21/Apr/2010

The Camino in 24 hours

The camino de Santiago always brings along challenges, personal and in a group. A group of 30 bicyclists from the Basque country has set their goals on Santiago de Compostela.  A  decade ago, the members of the Club Erandioko Txirrindulari Elkartea did the Camino in 24 hours, by bike, starting from  Erandio in the province of Vizcaya. Now, the members will be trying to bike it from Hazaña.

This new adventure, called “Erandio-Santiago 2009” starts at 11.00 the 10th of October. The bikers will start in front of the town hall in Erandio, and in 24 hours they are planning to bike the 650 kilometres to Santiago de Compostela. This means that they will be travelling at an average speed of 27 km/h.

At Monte do Gozo they will be greeted by a group of cyclists from Galicia that will bike with them all the way to Santiago.

To bike these 650 kilometres, the cyclists will divide themselves into six teams and they will be followed by a support vehicle. They will rotate the task of cycling the nine stages that they have planned.

This adventure that this cycling club is doing is part of the campaign for the rights of cyclists on the road. They are organizing this event with the slogan: “Respétanos vivos” (Respect us while we are alive”).

The Camino de Santiago is one of the best ways to defend and promote these values.