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Best Time of Year: Feb - October
Spanish Pyrenees Cycle Camp
There are many reasons that several pro-cycling teams are based in the Catalan Pyrenees; the near-deserted roads, the stunning mountain vistas, the lung-busting climbs, and the hair-raising decents to name just a few. Why not come and find out for yourself on our 4 day training camp?
We will be based in the historic city of Olot, nestled in the centre of the Garrotxa volcanic region and is surrounded by many extinct volcanoes, including one in the city centre! Upon arriving into Girona Airport we will transfer to our accommodation in Olot before building our bikes up and heading out for an afternoon ride through the stunning Parc Natural de la Zona Volcànica de la Garrotxa to warm up for the coming days. The next day is a tough one! Although only 55 miles in length, it contains over 3500m of climbing. We will head north to Camprodon, into the Alta Garrotxa. There will be the option to ride up to Vallter 2000 (which is ironically at 2200m altitude), an 18km climb averaging 6% (but reaching a leg-sapping 15%) that featured in this year's Volta Catalunya. After this detour we'll drop down to the medieval village of Beget. Set in high up in the valley, the narrow cobbled streets of this UNESCO National Heritage Site are the perfect place for an afternoon coffee break. There is one final climb before descending down to Castellfollit de la Roca, a tiny medieval town built right on the edge of a 50m high basalt cliff, and then on to Olot for showers, dinner, and sleep. The following day we will rise early to tackle the trip's longest day; 96 miles. We start by heading west, skirting the top of the Serres de Milany-Santa Magdalena to Ripoll before climbing up, on empty roads, to the top of the Castellar de n'Hug and on to the even higher Collada de Toses. Now follows a 25km descent, all the way back down to Ribes de Freser and then further on down the valley back to Ripoll before finishing back in Olot in time for dinner. Our final day of riding will be a shorter, half day, loop taking in some of the magnificent mountain scenery to the south-west of Olot, including the impressive Collascabra. Upon returning from this ride we will transfer back to Girona Airport in time for late afternoon/early evening flights home. This promises to be an incredible experience that you will never forget!
Itinerary in Progress…
What is a Level 4.0 Cycling Challenge Like?
You are now moving into the realms of serious cycling challenges. Cycling days will be up to 10 hours, or slightly less if the event stretches over several days. You should have very good cycling fitness, with good leg strength, and you should be used to putting in regular training rides most weekends - with some good long rides. Most folks will consider these rides very long, and very challenging. Expect a mixture of length and terrain (think hilly!).
How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 4.0 ‘Bike Ride’?
To participate in these events you need to be in good cycling fitness. You probably are capable of riding at high speeds for 2 to 2.5 hours, around 23 - 25 km/hr. And you should be used to riding long distances and over hilly terrain. If you do not cycle regularly you must be of very high fitness level - and should think about converting as soon as possible and getting on to a bike - you will need to develop your specific strength and cycling technique. Do not come on these challenges without having spent plenty of time in the saddle. Training rides should be up to 60 or 70 miles, and you should have done a few like this. You should be getting out on your bike most weekends in the run up to your event.
Visas / Redtape
No Visas required. But you need to have Personal Insurance, and EHIC European Health Insurance Card.
Included In Trip
Transfers, Accommodation, Team Back up Tool Kit, Spares Kit, First Aider & First Aid Provision.
Excluded From Trip
Lunches, Dinners & International Flights.
Road Bike / Hybrid Bike (with puncture resistant tyres) - please call us for guidance on type of bike on a trip by trip basis
2 X Water Bottles (bladder system/cycle water bottles)
Cycling Gloves, Bike Lock, Neck Scarf, Inner Tubes*, Multi-Tool (with allen keys)*
Day Bag for support vehicle, Small Holdall (for overnight gear)
Bike Lights (front and rear, head torch can be worn)
Saddle Bag (recommended - can be used to carry asterisk* items)
Puncture Repair Kit*, Spare parts for your bike (specialist parts and spokes), Pump (suitable for your valve type)
Personal Medikit Suncream, Plasters, Vaseline, Painkillers, Sunbloc, Insect Repellant
Warm Clothing Medium Weight Softshell, Long sleeve Jersey / insulating layer Lightweight Gloves.
Cycle / Overnight Clothing
Lycra Cycling Shorts, Cotton Shorts, Long Cycling Trousers (Tights/Tracksuit Bottoms)
Cotton T-Shirts for evening
Short Sleeve Cycling T-Shirts (wicking type material) or Cycle Top with rear pockets
Cycling Shoes (approach shoes suitable), Sandals / Spare Shoes for after ride
Casual Evening Wear
1 Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (gore-tex, e-vent) - comfortable to cycle in
Travel Documents, EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) Credit Cards, Cash, Local Currency, Mobile Phone, Sunglasses
Snacks for Cycling Days (dried fruits, nuts, flapjacks, cereal bars etc)
Travel insurance (not included), Passport
Make sure you do not ‘over pack’ - bring only what is essential for the trip
A final kit list will be provided in your ‘Final Joining Instructions’ pre-departure
Whilst one might think riding a bike is simple, there is much to consider, and there are many areas where it can go wrong. You will receive thorough daily safety briefings, and your trip joining instructions will contain important information. Please read this thoroughly, and digest briefings carefully. It is our utmost priority that you enjoy this ride to the max. and that you come home safe and sound.
As we are in the High Pyrenees, you should prepare for all eventualities - from searing heat, to freezing cold, and from scorching sunshine to rain and everything in between. Obviously we hope for perfect blue skies, and at the start of summer/end of spring we normally expect hot weather and clear skies, but it is far from guaranteed.
Notes on Cycling Events
This is our standard range of Cycling Challenges in the UK, Europe and further afield. However, we offer completely tailormade itineraries to your specification. Call us to discuss!
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