Your next great ride: Va­len­cia

VA­LEN­CIA

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IT’S ONE OF the sta­ples of the bik­ing cal­en­dar: the Va­len­cia Mo­togp. One last chance for the best rid­ers in the world to show what they’ve got (maybe even to de­cide a ti­tle) and one last sen­si­ble chance for a rid­ing trip. Warm win­ter sun isn’t guar­an­teed, of course. It’s gen­er­ally bright at the south­ern Span­ish cir­cuit, but get­ting there can of­ten mean rid­ing across high plains or through the moun­tains — and in Novem­ber, that can mean all kinds of weather.

But it also means all kinds of roads and many of them are bril­liant. Like this one, the N330A near Teruel – eas­ily en­joyed on the way to the cir­cuit. This part of Spain’s stud­ded with sier­ras in which twisty roads coil around the scrubby hills, ris­ing and fall­ing like waves be­fore break­ing on the plains… but rarely for long. Soon enough, you’ll be back in the hills, do­ing twice as many cor­ners and hav­ing three times as much fun as the rac­ing leg­ends you’ll be watch­ing. WHEN TO GO Race day is Novem­ber 18. Set off five days ear­lier to en­joy the ride. We’d sug­gest a Wednes­day sail­ing from Ply­mouth to San­tander or a Tues­day Portsmouth-bil­bao cross­ing at www.brit­tany-fer­ries.co.uk WHAT’LL IT COST Bud­get £70-£90 per head per day when rid­ing. Ferry and Mo­togp ticket prices will be on top of that. WHERE TO STAY Va­len­cia or Re­quena have plenty of ho­tels. WHERE TO RIDE There’s a com­plete four-day ride to the cir­cuit at www.ride.co.uk/spain18

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