We'd just moved to Girona, it was 2015. Gravel was not a thing back then, but Mountain biking has always been with the locals.
We spun through the beautiful cobbled streets of Girona, past the church and swung a right, immediately we were heading upwards and after 5 minutes the road turned to a path. The first thing that amazed me was how quickly we were out of the town and into the hills. There was no wasted time, there were no cars and quickly no people either, just the odd mountain biker like ourselves.
The gravel trail got rougher, more technical and steeper but I was loving every minute of it under the perfect Spanish sun. The view got better and better until we could see how Girona was nestled in front of the Pyrenees, a stunning backdrop, a sight for sore eyes!
At the top was a castle, St Miquel. We jumped off our bikes and climbed the steps, the view got even better. I felt like i´d made it to heaven for a moment.
Back on the bikes and the fun bit, at least for a short period, of heading downwards very quickly. My friend directed us off the wider gravel path onto some more technical trails, at that point I thought “this is perfect”. The trails were well maintained and easy to follow, technical but not over the top.
We rolled back into town at the cathedral, what a way to finish! The loop was literally 1.5 hours but I felt like i´d had the ultimate escape with a dose of adrenaline for good measure. My smile was as wide as my face and I said to myself, “I will do much more mountain biking in Girona!”