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#GoingPlaces XPDTN3 takes on a gravel pilgrimage in Galicia

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  • XPDTN3 Costa da Morte

An intrepid team of five XPDTN3 riders came together for one of the travel group’s latest explorations – taking in the infamous pilgrimage route from Santiago de Compostela to Costa da Morta, where many a pilgrim ends their spiritual journey. But the five would be taking on the route on two wheels, in search of the best gravel riding they could find along the way.

 

Mounting their fleet of 3T Exploro bikes, the team tackled a technical mix of terrains on stage one, including forest trails, nature trails, tarmac tracks, urban areas and a perfect blend of up and downhills to keep the kilometres ticking past. Night one rolled into day two for more masterfully planned routes and riding that not only kept the legs turning but heads too with vistas to take the mind off any tiring aches and pains from the testing terrain.

 

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It wasn’t just the landscape that was turning heads, with the team stopping to take in these unique murals along the way too.

Organising a bike trip is really like a recipe. You need several ingredients and they must all blend into one aim: for the dish to be perfect.

After two days of perfect weather, the typical Galician climate returned for the last day’s adventuring, with the clouds opening and a cold seaside wind rolling in. Tacking the coast, and taking in the therapeutic sounds of the sea beating the coastal rock formations just 100m below, the route took in sandy singletrack and stretches of beach before a final climb back up to Laxe, the hardest of the trip saved until last. By the top the team had covered 221km in total over the three days, with 4,105m ascent, over varied terrains but nothing that couldn’t be tackled by the 3T Exploros.

 

 

After a well earned recovery meal, it was time to return to base camp, to pack up their bikes into their custom Scicon AeroComort 3.0 TSA bike travel bags and to head back to the airport to return home and take in the riding each of the five had tackled.

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Words by Guti Martin, photography by Marc Gasch.

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