Last July (2016) Claudio arranged an amazing 7 day, supported tour for me and 7 members of my Canadian cycling squadra – all 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 beauty 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 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
After a successful trip on 2016 we want to share our Barcelona Tourmalet trip with more friends, and we have already the dates for 2017 edition, it will be from July 15th to July 21st.
This tour is already confirmed, as we have minimum registrations garanteed. Few places still available. Do not miss this opportunity and join us! An experience you will enjoy just once in your life.
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 de Tourmalet, and also in other cols you will climb in this adventure.
|DATES FOR NEXT SUMMER 2017 ARE:||Arrival to Barcelona: friday July 14th|
|DEPARTURE TIME||July 15th, you choose starting time. Usually 9AM every day|
We will help you to enjoy this trip. Do not worry about any other thing but cycling.
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. Our van will transport your luggage, and you will have it at the end of every stage. You will like 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 in our side.
Day 1: Departure
Barcelona-Viladrau. About 100 km to get out of Barcelona taking the bike lane beside river Besos, and afterwards leading to Montseny area, where you will climb the nicest col in the area: Coll Formic. Solitaire road, great views, ideal for cycling.
Viladrau-Ripoll. After crossing Les Guilleries range of mountains, you will lead to Coll de Condreu, leaving behind one of the nicest villages in Catalunya: Rupit. Afterwards you will get the vulcanic area of La Garrotxa and its capital Olot. In Olot begins the second important climb of the day: Coll de Canes.
Puigcerdà-La Seu d’Urgell. This is not a very long stage, but it is really challenging. The goal is reaching Port d’Envalira, 2407 mts, the highest asphalted pass of whole Pyrenees (understanding pass as a climb between two valleys, not a “cul de sac” climb). Long and fast descent to Andorra, the buyers paradise, and arrival at La Seu d’Urgell.
La Seu d’Urgell-Esterri d’Aneu. It is not definitely a rest stage, although just one first category climb could be a kind of. Coll de Cantó is a tough climb, but once at the top, the main difficulties are done. Once in the valley you will cross Sort town (translation: “Luck”). Maybe it is worth stopping to buy some lottery?
Esterri d’Aneu-Bagneres de Luchon. Two very different but both demanding climbs: La Bonaigua is a long ascent, over 2000 mts high, long but steep. Portillon is the pass connecting Spain to France, short and very steep. Arrival to France. We are getting closer the final challenge.
Bagneres de Luchon-Tourmalet. Just 77 km, but such an epic stage. History of Tour de France was written here. The trilogy Peyresourde-Aspin-Tourmalet has been a classic in Tour de France. Tourmalet is the final destination of our trip, the final challenge. After reaching the summit you can descend by bike or in the van, as you already got the end of the trip. This night you will sleep again in Bagneres de Luchon where you can have a relaxing bath in the thermal baths of the town. Deserved.
Day 8: Return
Transportation back to Barcelona: saturday July 22nd. About 5 hours drive to Barcelona.
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
“This was a fully supported trip and Montefusco Cycling organised 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.”Read more