The rock and roll lifestyle of a bike tour guide in the Pyrenees

By Brian Canty I won’t thank my new editor Lee Comerford for tasking me with the most general of all assignments; ‘a blog on the last week’, or something like that, would be great. Tonight. How can one sum up in words what it feels like to ride across the Pyrenees for work? How impossible…

2009, Bedoin and the start of a beautiful love affair

By Brian Canty The Tour de France is like no other event in the world of professional sport and it´s a race I hold very, very dear.  My first experience of it was on a balmy July evening in 2009, a couple of months  after I´d finished college in Galway. Without much money or cycling…

Home! Sweet Home!

By Brian Canty Girona is a city we are proud to call home for the last three years and this week we´ve just made it that little bit more homely with the official opening of our new shop. The catalyst for this blog was two wonderful people (husband and wife) coming into the shop 15…

A blissful union of food & cycling on our first Gourmet Tour

Warning!! Contains images of food and cycling!! The Gourmet Tour of Catalunya is an itinerary inspired by all our favourite rides and all our favourite places to eat and drink in the Girona region. Here´s a taster… Wine tasting in the Emporda region is a must for any self respecting Gourmet Tour. The ride takes our cyclists…

Dealing with the heat when riding abroad this Summer

Most of us cyclists crave the sunshine and to escape the bad weather of our home countries. Cold and wet weather can make long rides harder, especially if you are not dressed for it. As summer temperatures in Girona hit the thirties, cyclists can be challenged equally, but in very different ways. Having just nearly…

Venga! Vamos por más!

GRACIAS, por haber compartido momentos increíbles en Sea Otter con la familia que formamos en Eat Sleep Cycle! ¡GRACIAS, por haberse desafiado y por haberlo dado todo en esos 30 segundos, poniendo a prueba su máximo rendimiento!    Pero sobre todo, queremos agradecerles por la energía compartida; porque para nosotros ha sido más que un…

My Cycling Dream Team

Last weekend I raced the Catalan Championships in Olot and a round of the Copa Espana in Alcobendas, Madrid. I traveled well over 1000 km, stayed the night in a Holiday Express, raced 150 kms (over the two races) and was away from home from 6:30 am on Saturday morning to 02:00 am on Sunday…

You can’t have a rainbow without a bit of rain

I heard a commentator say this recently whilst watching the highlights of a stage of the current Giro d Italia. It really hit home today on my training ride. I was to do 5 x 8 minute intervals at zone 4, the last minute full gas. The first time I rode out the heavens opened…

Andorra: A theme park for cyclists

Driving into Andorra late Friday evening reminded me of the first time I drove to Las Vegas. Granted, the long dark single road into Andorra is far more windy, but the suspense of arriving at a far away and strange place equaled. Once we crossed the border (not quite knowing whether a smile, wave or…

Why Girona isn’t Mallorca

As a cycling business owner in Girona I sometimes look across the pond to Mallorca and wonder about the mass cycling market it has attracted. I have been there myself as both a cyclist and non-cyclist so I know the benefits the island offers. Smooth roads, steady climbs, favourable weather and cheap hotels with huge…