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Costa Blanca, why do cycling teams choose it?

The Costa Blanca has something special to offer, which is why many cycling teams are invading the roads, to prepare for the season.

To make sure we don’t overdo it, we’re going to list some of the teams that cycled around the Costa Blanca for their pre-season in 2021:

1. Caja Rural
2. Bahrein Mérida
3. Arkea
4. Total-Direct Energie
5. Topsport Vlaanderten
6. Bingoal Wallonie
7. Alé Cycling
8. Euskaltel
9. Trek Segafredo
10. Lotto – Soudal 
11. AG2R
12. Astana
13. Team DSM
14. Deceuninck Quick Step
15. Cofidis
16. Jumbo Visma
17. Bike Exchange
18. B&B Vital Concept
19. Eolo Kometa
20. Kern Pharma

Enough, right?

Come on, we end with this post after convincing you how wonderful the Costa Blanca is to ride a bike.

Well, for those of you who are still a bit skeptical, here are some of the reasons why, along with Mallorca, Baqueira Beret and Gran Canaria, more and more professional cycling teams are flocking to this region year after year. .

And the reasons why cycling teams choose the Costa Blanca are …

  1. Start with the basics: Where is the Costa Blanca?
  2. The climate: sun everywhere
  3. Sea and Mountain
  4. Perfect mountain passes to train
  5. Safe and well-maintained infrastructures for road cycling
  6. Ideal accommodation for cyclists

Start with the basics: Where is the Costa Blanca?

The Costa Blanca includes the entire coastal territory of the province of Alicante, in the south-east of Spain. Its extension is home to 244 km of beaches, coves and cliffs which are a gift for Instagrammers who love sunsets photos. More precisely, it stretches from the municipality of Denia in the north to Pilar de la Horadada in the south.

The northern part borders the Costa de Valencia, while the southern part joins the Costa Cálida.

In total, around twenty towns are part of the select group of places on the Costa Blanca: Denia, Jávea, Benitachell, Teulada, Moraira, Benisa, CalpeAltea, Alfaz del Pi, Benidorm, Finestrat, Villajoyosa, CampelloAlicante, Elche, Santa PolaGuardamar del Segura, Torrevieja, Orihuela Costa and Pilar de la Horadada.

By far the best known to domestic and international tourists are Beniyork Benidorm and Torrevieja, which year after year present images of crowded beaches, at least in the pre-Covid era.

By the way, there is some controversy with the origin of the name Costa Blanca, so here we bring you 3 theories without contrast and 1 invented (to see if you know what it is …) so that you can discuss it with your family or friends on the day of your visit to this cycling paradise:

  1. It was a slogan created by British Airways in 1957 to promote the connectivity of its flights between London and Valencia.

  2. In the past, the Costa Blanca was full of almond trees which, during the months of flowering, left an imprint where white flooded the entire coast.

  3. It is said that from the sky a very striking contrast is observed between the blue of the Mediterranean and the white of the sand on the beaches and cliffs of the Costa Blanca.

  4. For over 400 years, a large part of the population has traditionally greeted the arrival of summer with white dresses. A tradition whose origin is linked to the pilgrimage that the monks of the Monasterio de Santa Faz made on both sides of the coast as an offering to Fray Luis Tzando.

Now that we know where we are, let’s talk about the reasons.

The climate: sun everywhere

Puesta de sol en Alicante (Costa Blanca)

Let’s see who is the brave who overcomes this sunset in Alicante…

It is not easy to find so many places that have 328 out of 365 per year with bright sunshine and ideal temperatures for countless outdoor sports.

In addition, the Costa Blanca is known to be one of the coastal areas with the most hours of sunshine, which allows for long days of preparation without the risk of darkness catching up with us at night and treacherously halfway at the end of our training.

Sea and mountain

Playa de Fossa, en Calpe (Alicante)

How did this rock get there? That’s the magic of the Costa Blanca, more precisely of Calpe.

If there is something special about the orography of the more than 240 km of the Costa Blanca, it’s its ability to interweave lowland areas with an endless mountainous territory that is reflected in the sea. A scenario that constitutes not only an idyllic territory for its landscape but also for the possibility of training adapted to all cycling profiles, todos los perfiles de ciclistas: sprinters, climbers, etc.

Perfect mountain passes to train

The Costa Blanca is home to brutal climbs that every cyclist should one day conquer. Many of them have been and are emblematic places of certain stages of the la Vuelta a España. The Alto de Aitana, Guadalest, the hell of Xorret de Catí, the Port de Confrides or the Coll de Rates are the most famous climbs, but not the only ones.

Some mountain passes of the Costa Blanca not to be missed …

Mountain pass

Start

Max Slope

Average Slope

Kilometres

Base Altitude

Summit Altitude

Alto de Aitana

Sella

9,5%

5,7%

17,6 km

339 m

1549 m

Xorret de Catí

Castalla

22%

11,5%

4 km

660 m

1097 m

Coll de Rates

Bolulla

7%

5,45%

7,1 km

339 m

587 m

La Carrasqueta

Xixona

5,7%

4,6%

12,8 km

453 m

1020 m

Port de Tudons

Sella

11%

4,1%

11,63 km

339 m

1027 m

Safe and well-maintained infrastructures for road cycling

A coastal territory is nothing for a road cyclist if he does not have a good road infrastructure. In this case, the Valencian Community, together with the towns that make up the Costa Blanca, have worked to create a safe road structure in good cycling conditions.

Ideal accommodation for cyclists

Hotel Cap Negret

Cycling Center at the Cap Negret Hotel, in Altea. Without a doubt, one of the reference hotels for cyclists in the region.  

Thanks to the vast experience in the hotel sector of the region, the hotel factory is ready to cover the many needs of cyclists, para cubrir con garantías muchas de las necesidades que requiere el ciclista, visiting the region with full guarantees. Keep in mind that these teams stay in hotels with a wide range of accommodation, where professionals can not only rest well, but also have fitness centers to train in, a spa to relax or cycling centers to repair their bike.

Although we have focused on the Costa Blanca as a destination for professional cyclists, MTB is one of the most promoted modalities in the region, as it has two MTB centers (Vall de Pop and Comtat) with a wide range of routes to enjoy. In addition, events such as the Costa Blanca Bike Race show their great influence on the cycling world in this territory.
And you, have you already decided to cheer yourself up and start your own pre-season camp on the Costa Blanca?

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