La Ruta Mar i Muntanya is a road cycling tour that travels from the Mediterranean to the foothills of the Pyrenees. The trip includes 6 guided rides, cultural visits, culinary delights at some of Spain’s finest restaurants.
Girona is a walled city with a rich history dating back to the 1st Century. It is where many North American cycling professionals are based in Europe and it is known as a culinary capital. Here, you ride some of the mountains made famous by the professionals, such as Rocacorba and Els Angels, visit the church where the artist, Salvador Dali, was married, shop on the Rambla de Catalunya and walk on the ancient city wall.
“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 is a weeklong tour on many of those roads. It will stretch across the province, from the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees. The experience will be unlike any other: the countryside is idyllic, the riding technically and physically challenging and the cultural experience unparalleled.”
Dates: September 3-10, 2016
This trip includes:
Price: Double: 2335 Euro, Single: 2565 Euro. Deposit of 850 Euro required to register.
Please contact Jaume Cabruja at BikeCat for registration: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, contact Dede Barry: email@example.com
Bike recommendation: Road bike. Rental bikes available (three different models) 250-290 Euro per week.
Trip insurance is recommended.