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21
February
2014

Girona Cycling Routes

Which Training Camp suggest possible routes whilst on your Girona cycling training camp. Most of these routes and climbs have been used by the many professional riders based in this area whilst they themselves have been on their own cycling training camp.

Generally the roads have good quality surfaces, the local drivers understand cycling and the terrain is a good mixture of flat and steep climbs. Rides from Girona will start gently along rolling orchards, sweeping through old villages, alongside churches & castles. After a while the road terrain changes and the Garrotxa Volcanic National Park or the Pyrenees appear under the wheels.

The Garrotxa contains the Rocacorba and Mare de Deu del Mon, both about 1,000 metre climbs and approximately 10 km from Girona. The Rocacorba is at the top of the highest mountain (Puigsou) in the Girona area. Further away (about 80 km from Girona) is The Valter, a ski station at 2,000 metres. For flatter rides the coastal loop, Sant Grau- Calonge, is approximately 100-120km in length.

For MTB, riders can use a series of single, gravel tracks and river beds along designated MTB routes some offering 1, 000 metre descents around the volcanoes.

ROCACORBA

The Rocacorba was used as a test climb to gauge form and fitness by the majority of the Professional riders based in the area. The views are quite stunning.

This route starts in Banyoles, north-west of Girona. The Rocacorba is 922 metres high, 13 km long with an average gradient of 6%, parts will be at 15%.

Take the C-150a out of Banyoles for approximately 3.5 km and turn left turn on the GI-524. The road quickly bends round to the right.

Just past some farm buildings, turn left on to the GIV-5247 heading towards the village of Pujarnal. Stay on the GIV-5247 all the way past Pujarnal, on to Rocacorba.

                        see MapmyRide Girona to Rocacorba 140.8 km

                        see Strava Rocacorba

 

SANT HILARI

This climb has a 10 km stretch of steps, 600 – 800 metres uphill followed by a flat section. The total climb is approximately 26 km to the café at the summit and the descent possibly makes this one of the best climbs in the area. There is a short but steep climb after the descent called Bonmati to finish the ride.

 

ELS ANGLES

This climb is only about 10 minutes from the centre of Girona and climbs 13 km. Lance Armstrong held the record for many years. At the top is the White House monastery cafe before the 14kms descent back down to Girona.

                                 see Strava Els Angels

 

SANTA PELLAIA

This climb is usually ridden after descending from Els Engles. Continue through Pubol (famous for the Gala-Salvador Dali Castle) and Monells. The 6 km climb is gradual but adds a sting in the tail after a good day’s riding. The 6km stretch took 12 minutes in a recent Volta a Catalunya.

 

SANT MARTI SACALM

Cyclists who want to try a climb frequented by the pros can head for the village of Amer, about halfway between Girona and Olot, and make the twisty, steep five-mile ascent to Sant Marti Sacalm. This climb is has an average gradient of 7%. Tyler Hamilton would train on this climb, riding between 20km/hr on the steep sections and 30km/h where the climb flattened out.

 

MARE de DEU del MON

The climb to the Mare de Deu del Mon (Virgin of the Sun) is just over 1,120 metres and has often been referred to as Porta del Pirineu, meaning "the Gate of the Pyrenees". The climb is about 14 km with peaks of 12% gradient.

               for additional GPS rides on Ride with GPS

                                                 or Strava

 

This used to be one of the US Postal team’s regular training climbs. The roads leading to the Mare de Deu are mainly quiet, back roads. The scenery from the monastery at the top is quite breath-taking, offering views of the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean.

 

GPS downloaded rides available on the web

                      see additional Girona routes

                      see MapmyRide Girona routes

                      see Strava Cap de Creus Monastery

                      see Strava Valter 2000

 

MTB

The Baix Empordà Mountain Bike Centre, which has been approved by the Catalan Cycling Federation (FCC) and Turisme de Catalunya, has 19 routes which connect with each other.

The Centre has a reception point in Castell d’Aro which offers complementary services like bicycle rental, workshop, showers, bicycle-washing facilities, professional guides, tourist information, etc.

                            see the 19 recognised MTB routes

SIGNPOSTS

The cycling network is signposted with a sign system based on European models. The signposting system also offers additional information banners about the routes and area. 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS AND OBSERVATIONS

Cyclists are reminded that the signposted paths are not exclusively for the use of cycletourists but are shared with motor vehicles, so that safety measures and precautions should be strictly observed.

Your safety also depends on your own behaviour: please ride courteously and with respect for others.

Observe the general traffic regulations at all times, and don’t forget that you do not have priority. When travelling by bicycle, signal your intentions clearly.

For your own safety, always wear a helmet.

It is advisable to take out insurance to cover potential accidents.

 

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