TRAINING

There is no substitute for getting out in the fresh air on your bike so try to cycle as much as possible. Try to use your bike for your commute or daily errands as well as going on long rides when possible.

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 tired legs on day 2 & 3 of the challenge.


BIKES

You will have the option to hire your bike from Girona Cycle Centre (https://www.gironacyclecentre.com/bike-hire/). We recommend a hybrid touring bike as there are sections of the Pirinexus route that are dirt track. Please let us know your height and bike measurements (in sign-up form) as soon as possible so we can ensure the correct bike is reserved for you.


TRAVEL

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.

It is short taxi ride to Girona from Girona Airport.

If coming from Barcelona, we will try and coordinate a group pickup. Otherwise we recommend train travel direct to Girona.


ACCOMMODATION

You’ll need to arrive to Hotel Palau de Bellavista (Girona) on Wednesday 27th September 2017 by 19.00 for the compulsory safety briefing.

We have carefully handpicked the overnight locations to fit in with route logistics and also 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 - marriott.co.uk/hotels/travel/gropa-ac-hotel-palau-de-bellavista/

Night 2: Hotel Camprodón - hotelcamprodon.com/en/

Night 3: Hotel Can Xiquet - hotelcanxiquet.com

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.


CORPORATE TEAMS

Thinking of persuading a few colleagues to join you in completing the Tour de Pirinexus? Know some like minded people in your office who fancy spending a challenging (and rewarding) few days in the Pyrenees?

If you do, then please let us know! We have discounts available for companies who are entering multiple participants so please chat to us before registering.