On Saturday 28th October 2017 twelve of us left the shop at 2pm accompanied by our wives and partners and travelled in convoy along the AP7 to the Cap Negret Hotel in Altea, Costa Blanca North, for a cycling weekend in the hills.
Unfortunately as we left Quesada the heavens opened and it poured all the way to Altea. When we arrived we checked in and squared our bikes away in the storage area provided for cycling teams (a large room suitable for 20 bikes, kit etc., with shower, toilet, and washing machine). Because of these great facilities, most of the top teams that train in and around the Calpe / Altea area now use the Cap Negret Hotel as their headquarters. Due to the weather we decided just to go to the bar and spent most of the afternoon there.
On Sunday morning we were all up bright and early for breakfast and ready to hit the road by 9am. We left Altea and quickly picked up the lovely twisty road to Guadalest. Considering all the rain the day before it was a fantastic sunny day with only the occasional damp patch on the roads. When we reached Guadalest it was already quite busy with tourists but we found a restaurant and had a coffee and tostada and the waitress even came out with a cake with a candle as it was Harry's 19th birthday! After 30 mins we were off again heading down the way that we had just come up only this time much faster as it was quite a climb up!
We got to Callosa de Sarria just making it through the town as they were busy setting up for a Fiesta and there were people everywhere - 10 minutes after we passed the roads were closed. We headed for Fonts de la Algar on the Bolulla road which took us to Tarbena where we had another stop, this time for a coke and an ice cream, then continued on this road heading for Coll De Rates. This was a fantastic road - steep but with magnificent views which we stopped and took pictures of. Once we reached the top we took loads of pictures at the viewpoint where there is a restaurant - again really busy as it was a national holiday weekend. We then set off down the Coll de Rates at a considerable pace passing through Parcent, Alcalali and Xalo finally reaching Benissa, picking up the N332 to Calpe where we stopped and had a menu del dia and a few beers.
After lunch we picked up the N332 again and followed it all the way back to the Hotel in Altea where we parked up the bikes, got changed and had a swim in the pool then relaxed in the sun with yet another beer. It was lovely and quiet and, as we were back before Lynn and the girls (who had caught the train outside the hotel to Denia for lunch and a look round). When the girls got back we all had about an hour in the sun before getting changed and meeting up in the Dining room for dinner which was brilliant.
Monday morning all bright eyed we had breakfast and left the hotel all doing our own thing on the way back to Quesada. All in all a great weekend away. Here's looking forward to returning again in April next year!
Team Cyclogical meets every Tuesday and Thursday night at 5.30pm, and Sunday mornings at 8am and covers between 90 and 120kms at a moderate to fast pace, so, if you fancy a challenge come along and join us.
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