General News: Camino del Cid
Gravel Union On
7 September 2021
A 1500km mixed-surface route which traverses some of the least visited areas of Spain? That sounds like gravel bikepacking heaven and it’s just been launched.
The newly launched Camino del Cid gravel route promises nearly 1500kms of riding “that mostly follows trails, tracks and secondary roads with very little traffic.” The route crosses Spain from the north-west to the south-east, from the centre of Castile to the Mediterranean and is described as “an ideal route for gravel cycling”
The route can be ridden as one long journey taking in 1375km of riding and including nearly 15,000m of ascent, or it can be broken down into smaller chunks. Gravel Union’s resident Spanish gravel riding fan Timo Rokitta has ridden the route in smaller chunks and loved every minute. He tackled the northern section back in 2020 and sent us in this great ride report and then headed back to Spain earlier this year to tackle the final southern section. Here is his report from that ride.
The website for the new route, which you can find here, describes it as “an invitation to discover an unknown Spain, of tiny villages and vast spaces, where contact with Nature and tranquillity is guaranteed”