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