Ride the Costa Dorada

Thursday 3/10/2019 - Monday 6/10/2019


Late season sun | Empty Roads | Amazing Riding | Ride the 'new' Mallorca

 

Join us on the Costa Dorada for 4 days of fully supported riding on empty roads in the sunshine. The Costa Dorada, South Catalonia, is one of the most beautiful areas on the Spanish coast and one of the main tourist destinations on the Mediterranean. You can think of it as a little piece of Mallorca on the Spanish mainland, equally good for cycling, but quieter and much less well known in the cycling world. Here at Bikecation we rate it one of the best places to ride in Spain, and we are obviously not alone with Team Wiggins and Giant Alpecin also regularly frequenting the area. On this weekend escape we will ride the best roads through the parc Natural del Montsant and you can test your legs on the ‘steps of god’ climb. There are some great routes in the Costa Dorada. We would describe it as a middle mountain region. The climbs top out at about 1000m, but with 330 days of sunchsine a year, great quiet roads and beautiful countryside, this is one of our favourite places to ride in Spain.

 

Dates

3/10/19 - 6/10/2019

Price - £1100

(Based on 2 people sharing a double or twin room)

£300 deposit is required upon booking. Balance is due no later than 90 days before trip departure. 

Supplements

 

Single room supplement - £300

Bike hire - £200

 

Group Size

The group will be a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 people. We feel that this size of group works best as there will always be enough in the group for some good company but there won’t be so many people that it becomes overcrowded.

Accommodation

Accommodation is in a clean and comfortable 3 star hotel. The Hotel Monica is located in the centre of Cambrils and has brilliant safe and secure cycle accommodation. 

Food & Drink

All your breakfasts, lunches and dinners are included in the price of the trip. Lunches will be provided each day in a cafe or restaurant or picnic lunches provided by the guides when the weather is good. Evening meals are provided at your accommodation or in a nearby restaurant. We also supply fruit, biscuits, cake, nuts etc in the support vehicle that you are welcome to have throughout the day as well as sports nutrition if required. Water will be in the support vehicle but any other drinks will have to be purchased in resort.

Support 

Each one of our Guided Road Cycling tours is supported by at least 1 qualified bike mechanic as well as 2 professional cycling guides to ride near the front and at the back of the group. 

 

 

Itinerary

Thursday 3rd October - Day 1: Arrive to Cambrils

*Distance: 75km *Elevation: 1100m

After arriving at Reus or Barcelona airport, you will be met by one of our guides in the arrivals hall. The hotel is just a short transfer away.  At the hotel your bike will be built for you and there will be a couple of hours for a nice Lunch, time to settle in, fettle your bike, and then we will warm the legs up by taking a ride down the coast to dip your toes in the ocean. 

 

Friday 4th October - Day 2: Country of the Priorat

*Distance: 114km *Elevation: 1800m

Today we ride deep into the hills to take on 6 individual Cols and take in the stunning scenery of this area. You will ride past vineyards, olive trees and groves of almonds, holm oaks and maples, into the hills forested with Aleppo pines. Deserted roads and twisty climbs and descents await us.  The serried limestone hills, monasteries, prestigious family wineries and a network of winding mountain roads will delight.

 

Saturday 5th October - Day 3: La Morera de Montsant

*Distance: 100km *Elevation: 1800m

La Morera de Montsant loop is a good day in the saddle, you climb 20km uphill to begin with, at a steady 4%, before dropping down, in to and out off, two further valleys. The last valley you enter feels like a step back in time, and we will stop in Escaladei  for coffee to steady yourself for the next climb. The climb is hard with ramps of 15% for 3km. Roughly translated from Catalan the climb's name means steps of god, and the climb will have even non-believers praying for the top. All that is left is a big descent from here, one final easy climb, and then a fast downhill to the hotel.

 

Sunday 6th October - Day 4: Departure

Chance of one last ride to the famous climb of La Mussara. 10km at 6.2%, before before your transfer to the airport in the afternoon.

 

 

What's Included 

 

What's Not Included 

3  nights in  4* Accommodation

Full board

Return transfers from Barcelona or Reus Airport

2 ride guides and 1 mechanic with van support

TTA financial protection

 

 

 

Flights 

Insurance

Drinks

 

 

 

 

 

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