Volta Catalunya

Alpine Cadence : Supported rides for cyclists in the Alps
Volta Catalunya   May 5th - 13th   2018

This exciting new trip will be full of contrasts. From the magnificent Mediterranean coastal roads to the very highest pass in the Pyrenees. Lots of climbs recently used in the Vuelta Espana and the Tour de France. Based mainly in Catalunya itself with forays into France and Andorra this trip will pack in 7 days of unforgettable riding through very varied landscapes. This trip will start and finish in Girona, home to many pro cyclists and the perfect launchpad for this adventure.

Each day on this trip will between 90-155kms with climbing of 1500-3500m. 

The schedule

Saturday May 5th

Arrival at either Girona or Barcelona airport. Transfer to central Girona (1h 15 mins from Barcelona and 20 mins from Girona)


Sunday May 6th

Girona - Olot. 125kms and 2200m climbing. Our first day of riding takes us deep into the rural heart of Catalunya. A relatively easy and long climb up and beyond St Hilari followed by a stunning descent towards Vic. Our second main climb of the day is the very pretty Collada de Bracons.


Monday May 7th

Olot -  La Seu d'Urgell. 150km and 2500m climbing. Quickly into climbing today as we head up the steady climb of the Coll de Canes. Lots of valley riding to follow which leads us into our biggest climb of the day, the Coll de la Creueta, which provides spectacular open views of the region. A swift afternoon as we ride predominantly downhill to our hotel in La Seu.


Tuesday May 8th

La Seu d'Urgell - Soldeu. 89kms and 3500m climbing. Not the longest of days but perhaps the toughest! We head into the Principality of Andorra where major climbs await us, all used recently in the Vuelta and the Tour. First comes the tough Collada de la Gallina. We'll then scale another tough climb, Collada de Beixalis. Next comes the Coll d'Ordino offering stunning views across the whole principality. A short descent is followed by a relatively short climb up to the ski station of Soldeu where we'll spend the night.


Wednesday May 9th

Soldeu - Puigcerdà. A flexible and potentially much shorter day to give some respite, if needed, halfway through the trip. Our day will begin with the ascent of the Port d'Envalira. Only 9kms long but taking us to the highest paved pass in all the Pyrenees at just over 2400m. We then exit Andorra and ride into France. Our descent to Puigcerdà is punctuated with the very short climb of the Col de Puymorens. Our minimum ride today is 47kms and 900m of climbing. For those looking for more we'll offer a beautiful circuit of the Cerdagne Valley to top up the statistics.


Thursday May 10th

Puigcerdà - Camprodon. 135km and 2650m climbing. Our day begins with the long but gentle climb of the Collada de Toses. A superb, long descent follows as we make our way towards Ripoll. We'll head towards Camprodon with an up and back to the ski station of Vallter posing a big challenge to our afternoon legs.


Friday May 11th
 
Camprodon - Roses. 155km and 2400m climbing. Another big day as we head east to the sea. Our biggest climb of the day comes immediately in the shape of the Col d'Ares, perched on the open slopes of the French border. 40kms of glorious riding in France will follow before we cross back into Catalan territory.We'll hit the coast just north of the Cap de Creus peninsular and enjoy some well earned sea views. A visit to the beautiful whitewashed Cadaques before heading to our hotel on the beachfront in Roses.

Saturday May 12th

Roses - Girona. 120km and 2000m climbing. As we head back to Girona there will be the opportunity to the Els Angels climb or the infamous Rocacorba to finish things off in style. 


Sunday May 13th

Transfers to Barcelona and Girona airports.


Who will enjoy this trip?

This is a challenging tour that will suit stronger riders. It will be on a par in challenge with our Tour des Pyrenees and Tour des Alpes trips. As with all our trips, contact us to discuss whether this trip is going to suit you and your abilities.


What's included?
  • 8 nights twin share accommodation in a selection of 2, 3 and 4 star hotels, paradors and guesthouses. .
  • 8 breakfasts and 6 dinners.
  • Transfers to and from Girona Airport, Barcelona Airport transfer available at extra cost.
  • 7 fully guided rides with full vehicle support.
  • Informal evening lectures from a qualified coach.
  • Gels/energy bar welcome pack
  • Energy drink, pastries, bananas
What's not included?
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks, snacks and evening meals
  • Flights to and from Girona/Barcelona

Cost

£1245


IMPORTANT

Transfers to and from Girona Airport are included in the package and we can be flexible on pick up times. Barcelona Airport collection is possible too at a small additional cost. Please contact us before booking any flights to ensure that your proposed flight times will result in us being able to collect you promptly.




Please contact us if you'd like more information or to reserve a place on this trip.