YOUR NEXT GREAT RIDE

VA­LEN­CIA, SPAIN

RiDE (UK) - - Travel -

YOU’VE AL­READY BOOKED it, haven’t you? You haven’t? Well, don’t panic… you can prob­a­bly just about get it sorted. What? Go­ing to the fi­nal round of the Mo­togp sea­son in Va­len­cia, that’s what…

It helps that this year’s cham­pi­onship has been one of the most closely fought for years but even if the ti­tle isn’t de­cided at the last round (it was in 2015), it’s still one of the most com­pelling races to at­tend. It’s a great sta­dium for spec­ta­tors, many rid­ers ap­proach bat­tle with a one-last-push-for-glory at­ti­tude and the at­mos­phere among the fans is as­ton­ish­ing.

All of which is pretty sec­ondary, re­ally. Be­cause what mat­ters for us is the ride down — which can be, frankly, bril­liant. You could rush down in three days from Calais, sit­ting on mo­tor­ways, numb­ing mind and arse. Or you could do it prop­erly, give your­self a week and en­joy it. Or, bet­ter still, take the San­tander ferry on the Sun­day be­fore, then ride the most scenic route you can find across Spain, en­joy­ing the sun.

Come to think of it, even if you don’t want to go to the race, a bit of Spanish win­ter sun sounds like a great idea. The av­er­age tem­per­a­ture in Va­len­cia in Novem­ber is 13-18°C — with much less chance of rain than we get at home.

WHEN TO GO: The Mo­togp race week­end starts on Novem­ber 10, with the race on Sun­day Novem­ber 12. For info see www.mo­togp.com HOW TO GET THERE: For pref­er­ence, it’s a ferry to north­ern Spain then a few days’ rid­ing (Ply­mouth-san­tander sail­ing on Novem­ber 5, Portsmouth-bil­bao sail­ing on Novem­ber 7). See www.brit­tany-fer­ries.co.uk for info. WHERE TO STAY: Book­ing late means you’re un­likely to get any­where near Cheste, the sub­urb where the cir­cuit is. If you can’t find a ho­tel in the city it­self, con­sider Requena or Utiel, half an hour away on the A3 mo­tor­way. WHERE TO RIDE: Down­load our favourite route to Va­len­cia at www.ride.co.uk/routes

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