Sierra Nevada Biathlon Conquer the Sierra Nevada by foot and bikeBOOK TOUR NOW
Day 1Arrive in Spain, transfer to basecamp/hotel
Day 2Leg one of trek. Follow the main ridge to around 3,000m, overnight camp at mountain refuge (B,D*)
Day 3Leg two of trek. Options of route through pine forests or more mountainous terrain, overnight camp at mountain refuge (B,D)
Day 4Summit Mulhacen (3,478m), wild camp (B,D)
Day 5Rendezvous with mountain bikes, cycle section 1 with route options, overnight at campsite (B,D)
Day 6Final leg to Granada, group meal at restaurant, overnight at hotel (B)
Day 7Day at leisure in Granada. Visit Arab Baths with one treatment included, overnight at hotel (B)
Day 8Day at leisure in Granada. Visit Alhambra Palace, Champagne at sunset overlooking city, overnight at hotel (B)
Day 9Transfer to the airport for your return flight home (B)
*Meals provided: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
The 2012 Sierra Nevada Mountain Biathlon is designed to test stamina and team-work under extreme conditions.
The key to the 3-day trek will be in retaining the ability to cover large distances on foot, through one of Europe’s great mountain ranges, carrying everything required to remain self-sufficient for 3 nights (food, lightweight camping kit and clothing) whilst battling the effects of altitude and temperatures ranging from -5 to 35 degrees.
The trek will take you through several stunning environments, from Pine forests and mountain lakes to the lunar landscapes of the high range. We will also aim to get you to the summit of Mulhacen, which, at 3,478m, is the highest mountain on the Iberian Peninsula.
On the morning of day 4, you will descend to swap rucksacks for mountain bikes and begin a 2-day odyssey to the finish in Granada.
The cycle route will be a mixture of tracks and deserted rural lanes, from high on the Northern flanks of the Sierra Nevada, down through the orange groves and beautiful, ancient villages of the foothills - but don’t let this fool you into thinking it’s a gentle pootle, as day-one alone on the bikes will cover up to 100km and include 1,500m of ascent.
Days 1-4 will feature set routes, timed from start to finish each day, with optional navigational challenges offering time bonuses. Day 5 will include a team time trial of approximately 1hr en route to Granada. Some great prizes will be on offer to the overall winning team and for various other criteria.
Once in Granada, we will spend three days enjoying one of Spain’s great cities, including trips to the Arab baths and Alhambra Palace.
Despite the high altitude, difficult terrain and challenging physical aspects of this event, its first-world location will enable us to provide substantial and close support throughout. This makes it an excellent gateway event for the 2013 Sri Lanka Coast-to-Coast Race - where the more remote setting and language barriers will demand a skill-set beyond novice racers.