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MTB, Eroica and Triathlon In and Around El Rasillo

The mountainous area around El Rasillo de Cameros offers excellent unexploited MTB routes, it is were the annual La Rioja Sprint Triathlon takes place and it is a good starting point for training on a retro road bike the days before L’Eroica Hispania in Cenicero.

Since 1988 I have been loyal visitor of the Spanish province La Rioja in Spain. I live in Leiden, The Netherlands, but I regard La Rioja as my ‘second home’. I usually stay in the small village El Rasillo with a population of only 150 people which is situated in the mountainous area called Sierra de Cameros. I enjoy this area particularly for the excellent opportunities for mountain biking, for the gastronomy and for the beautiful sceneries. In this website I will share some of my favourite mountain bike routes with you, I will share in the future some of my gastronomic experiences and I will publish later some panorama’s of the beautiful sceneries in and around La Rioja.

Gastronomy is close in El Rasillo, there is the excellent restaurant Cameros situated just next to the old village. The attractive lake, or reservoir, González-Lacasa is situated very close to El Rasillo. There is a small beach, there is an area for swimming and water sports and of course you can eat in the Club Nautico. This is were the annual La Rioja Sprint Triathlon takes place.

El Rasillo is also an excellent location if you consider participating in L’Eroica Hispania, you can train here conveniently for a couple of days on your vintage road bike during the week before L’Eroica Hispania, like I did in 2016.

Perhaps you will be motivated by this website to spend a holiday in El Rasillo. There are many excellent “casas rurales“, that is bed-and-breakfast in Spanish, in El Rasillo de Cameros were you can stay comfortable. If you decide to stay in the well equipped and nicely situated casa rural “El Olmo” or “Bosque Azul” we might meet, these two B&B’s are just next to the house were I use to spend my holidays.

 

El Rasillo and the Reservoir which is becoming emptier in autumn

El Rasillo and the Reservoir which is becoming emptier in autumn.

Scenery around Nestares

Scenery around Nestares.

Along Arroyo de Castejon near Nieva

Along Arroyo de Castejon near Nieva.

Scenery between El Rasillo and Nieva de Cameros

Scenery between El Rasillo and Nieva de Cameros.

Autumn near Nieva de Cameros

Autumn near Nieva de Cameros.

Autumn near Nieva de Cameros

Autumn near Nieva de Cameros.

Winter in Ortigosa

Winter in Ortigosa.

Near Montemediano honey bee hives

Near Montemediano honey bee hives.

Tree near Torrecilla

Tree near Torrecilla.