Daniel Wilhelm on the Altravesur

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Daniel Wilhelm rode a large portion of our Altravesur route through southern Spain back in October. With great weather and tapas fueling the way, he went from Malaga to Valencia in 12 days. Here is his ride gallery from the trip…

From October 1st through the 12th, Daniel had a short window to ride as much of the 834 mile (1,342 km) Altravesur bikepacking route as possible. To shorten it a bit he started in Malaga. The other major change was to ride over the Sierra Nevada instead of in and around it. His route covered a total distance of 1,050 kilometers (652 miles). As you can see in his photos, the weather was fine, although still quite hot in October.

In addition to sending along several valuable route updates, here are a few thoughts from Daniel: I enjoyed touring in the south of Spain and I really liked the character of the route…. Especially the various landscapes of the different sierras. The first ten days or so, there was barely any asphalt. And the long and fine singletracks where a blast. On my detour through the Sierra Nevada I found a few excellent trails, but the best of all singletracks was the trail from Prados del Rey to Baza. So it is really a MTB route…

Food and water was never really a problem. If you want to pack light and not carry a lot of food, you have to watch the clock because of the long siesta from  2 – 5 p.m. I found a restaurant more or less every day at 2 p.m. In the evenings I cooked myself or went for tapas.

You can also check out Daniel’s route, the Capricorn’s Trail in Switzerland, which won our routes contest two years ago. Also, view the full set of photos from the Altravesur on his Flickr here.

AltravesurWith the epic GR7 as its backbone, the Altravesur crosses southern Spain from Cadiz in the west to Valencia on the Mediterranean coast. This challenging bikepacking route flows through countless mountain ranges and parks, incorporating portions of the TransAndalus and TransNevada cycling circuits, the GR249, GR243, GR247, and GR66 footpaths, the Via Verde de la Sierra Alcaraz, and the Ruta de Don Quixote. Learn more here.
Daniel Wilhelm

About Daniel Wilhelm

Daniel’s first mountain biking overnighter was a disaster. To much heavy gear killed any fun. After many gravel and road multi-day trips in South America, Iceland and beyond, he attempted “bicycle mountaineering” again in 2010 and got addicted. See Daniel’s trips on his Flickr page.

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