Barcelona Tourmalet cycling trip: a lifetime experience.
Our Barcelona Tourmalet cycling trip is the experience every road cyclist would love to do. A demanding adventure in the Pyrenees upon your bike.
On this cycling trip you will be able to join one of the most touristic cities in the world, Barcelona, with the most known cycling climb all over the world. Cycling history has been written in Col du Tourmalet, and also in other cols you will climb in this adventure.
Our guide will lead you to the nicest roads, and your goal is reaching Col du Tourmalet 7 days and 13 cols after we began in Barcelona. In this tour, you will climb famous mountains as Peyresourde, Aspin, or Portillon, but also some amazing unknown climbs in Catalonia as Coll Formic, Port de la Bonaigua, or Coll de la Creueta. True big mountains that not everybody knows.
Custom Barcelona Tourmalet cycling trip
This Barcelona Tourmalet cycling trip can be tailor-made for a group, adapting the distance and difficulty of every stage. We usually work with groups from 6 to 10 people. We like small groups to make shorter waiting times and to fit groups in little cozy hotels instead of big ones.
Do not worry about any other thing but cycling. Our van will transport your luggage, and you will have it at the end of every stage.
You will love our hotel choice, the best hotels to stop by, to rest and to have dinner. Breakfast, dinner, and some quick lunch at the top of some climb, all that is on our side.
This trip is available for groups from 6 people
From middle June to middle October
8 nights / 7 stages trip.
Hotels mix of 4-star and 3-star accommodations in half board (breakfast and dinner) at Barcelona-Montseny-Puigcerdà-Rialp-Bagneres de Luchon-Campan (2)
Food and drink each day during the route, at the top of the main climb of the day
Barcelona-Montseny. This is the first stage of this Barcelona Tourmalet cycling trip. About 100 km to get out of Barcelona taking the bike lane beside river Besos, and afterward leading to Montseny area, where you will climb the nicest col in the area: Coll Formic. Solitaire road, great views, all in all, ideal for cycling.
Montseny-Joanetes. After crossing Les Guilleries range of mountains, you will lead to Coll de Condreu, leaving behind one of the nicest villages in Catalunya: Rupit. Afterward, you will get the volcanic area of La Garrotxa which capital is Olot, and the nearby Joanetes.
Joanetes-Puigcerdà. Today you will climb a precious col, not very known, although Volta a Catalunya pro race has been there several times. It is Coll de la Creueta, a spectacular mountain road with great views. Afterward, we will get to Collada de Toses, for a long, beautiful, and not very steep descent. Arrive at Puigcerdà, which is the capital of the Cerdanya region. We are already in the Pyrenees.
Puigcerdà-Rialp. This is not a very long stage, from the pretty Puigcerdà we will lead to Rialp climbing a serious 1st category climb: Coll de Cantó. Wide, nice road, but also steep! Stop at Rialp, but on the way you will cross Sort town (translation: “Luck”). Maybe it is worth stopping to buy some lottery?
Rialp-Bagneres de Luchon. This stage in our Barcelona Tourmalet cycling trip gets really into the high mountains. Port de la Bonaigua is one of the classic climbs in the Pyrenees, reaching over 2000 mts. With a ski resort at the top, Bonaigua is often closed for snow in winter. Amazing landscape. On arrival to Bagneres de Luchon, after climbing the short but steep Portillon, the strongest riders may climb to Superbagneres, a true hors category climb included in Tour de France several times.
Bagneres de Luchon-Campan.The classic approach to Tourmalet would be climbing Peyresourde and Aspin. Our stage is a bit longer including Peyresourde, also Val Louron-Azet (the climb where Miguel Indurain started to win the 1991 Tour de France) and finally the very nice and solitaire Hourquette d’Ancizan instead of the more known Col d’Aspin.
Campan-Col du Tourmalet-Campan. This is the D day of this Barcelona Girona cycling trip. You will conquer Col du Tourmalet from Sta Marie de Campan. At the top, it is worth to spend some time at the souvenir shop and at the bar, with big pictures of the old times, with old bikes hanging from the ceiling. If weather is fine and you are strong enough, we recommend to descent to Luz St Sauveur and climb also from the other side. Tourmalet: a dream come true.
“Custom 7-day tour – Girona into the Pyrenees (and back)”
Last July Claudio arranged an amazing 7 day, supported tour for me and 7 members of my Canadian cycling Squadra. All of them are avid, competitive cyclists. We began in Girona and did a big loop north into the Pyrenees, including a night in France (Aix Les Thermes) and Andorra, averaging about 110-120 km per day.
A week later we ended our ride at Mar de Tossa, a beautiful seaside resort on the Costa Brava near Girona. Claudio worked out all details of our route, meals, hotels, etc. while providing support on the road/moving our baggage from town to town. We have previously done several bike tours in Pyrenees and alps with other cyclo-tour organizers (including Duck tours, cyclo mondo) but in most respects Claudio was absolutely the best! Incredibly attentive and kind, but obviously he knows the coolest roads, and nicest off the beaten track hotels in northern Spain.. .esp. Catalonia & Basque regions.
For no extra charge he also picked up everyone + our bikes at Barce airport and transported to Girona. Then he arranged to get everyone back to Barce to make our various flights when the tour was over. We wouldn’t hesitate to ride w/ Montefusco Tours again and are already thinking about arranging a similar tour w/ Claudio in the basque
“Amazing group tour of Catalan with an incredible tour guide in Claudio”
Claudio put a week tour together for our group of 8. Started in Girona, into the Pyrenees and into France, Andorra, and ended on the Costa Brava. 100km plus per day. Great hotels and meals were arranged. The support van was always in the places it was needed. Highly recommended. Thanks Claudio
“Barcelona Tourmalet cycling trip”
“This was a fully supported trip and Montefusco Cycling organized everything for me including hire of an excellent Orbea bike, all accommodation and meals, and support on the ride such as water, food, and spare parts. The distance was around 100km per day with a lot of climbing, so it was a tough ride. Claudio and Macià looked after us all the way with one driving the van and one riding with us.
Right from the start I knew I had made the right decision as Claudio just went out of his way to make everything work, from organising storage of my luggage in Barcelona to picking me up from the train station before I had the bike for transport. We were all very happy with the standard of the hotels and the standard of the food. In 7 days, eight people (plus Claudio and Macià) who were initially strangers, became good friends. If I return to Barcelona I would certainly look up Claudio and Montefusco Cycling again.”