Doing any of the Jacobean routes by bicycle is really a great plan for holidays or days off, and even more so if you are a fan of pedalling. One of the advantages of doing the Camino de Santiago in this way is that you can cover a greater number of kilometers in less time, being able to complete most of the routes in one or two weeks. Here are some tips for beginners that you will need if you want to do the Camino de Santiago by bike.

Many people insist on doing the Camino by bicycle without having sufficient technique or experience in mountain biking. The truth is that this trip has nothing to do with a one-off weekend outing. Bear in mind that for at least a week, you will cycle a considerable number of kilometres on forest tracks, roads and paths, often in poor condition, with steep climbs and descents that will put you to the test more than once. Add to this the accumulated fatigue as the days go by, not to mention the added weight of your luggage in the saddlebags. If it is your first time as a bicigrino, our recommendation is that you assess your physical condition and your experience as a cyclist before embarking on the adventure.

Once you have it clear, we give you a series of tips that will make things much easier when doing the Camino de Santiago by bike.

Choose and study the route of the Camino de Santiago that you are going to walk.

Choose well the route of the Camino de Santiago that you are going to do. This experience can be as demanding as you want it to be. You can cover 800 kilometres in ten days, with stages of between 80 and 100 kilometres, or do it in a month with stages of 20 km.

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But the difficulty is not only in the length of the stages, but also depends on the orography of the terrain. It is not the same to walk the extensive Castilian plains through which the French Way runs as it is to walk the inland massifs of Asturias that you will find on the Primitive Way.

For this reason, you should never set yourself a linear target of “x’s” kilometres per day, as each stage profile varies considerably. Always translate distances into hours and don’t get obsessed with kilometres. The ideal is 6 hours of cycling per day. Keep in mind that this is not a one-off trip, but that the next day you will have to ride again, and the next, and the next… so physical fatigue accumulates and it is important to manage your strength to keep up the pace throughout the trip.

Get yourself well equipped

Pay attention to the weather and prepare your equipment accordingly. You should bear in mind that you will spend many hours on the bike so it is essential that the bib shorts you wear have good protection. Don’t forget a good helmet, suitable footwear, sunglasses, sunscreen and above all a good kit of spare parts and tools.

If you need it, here you have a list of the essential luggage to do the Camino de Santiago by bike.

Equipment for beginners on the way to santiago by bike

Don’t carry too much luggage

Being well equipped does not mean having your saddlebags loaded to the brim. Choose carefully everything you need and avoid unnecessary items in your luggage. Being overweight will be noticeable with every pedal stroke, affecting your endurance and your mood. More than one pilgrim has been forced to abandon their belongings halfway to lighten their load.

A good option to enjoy the Camino even more, is to hire the luggage transport service and forget about carrying the weight. Every morning you can leave your backpack or suitcase at the reception of the accommodation and a vehicle will take care of moving it to the end of your stage, so that when you arrive your suitcase will already be waiting for you. Remember that this service is included in all our bike tours.