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Discussion in 'Cycling the Camino de Santiago' started by cruiser9608, May 4, 2018.

  1. cruiser9608

    cruiser9608 New Member

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    I will be leaving from Saint jean. Do bicyclist take the same routes to Santiago or is there a different route that bicyclist take? and what is the route?

    Thanks
     
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    I suspect that there is a different route for cyclists, but as I walked the route, I can’t say that I am familiar with it myself.

    When I walked my own Camino Frances, I used the little guidebook produced by The Confraternity of Saint James – An older version of https://www.csj.org.uk/product/pilg...-jean-pied-de-port-to-santiago-de-compostela/ and this often had information on alternative routes for cyclists – I see that the CSJ also produce a guide solely for cyclists https://www.csj.org.uk/product/the-cycling-pilgrim-on-the-camino-frances/ so If you have the time to get them, they might well prove very useful.

    Good Luck and Buen Camino

    Rob
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Cruiser - It’s basically the same route for everyone. However, with that said, there are certain uphill sections where you will see bicycles directed to the road instead of the path due to the difficulty of the terrain. In general, you can ride most of the trail, but from a riding perspective, I would rate some parts of the Camino as difficult. There are times when the road parallels the Camino and it might be just as well to stay on the road at that point. On the first day out of SJPP, you do have a choice of two routes to Roncesvalles - the Napoleon or the Valcarlos. I’ve not walked the Valcarlos, but just based on topographic map information and the fact that you can do a good portion of this on the road, you’d want to consider which Day 1 route to take. The Napoleon route is very doable, but there are some steep sections in the first 8 km to Orisson, plus it is all uphill for about 20 km before you come down the other side. For this particular route, the gearing of a mountain bike will be most helpful even though most of the way is paved.Once you’re on the Camino, you’ll get a get sense of which section are less rideable. However, most of the time, you can be on the same path as the Camino walkers. What level of off road rider are you? Buen Camino.
     
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    I don’t know whether during your research you have come across https://www.caminocyclist.com/blog ??
    This gives the first-hand experiences of someone who has walked the Camino France 5 times, then cycled it and therefore the information contained will be far more accurate than people like myself, who have only walked the route can give.

    With your question about whether the route is different for cyclists, you might like to start off by reading the authors experiences of his first day https://www.caminocyclist.com/2016-camino-cycling-trip/day-1-crossing-the-pyrenees-st-jean-to-zubiri



    And with regard to your question about choosing you bike (Different thread) you might like to read https://www.caminocyclist.com/bikes-gear


    BTW – What time of year are you planning to do this as The Route de Napoleon closed in winter “To limit damages, the Spanish stretch of the Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port/Roncesvalles stage knows a winter closure from November 1st to March 31st.” http://santiagoinlove.com/en/winter-closure-camino-roncesvalles/




    I hope this helps

    Good Luck

    Rob
     
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    Wily Francés 2016; Portugués 2017; Inglés/Fisterra 2018

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    Hey Cruiser - In doing a little research for you, let me recommend that you visit Ivar’s Camino website where there are a number of threads regarding cycling the Camino.

    https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/what-kind-of-bike-is-most-suitable.12460/

    You will quickly find a number of interesting discussion topics from types of bicycles to which Camino to choose to bike companies and tours. I’m guessing that a number of questions you have will be answered by folks participating in that Forum. If you also jump onto YouTube, you can find some videos by people who have ridden a Camino by bike as well as others by tour companies advertising either renting a bike from them for a self-guided trip or a package deal where they lead you. As with anything, there are lots of options available for the cyclist. Buen Camino!
     
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    cruiser9608 New Member

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    we are looking at may 2019
     
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    May is an excellent time to start your Camino as the days are long, but it hasn’t got too hot and, it shouldn’t be nearly as busy as the summer months https://caminoways.com/busiest-months-on-the-camino

    You still have a year to wait, so lots of time to make your plans :)

    Good Luck and Buen Camino

    Rob
     
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