44|5’s Girona Short-Stay Cycling Tour
April 26 – 29, 2018
Nicknamed ‘Pro Ville’, Girona has probably the highest concentration of pro cyclist residents than anywhere else in Europe. And if pros live here you know there’s some outstanding riding to be had! 44|5 has an affinity with Girona, like most others who’ve visited the city and surrounding countryside. The town has a vibrant, colorful old center, dominated by a hilltop cathedral and filled with lovely squares, winding streets and plenty of restaurants, cafes and montaditos bars (Catalan tapas) to fill you up after a great ride. It’s a perfect urban base for a cycling holiday.
And the riding is really something. Girona is located between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, meaning you can do a coastal ride one day and hammer in the foothills the next. The pros have their favorite routes and climbs, of course, and we’ll search them out on our BreakAway tour. And make sure you keep an eye out on our rides because ‘pro sightings’ are a common occurrence in this part of the world!
Like our other BreakAway tours, we offer high-standard cycling-friendly accommodation w/breakfast, and great guided rides, but the Girona BreakAway is unique in that we include pick-up / drop-off at Girona airport / train station, plus fixed dates. Think of it as a ‘semi-inclusive’ bike tour.
- Double occupancy: €1090
- Single supplement: €350
- (Deposit: €500 per person)
- 4 nights 4-star Accommodation
- All breakfasts
- 2 picnic lunches
- 2 dinners in town
- Pick-up / drop-off at Girona airport or train station
- Energy bars, gels, snacks and water on your ride
- Owner-operator guides to see to your needs
- Support vehicle offering assistance, encouragement, and food and drinks
- Transportation to Spain
- 2 lunches and 2 dinners
- Hotels before and after your tour
- Personal expenses, such as mini-bar, telephone or souvenir purchases
- Bikes – bring your own or we can help you rent high quality road bikes
Your Short-stay Girona Tour
Rides will start after breakfast unless weather suggests afternoon is best. We’ve chosen 4 fantastic routes that will take you in all directions from the city. Highlights include the ’pro climb’ of Rocacorba, an unforgettable coastal ride along the Mediterranean, and the beautiful Catalan countryside on every ride.
Afternoons and some evenings are free on BreakAway tours.
Els Angels. 60 km, 900 m of ascent
This classic local route is the perfect introduction to both the wonderful Catalan roads and the history of the pro peloton in Girona. Still known today as the ’Armstrong Loop’, this 60 km circuit takes in two long, steady climbs; the first rising to Els Angeles Sanctuary and the second informally named the ’Hincapie climb’.
Dinner in the old town tonight.
Olot. 110 km, 1400 m of ascent
A big, beautiful ride into the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park awaits you today. Much of our loop will be spent riding around, up, and over some of the 40 extinct volcanoes in this protected park. Along the way we will pass through several Catalan villages, including our turnaround town, Olot, with its many examples of Modernist architecture. This loop is a favorite with local pros, so keep your head up and be ready to do some kit spotting!
Picnic lunch on the ride. Dinner on your own.
Costa Brava. 95 km, 1400 m of ascent
Our two main objectives today (other than a seaside cortado!) is the stunning coastal route along the Costa Brava, followed by the tranquil-but-tough climb of Sant Grau, which ascends to the hermitage of the same name. In between our two goals for the day are rolling hills, lumpy climbs, and typical Catalan villages.
Picnic lunch on the ride. Dinner on your own tonight.
Rocacorba. 70 km, 1200 m of ascent
On our last day in Girona we test our legs on the very same climb that the pros do. Rocacorba is famous for being a testing ground for pro riders who want to know their conditioning before big races. Caution: if you’re looking for KOMs on this climb you’ve got a pile of pretty famous names to get past on the leader board!
Farewell pintxos and dinner in town tonight.
44|5 partners with several comfortable and well-situated hotels in Girona. Your accommodation will depend on availability on our chosen dates. Below is our main partner, the Hotel Ciutat de Girona.
Hotel Ciutat de Girona
Hotel Ciutat de Girona is located in the historic and cultural heart of Girona, just steps away from the best restaurants and bars the city has to offer. The hotel combines modern style and amenities with Catalan hospitality and personality. The heated indoor swimming pool will help soothe tired legs after a long ride.
While our Girona BreakAway is not packed with categorized climbs, you will have a bit of elevation to deal with over your four days, all the same!
We start our tour with the most famous mountain in the area – Els Angels – partly because it is right on the city limits and partly because you are nearly guaranteed to see a pro rider on it.
The climb is 10 km long, with an elevation gain of 344 meters. The average grade is 3%.
Where the pros test themselves, Rocacorba is a ‘new’ climb, being paved for only a decade or two. The numbers below don’t tell the whole story of Rocacorba – it has several nasty stretches of well over 10%. The views over the Mediterranean and Pyrenees make up for the hard work, though.
The climb is 10 km long, with an elevation gain of 737 meters. The average grade is 7.4%.