Our cycling vacations are Europe-wide but Girona, Spain is our base. We’ve written previously about why we chose Girona and how much we love this Catalan city, however, Girona is more than just where we live and where we operate our tours from – it’s also home to The Eat Sleep Cycle Hub.
What is The Hub?
The Eat Sleep Cycle Hub is our physical base in the heart of Girona. It’s our one-stop-shop for all things cycling; bike hire, cycling kit, cycling accessories, mechanical assistance, massage, guide hire, GPS device hire and more. More than just a shop, however, The Hub is a place where we host events, where our rides such as Lazy Lunes start from and where we all gather to watch a bit of bike racing!
The Genesis of The Hub
The Eat Sleep Cycle Hub is in its second incarnation. Our location at Carrer del Vern, 3 is Hub 2.0, opened after we out-grew the original, much smaller version which started life as just three partners, a mechanic and 7 bikes aimed at the growing demand for Girona bike hire. In February 2018 we opened the current Hub, bigger and better, with room for plenty more bikes and over two floors with plenty of space to showcase our brands and what we do!
What’s in The Hub?
The Hub is where we sell a collection of products from carefully-chosen selection of forward-thinking brands with like-minded goals. Both a combination of local brands such as Tactic and CHPT3 and not-so-local but compatible with the Eat Sleep Cycle ethos such as MAAP.
The Hub is also home to our ever-expanding fleet of rental bikes. Our bikes are now used for more than just Girona bike hire, they are transported all around Europe on our European cycling tours! We also sell bikes at The Hub from the brands we use for rental bikes which has now increased to five different brands; Basso, Factor, Ridley, Brompton, and Worx.
The Hub workshop is where all of the aforementioned bikes get treated to some much-needed TLC! Our amazing mechanics make sure the bikes are thoroughly checked over and turned around for their next outing with a guest. The workshop is not limited to our rental bikes, however, the workshop team also take care of people’s personal bikes and use their extensive knowledge and skill to fix and build bikes for the Girona community!
Which brings us on to the people who make The Hub what it is… Our team are at the centre of the Eat Sleep Cycle experience and without their dedication to ensuring that everyone who walks into The Hub gets the highest level of service The Hub would not be where it is today. Here’s a quick introduction to the people who make the magic happen:
Zulma – Front of House
Zulma is from Colombia and is returning to Girona after living in London for several years. Zulma has a background in retail, is getting into cycling & looks after our Girona Hub.
Bernat – Front of House
Bernat is from Catalunya and is obsessed with all things bike. Your go to guy for technical questions and the low down on the latest gear.
Joan – Mechanic
Joan is from Catalunya and is an insanely skilled mountain biker. When not cycling Joan is fixing bikes in the Eat Sleep Cycle workshop.
Daan – Mechanic
Hailing from The Netherlands, Daan is the latest member of the crew, a committed roadie, he keeps our rental fleet running silky smooth.
Chris – Team Leader
Hailing from the UK, Chris relocated to Girona to manage all things Hub & tours!
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Images: Gin Torrado, Daan Vaan Meeuwen, David Powell, Szymon Kotowski.