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BARCELONA HIDDEN SECRETS BIKE TOUR

If you would like to discover the mountains where bandits used to hide, if you want to soak up the lifestyle of traditional villages and enjoy their rich gastronomy, then this fabulous tour is just what you’re looking for.

Three days that start in Vic, a historical town known for its large market square and numerous churches and convents in the old quarter. It’s not surprising that back in the 16th century our accommodation started out as an old cloistered convent that has since been converted into a comfortable hotel. From here you’ll ride along the mythic Bracons road and explore the beautiful Vall d’en Bas; you’ll enjoy the impressive views of Collsacabra, you’ll feel experience emotions on the high mountains of the Montseny massif and you’ll relax among the meadows of El Lluçanès.

A tour for people who love real experiences, designed to show you the secret hidden spots of inland Catalonia.

TOTAL
DISTANCE

282 kms

TOTAL
ASCENT

5.254 mts

AVERAGE
DISTANCE

94 kms

AVERAGE
ASCENT

1.751 mts

TOUR INFORMATION:

Starting point: Vic
Arrival: Vic
Duration: 5 days, 3 stages
Recommended season: February to November

OPTIONAL BIKE:
2020 SCOTT ADDICT SE DISC

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Look no further. Your next cycling adventure starts here!

One Tour, two options:

Private Tour: Enjoy a guaranteed to run premium cycling experience with us. Choose your own dates and fill in the form to get your group’s custom quote within 24 hours.

Scheduled Tour: Come cycle with us and meet other cyclists from all over the world on an epic adventure. Check date availability and book online in the Scheduled Tour section down below.

DAY 1 WELCOME TO CATALONIA!

PICK UP, TRANSFER AND WELCOME ROUTE

Our services begin. Pick up and transfer to our hotel in Vic, at the heart of inland Catalonia.

Upon arrival at the hotel we will offer a briefing providing general information of the tour before proceeding to bicycles tuning for all those customers who have contracted our rental service.

In the afternoon and depending on your arrivat time, we will take a first approach ride to Les Guilleries Natural Space and Sau Reservoir.

We will end the first day of the trip with a fantastic welcoming dinner in the hotel, with the whole team.

Note: For your convenience and if you plan to arrive by your own, you will be able to check in, indicating your name and our company name (TOURMALET 2015 SLU).

ACCOMMODATION

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DAY 2 / STAGE 1 VIC – JOANETES – VIC

STAGE DESCRIPTION

We’ll set off on the quiet roads of the Vic Plain, heading in a northerly direction. Far away on the horizon you’ll be able to see the infinite Pyrenees mountain range, although closer to us there will be a first wall of mountains showing the silhouette of the Puigsacalm and the cliffs of Collsacabra, today’s objectives.

The first mountain pass of the day, Coll de Bracons, will lead us to Puigsacalm, in the range that separates the districts of Osona and La Garrotxa. Our minds will be filled by the beauty and toughness of the climb until we reach the top, where we will be rewarded by the wonderful views of the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. We’ll suddenly find ourselves within a rural postcard, in the little village of Els Hostalets d’en Bas, where we can sit at a table surrounded by volcanoes, calmly enjoying the scenery while tasting the delicious cured meats produced in the area.

On the way back we’ll go uphill towards Coll de Condreu, which will take us to Rupit and Tavertet, two true gems hidden among the impressive Collsacabra mountain range. Before we leave the mediaeval village of Rupit, we can’t miss visiting its spectacular suspension bridge and among the crags of the picturesque village of Tavertet we’ll be able to enjoy the magnificent views of Catalonia’s most hidden spots before descending again to Vic.

DISTANCE

108 kms

ELEVATION

1.827 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

COLL DE BRACONS

ELEVATION: 560 m / 1837 feet
LENGHT: 13,4 km / 8,32 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 4,2%

COLL DE CONDREU

ELEVATION: 531 m / 1742 feet
LENGTH: 10,2 km / 6,33 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 5,2%

ALT DE TAVERTET

ELEVATION: 187 m / 597 feet
LENGTH: 4,9 km / 3,04 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,5%

ACCOMMODATION

hotel lesclarisses

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

La Fageda d’en Jordà
Parc Natural de la zona volcànica de la Garrotxa
Rupit
Tavertet

DAY 3 / STAGE 2 VIC – EL MONTSENY -VIC

STAGE DESCRIPTION

We will spend the day riding around the Montseny Natural Park, the quintessential cycling territory of the region of Barcelona. Our route will allow us to discover the most typical roads and landscapes of the Volta a Catalunya, while we complete the tour of the peaks of Turó de l’Home and Matagalls.

We’ll start off by warming up our legs on Coll de Mansa, which will take us near Viladrau, lying at the foot of the natural park and the birthplace of the most famous Catalan bandit, Serrallonga. We’ll leave the village behind and after riding next to the chestnut and beech tree forests where this infamous bandit used to carry out his robberies, we’ll climb to Santa Fe del Montseny on one of the loveliest cycling ascents in Catalonia.

We’ll descend through a leafy beech tree forest until we reach the junction where we’ll take the road that goes to the top of Coll de Santa Helena with its fantastic views of the city of Barcelona. Here the bravest cyclists can tackle the really tough final kilometres that lead to the summit of Turó de l’Home. Standing at a height of 1,705 metres above sea level, it is the highest point of the natural park.

We’ll finish the stage with two long descents, interrupted by the legendary climb to Collformic, lying at the foot of the famous peak of Matagalls and the gateway to the region of Vic, our host town.

DISTANCE

91 kms

ELEVATION

1.904 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

COLL DE LA MANSA

ELEVATION: 166 m / 544 feet
LENGHT: 4,1 km / 2,55 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 4%

ALT DE SANTA FE

ELEVATION: 661 m / 2168 feet
LENGHT: 17,9 km / 11,12 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,7%

COLL FORMIC
(from la Costa del Monsteny)

ELEVATION: 729 m / 2391 feet
LENGTH: 13 km / 8,07 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,2%

ACCOMMODATION

hotel lesclarisses

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

Viladrau
Macizo del Montseny – Turó de l’Home

DAY 4 / STAGE 3 VIC – PERAFITA – VIC

STAGE DESCRIPTION

On our last day, we’ll pedal in a northwestly direction to visit the high plateau of El Lluçanès, a region full of peaceful roads that are perfect for cycling and visiting its small country villages.

We’ll begin the route pedalling among the farms and pastureland of the Vic Plain. At the foot of the emblematic sanctuary of La Gleva, we’ll start climbing up the winding road that leads to the mythic Alt de La Trona, the setting for historical car rallies and exciting bicycle race stages.

Recuperando el aliento nos adentraremos en Perafita, donde el aroma a coca —torta dulce tradicional de Catalunya— que desprende un antiguo obrador de la plaza del pueblo nos llamará a un descanso.

Before starting the last climb of the day, in this case to Fontfreda, we’ll visit the small village of Oristà where Perot Rocaguinarda, another popular legendary bandit, was born in 1582.

When we’re a few kilometres from Vic, we can’t miss the opportunity to stop in Santa Eulàlia de Riuprimer. Here we’ll be able to enjoy the best gastronomy of the area in a mythic restaurant where all the cyclists in the region like to meet up. Its exquisite dishes will be the best way to end this amazing tour.

DISTANCE

83 kms

ELEVATION

1.523 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

ALT DE LA TRONA

ELEVATION: 411 m / 1348 feet
LENGHT: 12,6 km / 7,82 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,3%

ALT DE FONTFREDA

ELEVATION: 401 m / 1315 feet
LENGTH: 8,4 km / 5,21 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 4,8%

ACCOMMODATION

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

Lluçanès
Riera de Merlès

DAY 5 GOOD JOURNEY BACK!

DROP OFF TRANSFERS

End of our services. Early morning transfer to Barcelona.

After a few intense cycling days, this great experience will come to an end. We sincerely hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

Thank you so much for trusting us and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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ACCOMMODATION DAYS 1-5

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¿WHAT’S INCLUDED?

INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Accommodation in selected hotels in double occupancy room with half-board.

  • Transfer of travellers as soon as they arrive to our country to their destination.

  • Execution of the tour by certified and multilingual bike tour guides specialised in tourism.

  • Supply of solid and liquid provisions during the tour including pasta or rice dish, energy bars and gels.

  • Health insurance.

  • Support vehicle and roadside assistance.

  • Daily transport of luggage.

  • Mechanical service (doesn’t include replacement components of privately-owned bicyles).

  • Tourist tax.

  • Visits to tourist attractions and tourist advice during the rides.

  • Routes accessed via Ride with GPS app.

  • Trip PhotoBook.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Hired bicycles: includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service, daily fine-tuning and components (check prices in Renthal Bikes section).

  • Single room.

  • Activities and additional visits.

  • Additional nights.

NON-INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Transfers to our country.

  • Repair service and component replacement of privately-owned bicycles.

  • Minibar and extras in the hotel.

SCOTT ADDICT SE DISC
(Shimano Ultegra Di2 electronic)

The SCOTT Addict SE Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, a Shimano Ultegra Di2 drivetrain and disc brakes, the Addict SE Disc will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.

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PRICE: 80€/STAGE

Includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service and components.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Addict Disc HMF Carbon technology
  • Endurance geometry / Replaceable Derailleur Hanger
  • Addict Disc HMF
  • 1 1/8″-1 1/4″ Carbon steerer
  • Alloy Dropout
  • Syncros Integrated
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2 RD-R8050-GS
  • 22 Speed Electronic Shift System
  • Shimano Ultegra FD-R8050
  • Eletronic Shift System
  • Shimano Ultegra Di2 ST-R8070
  • 22 Speed Electronic Shift System
  • Shimano BR-R8070 Hyd Disc
  • 160/F and 160/R SM-RT800 CL rotor
  • Shimano Ultegra FC-R8000
  • Hollowtech II 52×36 T
  • Syncros RP2.0 Disc
  • 28 Front / 28 Rear
  • Syncros RWS
  • Shimano CS-R7000
  • 11-32
FIND YOUR SIZE

SCOTT ADDICT 10 DISC
(Shimano Ultegra)

The SCOTT Addict 10 Disc was designed from the ground up with those longer days in mind. With geometry that is less focused on racing and more on enduring, a Shimano Ultegra drivetrain and disc brakes, the Addict 10 will be your go to when you’re looking to put the miles in.


PRICE: 50€/STAGE

Includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service and components.


TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

  • Addict Disc HMF Carbon technology
  • Endurance geometry / Replaceable Derailleur Hanger
  • Addict Disc HMF
  • 1 1/8″-1 1/4″ Carbon steerer
  • Alloy Dropout
  • Syncros Integrated
  • Shimano Ultegra RD-R8000-GS
  • 22 Speed
  • Shimano Ultegra FD-R8000
  • Shimano Ultegra ST-R8020 Carbon
  • Dual control 22 Speed
  • Shimano BR-R8070 Hyd Disc
  • 160/F and 160/R SM-RT800 CL rotor
  • Shimano Ultegra FC-R8000
  • Hollowtech II 52×36 T
  • Syncros RP2.0 Disc
  • 28 Front / 28 Rear
  • Syncros RWS
  • Shimano CS-R7000
  • 11-32
FIND YOUR SIZE
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Cycling in Barcelona landscapes

Look no further. Your next cycling adventure starts here!

One Tour, two options:

Private Tour: Enjoy a guaranteed to run premium cycling experience with us. Choose your own dates and fill in the form to get your group’s custom quote within 24 hours.

Scheduled Tour: Come cycle with us and meet other cyclists from all over the world on an epic adventure. Check date availability and book online in the Scheduled Tour section down below.

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