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The roads are succulent and bountiful, and the food and wine leave you breathless. The Pinarello bikes are to the highest standard of the purest gourmand. The personalities are rich and bold, yet full of subtle surprises. All is to be savored—and devoured.

Bill StricklandBicycling Magazine
22 Sep 2024
28 Sep 2024

Catalonia with Hammad Shah

$8,950
Lead Guide:

Manuel Cardoso

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.

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.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F Disk with SRAM RED eTap AXS
  • Daily Bike Wash
  • One custom Castelli × 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

MEET THE GUIDES

MANUEL CARDOSO

The Quiet Crusher

Manuel Cardoso is no longer sitting on the front of the pack, pulling everyone along at what some would describe as a “brisk” pace and what others are unable to describe at all, because they’re too busy gasping for breath and holding onto the wheel in front of them for dear life. Manuel is now sitting just slightly off the back of the pack. As I look back, I realize he has that look on his face. The look which struck fear in the hearts of the Pro Peleton for many years. The look which is part grin, part mischievous child and all business. He is about to start some shenanigans. Sure enough, just a few kilometers later and Manuel has picked one lucky contestant out of the pack and they are sitting-in, waiting, like predators, for the perfect moment. For Manuel, just like when he raced pro, this is when the road turns slightly up, a spot in the road where it gets tough for everyone. And he accelerates with his breakaway “partner” in tow. It is something to see. He ramps it up to a speed with which no one can latch onto the back and with such precision you have to question whether or not you actually want to try and close the gap he has created. And you can’t see it, but you just know, he is grinning from ear-to-ear.

Rui Vinhas

Rui Vinhas

Born in the North of Portugal, Rui has been riding his bike since he was 10. In 2011, he became a professional cyclist and just five years later he won the Tour of Portugal. The following year, in 2017, he was the runner-up in the Portuguese Cycling Championship. His talent and incredible bike skills will be by your side during our trips.

THE TRIP AT A GLANCE

START LOCATION:

Barcelona

FINISH LOCATION:

Barcelona

TOTAL ELEVATION:

6,298m

TOTAL DISTANCE:

527km

DAYS RIDING:

6

GROUP SIZE:

8-14

LONGEST DAY:

Day 5 – 116km
Santa Pellaia

BIGGEST CLIMBING DAY:

Day 5 – 1,476m
Santa Pellaia

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DAY BY DAY BREAKDOWN

1

BRUNIOLA

Sunday | 41km & 397m

¡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

ELS ANGELS

Monday | 81km & 1,298m

We’ll climb through lush woodlands on quiet roads towards the Santuari dels Àngels. Heading west, it’s uphill again to Ermita de Sant Joan and then south through the Catalan Transversal Range.

3

TOSSA DEL MAR

Tuesday | 104km & 1,175m
Today’s route packs most of the climbing at the beginning. Our goal today is to see 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.
4

BEGUR

Wednesday | 80km & 778m
In today’s loop, we ride along flat roads until we reach our midpoint and climb to Muntanyes de Begur. The characteristic cliffs of this area provide a refuge for several rare, endemic Mediterranean plant and animal species. On our way north and back to L’Escala, we pass by Castell de Montgrí, which was built between 1294 and 1301 with cylindrical towers and sturdy 13m-high walls.
5

SANTA PELLAIA

Thursday | 116km & 1,476m
This is going to be a long day in the saddle, but it promises to be a fun one too as we tackle more of the the Massís de l’Ardenya (aka Massís de Cadiretes) mountains, with three sizeable climbs to test your legs. Starting out south, 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. The two biggest climbs will come in the second half of the ride, first to Romanyà de la Selva, and then another 6km climb to Santa Pellaia, where a couple of sections will exceed 10%.
6

PORTE DE LA SELVA

Friday | 105km & 1,174m
This loop starts and ends on flat terrain, with all of the day’s climbing coming right in the middle over two climbs on the Cap de Creus peninsula. The second, more challenging ascent will bring us up to the beautiful ruins of the Monasterio de Sant Pere de Rodes, a former Benedictine monastery that dates from the 9th century.
7

DEPARTURE

Saturday
This is our final morning together and after a leisurely breakfast, it will be time to say goodbye, or at least arrivederci, until we meet again. Transfers to the airport will be arranged by our hard-working crew but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with reservations or a few recommendations.

STAYING LONGER?

Adventure Continues…
Do you plan to come a few days early, or stay on after your inGamba adventure has ended? Our concierge can help you plan with a carefully curated selection of hotels, restaurants, bars, and guides. All of our recommendations have been hand-picked by a team of local experts, so you can spend more time enjoying all that this destination has to offer.

Seven of the last 11 Tours de France have been conquered on a DOGMA, and the latest generation is now ready to continue that legacy of success. Whatever the road throws at you, the DOGMA F is always the right bike.

WHEELSET:

Zipp 303 S Carbon Tubeless

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa N.Ext

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

PEDALS:

Speedplay

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

SADDLE:

Prologo

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 1030

COLOUR:

InGamba Red

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