The 23rd Classic Marathon

25th June - 1st July 2011

Our exciting new route for the 2011 Classic Marathon explores the spectacular mountains and coastal areas of Northern Spain. With the start and finish close to the ferry ports serving the UK and France, competitors can look forward to a week of good hotels, wonderful traffic-free roads, well planned regularities and enjoyable special tests.

Our March route survey report provides a flavour of what lies ahead >> Read more

23rd Marathon route outline map

Day One: Santander to Ribadesella
Sunday, 26th June - 290kms

A mid morning start from the centre of Santander sees crews heading south into the Cantabrian Mountains for the initial regularities and tests. Turning west, the afternoon section skirts the northern fringes of the spectacular Picos de Europa as we make for our first overnight halt in the attractive seaside resort of Ribadesella.

Day Two: Ribadesella to Ponferrada
Monday, 27th June - 420kms

We are quickly into the action on Day Two as the route takes in classic stages from the Spanish Rally Championship in the Eucalyptus-clad hills of the Costa Verde before heading south to cross the high mountains of the Cordillera Cantábrica. After lunch, the landscapes become more arid as we explore the rolling hills of Castilla y León en route to Ponferrada.

Parador Estevo

Ourense - Spectacular Parador location

Day Three: Ponferrada to Ourense
Tuesday, 28th June - 340kms

Leaving Ponferrada, a shorter day is in prospect but there will be no shortage of action as crews will spend the morning tackling the sinuous roads of the picturesque Sierra Ancares. Further fine scenery is on offer in the afternoon as the route heads west along the mighty Sil Valley to the final sections in the hills above Ourense. Here we stop for the night in a former monastery – now a luxury Parador – in a spectacular location overlooking the Cañón do Sil.

Day Four: Ourense to Guitiriz
Wednesday, 29th June - 350kms

Heading north and west from Ourense, we discover the rugged landscapes of Galicia, reminiscent of Ireland, which promise some great rallying... Having explored the dramatic Atlantic coastline south of A Coruña - the westernmost point of this year’s route - an enjoyable afternoon of regularities and tests precedes our arrival in the spa resort of Guitiriz.

Cantabrian Mountain road

Great roads to drive in Asturias

Day Five: Guitiriz to Avilés
Thursday, 30th June - 390kms

A tough penultimate day is in prospect as crews undertake a series of testing regularities through the surprisingly hilly terrain of Northern Galicia during the morning. Crossing the impressive Valle del Navia in the early afternoon, further challenges are in store in the attractive Asturian Mountains before arriving in the bustling coastal town of Avilés where we spend the night.

Day Six: Avilés to Oviedo
Friday, 1st July - 260kms

Heading inland from Avilés, the final morning sees us exploring the network of steep mountain lanes in the hills around Oviedo. These challenging sections should provide a fitting finale and might just shake-up the leaderboard as crews arrive at the grand finish, right in the centre of the elegant Asturian capital.

After another unforgettable week of Marathon motoring, there will no doubt be many memories to be shared over a celebratory drink in one of Oviedo’s many bars and cafés before the evening’s gala prize giving dinner rounds the event off in style.