On Saturday, September 24th, 2022, the Gran Fondo Alberto Contador, the most high-profile Costa Blanca Cycling Sportive returns to the Valencia town of Oliva for the Sportive’s eleventh edition.
Alberto Contador, the former professional cyclist, and several times grand tour winner said that he was “delighted that Oliva is once again the setting for the TotalEnergies Gran Fondo Alberto Contador, the ideal destination to combine sport and tourism in a very demanding route for the participant”.
This is the fourth year in a row that Oliva has been chosen as the start (and finish) town of this outstanding Spanish cycling sportive and has been chosen again because of the beautiful local landscapes and the demanding nature of the local roads, which make it the perfect destination for lovers of road cycling and cycling sportives. The route will take in two of the most beautiful climbs the area has to offer, Mirador del Xap and the Coll de Rates. These climbs are two of the most demanding sections that will pose a real challenge for the participants of the Gran Fondo Alberto Contador in 2022.
For the eleventh edition of the Gran Fondo Alberto Contador 2022, the organisation planning the event has expanded the number of riders able to take part to 4,000 (up by 1,000 on the previous sportive number of 3,000 riders). Those riders who manage to get their number before the event is sold out will be able to choose between the two routes offered by the event: a 162km Gran Fondo and a 111km Medio Fondo, both closed traffic routes that allow the cyclists to enjoy a great day of riding with maximum safety. The last edition of the sportive sold out and brought together 3,000 cyclists, and we are sure that this year it will be a success again with 4,000 riders expected to take part.
Are you taking part in the Gran Fondo Alberto Contador, Costa Blanca Cycling Sportive and need to hire a bike?
Here at Blanca Bikes, we have a large selection of high-quality road bikes for hire, with disc brakes and carbon wheel upgrade options that will be perfect for the Gran Fondo. We provide bike hire from 75 Euros (for 3 days) and provide free pick up and drop off to your hotel accommodation in Oliva or the surrounding areas. To find out how far our free road bike hire pick-up and drop-off extends, please visit our Costa Blanca bike hire page.
Need Cycling Accommodation for the Gran Fondo Alberto Contador?
At Blanca Bikes, we have cycling accommodation in the heart of Javea ( Xabia) Old Town and welcome individuals or groups of up to twenty people who are participating in the Gran Fondo and want good quality cycling accommodation close to the event. We have bike hire available on-site, mechanical support, and many guided rides provided by experienced Costa Blanca-based cycling guides who know the cycling area very well, if you want to extend your stay beyond the sportive. We can also arrange to transfer you from the Hotel to Oliva on the morning of the event and bring you back to the hotel afterwards. We are only 30km from the start and finish line so very convenient. We also provide excellent value transfers from Alicante Airport to Javea and upon request can pick you up and drop you off at Valencia Airport.
Contact us for more information regarding our cycling accommodation packages in the heart of Javea Old Town or to find out about our Bike Hire Service across the Costa Blanca (including Oliva) with FREE bike hire delivery and pick up to your hotel or guest house. We look forward to adding to your enjoyment of cycling in this most beautiful corner of Spain, whichever of our services you choose.