It’s no secret that the east coast of Spain offers everything a cyclist needs for training through the winter: a sunny and dry climate, comfortable accommodation, delicious post-cycling cuisine and world-class spas.
But those already privy to the wonders of cycling in Spain, probably also know there are no shortage of quality offerings available in the gorgeous Costa Blanca. But how do you know where, when and what to choose?
According to pro-cyclist John Howard, ‘The bicycle is a curious vehicle. Its passenger is its engine.’ With this in mind we thought a good place to find out about cycling in Spain might be via a local on the saddle. We interviewed Costa Blanca-based cyclist Patrick Deneut to get some insight into the finest ins and outs of cycling in Calpe.
Interviewer: So Patrick, how long have you been cycling in the region?
Patrick: Before when I was pro cyclist we came here often for races and training camps. Now we've been living here for the last six years permanently.
Interviewer: And what brought you to the region?
Patrick: The climate and beautiful hilly inland that gives us the opportunity to cycle throughout the year.
Interviewer: What are your favourite routes?
Patrick: The inland of the Costa Blanca is particularly beautiful and offers excellent roads for riding. Is the ideal region to work at the basic condition..
Interviewer: When cycling in Spain where do you get all your mechanical and bike maintenance taken care of?
Patrick: Topbikes Rental, it is my wife Kathy's business.
Interviewer: In your opinion, what is the best season to ride in?
Patrick: The whole year-round, but the winter season from October to June with temperatures between 15 and 25 degrees is the most ideal season.
Interviewer: We know that the Costa Blanca resorts are top-quality and that the region features a stunning coastline and plenty of charming towns, from the golden fortress of Denia and the hillside town of Jávea to the numerous quaint villages in the Jalón Valley. Would you say Costa Blanca offers many towns worth exploring?
Patrick: Absolutely, the coast has a lot of nice touristic villages and offer the best views between sea and mountains
Interviewer: Do any pro-cyclists who you admire cycle in the region; and if so, which ones?
Patrick: From December to February the region is a very popular spot for pro-cycling teams. There are also more and more female teams who are now exploring the region.
Interviewer: What is your favourite post-ride restaurant?
Patrick: The typical Spanish restaurants, but the Diamante Hotel also offers a good kitchen adapted for cyclists
Interviewer: For you, what is the ultimate way to unwind after a cycle?
Patrick: A visit to the spa or a massage in the wellness center at the hotel is my favourite way to relax.
Interviewer: So where exactly is the best spa experience for cyclists in Calpe?
Patrick: Hotel Diamante Beach ,definitely.
They say ‘you can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bicycle and that’s pretty close.’ When it comes to cycling in Spain (and Calpe in particular) the adage couldn’t be truer. If you’re looking for top Costa Blanca resorts and the finest accommodation in Calpe for pro and amateur cyclists alike, get in touch with AR Hotels. They not only bring a wealth of experience to the table but also offer luxury accommodation, one of the best spas in the region and onsite cycling experts to guide you in the direction of the most riveting routes and opportunities the region has to offer.