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6 NIGHTS

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LEVEL 2-3

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350 – 450 KM

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6,800 – 8,700 M

CATALUNYA CYCLE TOUR

Discover the heart of Catalunya on our Beyond Girona signature tour. Meet your support team in Barcelona and head north to our first base in the Catalan Pyrenees, the town of Ribes de Freser.

After two days in the high mountains ride east to the medieval town of Besalu. Climb Mare de Deu del Mont and soak up vistas of the whole region. Continue to the wine-making village Peralada and explore the stunning coastline from El Port de la Selva to Banyuls sur Mer. The final ride heads south to the medieval city & cycling mecca of Europe, Girona.

Experience true Catalunya; sample local delicacies, stay in historical towns and villages and ride the road less traveled!

On an Eat Sleep Cycle tour all you have to think about is enjoying your ride. Our trip support is second to none and we pride ourselves on a high staff-guest ratio. We take care of everything so you can savour the ride of a lifetime. This is a flexible itinerary offering riders the opportunity to extend or shorten the ride depending on their fitness level.

CYCLING ITINERARY

Day 1:

Arrival in Ribes de Freser
Bike set up & warm-up ride

Day 2:

The Catalan Pyrenees, 85 km, 2,100 m
Ride Highlights: Col de Morella, views of Pedraforca, Col de Crueta

Day 3:

Point to Point ride to the historic village of Besalú, 98 km, 2,220 m
Ride Highlights: Lunch in the cobbled streets of Beget, the climb to Rocabruna, Castellfollit de Roca

Day 4:

Point to point ride to Perelada & the wine-making region of the Alt Empordà, 72 km, 1,500 m
Ride Highlights: The climb to Mare de Deu del Mont

Day 5:

Loop ride to the Costa Brava, 95 km, 1,900 m
Ride Highlights: The monastery at Sant Pere de Rodes, the Col de Banyuls, lunch by the mediterranean sea.

Day 6:

Point to Point ride to the historic city of Girona, 83 km, 940 m
Ride highlights: Roman ruins at Empuriabrava, the medieval villages of the Baix Empordà, the Sanctuary at Els Àngels.

Day 7:

Departures from Girona

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Our Signature Tour of Catalunya is designed for Advanced riders who love long days in the saddle, mixed with culture & delicious food. The tour is accessible to Intermediate, Level 2 riders though using the support vehicle to shorten rides or choosing our Orbea M20 electric road bike. Guests are invited to take all climbs at their own pace. To best enjoy the tour riders should be comfortable riding 100 kms. Training for the tour is recommended.

NON-RIDERS

This tour is accessible for non-cycling partners to join however be aware of the 3 point to point stages, where non-cycling guests can ride in the support van or take a private transfer to the next location (at additional cost). We’ll work with non-riders ahead of the tour to create their perfect holiday itinerary. Available activities include hiking in the Pyrenees, exploring the Val de Nuria, wine tasting in Empordà & food tours of Girona.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • THE PYRENEES
  • MARE DE DEU DEL MONT
  • WINE MAKING REGION OF EMPORDÀ
  • DALÌ COUNTRY & THE COSTA BRAVA
  • MEDIEVAL VILLAGES
  • HISTORIC GIRONA

CATALUNYA TOUR INFORMATION

RIDE SUPPORT

Full Support

Rides are fully supported by our team of guides and vehicles.

The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, electrolytes and water. Lunch will be enjoyed at our favourite spots along the route or served as a roadside picnic in scenic locations by the support team.

Eat Sleep Cycle ride leaders are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of Cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime. Our Tour Leaders know the region well and speak the local language.

Mechanical support will be close by at all times.

Quick Facts
  • SALVADOR DALI WAS MARRIED IN THE CHURCH ON TOP OF ELS ÀNGELS
  • GIRONA IS A POPULAR TRAINING GROUND FOR WORLD TOUR PRO CYCLISTS
  • GAUDI DESIGNED THE JARDINS ARTIGAS IN POBLA DE LILLET

OUR GIRONA GUIDES

Peter

Also known as the Cycling Godfather of Girona, Peter is from Canada and came across Girona after touring across Asia on his bicycle. Like many others who came to Girona he set up home and started to cultivate his bicycle collection.

Peter is a talented guide and something of a Girona expert. He also joins many of our Trans-mountain tours.

Joan

Joan is a Catalan local from Manresa. He knows our local Girona roads like the back of his hand and can also be found guiding in the Pyrenees.

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Catalan Cuisine

Enjoy meals and ride nutrition tailored especially for cyclists.

Start the day with a breakfast buffet at the hotel to prepare for a spectacular day in the saddle. Stay fueled all day with ride nutrition from the support vehicle and enjoy food at our favourite lunch stops.

Evening meals are curated to showcase the best of Catalan cusine and are included in the package.

Catalan Hospitality

Stay in beautiful locations along the route in carefully selected accommodations chosen for their warm hospitality & attention to detail.

Els Caçadors * * *, Ribes de Freser (2 nights) 

Hotel Els Caçadors de Ribes is located in Ribes de Freser, a few metres from the Vall de Núria mountain railway. It has a terrace with a hot tub offering mountain views.

Els Jardins de la Martana * * *, Besalu (1 night)

Located in the historic centre of Besalú, next to the famous Romanesque bridge.

Hotel Can Carbo de Les Olives * * *, Perelada (2 nights)

A restored 18th-century house, surrounded by vineyards, just 1 km from the beautiful Medieval town of Peralada.

Hotel Nord 1901 * * * *, Girona (1 night)

Just a 5-minute walk from Girona Cathedral. Hotel Nord offers a garden terrace with a small swimming pool and modern, luxurious rooms.

There are 6 nights accommodation included in the tour.

BIKE HIRE

Bike Hire

Benefit from a 10% discount on any Eat Sleep Cycle bike hire as part of this package.

Choose from a state-of-the-art Factor bike, an Italian-made Basso, or a Ridley, designed in cycling’s heartland of Belgium.  

Need a boost? Why not hire our Orbea e-assist road bike, the M20 Gain.

All our bikes are supplied with compact 50-34 chainsets & 11-32 cassettes. 

Our Bikes

RIDLEY FENIX SL 105

  • Carbon Frame
  • Shimano 105 11-speed
  • Forza RC23 wheelset

BASSO ASTRA DISC

  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed groupset
  • Disc brakes
  • 11-32 cassette

BASSO VENTA DISC

  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed groupset
  • Microtech wheels
  • 11-32 cassette

FACTOR O2 VAM

  • Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupset
  • Black Inc wheels, finishing kit
  • 11-32 cassette

ORBEA M20 GAIN

  • Shimano Ultegra 11-speed groupset
  •  Mavic Aksium Elite Disc UST wheelset
  • Ebikemotion X35 25kmh motor

TRIP SUMMARY

Classic Climbs of the Alps Tour Dates

2020 Trip Dates

26th April – 2nd May, 10th – 16th May, 7th – 13th June, 30th August – 5th September, 27th September – 3rd October

Custom & Private Tours available for groups

Classic Climbs of the Alps Cycling Tour Pricing

Price Per Head

€2,399

Single Supplement €349

Non-Rider €1,399

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Travel Logistics

Meeting Point: The meet point for the tour is at Barcelona Sants train station at 12 noon on day 1 of the tour.

End Location: The tour finishes in Girona city centre. The last hotel is a 5 min walk from Girona train station.

We can arrange transfers to Barcelona or Girona Airport on demand.

What's Included?

Cycling: Fully guided and supported.
Accommodation: 6 nights, boutique accommodation
Food: Full board
Bike Hire: Optional
Transfers: Available at addtional cost

Group Bookings

Groups of 6 or more riders: can opt to make a tour private and choose their own dates.
Groups of 8 or more riders: can benefit from a 5% discount.

Payment

Deposit: a 50% deposit will secure your place on the tour.
Balance: the outstanding balance is due 2 months in advance of the tour.

Excellent couple of days riding with Eat Sleep Cycle on the Grand Climbs of Girona Tour. Very well organised and two very strong lead riders in Stuart and Zoe. If you're looking to cycle in Girona, I would thoroughly recommend these guys!

Ben BClimbs of Girona

EatSleepCycle were great. Nothing was too much trouble, our itinerary was spot on and was tweaked on the fly according to our wishes and how the group was traveling. Can't recommend them enough, with a special shout out to Pete who was with us for the entire time and really made the trip something special.

Mark12 Day Custom Cycling Tour

My husband and I had signed up for a cycling tour in Girona with a well known cycling company that unexpectedly decided to exit the travel business. Enter Eat Sleep Cycle. We could not be more grateful to the original company for canceling their tour. Our experience with ESC was unbelievable!!! We did a mix of road, mountain, and gravel riding and had two private guides over the course of four days - Knut and Stuart. Both our guides were a blast to ride with and planned perfect routes. The diversity and beauty of Girona cycling is beyond compare. Highly, highly recommend for your next cycling vacation.

jlb464Cycling Paradise

WHY EAT SLEEP CYCLE?

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EXCELLENT LOCATION

Our home in Girona, Spain, gives us unique access to remarkable people and places, allowing us to create world class cycling tours.

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EXPERT GUIDES

Our guides are experts in cycling, travel & hosting world class tours. We recruit professionals from all walks of life who love to ride.

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98% of our guests say they’ll come back to Eat Sleep Cycle for another tour.

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