Tour de Pirinexus

Spring: 16th - 20th May 2018

Autumn: 26th - 30th September 2018

 

The Tour de Pirinexus is a cycling challenge taking place for the second year running in 2018. Our Spring ride is between 16th-20th May 2018 and our Autumn ride is between 26th - 30th September  2018.

Based on the Pirinexus route, a dedicated cycling route around Spanish and French Catalonia, the event takes place over 3 days and aims to provide participants with the opportunity to challenge themselves yet enjoy the rewards of good food and wine throughout.

Looping between Spain and France over the shoulders of the Pyrenees, the Tour de Pirinexus is an arranged marriage of velo culture and viticulture. Starting in Girona, a cycling hub for over a quarter of pro Tour cyclists, the route will wend along the region’s beautiful backroads and gravel tracks, linking the villages, towns and wonderful wineries of the Empordà. 300km in total through an array of stunning mountain and rural landscapes, with the best of local Catalan wine and cuisine to match! 

 

A selection of photos from the 2017 Tour de Pirinexus | Credits: Henry Iddon

 

 
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Overview

The Tour de Pirinexus has been designed to provide you with an epicurean experience of Catalonia and the opportunity to challenge yourself by choice. The challenge of 3-days cycling on dedicated cycle routes has been combined with excellent overnight accommodation and the reward of outstanding local wine and cuisine.

 

Trip Itinerary

ARRIVAL

Arrive to Girona airport on Wednesday afternoon / evening and transfer directly to Hotel Palau de Bellavista, located a 5-minute walk up the hill from Girona’s old town. Check in to your room before an event brief lead by Josep Maria Codina, Tony Wallington OBE, and Gareth Davies - your hosts for the next 4 days. Post-brief, get to know fellow riders over a typical 3-course Catalan dinner with wine in nearby restaurant, La Taverna del Angel. Head into the old quarters of Girona or return to the hotel and rest up before tomorrow’s ride.

 

STAGE 1

After breakfast and bike preparation, Stage One commences at 9AM on the iconic Pont de Pedra bridge in Girona’s old town. From here, you will head east and then north through the Garrotxa National Park to Olot. The first climb of the tour awaits - a 15km ascent on peaceful backroads taking you to Coll de Santigosa at 1,064m. Enjoy the descent before ending the day in the Pyrenees mountain village of Camprodon. Your hotel for the night is located on the riverbank - a perfect spot to refuel with a hearty Catalan meal and a glass or two of local wine by the pool.

Distance: 101.7km. Elevation Gain: 2,150m. Click for route here

 

STAGE 2

Depart from Camprodon and launch straight into the first climb of the day over the Col d’Ares mountain pass. At 1,519m, it is the highest point of the Pirinexus route and your gateway into France. Following a dramatic descent into French Catalonia, wend your way along 40km of backroads before reentering Spain and attacking La Vajol, the penultimate climb of the day. Once over the top, the end of Stage Two is in sight - Hotel Can Xiquet awaits with stunning views across the Cap de Creus, the most easterly point of the Iberian Peninsula. Settle in for an evening of fine wine and divine food in one of Bacchus’ favourite spots in the Emporda.

Distance: 92.0km. Elevation Gain: 1,990m. Click for route here

 

STAGE 3

A new route for the Spring Tour de Pirinexus will take us from Cantallops southwest past the city of Figueres - an all road route with spectacular climbs and panoramic mountain and coastal views. With 25km to go, dig in deep one last time and summit Els Angels, the final obstacle between you and a night of well-deserved indulgence in Girona. Dinner, wine and awards followed by Bacchanalian celebrations in town to cap off a great few days in Catalonia!

Distance: 107.2km . Elevation Gain: 1,969m. Click for route here

 

DEPARTURE

Wake up in Girona and enjoy a leisurely breakfast overlooking the city. Relax by the pool or explore the old town if you have time. Bacchus will be providing transfers to the airport for your return flight home. 

 

 
 

Details

What is included?

Airport Transfers from Girona Airport (& Barcelona dependent on numbers)

Bike hire

4 nights accommodation (twin sharing)

All meals, water throughout, soft refreshments and wine at meal times

Pitstop refreshments during each cycling stage

Support team

Luggage transfer

Physiotherapy treatment and massages

Tour de Pirinexus cycling jersey

 

What is excluded?

Flights, travel insurance & personal costs

 

price per person

From £1,125 per person


 

 
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The finer details - routes, accommodation and support

Accommodation

You’ll need to arrive to Hotel Palau de Bellavista (Girona) on Wednesday 16th May 2018 by 19.00 for the event briefing, wine tasting and welcome dinner.

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.

 

travel

We will be providing airport transfers from Girona airport and train station.

We recommend you fly directly to Girona with Ryanair.

If you do not / are unable to fly to Girona, we recommend flying to Barcelona and taking a train from Barcelona airport to Girona.

For more information about travel arrangements, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

 

bikes

Bike hire and fitting is included. 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.

 

training

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.

 

support team

Each day the support vehicle will be nearby should you need mechanical support or assistance and a member of the Bacchus team will guide you on each stage. With a passion for everything the region has to offer, from cycling and walking to eating good food and drinking local wine, the support team’s invaluable local knowledge hopes to 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