Road cycling in Girona: a true paradise

Cycling in Girona

Lance Armstrong was one of the first to discover Girona as an attractive place for cycling. The now not very popular former cyclist decided to buy a house in the old center of Girona and prepare his Tour de France from there every year. Since then, more and more professional cyclists have bought their second home in Girona. It has now become so popular that hundreds of professional cyclists already live there or have their second home there. Among their 75 pro-tour riders. Most of the pros you see here are Americans and Australians who live and train in Girona during the European cycling season. You also see more and more Dutch and English people from different teams. You regularly see cycling groups with riders from different teams such as Ineos, Jumbo-Visma, Education first, Israel Start-Up, Mitchelton-Scott, Sunweb, Trek.

Some reasons why Girona is so interesting for a training internship or cycling holiday:

  • Ideal training area. Well-paved roads, little traffic and all types of landscapes close together: flat, rolling coastal roads, hills, mountains and high mountains. And what really distinguishes Girona from other Spanish areas: it is almost a maze of beautiful, quiet roads. So many route options; You can do a completely different route here every day for 2 weeks.
  • Ideal climate. Little rain, lots of sun, warm, but not an extreme temperature difference with the Netherlands, such as in southern Spain where your body first has to get used to the difference. Same climate as Mallorca.
  • Cheap and fast travel. With Transavia and RyanAir you can fly cheaply directly to Girona. Girona is also easily accessible from the Netherlands (1400 km on toll roads).
  • Cyclosportives / competitions. In Catalonia you have both a Cyclosportive and a cycling race almost every weekend (for all categories). Even in winter you have Cyclos and training races for competitive cyclists.

 

Girona city

Girona is a medium-sized city with a small historic center. The old – Jewish – heart is a maze of streets, alleys and stairs. In addition, there are many sights that you should not miss – such as: the old city wall, the cathedral and the gardens on the edge of the center.

The city is known for its good restaurants and cozy terraces. All kinds of cultural activities are also planned throughout the year.

You can go in all directions with the train and bus connections. You can reach Barcelona in 40 minutes, Figueres in 30 minutes and the beaches of the Costa Brava can be reached within an hour.

The province surrounding Girona

The region around the city of Girona is a cycling paradise. Each wind direction gives you a completely different landscape to discover.

To the north you have the hills and the Pyrenees, to the east the Costa Brava, to the south the mountains of the Montseny National Park and to the west the rocky volcanic landscape of La Garrotxa.

Throughout the province you will find old medieval villages with a small square, where you can almost always find a nice terrace or bar. Catalonia is a hospitable region, where you will not easily get bored – even if you are not a cyclist. Within a radius of 100 km there are twelve national parks, where you can not only cycle and mountain bike, but also enjoy beautiful walks. Other activities you will find in the province are boat trips, survival circuits, snorkeling, karting, diving, paintball, rowing, climbing, swimming and more. Everyone receives an information booklet with all this information from us upon arrival in Girona.