The "Spanish Roubaix"

A Sportive with sterrato. Also Retro bikes and Tweed cycling meetup in Medina de Rioseco (Valladolid, Spain) on 18th & 19th July. #gpcanaldecastilla


The GPCC is a annual biker ride that was born around and named after one of the greatest works of civil engineering in Spain, the Canal de Castilla.
Its aim is to consolidate a cycling race and a bike ride on unpaved terrain similar to the GREAT CENTRAL EUROPEAN CLASSIC RACES (Roubaix, Flanders, L’Eroica Tuscany), at the same time as promoting further tourism along the route based around using a bicycle.

Author: Own creation. The Canal de Castilla is formed of three branches (North, South and ‘Campos’) with a total length of 207km. It is the only navigable canal in the whole of the history of Spain

There are three main pillars to the GPCC project:

SPORT: Holding an original annual bike ride and creating a professional race, both following the course of the Canal de Castilla through beautiful villages in the provinces of Palencia, Valladolid and Burgos (visited in some of the previous editions of the GPCC) on a combination of tarmac sections with towpaths and hills
In addition to the race there is the Retro GP Canal de Castilla, reserved for racing bikes made prior to 1987 and cyclists kitted out in vintage maillots, and a Tweed Cycling National Meetup running through the streets of the beautiful Medina de Rioseco.
The GP Canal de Castilla is held on the third weekend of July, with the main sportive on the Saturday and the retro and tweed events on the Sunday.

Author: Carmelo Ortega. GP Canal de Castilla Sportive
HERITAGE: Bringing together three incredible assets that are found along the route: The Canal de Castilla and its magnificent construction, the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route and the castles, churches and monasteries in the area. All participants will receive exclusive tourism offers which they may enjoy throughout the following year.
Author: Carmelo Ortega. The Canal de Castilla in Frómista
NATURE: Getting to know the Canal de Castilla and the other national parks along the route, as well as know how to respect them while cycling, following a strict internal policy of environmental protection. 

Author: Carmelo Ortega. Water and trees in the Canal de Castilla

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