Girona RoadDiscover what makes this Spanish town a cycling paradise
Ride the majestic countryside of Spain.
Many professional riders have chosen Girona as their home base and training hub for years, thanks to its vast network of scenic, world-class roads. The terrain is amazing, with everything from rugged coastlines along the Costa Brava to farmlands and the foothills of the Pyrenees.
We love the beautiful walled city of Girona for many reasons, especially because it gives guests the chance to immerse themselves in Spanish culture. Our accommodations at Velo Vern are ideal for exploring the narrow, winding European streets on foot. Stroll down to Espresso Mafia or The Service Course for a pre- or post-ride espresso and take in Girona’s vibrant cycling culture. We can’t wait to show you why Girona has become such a cycling mecca.
Interested in riding gravel? Check out our Girona gravel trip here.
- A single room is included in the trip rate. Couples sharing the same room will receive a discounted trip rate.
- Six days of guided, supported rides through mountains, vineyards, and the rugged Costa Brava coastline
- Accommodations in the beautiful old-city district of Girona
- Chef-prepared meals inspired by Mediterranean cuisine
- Rides exploring the Costa Brava and Spanish countryside
- Indulge in all-things Spain in the historic city of Girona
- Interested in riding gravel? Check out our Girona gravel trip here.
Everyone comes to Girona for cycling, but some of your favorite memories may be of the local food. Every morning starts with a casual breakfast and espresso before heading out on the day’s riding adventure. Our chef prepares Mediterranean-inspired cuisine featuring authentic Spanish foods for dinners in. We’ll also eat at some of our favorite restaurants in Girona so you can experience a taste of the local cuisine.
We’ll be based out of the Velo Vern apartments, which are located in the heart of the old town of Girona Old town Girona is one of the most well-preserved medieval cities in Spain and is also one of the most interesting in Catalonia.
The apartments are meticulously restored and each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and shared living space. A single room is included in the trip rate. Couples sharing the same room will receive a discounted rate.
Bienvenido a España
We will pick up guests at a prearranged meeting point in Girona.
For those flying into Barcelona, we will send details on how to get to Girona. TCH does not offer a shuttle from Barcelona, but it’s easy to take a train, taxi, or private car from Barcelona to Girona.
Upon arrival, our team will help get everyone settled into their rooms. Our mechanics will get to work building bikes, and after lunch, guests who rent can get fitted to their bikes.
The arrival spin will take us outside the walls of Girona, and we will take our first pedal strokes in the beautiful countryside. Post-ride, guests will have time to unwind before our arrival day meeting, with dinner to follow.
Arrival day spin: Canet d’Adri, 20 miles, 1,500 feet of climbing
Girona became an international cycling destination thanks to some of America’s most iconic cycling legends, including George Hincapie. Many riders called Girona home between grand tours and trained here during their lead-ups to racing.
The route ascends Girona’s most infamous climb: Els Angels and Santa Pellaia. The ride offers stunning views over Gavarres Natural Park and the Mediterranean Sea in the distance.
Hincapie Loop: 40 miles, 3,100 feet of climbing
No cycling trip to Girona is complete without a ride to the Costa Brava coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. The first 17 miles are an excellent warm-up with small climbs and descents. At this point, we are met with a 3-mile climb before descending to the Mediterranean Sea and the beautiful village of Tossa de Mar, where we will stop for a Cortado—espresso with steamed milk, the beverage of choice while cycling in Spain.
Post-coffee, be sure to stop at Mirador Tossa de Mar for incredible views of the Costa Brava! At mile 32, we start the biggest climb of the day, Saint Grau. The climb is 4.8 miles long, gaining 1,400 feet at an average grade of 4.7% and max grades of 18%—but don’t worry, the max grade is short.
From the summit of Sant Grau, it’s just over 22 miles back to Girona, and we lose 2,000 feet and climb 700 feet. This ride is what cycling dreams are made of!
Costa Brava: 60 miles, 4,100 feet of climbing
The first 15 miles will be a nice warm-up; after we pass the village of Angles, we climb. Don’t worry—it’s a nice grade with beautiful views. The climb is 15 miles long, gaining 2,500 feet at an average grade of 3.1% and max grades of 7.4%. The climb tops out at Sant Hilari Sacalm, and then the real fun begins.
Over the next 12 miles, we descend 2,300 feet, landing in the town of Santa Coloma de Farners. From there, we have just over 15 miles back to Girona. The route has a few climbs with equal ascents to descents.
Post-ride, we will be met with a wonderful spread of recovery foods prepared by our chefs.
Hilari Loop: 60 miles, 4,100 feet
Banyoles & Rocacorba
Today’s main option is a recovery ride to the beautiful Banyoles Lake and then back to Girona. Guests looking for more time in the saddle can tackle Rocacorba, a challenging climb.
Ride details and route coming soon.
Mare de Del Monte
The first 30 miles of the day are a nice warm-up for leading us to the Queen stage. After mile 30, we start climbing up Mare de Déu del Mont. The climb is 8 miles long, gaining 1,800 feet at an average grade of 4.2% and max grades of 14.4%. After conquering this initial ascent, guests can continue onwards and upwards or start the descent down into Besalu, where ultimately all riders will stop for lunch.
The bonus climb is not for the faint of heart. The climb is 4.2 miles long, gaining 1,700 feet at an average grade of 7% and max grades of 20%.
Post-lunch, guests can pedal the final 22 miles back to Girona or jump in the van. The route gains 1,400 feet and descends 1,600.
When we return, we will have time to relax before packing bikes. Our final dinner will be a celebration of an epic week of cycling!
Mare de Déu del Mont: 68 miles, 6,000 feet
Mare de Déu del Mont Epic: 77 miles, 7,700 feet
Mare de Déu del Mont—Shuttle home from lunch: 46 miles, 4,400 feet
Today we will shuttle guests back to the Girona train station or the Girona airport for departing flights.
Guests who are departing out of Barcelona will need to arrange their own transportation and we can help with those logistics.
Shuttles to Girona train and Girona airport.
Guests need to arrange their own transportation to the Barcelona airport.
- Apr 2 - 8 $4,795 / Person
- Oct 15 - 21 $4,795 / Person
- 6 nights/7 days accommodations (single occupancy – couples sharing a room will receive a discounted rate)
- All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Mechanical support (including bike build and breakdown)
- Professional trip guides
- Daily sag support
- Ride nutrition products
- High-quality ride photo
What's Not Included
- Airport transfers to/from Barcelona Airport (BCN)
- Bike rentals
- Gratuity for guides
- Mid-ride café stops
- Personal shopping
- Massage therapy
- Beer and Wine
Rent A Bike
Traveling through the airport with a bike—and paying for it to fly—is not everyone’s idea of a fun way to start a vacation. Fortunately, we offer high-quality, full carbon bikes on all of our trips across the United States and Europe. Want to just show up and ride? Just bring your shoes, pedals, helmet, and saddle (if you want), and rent one of ours.
Bring Your Own
Your bike is yours—we get it. Bringing your own bike has obvious advantages in terms of individual comfort. Before your trip, we suggest getting a tune-up at your local bike shop so it’s ready to roll for your week of riding. Once you arrive, we’ll be sure to have our mechanics build it and help with any necessary tweaks. Check out some helpful resources here:
Skip The Bike
If you or your travel partner want to enjoy the trip and explore a new destination without a bike, drop us a line and we’ll discuss options. Some trips are better suited for non-rider participants than others.