Dates:

April 22-30, 2017

Duration:

7 riding days/8 nights

Ability level:

medium

Arriving:

Barcelona

Departing:

Barcelona

Price:

1195 Euro per person

Single supplement:

Deposit:

750 Euro

Bike rental:

200 Euro



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TOURS: Spain Costa Brava 2017

Costa Brava, Tossa de Mar (about 50 km south of Girona and 80 km from Barcelona): a fun and challenging spring training vacation in Spain. The perfect terrain for some pleasant spring training!

Girona, Costa Brava ... get a glimpse of what the pro cyclists are all raving about. You may be wondering, why here? The main reasons are because of the year round perfect cycling weather, the legendary low trafficked roads and the variety of routes and difficulty levels.
Hub of many Pro riders (the new team Garmin-Cervelo is based in Girona as well as many Greenedge riders), the eastern coast has, in fact, a lot less traffic than the rest of Spain. As well as in Italy, cycling is so popular here that traffic laws in Spain permits the riders to ride side by side!

The road along the coast offers some great rolling hills to get us in gear before we tackle, inter alia, one of Lance’s favorite mountain passes, the infamous Els Angels. No motorcycles gangs on this route, just you and the seemingly never-ending beautiful vistas around you. The names painted on the road will motivate you as you climb: Hincapie, Armstrong, Zabriskie, etc...
The rewarding descent on the other side will take you down to Girona where Lance was staying and training.

Not only cycling though ... warm weather, views, salty sea air, music, tapas, sangria, who wouldn’t love to spend a week spring training in the eastern coast of Spain?

We will be cycling the area of Sant Feliu de Guixols, Platja d'Aro, Llagostera, Madremanya, Caldes de Malavella, Macanet de la Selva, Brunyola just south of Girona.


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Our hotel, the Golden Bahia de Tossa & Spa is around half a mile from the beach In Tossa del Mar. The Hotel features rooms with balconies, a spa and 3 outdoor swimming pools.
The Hotel has a washer room (with a drier) to wash our bike clothes!
Rooms at the Golden Bahia de Tossa are spacious and have private bathrooms. All rooms have air conditioning, TV and coffee and tea making facilities.
The Golden Bahia de Tossa has a restaurant and snack bar. Other facilities include spa treatments, sauna and Wi-Fi access near the lobby area.
The Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Lloret de Mar and 25 minutes from Platja D’Aro Beach. Girona and its airport can be reached in around 45/50 minutes, by car. Barcelona Internation airport is about 1h 30 min away.
Booking.com rates our Hotel "very good" with a score of 8,2: “the staff very freindly, nice clean hotel and the food was good plenty of choice definetly go again”

FLIGHT: if you’re flying from the North America, there are direct flights to Spain but a good solution is to simply fly to London and then buy a ticket to Girona or Barcelona. There are companies such Easyjet or Ryanair that offer incredibly cheap seats!

www.ryanair.com Flights from: Milan, Venice, Paris, Rome, London, East Midlands, Alghero, Brussels, Bournemouth, Glasgow, Frankfurt, Karlsruhe-Baden, Eindhoven, Liverpool & Dublin
www.transavia.com Daily flights to Girona from Amsterdam and Rotterdam.

TRANSFER: on arrival and departure days there will be a transfer from Girona or Barcelona to the coast in Tossa del Mar and viceversa. The trip will be approximately 45/50 minutes long (a bit longer for Barcelona). We will have a trailer for your luggage and bike case. In case you don't want to travel with your bike case, you will also have the chance to hire a first class road bike for the whole Tour at 200 Euro total. You are welcome to arrive a day earlier (extra cost) and relax before the start of the actual Tour.

THE HOTEL: the hotel features spacious rooms with private bathrooms, air conditioning, TV and with balconies, a spa and 3 outdoor swimming pools.
What's included in the price: lodging (spacious single room), all continental style breakfasts, all evening meals (large buffet), luggage transport, airport transfers on designated arrival and departure days. So, basically everything except lunches ... and alchohol in the evening.

THE TRAINING RIDES: this area of Spain is used for training by many professional European racers , so the riding is quite diverse. This trip is for riders looking for some good/mild spring training rides, so you should want to climb as well and Costa Brava has some great climbs. Riding here is great and the landscapes are very diverse.
Very few cars venture into the interior off the coast, so the roads are surprisingly quiet, yet well-maintained.
Since the state of fitness might be relatively poor in early April, there will NOT be professional training rides. We’ll be out there to enjoy ourselves, take a few pictures, encourage each other and maybe have a beer at lunch. Most of our participants will be between 40 – 60 years old with a high level of physical fitness. We are looking for riders who are comfortable on the saddle for 4-5 hours a day.
We’ll be stopping for coffee or a light snack around noon each day. After having a very big breakfast, most people will find that the best lunch is a small lunch. We'll always have water, fruit and energy bars in the supporting van.

SUPPORT VAN: at all times with us. Will always have water, some fruit and energy bars. Will carry a couple floor pumps.

LOCATION/CLIMATE/WEATHER: Tossa de Mar is a popular beach resort on the Costa Brava. The Costa Brava lies in Catalonia in north-eastern Spain and covers the stretch of coast just north of Barcelona to the border with France. Tossa de Mar lies roughly halfway between Barcelona and the French border, around 80km from each.

The region enjoys an excellent Mediterranean climate. Annual rainfall isn’t high at around 600mm.
Spring is definitely a good time to visit as it is outside the main tourist season but the weather is still very good. The average daily highs in April are mostly in the mid 20s and there is plenty of sunshine.




Strava links of our rides:

Day 1: app.strava.com/activities/47684623
Day 2: app.strava.com/activities/47861000
Day 3: app.strava.com/activities/48001676
Day 4: app.strava.com/activities/48162293
Day 5: app.strava.com/activities/48314937
Option day: app.strava.com/activities/48443498

What's included:

- Lodging, all evening meals, luggage transport, airport transfers on designated arrival and departure days. So, basically everything except lunches ... and alchohol in the evening
- Girona or Barcelona airport transfer/transportation to/from your Hotel on arrival and departure days. Please let us have your arrival/departure times asap so to organize transfers (we would appreciate you book the return flight in the morning on the 13th of April since our Van has to drive back to Italy from Spain)
- Your luggage and bike case transfer from/to Girona
- 7 nights at a four star Hotel in Tossa de Mar
- Great continental breakfast buffet every morning
- All dinners buffet style (all beverages are not included)
- Van assistance during all rides: water, fruit, snacks
- Bicycle guide

Your personal insurance during the time of the bicycle Tour is required