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 through 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 regions beautiful backroads, linking the villages, towns and wonderful wineries of the Empord and Girones region - two regions of Catalonia that are relatively unknown given their gastronomic, viticultural and olive oil producing heritage.
300km in total through an array of stunning mountain and rural landscapes, with the best of local Catalan wine and cuisine to match!
How to enter the Tour de Pirinexus Cycling Challenge – Spring
- Bike 300km
Tour de Pirinexus Cycling Challenge – Spring route
STAGE ONE – INTO THE PYRENEES
After breakfast and bike preparation, Stage One commences on the iconic Pont de Pedra bridge in Girona’s old town.
We will head east and then north through the Garrotxa National Park to Olot. e rst climb of the tour awaits – an ascent on peaceful backroads taking you to Oix and then Rocabruna at 1,101m. Descend into the quaint Pyrenees mountain village of Camprodon with views over the Camprodon Valley.
Hotel Camprodon is located on the riverbank and has extensive gardens – a perfect spot for a massage before a relaxed wine tasting and hearty Catalan meal in the evening.
Distance: 115.7km. Elevation Gain: 2,601m
STAGE TWO – THE CAMEL’S BACK
Depart from Camprodon and launch straight into the rst 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 ne wine and divine food in one of Bacchus’ favourite spots in the Empordà.
Distance: 92.0km. Elevation Gain: 1,990m
STAGE THREE – HELLS ANGELS
A new route for the Spring Tour de Pirinexus will take us from Cantallops southwest past the city of Figueres – a route with more spectacular climbs and panoramic mountain and coastal views.
With 25km to go, dig in deep one last time and summit Els Angels, the nal obstacle between you and a night of well deserved and guilt-free indulgence in Girona. Dinner, wine and awards followed by Bacchanalian celebrations in town to cap o a great few days in Catalonia!
Distance: 103.2km. Elevation Gain: 1,737m.
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