Project Description

Loading...

PYRENEES MYTHIC CLIMBS BIKE TOUR

If you want to discover a place where mountains are the sole protagonists and you feel up to tackling the most challenging climbs of our geography, then defy the gravity of the asphalt of the Pyrénées-Orientales.

Five days to venture into and get to know the three Pyrenean countries. You’ll have two days to approach the Catalan and French Pyrenees and you’ll enter Andorra from the highest point: the highest paved mountain pass in the Pyrenees, Envalira (2,409 metres). There will be eight category 1 climbs waiting for you, the same climbs that Andorra offers La Vuelta a España. You will also have time to relax in the well-known spa and leisure centre of Caldea or wander around the busy capital of Andorra la Vella.

A tour with tough mountain passes that will demonstrate the true Pyrenean character.

TOTAL
DISTANCE

CBT ROUTE:

241 kms

EPIC ROUTE:

384 kms

TOTAL
ASCENT

CBT ROUTE:

6.738 mts

EPIC ROUTE:

10.906 mts

AVERAGE
DAILY
DISTANCE

CBT ROUTE:

48 kms

EPIC ROUTE:

77 kms

AVERAGE
DAILY
ASCENT

CBT ROUTE:

1.348 mts

EPIC ROUTE:

2.181 mts

TOUR INFORMATION:

Starting point: Girona
Arrival: Barcelona
Duration: 7 days, 5 stages
Recommended season: February to November

OPTIONAL BIKE:
2020 SCOTT ADDICT SE DISC

DAY 1

¡WELCOME TO CATALUNYA!

We will meet at Girona Train Station where our team will be waiting to welcome you and take you to the hotel in Les Preses, in the heart of La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park.

Transfers will be made in two groups from Girona Train Station: at 15:00 and 18:00. For your convenience, we ask you to indicate your estimated time of arrival in Girona either on your booking form or by sending us an email no later than 2 weeks before the trip starts. We will send you an email with your scheduled transfer time at least one week before your arrival.

You can also arrive at the hotel on your own, but you must indicate it on the booking form or by emailing us. If you are arriving before the set time, you will be able to check in indicating your name and our company name (TOURMALET 2015 SLU). If you have booked accommodation in a shared room with another guest, we kindly ask you to keep the room in perfect condition until their arrival.

Upon arrival at the hotel we will give a briefing to provide you with general information about the tour before tuning the bicycles of all the guests who have contracted our rental service.

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

Important information: Please refer to the Travel Details section for detailed information about the different public and private transport options to take you to the initial meeting point. For your information, we offer optional transfer services upon request. You can contract them on the booking form.

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Vall de Bas
****
Joanetes

DAY 2 / STAGE 1 OLOT – SORIGUEROLA

STAGE DESCRIPTION

We’ll wake up in the heart of the lush La Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park, where our Pyrenean tour will begin. After a breakfast of local products and a short briefing we’ll set off, surrounded by pastureland and volcanoes. We’ll head towards the old mountain pass of Canes, which will take us near Ripoll and its famous Benedictine monastery.

We’ll stop in Ripoll before tackling the biggest challenge of the day, the dreaded Coll de la Creueta, a mountain pass that has witnessed numerous cycling battles that were decisive for defining the winner of the Volta a Catalunya, created in 1911. Halfway up the climb we’ll pass through Castellar de n’Hug, where we’ll be able to get our strength back sharing some of the typical huge croissants that are made in this pretty village. By then the summit, with an altitude of 1,925 metres, will be much nearer.

Deep in the heart of the Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park, with tired legs after this tough stage, we’ll pedal along flat ground until we reach La Molina ski resort, where we’ll begin the final descent to the valley of La Cerdanya, where we’ll be able to relax in our superb hotel that includes a golf course and exceptional sports leisure facilities. The establishment is part of a family and sports tourism centre located in the middle of the region.

CBT ROUTE

71 kms

1.936 mts

EPIC ROUTE

106 kms

2.862 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

COLL DE CANES

ELEVATION: 683 m / 2249 feet
LENGHT: 12,8 km / 7,95 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 5,3%

COLL DE LA CREUETA
(from Campdevànol)

ELEVATION: 1253 m / 4110 feet
LENGHT: 31 km / 19,25 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,8%

ACCOMODATION

Hotel Fontanals Golf
****
Soriguerola

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

Parc natural de la zona volcànica de la Garrotxa
Ripoll
La Molina

DAY 3 / STAGE 2 SORIGUEROLA – ANDORRA LA VELLA

STAGE DESCRIPTION

We’ll start our ride to Andorra pedalling along old rural roads, surrounded by meadows and pastureland where cows and horses graze peacefully. After an effortless ride, and before we know where we are, we’ll be entering the French region of the Pyrénées-Orientales.

Following the River Carol, we’ll climb to the small vibrant ski resort of Porté-Puymorens. After passing the station and it’s little village, we zig-zag up the last stretch of road until we reach the top of the mountain of the same name that links the Ariège alley. The panoramic views from the summit will bring the Andorran mountains a little closer to us.

We’ll sweep into Andorra by climbing the Envalira mountain pass, with an altitude of 2,409 metres above sea level. After riding through El Pas de la Casa, a village lying on the French-Andorran border, we’ll be received by a small country with a high amount of tourist and commercial activity.

We’ll descend using the road that passes through the Envalira river basin, whose 65 mountain peaks with an altitude of over 2,500 metres are home to the largest ski resort in the Pyrenees. These rugged giants will accompany us throughout the 28-kilometre descent that passes through the country and take us to its busy capital, Andorra la Vella.

CBT ROUTE

43 kms

702 mts

EPIC ROUTE

74 kms

1.576 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

COL DE PUYMORENS
(from la Tour de Carol)

ELEVATION: 695 m / 2280 feet
LENGHT: 18,6 km / 9,69 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 3,7%

PORT D’ENVALIRA
(from Col de Puymorens)

ELEVATION: 620 m / 2034 feet
LENGHT: 10,6 km / 6,58 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 5,7%

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Centric Atiram
****
Andorra la Vella

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

La Cerdanya
Puigcerdà
Pas de la Casa – Grandvalira
Andorra la Vella

DAY 4 / STAGE 3 COMELLA – ORDINO

STAGE DESCRIPTION

After getting our strength back in the phenomenal Andorra Centric Hotel, we’ll get up raring to explore the fantastic landscapes of the so-called Country of the Pyrenees.

We’ll start the route by joining three pretty climbs that will take us to an altitude of 2,093 metres, the highest point of this third stage. After a short climb to Alt de la Comella, the road gets harder and we’ll head towards Alt d’Engolasters and the reservoir that was created to send water to the hydroelectric power station, which supplies 20% of the electricity consumed in the country. We can’t leave without stopping to enjoy the views of the mountains and peaceful waters. We then ride on a short stretch of gravel that will lead us to the tough slopes of today’s main objective, Cortals d’Encamp, a special category mountain pass that was a stage finish in the 2015 and 2019 editions of La Vuelta a España.

The stage ends with the climb to Coll d’Ordino, quite possibly the loveliest mountain pass in Andorra. The summit features the amazing viewpoint of the Mirador del Roc del Quer, which will delight us with 360° panoramic views of Encamp valley and the nearby mountain peaks before the final descent to our comfortable hotel.

CBT ROUTE

34 kms

1.378 mts

EPIC ROUTE

64 kms

2.060 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

LLAC D’ENGOLASTERS
(from Alt de la Comella)

ELEVATION: 1052 m / 3451 feet
LENGHT: 15,6 km / 9,69 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 6,2%

ELS CORTALS D’ENCAMP
(from Llac d’Engolasters)

ELEVATION: 466 m / 1528 feet
LENGTH: 5,9 km / 3,66 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 7,6%

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Centric Atiram
****
Andorra la Vella

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

Llac d’Engolasters
Llac d’Engolasters
Mirador de Roc de Quer
La Massana

DAY 5 / STAGE 4 LA GALLINA – LA RABASSA

STAGE DESCRIPTION

The second-to-last day of the tour. Today we’ll visit the south of the principality of Andorra, where we’ll tackle the challenging climbs to Coll de la Gallina and La Rabassa, which will delight the most enthusiastic cyclists.

We’ll begin the stage heading towards Spain until reaching the junction that indicates the start of the climb to the impressive Coll de la Gallina, a stage finish and decisive mountain pass in several editions of La Vuelta a España. No wonder professional cyclists based in the area use its steep slopes as a training ground and it is a regular track for Purito Rodríguez, Andorra’s great cycling ambassador. After a good dose of suffering, we’ll reach the summit and then we’ll descend down the Fontfreda side, paved in 2015 by the Andorran government to enable cyclists to use both sides of the mountain.

The last mountain pass on the route is also a regular feature in the thrilling stages of La Vuelta a España that take place in Andorra. Although it is the longest, it is not as tough as the previous one. The climb will take us to Naturlandia, the adventure park of the Pyrenees that we can visit if we feel like having some fun before heading back to Andorra la Vella.

CBT ROUTE

32 kms

1.032 mts

EPIC ROUTE

73 kms

2.324 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

COLL DE LA GALLINA

ELEVATION: 1009 m / 3310 feet
LENGTH: 11,9 km / 7,39 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 8,3%

LA RABASSA

ELEVATION: 1200 m / 3937 feet
LENGTH: 17,4 km / 10,81 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 6,5%

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Centric Atiram
****
Andorra la Vella

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

Naturlandia

DAY 6 / STAGE 5 BEIXALÍS – PAL

STAGE DESCRIPTION

Our last day in Andorra will keep us up in the mountains. We’ll say goodbye to this marvellous country by climbing three beautiful mountain passes.

The first is Coll de Beixalís, which was paved in 2015 for the La Vuelta a España and the following year it also featured in the Tour de France. The road starts off with an extremely steep slope to reach staggering elevation gains; it then gradually becomes easier on the legs until we reach the top, at a height of 1,795 metres. The descent passes through Anyós Park, an exclusive sports club where we can treat ourselves to a drink on its pleasant terrace.

The ascent to Coll d’en Cabús starts in La Massana. The category-1 mountain pass will take us to Catalonia’s natural border. The last kilometres will offer us impressive views of the peak of Comapedrosa, the highest mountain in Andorra. From the summit we’ll be able to spot the route that was used years ago to smuggle Andorran tobacco into Catalonia and, if we carry on looking at history’s horizon, we’ll also see the people who secretly used the route in the middle of the 20th century, in their search for freedom.

Halfway down we’ll treat ourselves to a last climb and we’ll go to the Pal-Arinsal ski resort, a stage finish in the 1993 edition of the Tour de France and of our own spectacular tour of the Pyrenees.

CBT ROUTE

52 kms

1.580 mts

EPIC ROUTE

68 kms

2.084 mts

MOUNTAIN PASSES

COLL DE BEIXALÍS

ELEVATION: 556 m / 1824 feet
LENGTH: 6,6 km / 4,10 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 8,4%

PORT DE CABÚS

ELEVATION: 1052 m / 3451 feet
LENGTH: 15,6 km / 9,69 miles
AVERAGE GRADIENT: 6,2%

ACCOMMODATION

Hotel Centric Atiram
****
Andorra la Vella

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS OF THE DAY

Encamp
Ordino
Estació d’esquí de Pal

DAY 7

¡ GOOD JOURNEY BACK!

After a few intensive cycling days, this great experience reaches its end. We sincerely hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.

We leave the hotel in our transfer vans at 09:00 and you will be taken to Barcelona-Sants Train Station, in Barcelona city centre, where we will arrive at approximately 12:00 noon.

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

ARRIVAL

MEETING LOCATION:

Girona Train Station

Girona

MEETING TIME:

15:00 and 18:00

DEPARTURE

FINAL DESTINATION:

Barcelona-Sants Train Station

Barcelona

EXPECTED ARRIVAL TIME:

12:00 noon

Transfers Girona – Les Preses and Andorra la Vella – Barcelona included in this tour.

HOW TO GET THERE?

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Girona – Barcelona

Train: Renfe connects the cities of Girona and Barcelona with a wide variety of schedules and different types of journey. The length of the trip varies depending on the journey, and takes between 40 minutes and 2 hours. You can find more information about the price and timetable here. Renfe allows bicycles to be taken on trains as part of your luggage on all commuter and medium distance journeys. You will find more information about Renfe’s regulations here.

Bus: The 602 and 603 lines operated by Sagalés connect the cities and airports of Barcelona and Girona in less than 2 hours. The approximate cost is €15.00 per journey. Bicycles can be taken on buses free of charge, as long as they are placed in the luggage hold and are properly packed and protected. You can find more information about timetables and stops here.

Barcelona Airport – Barcelona

Train: The Renfe R2 suburban line connects Terminal 2 of Barcelona airport with Barcelona-Sants train station every half hour. The journey takes 20 minutes and costs approximately €7.00. If you are landing at Terminal 1, there is a free shuttle bus service between the two airport terminals. Buses leave every 5 minutes from the ground floor of T1.

Metro: The L9 Southern line connects the T1 and T2 airport terminals with Barcelona in about 30 minutes. Trains leave every 7 minutes and the trip costs €4.60 to any station in the centre of Barcelona. TMB (Barcelona Metropolitan Transports Authority) allows bicycles to be taken on board, except during rush hours on working days (from 7.00 to 9.30 and 17.00 to 20.30).

Taxi: There is a 24-hour taxi service at the T1 and T2 airport terminals. The journey to the centre of Barcelona takes approximately 30 minutes and the daytime fare costs about €35.00. A supplement of 1 euro is charged for each suitcase you take with you.

Other options: You can find further information about other existing means of transport as well as detailed maps of the airport here.

PRIVATE TRANSPORT SERVICES

Catalonia Bike Tours transfers

Alternatively, we offer transfer services from anywhere in Catalonia upon request. Our vans are adapted to transfer luggage and bicycles for groups up to 8 passengers. You can request an estimate for this service by using our booking form or contacting us.

Taxis and FHV

You can easily find taxi services in many towns and cities around the country, but keep in mind that most of them do not accept bicycles as part of the luggage. For this reason, if you are travelling with your bike, we strongly recommend you use the public transport system or hire a private transfer service.

DATES AND PRICES

10/05/2020 – 16/05/2020 1.550€ / PYRENEES MYTHIC CLIMBS BIKE TOUR
19/07/2020 – 25/07/2020 1.695€ / PYRENEES MYTHIC CLIMBS BIKE TOUR

¿WHAT’S INCLUDED?

INCLUDED SERVICES

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

  • Transfer of travellers on first and last trip day.

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

  • Health insurance.

  • Support vehicle and roadside assistance.

  • Daily transfer of luggage.

  • Supply of solid and liquid provisions during the tour.

  • 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 Rental Bikes section).

  • Single room.

  • Cancellation insurance.

  • Activities and additional visits.

  • Additional nights.

NOT INCLUDED SERVICES

  • Transfer to our country.

  • Lunch.

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

  • Minibar and extras in hotels.

HOTEL DAY 1

Hotel Vall de Bas
****
Joanetes

HOTEL DAY 2

Hotel Fontanals Golf
****
Soriguerola

HOTEL DAY 3-4-5-6

Hotel Centric Atiram
****
Andorra la Vella

OUR BIKES

SCOTT ADDICT SE DISC 2020
(Shimano Ultegra Di2 electrónico)

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.


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 2020
(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

PRICES

Basic Price 6 pax 2.090€ 2.090€ 2.250€
Single Room Supplement +250€ +250€ +325€
Half-Board Supplement +120€
Optional Bike Hire SCOTT ADDICT 10 disc 50€/stage

SCOTT ADDICT SE disc 80€/stage

DISCOUNTS BY NUMBER OF TRAVELERS

Number of travellers 7-8 9-10 11-12 +12
Discount 5% 10% 15% On request

SMALL GROUPS SUPPLEMENT

4 travellers 5 travellers
Supplement travelling on small groups (price par client) +590€ +300€

TOUR AVAILABILITY

APRIL TO OCTOBER

February – May / October – November

June and September

July and August

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

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

  • Accomodation in selected hotels in double occupancy room and bed and breakfast regime.

  • First and last trip dinners.

  • Execution of the tour in a private group.

  • Certified and multilingual bike tour guides specialised in tourism.

  • Health insurance.

  • Support vehicle and roadside assistance.

  • Daily transfer of luggage.

  • Supply of solid and liquid provisions during the tour.

  • 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.

  • Catalonia Bike Tours cycling jersey by Sportful.

OPTIONAL SERVICES

  • Hired bicycles. Includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service, daily fine-tuning and components.

  • Half board.

  • Single room.

  • Cancellation insurance.

  • Activities and additional visits.

  • Additional nights.

WHAT ISN’T INCLUDED?

  • Transfer to our country.

  • Lunch.

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

  • Minibar and extras in hotels.

OTHER ROAD TOURS

2020-06-28T14:53:19+02:00

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.

2020-06-28T14:59:27+02:00

GIRONA CHARMING REGION BIKE TOUR

If you like mediaeval villages and mysterious forests, if you have ever believed that witches existed, this is definitely your tour.

2020-06-28T14:32:18+02:00

LA VUELTA EPIC CLIMBS BIKE TOUR

If you want to discover a place where mountains are the sole protagonists and you feel up to tackling the most challenging climbs of our geography, then defy the gravity of the asphalt of the Pyrénées-Orientales.

2020-06-28T14:43:58+02:00

LE TOUR LEGENDARY CLIMBS BIKE TOUR

If you love the road bicycle racing of the great champions, if you dream of reaching the summits of famous mountain climbs, then accept the challenge and come and pedal with us on our most epic tour in the Pyrenees.