The Escape: Bikepacking Andorra with Svein Tuft

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After a long career as a professional road cyclist, Svein Tuft now prefers rugged and remote terrain in the mountains with little luxury. In this new film, he takes us on his favorite three-day gravel bikepacking route in Andorra. Watch it here and see the route map…

Svein Tuft is a Scott-sponsored, professional road biker. In his mid-twenties, Svein was a climber and explorer who fell in love with cycling while out on a bike trip with his dog. Fast forward through a 20-year cycling career on the road, and he found a new training ground, and passion for gravel and bikepacking. In this new film produced by Scott Sports, Svein takes us on his favorite three-day Andorra bikepacking route near his residence. Watch the film below and then scroll down to learn more about the route…

  • Escape film, Svein Tuft Bikepacking Andorra
  • Escape film, Svein Tuft Bikepacking Andorra
“The difference is when you’re touring you have all these opportunities open up to you. You ride hard on the climb and then find a patch of blueberries. You smash some blueberries for a while and drink out of a creek. You’re doing a lot of hard work, but you’re enjoying so much more of your time while doing it.”

The Route

From the original post on Scott-sports.com, written by Seven Tuft: “If starting from Andorra La vella, make your way up to La Massana. From there climb up to the CG4 direction Pal. Take the CG4 all the way to Port de Cabus. From La Vella it’s roughly 1300 m of climbing. At the summit the road turns to Gravel and becomes the Carretera de Tor. Big descent passing Tor and Noris and finally coming back on pavement in Alins. From there take a left on the L-510 down the valley to the L-504 junction, taking a right on L-504 heading north to Tavascan. From Tavascan take the Cami de Graus through Quanca. This is a nice gravel road and climbing roughly 700 m until the road ends and then turns to single track/trail. There’s some good riding and some hiking until the pass at 2100 m. Now you are in France. Some steep technical hiking downhill and some great technical descending sections. The route finally washes out on a small D road in the Ossese valley and turns into the D38. Descend until you come to the D8f. Take the D8f until the D18 junction and turn right. This takes you to the town of Vicdessos. Follow signs to Auzat. From Auzat take the D8 up the Soulcem valley. A massive climb awaits. After Soulcem lake the road turns to gravel and you keep climbing deep into the big mountains. As the gravel road comes to an end there is a small trail on the left heading up to the Port de Rat. From here about an hour of hike and bike to the 2500m pass. Then the trail drops steeply down into Andorra Arcalis ski area. The road is gravel at 1st and then become paved as you get closer to the ski station. Take the CS-380 until Ordino and now you descend all the way back to La vella. The route could be done in one very massive day but I recommend taking 2 days to really enjoy it.”

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