Cycle in Cuba

Cycle Across Cuba 

December 22, 2017-January 7, 2018

Christmas Break 2017…so basically, you’ve got less than 5 months to train. And trust us, you’ll need it! This tour starts at the Eastern most tip of Cuba, Baracoa and ascends over 20 K (Alto de Cotilla) before dropping into seaside towns en route to Guantanamo.

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Rides will take up to 8 hours (with stops) so this tour isn’t for newbies. We will be leading 3 pace groups to ensure everyone feels they are getting their fitness level’s worth…and also a chance to play at a higher speed, or relax after a long ride.

If you have never done long back to back cycling days, you need to put that on your calendar for this spring/summer/fall. You will need to complete a couple of back to back Century rides to feel confident that you can take this on. It’s not about speed, it’s about pace.

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April 2006: water break in the orange grove.       Ciego de Avila.

This tour is a labour of love. All the cycling tours we have led in the past decade were born from our first crossing of Cuba in 2006. We partner with the Roberto Castañeda Club de Ciclismo in our home province of Ciego de Avila to not only give the tour more authenticity, but also to bring down much needed cycling gear. It is our greatest desire to bring a couple of these cyclists to cross Cuba with us to act as guides, but more, to help them see parts of their own country that they don’t have the means of accessing.

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Day 1 Arrive in Cuba via Holguin (transfer to Baracoa)
Day 2
  Baracoa – Guatanamo 153 K
Day 3 Guantanamo – Santiago de Cuba 90 K
Day 4 Santiago de Cuba – Bayamo 120 K
Day 5 Bayamo – Las Tunas 82 K
Day 6 Las Tunas – Camaguey 125 K
Day 7 Camaguey – Ciego de Avila 120 K (half way point)
Day 8 Ciego de Avila – Cayo Coco (no ride day…just beach)
Day 9 Ciego de Avila – Trinidad de Cuba 150 K
Day 10 Trinidad – Cienfuegos 90 K (with option of a morning climb up Topes de Collante)
Day 11 Cienfuegos – Varadero 190 K
Day 12 Varadero (day off to stretch and recover…okay, mostly to go to the beach!)
Day 13 Varadero – Havana 150 K
Day 14 Havana – Soroa 90 K (transfer back to Havana after lunch)
Day 15 Fly home via Havana

rules-of-the-road a must read for all!!

This slideshow is a collection of some of our favourite parts of the journey. There are too many awesome moments to choose from, so we went with the spots that are a) landmarks and b) typical of what you’ll see everyday and c) great memories.

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Tour includes:

-Airport transfers in Cuba
-Accommodations and breakfasts
-All lunches (excluding shrimp/lobster and alcoholic beverages)
-Snacks and water on rides
-Guided daily rides
-Master bike mechanic
-Support vehicle for rides
-Hiking excursion in Topes de Collantes
-Entrance to El Morro Fortress in Havana

$2,899 CAD
Minimum 4 cyclists
Maximum 12 cyclists
Deposit: $250 non-refundable
Full payment due: December 1, 2017.

For more information and a detailed itinerary, send us a message activanow@gmail.com

Travel arrangements in Canada are handled and arranged through
Carlson Wagonlit Travelbest /  960 Edgeley Boulevard Suite 1A, Vaughan, ON L4K 4V4.
TICO Retail Registration: 3078305
Travel arrangements in USA are handled and arranged through:
PALM VIEW TOURS AND TRAVEL, INC. 1500 Colonial Boulevard Suite 206 Fort Myers, FL 33907  USA
Registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST39235

 

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Though recently we’ve joked that Ciego de Avila (Pineapple province) is more Orange province (though our last report told us there is an epidemic in that area as well!), but we’re not here to rename the place, just to enjoy the awesome cycling.

Our brand new tour is created in partnership with Eco Tur, a Cuban tour operator, to add different adventures to our existing road cycling tours.

P9124311 - copiaThis tour will cover different terrain (road, gravel, dirt, sand) and stay in the centre of Cuba (Ciego de Avila and Sancti Spiritus). The mileage is lower than we’re used to, but when you’re playing on a different surface, you gotta make sure people aren’t going to bite off more than they can pedal.

Here is a glimpse of what each day will bring:

Day 1: Arrive in Cuba via Cayo Coco International Airport – Transfer to hotel in Morón, set up bikes and take a quick tour to get our legs spinning.

Day 2: 77 KM (dirt, 300 metre climb) Visit to “Laguna de la Leche” and some local farms.

Day 3: 58 KM (road and gravel) city tour with visit to a local cattle farm.
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Day 4: 73 KM (road and sand) travel to Cayo Coco across the causeway and explore paths unknown to most travelers.

Day 5:54 K travel to Sancti Spiritus province along quiet roads lined with sugar cane fields and small farms.

Day 6: 63 KM (road) return to Morón via Tamarindo, a small town surrounded by rolling hills and valleys.

Day 7: 70 KM (road) travel to Ciego de Avila, the provincial capital of this central province where we’ll check out some great restaurants and enjoy some quiet time strolling through the city.

Mixed into these days will be hilarious moments of figuring out what someone is pointing at, impromptu races or challenges, and memories of cycling somewhere totally “off the path” both literally and figuratively.

Cuba is a cycling dream: open roads, little to NO traffic, bike conscientious society and incredibly welcoming and friendly locals.

Winter 2017 dates to be announced

Travel arrangements in Canada are handled and arranged through
Carlson Wagonlit Travelbest /  960 Edgeley Boulevard Suite 1A, Vaughan, ON L4K 4V4.
TICO Retail Registration: 3078305
Travel arrangements in USA are handled and arranged through:
PALM VIEW TOURS AND TRAVEL, INC. 1500 Colonial Boulevard Suite 206 Fort Myers, FL 33907  USA
Registered with the State of Florida as a Seller of Travel. Registration No. ST39235