One of the best road cycling tours you can do from Barcelona is the tour around Montseny mountains.
Especially at this time of the year, autumn, Montseny looks really nice, the color of the leaves, the blue sky, the tiny roads, it all makes a very special break away from a big city like Barcelona. Just a few tips: do this trip on working days (on weekends roads can be a bit busy), bring the appropriate gear (we recommend compact crank 34-50, and 11-32 cassette) and have a look at the weather forecast in advanced. You don’t want to get a storm in Montseny, especially on a cold day.
In our guided road cycling tours we take you to the best climbs in Montseny mountains. Our favorite loop includes Coll Formic climb (at 1145 mts heigh) and also Santa Fe del Montseny (1300 mts height).
In 90 km you will have a close look at these mountains, through pretty villages as El Brull, Seva or Viladrau. Roads are in perfect conditions, with a very smooth asphalt, and the final stretch of the trip is a 25 km long descent that you will never forget. Last time we did it we crossed 3 cars during the whole descent, amazing.
On the other side, the hardest part is probably 2 km at 10% to reach Coll de Borderiol, on the way to Santa Fe del Montseny. Challenging part of the ride!
Turó de l’Home, the highest.
For those “die-hard” cyclists, the highest point of Montseny mountains is Turó de l’Home. It is reachable by road bike, even the last 5 km are in quite poor shape (cyclable though). At 1700 mts height, from Sant Celoni you get to the top in 25 km. The steepest and most direct side is the road crossing Mosqueroles, La Costa del Montseny, and Fontmartina.
A real challenge, will you dare?