We are going to pedal toward the Basque Pyrenees. From the Lizarrusti forest, in the Aralar Range, in the heart of the Basque country, to the Irati forest, one of the main forestall masses of Europe and already fully installed on the Pyrenean chain. That is why BASOAK, forest in the language that has been spoken in the area for hundreds of years. That is why, the forest is what we will have as a common denominator for almost the entire route.
Rising Zuazarrate from the Valley of Sakana
After cycling the Sakana valley (Navarre), a timid incursion takes place in the Sierra de Aralar in passing Zuazarrate.
From Lekumberri on, ports on Leitza, Uitzi and Usategieta, 4 stars cycling (the one of 5 for tomorrow) and we enter the Baztan. Modern biking on the ramps to Saldías and quiet end cycling along the hillside of valley to Santesteban and Oronoz.
Second day, spectacular scenery down the port of Izpegi towards Baigorri
The Baztán towns works as a bridge with the Pyrenean chain. Once crowned the top of Izpegi, the view opens to the north and shows the territory left to come, to pedal.
Views from the COL de Izpegi towards the Pyrenees
Down the "lowlands" from low Navarre, and beyond and "above" the real 5 stars territory of the Basque Pyrenees: Akuski, Irati; Arnostegi... Of course, with real slopes and percentages that require a longer sprocket ... as they say ... Come and tell it ... almost speechless ... a show with us as protagonists.
La Vuelta a España 2016 meeting BASOAK. COL de Inharpu/Ahuski
Orgambide COL on the descent of Arnostegi, we are going toward Navarra
Back to reality, you go up and down the southern slopes of the chain across the Pyrenees Navarre from the remains of the old weapons factory of Orbaitzeta up to Zubiri. Already before arriving we were parallel to the pilgrims of the way of Santiago.
Espinal, tipical village of the navarre Pyrenee -Cicloturista La Indurain 2016-
We will continue in this pattern, BASOAK will down its intensity, and while we cross Villava, like in the Tour of 96, we will turn and pass in front of the house of the five-time Tour winner Miguel Indurain. Once in the old Iruña, if we want we can ride along the route of the San Fermín festival recalling the time trial team in the prologue of the Tour of Spain 2013.
Typical Navarre villages on the slopes of Etxauri port, in the background left Pamplona
Separating pilgrims and tourists spots, and passing from farmland to forests of oak, we get over to the ports of Etxauri and the Sierra de Andía, and after crossing the tunnel in the port of Lizarraga, we return to breathe BASOAK and... Sakana... and Aralar... and THE END.
This has been and this can be.
The route´s jersey will be available for purchase at different points along the route.
The price is 60 €. You can request it directly from the contact page or via e-mail. We'll send it to you by post and shipping fees will be added (4.6 € Spain, € 9.15 Europe, € 12.7 rest of the world). Payment can be by prior transfer or cash on delivery if in Spain (with € 8.23 postage).
You can choose your size in the tables attached below the images of the jersey.
If you are not traveling with your bike and you need one, we can put you in touch with a rental service.
If you prefer we can arrange to have a bike for you - and a technician to calibrate it - at the door of the hotel the day you start the route.