If you want to make a free route with your gravel bike through La Rioja, Spain, Mymerak is a tour that you can do in several stages. An itinerary where you share, where there is adventure, nature, culture, and gastronomy among many other things.

The route is intended more than anything for gravel bikes since it mostly passes through tracks without technical difficulty. Although MTBs can also ride on these terrains.Below we detail this proposal and as always, we invite you to participate with your comments.

Detail of the Mymerak Route

The free route of the off-road route consists of six circular stages that total 410 kilometers. The stages are distributed throughout the entire Riojano territory. Combining diverse landscapes such as vineyard and olive fields to lush mountain forests.

The route has been designed so that its six stages spread throughout La Rioja, are linked by different links that belong to the original road route (R.R.).

The accumulated difference in altitude of the entire route is 7,800 meters, reaching a maximum height of 2,000 meters. The stages begin in different locations where the road route passes. They are all circular and their route is affordable since each stage is not too long.

ROAD ROUTE (red route) // OFFROAD ROUTE (green route)

Mymerak Off-road Route Stages

Stage 1. Calahorra.

84-kilometer circular stage that begins in the parking of the Cathedral. The route runs through wide gravel tracks and without great technical difficulty. It only has 6 kilometers of asphalt in a quiet area of ​​traffic. It combines sections with the Cidacos Greenway.

Maximum and minimum altitude; 1044 / 316 mts.

Stage 2. Tudelilla.

The route begins in the center of the town where we take a path to its outskirts. It is a route of tracks and trails with a good layout. Part of the route is asphalt, about 20 km, but in an area with little traffic.

Altitude; 1336 / 525 mts.

Stage 3. Ribafrecha.

Short stage, although it starts up. That makes it a little complicated at first. Terrain with comfortable slopes except for a section that is more tortuous. Small stretches of asphalt to cross towns.

Altitude; 1106 / 482 mts.

Stage 4. Ventosa

Route that starts from Ventosa and connects with the Camino de Santiago in a few minutes. It passes much of the way during its first 28 kms. You will face a demanding climb of about 10kms in the middle of the stage and then finish with a more comfortable route. Route with stretches of asphalt to cross villages, otherwise, terrain with good rolling tracks.

Altitude; 1171 / 488 mts.

Stage 5. Ezcaray.

The particularity of this stage is that it almost rises to the roof of La Rioja. There is no summit to avoid complicating the route, but it would be possible. Stage that begins on the greenway that is soon abandoned to enter its hidden valleys. It requires some strong legs and a minimum of technique on the bike.

Altitude; 2001 / 724 mts.

Stage 6. Haro.

Stage that begins by gaining ascending meters throughout its first 37 kms. The second half of the stage is something more “break legs” with sections of ups and downs to finish. Nothing hard if done calmly. The terrain is largely rolling tracks except for the population sections. If you like red wine, then this stage will force you to stop at one of its vineyards.

Altitude; 696 / 441mts.

Accommodations in La Rioja

Accommodation in La Rioja is limited if we leave the Logroño region.

But along the Mymerak Route we can find in its different towns ideal places to spend the night. On the Internet you can find through different search pages the options of hotels and rural houses.

There are also hostels and pensions, although these are somewhat more complicated to contact them because many are “invisible” on the Internet. But searching and searching, you always find something.

Below is a list of the campsites in the province. Some of them are in the middle of the Mymerak Route. Both the Road and the Off-road. We hope this information is of some use to you.

NOTES

The stages can be downloaded at Wikiloc. It can be searched as “Ruta Mymerak“. However, it lacks information such as restaurants and places of cultural interest. But hey, that is what Google Maps is for.

The distances, altitudes, unevenness, etc., mentioned in the article may vary and may not be one hundred percent accurate.

The route is not signposted. With the passage of time, indicator signs will be installed in sections that may lead to doubts. If you do the route, we will appreciate your comments and suggestions. Your opinion interests us.

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