GIRONA & ANDORRA PYRENEES
8 DAYS FROM GIRONA TO ANDORRA
READY TO LIVE LIKE A PRO?
GIRONA - ANDORRA
8 DAYS - 7 NIGHTS
We have an easy start in Girona, the new Spanish Cycling Mecca, then ride to the unique mountain Republic of Andorra as final destination. Andorra is the perfect location for cycling, thanks to the high altitude and the several climbs all around. Many Pros love the combination of great cycling, fantastic food and quietness that only Andorra can offer.
The week will involve great riding and recovery, exactly the way all pros do it!
You will ride with experienced guides who, as racers themselves, are happy to share all their knowledge! Massage, bike service, laundry, and coaching are just some of the perks you will get on this tour.
So...are you ready to live like a Pro?
WHO WOULD ENJOY THIS EXPERIENCE?
The experience is built for all riders able to ride for 4-6 hours. This is not a race, but it’s also not an easy riding experience, as the terrain is quite challenging.
The Tour is for intermediate-advanced cyclists keen to challenge themselves and become better cyclists by riding at high altitude on the majestic Pyrenees.If you are preparing for a challenging event such as the Haute Route, Trans Alp, or UCI Granfondo World Championships, this will suit you perfectly!
We will ride as a group on the rolling terrain and as individuals or small groups on the climbs, so that everyone can ride at his/her own pace. On top of each major climb we will regroup to celebrate and refill our bottles, and then enjoy the descent together trying to learn from one another. As a team, we’ll support each other during the ride and make sure everyone finishes safe and happy!
All cyclists interested in great rides and improving their fitness and bike skills will enjoy this incredible experience!
THE TOUR INCLUDES
A fantastic tour itinerary designed by Andrea
All hotel accommodations in beautiful 4-star hotels with spa, in twin-double room
All breakfasts, 1 lunch, and all dinners except one (2 for the 12 days)
2 professional guides on tour (one fully qualified mechanic)
Professional massage at the hotel after each ride
Van support throughout the tour
One main group airport transfer
All in-tour transfers
Bike service and laundry every other day
Snacks and food supplements, including electrolytes, gels, and energy bars during rides by OTE Sport
Garmin 810-820 loan unit with maps for duration of tour
1 top quality OMR cycling kit made by DAMA (jersey, knicks, socks)
Detailed printed tour information booklet
Small group of max 12 riders.
MORE ABOUT THE TERRAIN
We have selected some of the best routes offering a mix of all terrains, but the terrain will be mainly mountainous.
The start from Girona is perfect, as it is at lower altitude. The route then becomes more challenging on the way to Andorra. That’s why we will work hard when below 1700m and take it very easy on the final km of the big climbs, which are at 2000+ m.
The climbs are long, but the gradient is generally around 6-8%, so not too hard.
There are some exceptions of course, like the col De La Gallina, which is long and steep!
ON REQUEST, NOT INCLUDED
High-end rental bike
Personal airport transfer
Day One – GIRONA Warm-up Ride
Routes: 45km Total Ascent: 600m
This is a warm-up ride to ease the legs and body into 1-2 weeks of intense riding. Some of you may have only recently stepped off a plane, so this ride offers a great way to “tease” out that tiredness. It will include some small climbs and offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Day Two: GIRONA Loop to Calella
Distance: 80 km Elevation: 1900m
Our first day take us to the coast line and back. On our way to the Mediterranean we will go up and down some nice hills and ride across some picturesque villages.
Day Three - GIRONA Loop to Els Angels
Main Route: 100km Total Ascent: 1700m
The ride to Els Angels is a must when you are in Girona.We will meet hundreds of fellow cyclists on this route up to the beautiful sanctuary!
Day Four - GIRONA to ANDORRA
Distance: 160 km Elevation: 2300m
Today’s ride is designed to allow some recovery before the second part of the training program. We will have the option torrid as long as we like and then jump in the van and transfer to Andorra.Big mountains ahed!
Day Five – ANDORRA loop toPas de La Casa
Main Route: 100km Total Ascent: 1700m
Lovely ride along te valley of Andorra and up to Pas de la Casa at 2400m above sea level. Great views all day long!
Day Six – ANDORRA loop to Col de Ordino
Main Route: 125km; Total Ascent: 3,000m
The climb up to Col De Ordino is a classic for all the pro riders living in Andorra. It's a long steady climb with some 10% sections. Onto of the climb the view of the Pyrenees is great!
Day Seven - ANDORRA loop to Col de La Gallina
Main Route: 130km; Total Ascent: 3,000m
Possibly the hardest climb in the area, the Col de la Gallina has been featured in the Tour de France and Vuelta Espana several times. We will climb some 15-16 % sections and the climb is long as well...so not an easy day on the menu!
Day Eight – ANDORRA Loop to la SeulD'Urgell (end of 8 days option)
Main Route: 75km; Total Ascent: 1,700m
After the big day, we will have an easy one, or at least short one, as there are no easy days on the Pyrenees! A couple of medium-difficulty climbs on our way to the beautiful town of La Seul in Spain.
Day Nine – ANDORRA loop to Arkalis
Main Route: 115km Total Ascent: 3000m
Arkalis is the highest pass around Andorra and the most beautiful ski resort in the area. We will climb 2 more mountains on our wayback to Andorra...a big day out!
Day Ten – ANDORRA loop to France (end of 10 days option)
Main Route: 170km Total Ascent: 4,900m
Today we ride a big loop around Andorra entering France first and then Spain. A long ride with 2 major mountains and some long valley roads!
Day Eleven – ANDORRA loop at choice
Main Route: 100km Total Ascent: 2,900m
Todays ride depends on our feelings. We will decide together the distance, the elevation gain and the pace.
Day Twelve – Goodbye