The finer details - routes, accommodation and support
You’ll need to arrive to Hotel Palau de Bellavista (Girona) on Wednesday 27th September 2017 by 19.00 for the compulsory event briefing.
We have carefully handpicked the overnight locations to give participants maximum enjoyment and relaxation when off the bike. If you would like more details about each hotel, please follow the links below:
Night 1 & 4: Hotel Palau de Bellavista
Night 2: Hotel Camprodón
Night 3: Hotel Can Xiquet
Trip cost is based on twin sharing. If you would prefer or require a single room, please let us know and we will be able to supply you with more details.
The most convenient airport to fly to is Girona with Ryanair. If you book now, there are very reasonable return flight rates from several destinations in the UK (Belfast International, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow Prestwick, Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester, Newcastle), however, there are limited flights - only one per day per destination on Wednesday 27th September.
If you do not / are unable to fly to Girona, we recommend flying to Barcelona. There are regular flights with different airlines from all over the UK.
Dependent on arrival time to Barcelona, we will try and coordinate a group pickup. Otherwise we recommend train travel direct to Girona.
Bike hire and fitting is included - stage 1 and 2 of the route are road sections and day 3 is a combination of road (70%) and gravel track (30%). We will supply road bikes for stage 1 and 2 and hybrid bikes for day 3. Please get in touch for more information, and let us know your height and bike measurements as soon as possible so we can ensure the correct bike is reserved for you.
If you would like to get the most out of this classic route and Bacchus experience, we recommend you read below for more information about how best to prepare and train for this sportive.
You will need to be bike fit and your body must be able to handle back-to-back long rides. In the early stages of your training try to get out on the bike as regularly as possible. Go on medium to long rides at the weekend - 30km to start with and gradually build up by 10km each week. Make sure that your bicycle is fitted correctly for you, with the seat at the correct height and handlebars adjusted to fit you. This will ensure that you are cycling efficiently and help avoid injury. Wear cycle shorts to reduce rubbing and chaffing, ensure your helmet fits and is comfortable, and familiarise yourself with how to repair a puncture. We recommend you do some back-to-back long rides during the latter weeks of your training. This will help prepare you for cycling with fatigued legs in Stage Two and Three of the challenge.
With a passion for everything the region has to offer, from sailing, hiking and cycling to eating good food and drinking local wine, your host and guide's invaluable local knowledge will make your tour a unique and memorable experience for everyone.
charlie norton memorial challenge
At the beginning of Stage 2, participants will have the option to ride in the Charlie Norton Memorial Challenge - a King/Queen of the Mountains section we would like to ride in memory of Charlie, from Camprodon to the highest point of the Pirinexus route at Col D'Ares.
Charlie Norton was a journalist and close friend of Bacchus on Bikes Chairman, Anthony Wallington OBE. He visited Catalonia in 2015 with Bacchus, and immediately revealed his penchant for tough mountain climbs on the bike. Shortly after this trip, Charlie tragically died in an accident in Morocco. We will remember him fondly for his lust for life and will miss his boisterous prose.
Charlie wrote a great article about Bacchus on Bikes for FT How to Spend It. You can read it here: https://howtospendit.ft.com/travel/91523-a-high-altitude-cycling-challenge-in-catalonia