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recommendations for an easy/moderate 7-day section

Camino(s) past & future
October 2018. cycle a section of frances or coastal
#1
hello. I am going to cycle a small section of the camino for a week in october.

i am looking for recommendations for which section (of any camino) to cycle?

my priorities/preferences are:
  • "easy/moderate" terrain that can be done on a hybrid or trekking bike. i am not comfortable with technical mountain biking
  • open to any camino (frances, coastal, ingles, etc)
  • i dont necessarily need to end in santiago
  • planning to pre-book lodging at hotels etc (rather than albergues)
  • scenery. interesting towns to spend the nights in.
many thanks for any suggestions you might have. much gratitude
 

rappahannock_rev

Anglican Catholic Priest
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes, Burgos & SdeC 77 (by train); Frances 12, 15 & 17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes, Aragones 18
#2
Pamplona to Logrono or Najera.

Beautiful landscapes, wonderful towns, easy stages - especially on bicycle.
 
Camino(s) past & future
cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean 2017.
#5
Pamplona to Logrono or Najera.
Beautiful landscapes, wonderful towns, easy stages - especially on bicycle.
Well as one who has both cycled and walked these stages I would "never" describe them as "easy/moderate" terrain.
Pamplona to Estella (two days or one long one depending upon bike fitness and starting time). Well for a start the climb up to Alto del Perdon is a 350 metre climb and if its crowded you are going to have to walk. Coming down the other side is almost as much fun. I did not ride it, however I walked in May 2017 and the western side is even steeper with lots more loose gravel. There was a video posted here 4 o so years back.
Coming out of Puente la Reina there is a hill that just goes on and on and on. It might only be a 200/230 metre climb but it is not "fun". After Cirauqui you really do need to give the Camino a miss and take the N-111. The descent and climb up from the ancient Roman bridge is tough enough on foot; it nearly killed me on the bike in 2015. From Estella in 2015 I gave the Camino a complete miss and followed the road. When I walked it in 2017 I knew "I" had made the right decision. Even from Los Acros to Viana there are sections that are definitely not bike friendly and even more so bringing a bike on the section from Torres del Rio to Viana will (I believe) incur the wroth of the walking pilgrims. After Viana I did follow the walking track to Najera and that is a section I would recommend followed by Najera to Santo Domingo.
Yes I am sure there are cyclist who will to totally disagree with my observations, but their skills and experience may be significantly greater than my own. So to conclude - to each his onw!!??
 

rappahannock_rev

Anglican Catholic Priest
Camino(s) past & future
Lourdes, Burgos & SdeC 77 (by train); Frances 12, 15 & 17; Finisterre 17; Lourdes, Aragones 18
#6
Well as one who has both cycled and walked these stages I would "never" describe them as "easy/moderate" terrain.
Ah! I stand corrected!...

I (strictly a walker, not a biker) was thinking of the stages only in terms of distance.....
 
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