- LA CICLOBRAVA 95
- LA CICLOBRAVA 140
The Ciclobrava sums up Girona very well. The start and finish will be located at the Sea Otter entrance, on Avinguda Xavier Cugat, and the route takes in a training section with small climbs, the safety provided by roads with little traffic (where the professionals living in Girona train) and new landscapes for tour cyclists, as they ride between two opposing terrains: the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea.
We offer two routes: one a more demanding 140-kilometre course with 1,750D+ – although it is not extreme, as the intention is that Ciclobrava tour cyclists share their time between visiting the biggest bicycle fair in Europe and cycling – and a more gentle 95-kilometre route with 1,000D+, an easy course designed so that those who go at a good pace will get to the fair at 11 a.m. and those on the long route, at around 12 p.m. The last riders on the short course will finish at 1 p.m. and those on the long route at 3 p.m., coinciding with the closing of Sea Otter. The route has been designed so that if someone has not quite calculated their timing properly, they can switch from the long route to the short one and thus enjoy the rest of the tour without having to abandon it.
On the long-distance route, 140 km and 1,750D+, there will be four mountain passes: Sant Grau d'Ardenya, Romanyà (pass from the second stage of the Volta 2019), La Ganga (pass from the third stage of the Volta 2019), and Montjuic, on the approach to the city of Girona.
The short-distance course, 95km and 1,000D+, will also have four mountain passes, of which three will coincide with the long route, Romanyà (pass from the second stage of the Volta 2019), La Ganga (pass from the third stage of the Volta 2019) and Montjuic, in addition the Madremanya pass will be part of the route at kilometre 75.
Emblematic places on the tour
The first mountain pass on the long route is spectacular (Sant Grau d'Ardenya). Although it is not particularly difficult, it is incredibly picturesque, as riders will head deep inside the forest and, once at the top, come face to face suddenly with the Mediterranean Sea, from where they will begin a dramatic descent down to its level.
The third refreshment zone will be situated in Monells, a beautiful and very well-preserved village, which riders will come to after having passed along very narrow and very quiet roads, perfect for a cycling tour. Once in Monells, riders will be able to see its squares and streets, which are a great example of the evolution of architecture through history. Parts of the Romanesque walls and towers that surrounded the village still stand, while L’Oli square and various large windows date from the Gothic period.
During the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries houses were built adjoining the walls of the fortification. Today, on the façades of many of these houses their construction dates can be seen.
Film buffs will recognise the village, since the square – where the refreshments will be situated – was a location for the film Ocho Apellidos Catalanes (Eight Catalan Surnames).
Once in Girona, all that’s needed is one last push to climb Montjuic and receive your reward, spectacular views of Girona’s old town, before quickly descending and crossing the Ter river on the way to Avinguda de Xavier Cugat.