ancient sites and Medieval architecture.
 

Anita Rigoni

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
2016 Frances, 2017 Via Francigena - Lucca to Rome, 2019 Camino Del Norte and Via Francesco
Hi Anita. I hired, and stayed at Triana Backpackers in Sevilla, (twice). You will find the VdlP a perfect cycle route. Lots of well-surfaced farm tracks, and the highway, (pretty empty) is always close by if you need to make up time. Coming from Australia you will be blown away by the ancient sites and Medieval architecture.
Thank you Peregrinopaul. I am planning on staying at Triana backpackers and also to rent a bike from them. I am finding it hard to focus in on a cycling guide and gps maps for this route. What do you recommend?
 

Peregrinopaul

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
VdlP(2012) Madrid(2014)Frances(2015) VdlP(2016)
VdlP(2017)Madrid/Sanabres/Frances reverse(2018)
Thank you Peregrinopaul. I am planning on staying at Triana backpackers and also to rent a bike from them. I am finding it hard to focus in on a cycling guide and gps maps for this route. What do you recommend?
I very much enjoyed Triana Backpackers, (opinions are divided). I rented a bike from them on my first Camino, and had absolutely no issues. One thing though, they supplied one of those vey substantial bikelocks weighing about a kilo. I declined and stuck with my rather cheap, light combination lock. As long as you're sensible about not leaving the bike unattended for long periods it's ok. On my other Caminos I've had my own bike flown with me from Aus, (a hastle), and more recently use a bike I leave with my son in Europe.
I've never taken a guide: I use the IGN Spain Mapa Cartagrafica, which, in the case of my first Camino, the VdlP, I spent countless hours studying prior to the trip, at a very large scale. Here's a link. You'll find it addictive.
Select the carta topografica, and then the full screen button.
It can be a bit skittish. Its best to use the plus and minus buttons for zoom.
I suggest you centre in Sevilla, (or just north of it), and zoom in to about 1cm = 2 km scale. You'll see a purple line which denotes the Camino. That disappears at bigger scales, but the track is usually obvious. From this I basically devised my own route, sometimes using the main road.
 

jony jony

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances ( 2007) Via de la Plata 2016/2017 . Sept 2018...Via de la Plata...May2019 via de la plata
Hello again Anita .......Well i was going to suggest the bike hire from Triana Backpackers Hostel but others have beat me too it . This hostel can be a bit noisy so do take ear plugs , they may help a little , but at least if you stay there you can adjust the bike to your liking and just go for a small ride in the evening to check the saddle height / handlebar position before you set of in the morning . The saddle bags they provide are" Ortlieb Rolltop" which are totally waterproof but i still pack my belongings in plastic rubbish bags to be on the safe side . These 2 saddle bags take about 40 ltrs of belongings, so i bought a cheap 40 ltr fold up nylon bag to transport my belongings from home and in that way i knew i could fit everything in the saddlebags .
As Peligrinopaul states ,maybe refuse the bike lock as it does weigh a lot . I took a cheap lock from home and took the saddle off as an extra measure when i thought it necessary ( only once in Ourense ).
Do take a pair of tweezers to remove any thorns etc from your tyres when you get a puncture , unless the puncture gods are kind to you .

I always use the "Pelegrino Online" app Via de la Plata PREMIUM , which costs about 2 euros from google playstore and the Sanabres Premium app ( also 2 euros ) .....lots of info about albergues , towns , routes, distances , bike repair shops etc and easy to download to your phone . I use no other guide .

As you enter Galicia in the North, the temperature can drop considerably and many albergues are not heated so i always take a sleeping bag ....better to have and not need than to need and not have .

Useful things i take .....6 cloths pegs .....suction type hook so i can take my valuables in the shower with me .....tiny torch so i dont disturb others at night ....A BELL for the hire bike ( most important to warn walkers of your approach ).......small bike lights to use in the rain mist etc .

OOOOh . i am in the zone now . maybe i should plan another last Camino o_O .

Hope this is of some help

Regards......John
 

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