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The Cycling Over all info about the tour Usual daily distances: aprox. 50k perday Days of cycling:  7 Terrain:  broken pavement and dirt back roads Support vehicle: Bus and jeep Tour staff: Guide, mechanic and driver Contact us to find out more and reserve your spot

The Cycling

Over all info about the tour

  • Usual daily distances: aprox. 50k perday
  • Days of cycling:  7
  • Terrain:  broken pavement and dirt back roads
  • Support vehicle: Bus and jeep
  • Tour staff: Guide, mechanic and driver

Contact us to find out more and reserve your spot

Contact Us

Day 1 – Arrival   Saturday October 20th. 2018

Day 1    Arrive at Holguin airport and go to Mirador de Mayabe hotel to set up bikes

  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals Included:Dinner

Day 2

Sunday October 21st. 2018.

Day 2  Sunday October 21st. 2018    Ride to Gibara

  • Cycling:50k
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Brakfast $ Dinner

Day 3

Monday October 22nd. 201

Ride to Velasco, lunch in restaurant and     then return to Gibara;     56k

Details of the day’s events

  • Cycling: 56k sme paved , some graded dirt
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast , Lunch, dinner

Day 4

Tuesday October 23rd. 2018   

Ride to Playa Gibara, out and back,  return to Hotel Arsensita

  • Cycling:41k
  • Accommodation: Hotel
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5

 Wednesday October 24th 2018                       

Ride to Playa Calzones on the north coast 56k

  • Cycling: 56k
  • Accommodation:Hotel
  • Meals Included:Brakefast , dinner

Day 6

 Thursday October 25th 2018                             

Ride to Bariay for lunch 48k then bus to Las Tunas

  • Cycling: 48k
  • Accommodation: Casa
  • Meals Included: breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Friday October 26th 2018                                   

Ride dirt road loop out of Las Tunas and back 45k

  • Cycling:45k
  • Accommodation:Casa
  • Meals Included: Breakfast, dinner

Day 8

 Saturday Octber 27th 2018                              

Ride dirt road loop out of Las Tunas and back 50k

  • Cycling:50k
  • Accommodation: casa
  • Meals Included: breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Sunday October 28th  2018                          

 Bus to Holguin airport. After breakfast we ready to travel to Holguin for our peparture from Cuba

 

  • Cycling:None
  • Accommodation: Casa
  • Meals Included: Breakfast

 

Tour Leader

This tour is for mountain bikers and is carried out on rough roads that are somewhat paved but often just graded dirt.  It is not an extreme MTB event but rather laid back touring in Cuba’s back country. Our leader is Fatzz Fernandez a graphic designer and DJ in the Toronto area. Fatzz looks Cuban with his dark skin but that is a mistake many Cubans make, he is actually from Kenya and has immigrated to Canada with his Family. He has participated on many CanBiCuba tours

Cost

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Double Occupancy

This price is per rider based on double room occupancy

Single Occupancy

This price is per rider based on single room occupancy. Should you register looking to share with another and we are not able to find an acceptable companion, you will need to pay the Single Supplement charge.

 

Accommodation & Food

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We use a combination of 3-star hotels with en-suite rooms and casas. All places provide good food. We visit many local cafes, restaurants and bars so you get a full flavour of local culture and cuisine. All breakfasts and dinners are included. For meals not included (lunches), there are many places to eat with prices ranging from $3 to $6 for an on the way lunch in a roadside café. All ride drinking water is supplied from the support bus. We advise that if you normally use ride gels and energy bars or electrolyte powder, you will need to bring from home because these items are not commonly for sale in Cuba

Cycle Rental

CanBiCuba has bike rentals at great prices. For this tour, you will need an either a hybrid (my choice) a sport touring or a road bike. All will work. Should you prefer to bring your own that is fine with us, you will get the same mechanical assistance as the renters.

Check you travel company for costs of shipping your bike. Depending on your country of embarkation you may be better to rent.

Renting has other positive aspects. Your bike will not get lost in transit. It is far easier to travel without a bike box and spare bikes are on the bus for renters. The negative side is that this is not your favourite ride.

Cycling Terrain

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This tour explores Cuban back roads. There is one day of city cycling but this is rather short. Surfaces are from OK to bad, the worst being a four km stretch on the morning of the first day. All is doable on a road bike and people generally use road touring to hybrid bikes. Those fast people can definitely get away with a road bike and many do so.

Geography & Climate

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Passports’ & Visas

Visitors from the UK & Ireland A passport with a Cuban tourist card is required for entry into Cuba, by UK & Irish citizens. The tourist card is obtained by sending copies of travel documents and a fee of £15 to the Cuban Embassy in London. The turnaround is very quick–usually, the tourist card is sent back to you within 1 or 2 days. You can also get tourist cards issued by visiting the Embassy in person. These visas are good for 30 days Visitors from Canada A current passport is required and your Cuban visa will be issued on the airplane, this visa cost is included in your air ticket. The visa is good for 30 days but as a Canadian, it is possible to extend to 90 days. Visitors from the USA  A current passport is required. If travelling in an official OFAC group you will be put in contact with a qualified travel agent within the USA. This agent will both issue air tickets and visas.

Flight Options

This trip is timed to fit with the most popular flights to Cuba – on Virgin Airlines, KLM out of Europe.  Air Canada, Air Transat and Cubana Airlines all fly directly into Havana from Toronto and Montreal.

American groups with OFAC licenses are now able to fly directly from Miami but the prices seem very high at the time of publishing and it may prove cheaper to come via a third country, such as Mexico or Canada.

Flying to Varadero is an option, but you will need to get to Havana, this is around $80 for a taxi. This option is popular with riders going on for a beach holiday after or before a tour.

Donations

The CanBiCuba Cycling Club supports youth programs throughout Cuba. We are involved with both the national cycling federation and master racing in the Havana area.

There are no bike shops as we know them in the developed world and our youth groups depend on your much-needed support.

It is not mandatory but we do encourage all riders to bring a little something to help out.Your old 700c x 23 or 25c might be worn out to you but is like gold here. We need anything you can think of and have lying around, handlebars/stems/seats/gears/brakes and on and on. If sending clothing keep to small and medium sizes. Handlebar tape is an often forgotten and economic gift.

Quite often a rider will bring an old racing bike to leave with a club.  If you’d like to bring a bike let me know because I may have one up in Canada awaiting transport.

 Taken from an article by New York journalist   Lauren Matison February 29, 2016

On our last day, Peter Marshall, a Canadian-turned-Cuban and the owner of cycling tour group CanBiCuba, led the way as we biked out of Havana to meet the youth racing club in Punta Brava. We rode by fields of cows and waved back at drivers in classic cars. At a beach bar made of wood and palm fronds, we sipped a cold Tu Kola and watched perfect sets of waves go to waste without surfers. When we arrived at the club coach’s home, 10 beaming kids in their bike kits put heavy coconuts with colourful straws in our hands and showed us to a table filled with food: banana bread pudding, fried plantains, sandwiches with spicy tomato jam, and bowls of guava and papaya.

While cradling their new (our old) saddles, pedals, and shoes, the boys spoke of life on two wheels, how they train six days a week after school and aspire to become pro cyclists, regardless of the challenges they face. Listening to their stories as they held the recycled gear and grinned the widest grins, it occurred to me just how much this moment meant to the club. The donations and beat-up bicycles allowed them to escape everything else, if only for a little while. The kids hugged farewell and chased after our wheels, which kicked up mud on the fractured concrete alley. I was surprised by having to brush away tears, a salty mix of joy and guilt.

Back in Havana, I sat along the Malecón, washing down my Cuban sandwich from La Chucheria with a splash of Havana Club rum and pineapple and a whiff of exhaust from a pink ‘59 Buick Invicta. A fisherman in a makeshift Styrofoam boat floated through ripples of gold as the sun dipped below the sea. It was a perfect sendoff, but my mind had already left, drifting towards new plans to ship bike supplies to those kids with big dreams in Punta Brava.