Catalonia: Donkey Week

$7,450

Varied terrain, a warm climate, and an airport. These are the reasons that Girona tops the list of any professional cyclist looking for a home. But the city, and the region of Catalonia in general, has so much more to offer riders – especially if your list of priorities puts food and fun times a little higher than race-winning fitness.

This part of Spain isn’t just a mecca for bike riders, either. There might be more tourists in Barcelona, but the Catalonian capital’s sister city is preferred by more experienced travelers who know that Girona is second-to-none when it comes to serious cuisine and culture. From Roman ruins to the hippest bars and eateries, it has something for everyone.

Ted King is a veteran of the pro peloton and a friend of inGamba, and using his first-hand experience of living and training in the area he has designed an unforgettable week to add some Spanish heat to our calendar. From to the foothills of the Pyrenees to the picturesque Costa Brava beaches, we’ll show you one of the world’s very best cycling destinations like it’s never been seen before.

Our Donkey Week trips are for riders seeking a challenge! They involve more mileage and more climbing than other packages. 

Included With Trip:

All lodging*

    • All food and beverages**
    • Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
    • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit
    • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
    • Laundry service for cycling clothing

    *Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

    **Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location :

Barcelona

Finish Location:

Barcelona

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8-12

Total Distance:

519km

Total Elevation:

6,692m

Longest Day:

Day 5. Sant Hilari Sacalm 114km

Biggest Climbing Day :

Day 5. Sant Hilari Sacalm 1,738m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Caldes de Malavella

¡Bienvenido a España! This short loop should give you an introduction to the area and whet your appetite for the week to come. Your bike should be perfectly set up, but if there’s an issue, now is the best time to speak to your mechanic.
2

Sant Hilari Sacalm

This is a long one, but all of the climbing is in the first half, so don’t let the distance intimidate you. We will first ascend to Sant Hilari Sacalm, before climbing deeper into the lush green valleys of the Guilleries Massif, where our highest point will be the Santuari del Coll. It’s a popular climb amongst the locals, and some stretches touch on 16% gradients, but don’t worry, as ever you’ll be well-supported by our expert guides.
3

Els Angels

Beginning with a short transfer, we’ll climb through lush woodlands on quiet roads towards the Santuari dels Àngels before descending into downtown Girona. Heading west, it’s uphill again to Ermita de Sant Joan and then south through the Catalan Transversal Range.
4

Tossa de Mar

Beginning inland, we'll head south through the town of Llagostera and into the mountains of the Massís de l'Ardenya for the day's main climb. From there, it's downhill to Tossa de Mar and the sea, where we'll ride along the undulating coastline as far as Palamós, before turning inland again and on towards home.
5

Santa Pellaia

This route takes in more of the Massís de l'Ardenya mountains, with three sizeable climbs to test your legs. IN particular, the 10km ascent to Romanyà de la Selva and and the 6km climb to Santa Pellaia are highlights. The latter has an easy average grade of just over 3%, but don't let that fool you because there are some sections towards the top that get properly steep. There will be stunning views, and an opportunity to roll through La Bisbal d'Empordà, an ancient town that will give you some idea of Catalonia's rich history and culture.
6

Torroella

The Torroella loop is a gentle tour of some typical Catalan towns and villages on rolling terrain. It begins by heading north to Torroella de Montgrí, where we'll cross the Ter river. As we head inland, keep an eye out for the famous Montgrí castle on a peak overlooking the road. We'll loop back south in Albons, through historic little towns like La Tallada d'Empordà and Casavells. Five of the last 10 kilometers are uphill, but nothing too challenging.
7

Cadaqués

Today's route packs most of the climbing at the beginning and the end – so don't overdo it on the flats after we descend into the picturesque town of Begur! Our goal today is Cadaqués, a whitewashed fishing village on the Cap de Creus peninsula. Long before cyclists starting coming here, Cadaqués was a popular haunt for artists and writers, and many of the 20th century's brightest talents were regular visitors. Regulars included Spain's great poet Federico García Lorca and Pablo Picasso, while Salvador Dalí liked it so much that he built a home nearby.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820