COVID-19: We're Serious About Safe Travel     READ MORE >

Catalonia

$7,950

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.

Using his first-hand experience of living and training in this beautiful part of Spain, veteran of the pro peloton Ted King has designed an unforgettable week to add some Spanish heat to the inGamba 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.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F12 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

Trip at a Glance

Start Location :

Barcelona

Finish Location:

Barcelona

Days Riding:

6

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

527km

Total Elevation:

6,298m

Longest Day:

Day 6. Santa Pellaia. 116km

Biggest Climbing Day :

Day 6. Santa Pellaia. 1,476m

...

Day by Day Breakdown

1

Bruniola

¡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

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.
3

Tossa del Mar

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.
4

Begur

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. The final 20 kilometers take us gently downhill to our new base, the luxurious Hotel Camiral at PGA Catalunya, one of Europe's most prestigious championship golf courses. If you need a midweek break, there will also be a short course option.
5

Santa Pellaia

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

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

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. 

YOUR Guide

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.

BIKE OPTION

PINARELLO DOGMA F12 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F12 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap AXS

PEDALS:

Speedplay (or your own)

SADDLE:

Selle Italia

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820