La Ruta Tierra – Mariposa Bicycle Tour

Dates: June 6-13, 2015

La Ruta Tierra is a adventurous and challenging point-to-point cycling tour on Catalonia’s remote dirt and paved roads. The trip includes 6 guided rides, culinary delights at some of Spain’s finest restaurants. It will be a unique cycling experience.

Each year, I rode ten of thousands of kilometers through the Catalan countryside while training for the professional races. The routes I sought were not only challenging roads into the mountains and along the coast, but also the most picturesque and serene. They were routes where a dozen cars, or fewer, might pass in five hours. Some were gravel roads that wound their way up a mountain, past secluded cork tree farms, orchards, or shepherds as they walked with their flocks. Up in the hills with a friend, we would stop for a workman’s lunch in an country restaurant where a fire was roaring and the patrons were chattering about the day’s events over pints and steaks, before plowing on down the road and home. Of all the hundreds of thousands of kilometres I’ve ridden in my lifetime, the rides in Girona were some of the finest. La Ruta Tierra is a weeklong tour on many of those roads. The Ruta will stretch across the province, from the Mediterranean to the high Pyrenees. The experience will be unlike any other: the countryside is idyllic, the riding technically and physically challenging and the cultural experience unparalleled.

-Michael Barry

This trip includes:

  • Transfers to and from Barcelona Airport
  • 8 days / 7 nights
    • 2 nights Hotel Historic Girona
    • 1 night Hotel Casa Marcial Besalu
    • 1 night Hotelet del Bac Camprodon
    • 1 night Mas Garganta – Olot
    • 2 nights in Hotel Historic – Girona
  • 6 guided rides
  • Breakfast daily
  • Energy bars, drinks, ride snacks and coffee stops on rides
  • 5 dinners in specialty restaurants representative of traditional Mediterranean, Spanish, and Catalonian cuisines. Including 2 Michelin star Les Cols
  • Support Van and luggage transfer between hotels
  • Repair service and bicycle tune up
  • Road Book with detailed maps and complete information for the rides
  • Specially designed trip jersey

Registration information:

  • Price 2800 Euros, Single option 3100 Euros, Deposit of 850 Euro required
  • Please contact Jaume Cabruja for registration: jaume@bikecat.com
  • For more information, contact Michael Barry: michael@bikespecialties.com

Bike recommendation:Cyclocross bike or road bike that can accommodate wider profile tires (28mm+ width) Trip is limited to 12 participants, Trip insurance is recommended

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