Consider arriving early and exploring Barcelona, a city of arts, culture and architectural richness. This cosmopolitan city is famous for the many works of master architect Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona has many splendid Gothic palaces, elegant green parks, sunlit beaches, hip cafés and excellent shopping.
Day 1, Barcelona and Catalonia’s Pyrenees
Ride Options: 30 – 53 miles/2,800-6,600 ft.
After a short transfer from Barcelona, we’ll begin our bicycle journey with a short warm-up ride along quiet country roads into the Catalunya Pyrenees. Welcome dinner at our quaint B&B together.
Challenging Option: The Coll de Port from our hotel 11 miles/3,800 ft one way.
Day 2, Loop Ride in Catalonia’s Pyrenees
Ride Options: 38-50 miles/4,100-6,022 ft
How you spend the day is up to you: Test yourself on some spectacular cols along deserted scenic roads, enjoy some easy pedaling along the lakeshore or hike to a local auberge. Dinner together.
Day 3, Catalonia’s Pyrenees
Ride Options: 48-89 miles/2,900-6,500 ft.
We’ll begin with a six-mile climb followed by a 26-mile descent with incredible views of the valley below. We’ll continue with some easy pedaling through the valley to our four-star parador (a kind of luxury hotel, usually located in a historic building) that was once a 11th century monastery. Dinner on your own.
Challenging Option: For a greater challenge, you can add an additional 14-41 miles and up to 3,600 feet of climbing to our base ride.
Day 4, Catalonia’s Pyrenees
Ride Options: 38 -40 miles/5,400- 6,900 ft
We’ll continue to ride in the Pyrenees region, following small roads with dramatic scenery and passing through several picturesque villages. We’ll stay at a quaint B&B for the next two nights. Dinner together.
Day 5, Recovery Day/Loop Ride – Catalonia’s Pyrenees
Recovery Ride: 13-20 miles/1,800- 3,200 ft. , relax or take a hike
Take a well-deserved recovery ride/rest day and soak up some sun at our relaxing B&B, or venture out on one of the many hiking trails in the area. Dinner together.
Option: 35 miles/4,500 ft. challenging loop ride with max grade of 21%
Day 6, Catalonia’s Pyrenees
Ride Options: 60 miles/3,770 ft.
Our route begins with an easy spin followed by a six-mile descent to the valley below. Our first climb is along forested roads (12 miles/1,000 ft), then we’ll descend for lunch. After lunch, our route takes us over our final climb (11 miles/1,200 ft) through a green valley along tiny, winding roads. The ride finishes with an eight-mile descent to our B&B, where we’ll spend the next two nights. Dinner on your own.
Day 7, Loop Ride – Catalonia’s Pyrenees
Ride: 56 miles/5,000 ft.
Relax by the pool or join us for a loop ride along small country roads where Lance Armstrong and other pros prepare for their European races. The highlight of the ride is a visit to Beget, a beautiful unspoiled mountain village of well-preserved stone houses with beautiful wooden balconies. Dinner together.
Additional Climbing Option: 28 miles/4,100 ft
Looking for an additional challenge? You can continue up to Vallter 2000, a popular training route for the Pro riders— truly a trip highlight for climbers!
Day 8, Ride to Girona
Recovery Ride: 37 miles/1,100 ft
After yesterday’s challenge, we’ll enjoy a well-deserved recovery ride to Girona. We’ll pedal through the scenic Parc Natural La Garrotxa, a natural volcanic area, and through the village of Banyoles. This village is home to the second highest natural lake in Europe, and is an international training destination for rowers. For those who want to further explore the area, there’s an optional four-mile loop around lake. Relax and enjoy spectacular views of Girona and the surrounding countryside from our four-star hotel, where we’ll remain for the next two nights. Dinner on your own.
Optional Ride: 19 miles/1,650 ft.
For an extra challenge, climb the Mare de Dieu dels Angels, another famous training ride of the pros.
Day 9, Girona/Santi Hillari Loop Ride
Ride Options: 34 or 69-85 miles/4,179-4,809 ft.
This route extends west from Girona passing into the ‘Guilleries’ mountains. The route takes us to the mountain village of Santi Hillari thru chestnut, cork oak, hazelnut forests. This is a favorite training ride of local Pro’s and we usually see some Pro’s out on the road. Dinner together at our four-star hotel.
Option: Ride to the lake at Sant Miquel de Ter.
Day 10, Girona/Costa Brava
Ride Options: 44-57 miles/3,810-5,070 ft.
Today’s ride is another local favorite. We’ll pass the mountaintop monastery of Mare de Deu dels Angels and continue along one of the most beautiful sections of the famous Costa Brava, the “Big Sur of Spain.” In the afternoon, we’ll transfer to our Barcelona hotel and pack up our bikes. Final celebration dinner!
Day 11, Barcelona – Tour Conclusion
Our tour ends after breakfast. We’re happy to offer suggestions to those who decide to extend their trip in Barcelona. ATG Van Transfer to airport included.