The opportunity came up to spend a few days road cycling in the mountains of the Parque Natural de Sierra Grazalema in southern Spain. Ronda and Grazalema both represent a good base to cycle out from and the former only 1hr 30mins drive from Malaga airport.
Being the end of February sat well with training for the Cycle to MIPIM but as always at this time expectations on weather have to be managed. As you may have seen from my trip to Mallorca at the end of February last year snow is always a possibility. The weather in Grazalema was particular varied last weekend with sleet snow and brilliant sunshine. Temperature ranging from 0-16 degrees Celsius. Later that week skies cleared and the weather ramped back to 18-20 degrees.
You can see below the route of day one riding taking us up the The Peurto de Las Palomas at approx 1200m elevation. There are fantastic views along much of the climb and the quality of the road surfaces is amazing (compared to UK). The roads are usually very quiet and drivers
Also watch out for the sheep!