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This trip is not hosted allowing you to enjoy the festival with complete flexibility.
This trip is ideal for Seasoned Cyclists to discover a new, superbly run and awe inspiring Granfondo.
British Cycling say: Train hard and you will hopefully be well rewarded with a fabulous ride. Check out our advice on training plans.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

The Sea Otter Europe, one of the most famous festivals in the USA, is now coming to the legendary cycling base of Girona. Th exhibition will bring great brands into this cycling obsessed city, and you will have the chance to enter 2 races through the breathtaking scenery of the Spanish Pyrenees.
DAY 1Day One (Thursday 7 June 2018)

Arrive in Girona or Barcelona and we will transfer you to the hotel. Depending on what time you arrive, there will be time to explore Girona. Take a stroll around the Devesa gardens, located close to the hotel, visit the Cathedral, one of Girona's most iconic buildings or just enjoy a walk along the river.

DAY 2Day Two (Friday 8 June 2018) - Introduction

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before heading out for a warm up ride, where you can get to know the area and do a reccie of the Gran Fondo Routes. You have the option of joining our group ride or doing a self guided ride using a GPS track. Lunch is at your leisure before heading over to the Sea Otter festival to collect your race numbers for the weekend. 

DAY 3Day Three (Saturday 9 June 2018) - Stage One

Today's 160km race will start in Girona and take the winding Mas Llunes road, entering the volanic area of La Crosa, en route to the breathtaking La Ganga mountain pass. After a few warm up ascents and descents, including a 16km ride to Santa Pellaia, it will be time to conquer the main climb. This will include a 10km timed stretch up Els Angels”, with more than 100 km under your belt. The route will then head to Madremanya and Sant Martí Vell before returning down a fairly smooth stretch to Girona. There will be a pasta party waiting for you on arrival.

Today's cycling is 160km with a 1,894m elevation gain and 10km timed stretch.

DAY 4Day Four (Sunday 17 June 2018) - Stage Two

Today's 125km race will start in Girona, this time heading towards Bonmatí. You will tackle the first climb up the Les Serres road, a mountain pass that riders will have to climb twice, and the site of a 6-kilometre timed stretch. A descent to the Vall del Llémena acts as preparation for the gruelling Nafré mountain pass to Osor (timed stretch). The route then takes riders back to Bonmatí to brave the Les Serres mountain pass for the second time. Returning to Girona via Vall del Llémena, down alluring roads that pass through Llorà, Canet d’Adri and Sant Gregori before finishing at Sea Otter Europe, where a pasta party awaits your arrival once again.

Today's cycling is approximately 125km with an 1,862m elevation gain.

Additionally there is a shorter route with a 6km times stretch:

Until Amer, the course coincides with the long stage of the Sea Otter Europe International Cycle Tour, which at this point turns and heads towards the Susqueda Reservoir. Cyclists will continue on to La Cellera de Ter and Bonmatí, where they will brave the Les Serres mountain pass for the second time. The riders will return to Girona through the Vall del Llémena, down alluring roads that pass through Llorà, Canet d’Adri and Sant Gregori before finishing at Sea Otter Europe. 

Today's cycling is approximately 100km with a 1,065m elevation gain

DAY 5Departure Day

After breakfast at the hotel we will take you back to Girona or Barcelona airport for your homeward travel.

AREA
INFORMATION

The stunning medieval city of Girona is the jewel in northern Catalonia’s crown. From its gothic architecture to the shimmering River Onyar, this is a city that offers superb dining, cultural exploration and perfect base to ride through Catalonia or enjoy the Girona Festival of Cycling.

Weather
INFORMATION

The weather in Girona makes it one of the reasons why so many professional riders base themselves here. The cycling season can begin as early as March and April which offer cool Spring riding. The summer is warm but not usually sweltering like some other Mediterranean destinations and the Autumn cycling season can last sometimes until late November. 

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

Your stay will be at the fabulous 4* boutique hotel Gran Ultonia in the centre of Girona. 
You will be met and collected at either Girona or Barcelona airport on your arrival and be provided with a transfer back to the airport on your final day. 
Race entry is guaranteed.
You will have access to a group ride on the Friday.
Your stay will be bed and breakfast but we can upgrade to half or full board on request. Just ask our cycling experience team when you make your enquiry. 
Sea Otter Europe International Cycle Tour has full medical assistance on hand.
Travel to Spain is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights to Girona or Barcelona airport. 
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.  
This is a self guided holiday so you will be exploring the festival without a host.
We can organise a fabulous Cannondale carbon bike for hire. Just ask our cycling experience team when you enquire.