Girona Escape Weekend - April

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NEW FOR 2020 - GIRONA WEEKENDS 16-19 April 2020

Additional dates are available and it's possible to make extend the weekend if required.


La Fuga - Costa Brava Cycling View

"With each passing kilometre ridden, my love for Catalonia grows. Like being in love with a beautiful woman, the faults are overlooked while, with time, there is an awareness of a greater beauty.”
Michael Barry

This small corner of Catalonia is now the base of so many pro riders that you can’t turn a corner without bumping into someone recognisable; in the city itself you can see Dimension Data riders relaxing in the sun on Plaça de la Independencia or Sunweb riders sipping Café con leche and eating Hummingbird cake at La Fábrica. La Fábrica is the must go to coffee shop for cyclists set up by ORICA GreenEDGE’s Christian Meier, you are sure to bump into a pro cyclist or two.

This Escape has been planned to take in some of the best riding available in the region, with our focus set on escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reminding us of what drew us to this great sport. Wake the legs each day with a café visit for a cortado (short espresso coffee with hot milk) and a bocadillo (crusty pastry). Turn your ears to the local Catalan chatter. Within 10 minutes of pushing on the pedals, you’re out into the calm, undulating countryside. The roads are yours!

Among the vast maze of Catalan roads and hills, one climb stands out as an emerging legend; Rocacorba. It might not be the name you currently recognise, but the same would have been said about the Col de la Madone back in the late 1990’s. Rocacorba is a 13.8km climb, averaging a reasonable 7% gradient, but the flatter sections mask the real difficulty of the climb with a few 10-15% sections to challenge your strength. It is the type of climb that can’t be faked, you will know exactly how well you’re riding, but your reward is an incredible panoramic view – showing both the snow-capped Pyrenees (in early Spring) and the still blue of the Mediterranean.

La Fuga - Girona Cycling Coffee Stop

Rocacorba has become the test for top pros to measure their form. There are many stories of cyclists testing their form here – David Millar rushing to find form ahead of the 2009 Vuelta; GreenEDGE hardman Svein Tuft recording five hours of intervals work on the climb or Ryder Hesjedal offering the first glimpses of the form that would see him go onto win the 2012 Giro d’Italia. Bradley Wiggins allegedly turned up in a skinsuit and stripped-down bike and proceeded to record the fastest time up the climb only 10 days before his Tour de France win in 2012 and the start of a run of form that culminated with a Gold medal in the Time Trial at the London Olympic Games a few weeks after the Tour de France.

Ride with us and you’ll be treated to some of the best hospitality we can offer: experienced La Fuga guides, local knowledge, great restaurants, nutritional and mechanical support on every ride, plus anything else we can offer – the follow van is always right there, so all you need to focus on is enjoying the ride. Experience the beauty of Girona, test yourself against the Rocacorba.

The riders themselves have been selected to show off the best of the areas with hilly and challenging riding taking in the coastal areas as well as heading towards what the peaks of the Pyrenean mountains. Of course you get your chance of Rocacorba also.

La Fuga have been resident in Girona as our winter base for the past couple of years, so safe to say we know the best roads, cafes and restaurants. Come and join us to start see for yourself and build some fitness for your season ahead whilst indulging in all things Catalan.

N.B. This weekend has been optimised to allow you to maximise the riding time over a short weekend escape. If you wished to extend your trip in Girona additional nights can be added to this itinerary very easily.

What's Included?

  • 3 night’s bed and breakfast accommodation
  • All breakfasts and evening meals at the hotel and local restaurants
  • Airport transfers – transfer times to be arranged
  • Experienced and local language guides
  • Mechanical support / building and packing of bikes
  • Support vehicle to follow rides
  • Road side picnics on ride days
  • Detailed GPX files for use on GPS Devices
  • Complimentary sports nutrition
  • La Fuga welcome pack

N.B. This weekend has been optimised to allow you to maximise the riding time over a short weekend escape. If you wished to extend your trip in Girona additional nights can be added to this itinerary very easily.

What's Not Included?

  • Flights
  • Café or restaurant lunches and coffee stops
  • All drinks with meals
  • Personal Travel Insurance
  • Incidental Expenses
  • Parts and spares used during the trip
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Massages

Please note tour deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Therefore please ensure you have the appropriate travel insurance in place should you have to cancel at the last minute.

Optional Extras

Massages

Bike Hire

200.00

La Fuga - Els Angels View
Thursday 16 April – Arrival – Day 1 – Els Angels
Our La Fuga guides will pick you up from Barcelona airport and transfer you to your hotel. Once checked in, your bikes will be assembled or fitted if using rental bikes. There should be time for a quick spin to the top of Els’ Angels before returning to the hotel.
Distance: 38km
Ascent: 600m

We’ll take a short walk into town for an ‘aperitivo’ in ‘Plaça de la Independència’ before a delicious local meal in our favourite restaurant. Your guide will brief you over dinner about the format of the next few days of riding. After dinner, you can enjoy a drink in one of the many bars on la Rambla or take a short stroll back to the hotel.

La Fuga - Costa Brava Cycling View
Friday 17 April – Day 2 – Costa Brava Coast loop
Distance: 138km
Ascent: 1700m

Today’s ride sees you ride what is probably the most spectacular section of coast road in the world. You’ll have plenty of time to warm up before you get to the coast by riding along small quiet road meandering between olive groves and farmland with barely a car in sight. The first real test is the climb of La Ganga which separates the lower Emporda region from the coastal area. The climb is steady and the descent is a pure dream as it transfers you to the coast. There are some coastal towns to negotiate before arriving on the coast road to towards Tossa de Mar.

The Costa Brava coast road between Sant Feliu and Tossa de Mar is simply magical with dramatic rocky jagged cliffs high above the shimmering Mediterranean affording glimpses of the tempting water as you sail around the curves and undulations in the road. We’ll have a bite to eat overlooking the shimmering Mediterranean waters before heading back towards Girona. Mainly small lanes and quiet roads take you back towards Girona where you can relax at the hotel with a cold drink after a great day’s riding.

La Garrotxa
Saturday 18 April – Day 3 – The Volcanos of La Garrotxa
Distance: 108km
Ascent: 1337m

Today’s route takes us north and west into the area known as the volcano region of La Garrotxa. La Garrotxa is a huge natural park with many extinct volcanic cones and it features medieval towns including Santa Pau, built around a castle, and Besalú with its Romanesque bridge.

We start with a flat 10 km, the next 40 kms see us climb up to the town of Santa Pau where we’ll have a well-earned coffee stop. The climb is long but the gradients are low with only a couple of small sections going over 8%. We skirt around Olot before we start to gently climb again through Sant Esteve d’en Bas and then hit a fast open sweeping descent, it’s worth saving some energy for the final kick of the day a sharp 4 km kick with sections of 6-10%. Our final 20km is generally gravity-assisted all the way back to the hotel.




Deu del Mont
Sunday 19 April – Day 4 – Departure – Rocacorba
Distance: 69km
Ascent: 1250m

With an afternoon return flight home it allows you a chance to take on the local classic; ‘The Rocacorba’. This is a 69 km out and back loop. Since being restored and rebuilt this road has since been tagged the “Alpe d’Huez” of Girona. It’s the local proving ground, test yourself against the pros. The main climb is 10 km long and it has some steep ramps especially on the second section with a 9% average. This is a tough but enjoyable way of finishing your Girona trip. We will aim to return for a lunch prior to departure, our mechanic will pack your bikes ready for the journey home.




N.B. This weekend has been optimised to allow you to maximise the riding time over a short weekend escape. If you wished to extend your trip in Girona additional nights can be added to this itinerary very easily.

Airports

Barcelona (BCN)

Hotel Palau de Bellavista Girona – 4 star

The Hotel Palau de Bellavista Girona is a modern and excellent 4 star hotel just a short walk from Girona Old Town. With superb views of the surrounding hills and overlooking the Old Town, you can be treated to spectacular sunsets each evening. Relax with a coffee or cold beer on the terrace or by the pool or a stroll through the town after your rides. The hotel provides an excellent buffet breakfast to fuel you up for the days riding.

Hotel Palau de Bellavista Sunset View

Girona Hotel Palau de Bellavista Outside View

Hotel Palau de Bellavista Room

Hotel Palau de Bellavista View