Even before the invite had arrived my friends and family knew it would not be a normal stag weekend. I actually don’t enjoy drinking that much anymore (hangovers are terrible for racing) and when I’m off work I like to spend at least half of my time cycling. My brothers regularly joke ¨to spend time with Lee you need to cycle with him”.
The group arrived in dribs and drabs. My older brother came first and we did the Girona Els Angels ‘hill’ climb together on his first day. 20-something minutes full-throttle including collapsing at the top and hyperventilating was a nice way to kick-start things. I was of course not taking it very seriously, as you can see from the photo. I’m not that competitive, really, honestly I’m not.
Then my younger brother and several other friends arrived. A trip to the beach was a perfect way for them to experience the beautiful and rugged Costa Brava coastline (and the cyclists to get 100 kilometres in the legs in the process). The non-cyclists took a bus to Tossa De Mar and met us there where we indulged in a 3-course lunch and a dip in the sea before cycling home. The evening, of course, featured more cycling with the Girona nocturne race – hurling ourselves around the cobbled streets of Girona to screaming crowds. This was really turning out to be my dream stag.
As more non cyclists arrived, “normal” stag proceedings resumed. Football, drinking, burgers and more drinking. I tried my best to participate, I did, but also missed drink rounds where I could, cycled to every stop and fitted in a delightful interval session up Rocacorba which really finished me off. On the “big day” which is normally reserved for copious amounts of drinking and lads lads lads stuff, we rode the Girona Granfondo which was 120 kilometres through the stunning Girona countryside. Afterwards, we had a few beers and despite the group’s efforts I peeled off at 1am for a good night’s sleep before the next morning’s ride on my new pink machine, some embarrassment I was happy to partake in.
I definitely broke the mould for a normal stag. Girona, as well as providing incredible eating experiences, amazing coffee (La Fabrica) and the best cycling in the world, was the perfect destination to do that. Blokes that would normally crawl bars all day and potentially end up in the gutter were sipping fine local red wine, eating delightful Catalan cuisine and cycling through the sun-bleached countryside to swim in turquoise lakes and beaches.
The next time you are planning a stag think about the Eat Sleep Cycle experience and get in touch!