GIRONA AND MALLORCA, CYCLING HEAVENS!

Welcome to our SFIDA Girona – Mallorca trip. We have decided to combine these two amazing cycling destinations on the same trip.

Girona and Mallorca have in common to be desired destinations for cyclists from around the world. At the same time, they are quite different…

Girona is a mid-size Catalan city, halfway between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees, between Barcelona and France. This makes for a great variety of landscapes and cycling options.

At the same time, Girona’s medieval old town, very well preserved and doted with great cafes, restaurants and shops, makes is for a great place to wander around when not on your bike.

Girona has become, since the early 2000s, the residence of choice for many non-European professional cyclists, both women and men. The city breathes cycling most of the year.

Mallorca is the biggest island in the Balearics. The Serra de Tramuntana forms the rugged and mountainous north, then has the flatter in the centre and south, is not complicated to know which part we will focus on during our riding there….

With many towns and villages of interest, there’s not a specific area more interesting than others, however, we decided to stay near the capital, Palma de Mallorca, so we can enjoy some fine dining after great days on the bike.

Dates:

7-17 May 2023                                     

10-20 September 2023

Distance: 940km               daily average: 94km
Climbing: 19,500m          daily average: 1,950m 

 

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  • Duration:10 days
  • DATES : May 07 - May 17
    • HOTELS:3-4 Stars
    • MEALS:All meals included
    • ARRIVAL:Barcelona (BCN)
    • DEPARTURE:Barcelona (BCN)
    • NON RIDER:20% discount
    • RENTAL BIKE:Available
    • RENTAL E-BIKE:Available
  • PRICE :

    4,850.00

DAY 1: Benvinguts a Girona.
Meet the SFIDA Cycling team at the Barcelona Airport (BCN) or a designated hotel nearby.

Once the group is together, we will transfer by van to our hotel in Girona.

Upon arrival, we will proceed with our usual trip presentation, bike build-up and fitting and lunch.

For our first ride in Girona, we will have a short van transfer to the town of Angles, this is the start of the beautiful road that will take us to Sant Hilari Sacalm. On the way we will ride by the Rivera d’Osor, this is a very spectacular part of the ride.

Back in Girona, we will have dinner in town.

 

Day 1
49km / 1,280m
CLIMB: Sant Hilari Sacalm 810m
HOTEL: Hotel Palau de Bellavista

DAY 2: Els Angels and Costa Brava.

For our second ride of the trip, we will start riding from our hotel, we will head towards the closest climb in Girona.

Known as “Els Angels”, this beautiful climb will take us to the Santuari de la Mare de Deu dels Angels (translation: Mother of God of the Angels, as you can see, it can’t be a more divine name!). But don’t be fooled by the name, you don’t need to pray to climb this nice mountain road that will take us to the Emporda region.

From the top of Els Angels, is a pleasant descent into the Emporda, one of the nicest parts of the Girona province.

A few medieval towns on our way this morning, with Monells and Peratallada worth a stop for coffee and tapas. Our final kilometres will take us to the rocky Costa Brava, with Sa Riera and Sa Tuna bays as the most scenic part of the ride. We will ride up to the medieval town of Pals for lunch, afterwards, we will transfer back to Girona.

Dinner in Girona.

Day 2
74km / 1,235m
CLIMB: Els Angels 470m.
HOTEL: Hotel Palau de Bellavista

DAY 3: Tony’s training roads and unique lunch.

Today we will be riding in Barcelona province, on some of the roads Tony grew up on. We start our day with a van transfer to Collbato.

From here we will ride on some of the old training routes Tony used a time ago, first stop is the Alt de Montserrat, one of the most iconic mountains in the region.

 

After a visit to the Basilica de Montserrat and tasting some traditional cottage cheese with honey (Mel i mato), we will continue our ride. Expect an undulating terrain for most of the ride until we finish riding and have lunch at a local restaurant that has a great cycling history, more information when we get there…

After lunch, back to Girona, dinner in town.

Day 3
104km / 2,060m
CLIMBS: Alt de Montserrat 716m, Alt de Can Massana 718m,
HOTEL:Hotel Palau de Bellavista

DAY 4: Rocacorba, Xuixos and more…

If there is one hard climb around Girona, this is Rocacorba. Today we will start our ride in Banyoles, a small town by the lake with the same name. But before we start riding, we will visit the Fleca Pastisseria Padres, this place was chosen to make the best “xuixo de crema”, a cylindrical pastry cake filled with crema Catalana, we can’t leave town without trying this local delicacy, but don’t worry, Girona has also great places to try the xuixo!

Back to our bikes, we will start riding towards Rocacorba, this is a 13km 650m climb, the summit at 977m has amazing views over Girona province.

We will descend to Banyoles and head inland, towards Santa Pau, here we are entering La Garrotxa county, this is an old volcanic area, with and few extinct volcanoes.

Next will be the cliff town of Castellfollit de la Roca before reaching medieval Besalu, one of the nicest towns in Girona.

Besalu was an important town in the middle ages, it had a lot of cultural and religious activity. Its most distinctive attraction in the 12th-century bridge and the town’s entrance. There are, besides the usual catholic churches, remains of a Jewish mikveh and a medieval synagogue.

We will enjoy lunch in Besalu before travelling by van back to Girona.

Day 4
84km / 1,700m
CLIMBS: Rocacorba 977m, Alt de Caselles 623m.
HOTEL:  Hotel Palau de Bellavista

DAY 5: Spectacular ride into France!

As mentioned before, Girona is close to France the region of France neighbouring Girona is known, in Catalonia as “north Catalonia”.

For this reason, we thought of riding into this part of France that has numerous ties with Catalonia.

We will transfer to Villajuiga, still in Girona province, and start our ride with the climb up the medieval Monastery of Sant Pere de Rodes. The climb is an easy one and the reward once we reach the top is double. We can see the mighty Monastery building and the rugged Cap de Creus.

Our descent will take us to the Costa Brava, and we will ride north towards France, this is a beautiful coastal road. Once we reach Banyuls, we will start our second climb of the day.

The Tour de Maledoc, is a stunning and narrow climb in the first part, riding next to vineyards that produce the famous Banyuls dessert wines…the second part is also stunning, narrower and steeper until we reach the Tower at 670m high.

The views from the top will be exceptional too. We will descend back the same way and near Banyuls we will take the road that will take us back to Girona province via the Coll de Banyuls, after our descent, we will arrive at Espolla, the end of our ride.

Day 5
93km / 2,225m
CLIMBS: Alt de San Pere de Rodes 502m, Tour de Maledoc 686m, Coll de Banyuls 362m
HOTEL: Hotel Palau de Bellavista

DAY 6: Girona – Mallorca!

After breakfast, transfer from our Girona hotel to Barcelona Airport for a short morning flight to Palma de Mallorca.

Once in Palma, we will check-in at our hotel for the next five days, have lunch and get ready for a short afternoon ride…or a visit to Palma.

For the ones choosing to ride, we will have a first sample of what is riding in Mallorca’s Serra de Tramuntana.

We will have a short loop, anticlockwise that will take us through a few short climbs before returning to the coast. We have included the Coll des Grau with its 18 switchbacks in only 4 km.

Dinner in Palma.

Day 6
58km / 1,210m
CLIMBS: Coll des Vent 380, Coll des Tords 276m, Coll des Graus 470m, Galilea 414m, Coll des Cocons 110.
HOTEL:  Lindner Golf Resort Portals Nous

DAY 7: Cap de Formentor and more…

For the next four days, our riding will be concentrated in the Serra de Tramuntana, from one point to the other, this mountain range has some of the most spectacular rides you can find in the Mediterranean islands.

Note that, even though some of the rides we propose are long and a bit hard, we will have options for shorter rides without missing the most iconic climbs. For the ones that have been with us, you know we always come with the right riding for the different levels that may be in a group.

Today we will start with a short transfer to Crestatx where we will start our ride to Port de Pollenca, from there the 17km road to Cap de Formentor is a real wonder, expect amazing views when arriving at the end of the road and see the Mediterranean Sea.

After a well-deserved coffee stop, we will retrace our steps and ride up to Coll de Femenia followed by Coll de sa Batalla. Our ride will end in the town of Inca, famous for its shoe craftsmanship and wineries. Transfer back to our hotel by van.

Day 7
100km / 2,030m
CLIMBS: Cap de Formentor 167m, Alt de Femenia 538m, Coll de sa Batalla 578m.
HOTEL:  Lindner Golf Resort Portals Nous

DAY 8: SFIDA Valldemossa loop.

A truly SFIDA signature ride today…a lot of climbing…all day!

Multiple climbs on another incredible ride in Mallorca. Today we propose a loop that will take us to Andratx and then along the coast, over the mountains of course to the beautiful town of Valldemossa.

Today’s ride is very scenic, with a lot of short climbs and beautiful vistas toward the sea and mountains.

Valldemossa has also a port, and to get there we will descend to sea level via some tight hairpins.

From Valldemossa, we will start heading back via Esporles and Coll des Grau.

A fantastic ride deserves a great dinner!

Day 8
125km / 2,490m
CLIMBS: Coll de n’Esteve 238m, Coll de Sa Gramola 361m, Coll de Sa Bastida 299m, Port des Canonge 311m, Coll d’en Claret 498m, Valldemossa 414m, Coll des Grau 470m, Coll des Tord 276m, Coll des Vent 380m.
HOTEL: Lindner Golf Resort Portals Nous

DAY 9:  Sa Calobra, Mallorca’s most famous climb.

Early transfer back to Inca to start another scenic ride, starting with climbing the Coll de sa Batalla from the side we descended the day before.

We will then ride towards Sa Calobra, without a doubt, the most iconic stretch of road in Mallorca! The climb back up to Coll dels Reis is a great way to return to the Serra de Tramuntana range.

After great pictures in Sa Calobra, we will continue our ride, next is the Alt de Puigmajor, this is the highest climb in Mallorca and our last climb of the day, before descending to sea level and start climbing the also iconic Coll de Soller, this climb, has 50 hairpins between the climb and descend back towards Palma.

Day 9
122km / 2,795m
CLIMBS: Coll de Sa Batalla 578m, Coll dels Reis 723m, Coll de Sant Llorenc 224, Coll dels Reis (Sa Calobra) 723m, Alt de Puig Major 871m, Coll de Soller 496m.
HOTEL:  Lindner Golf Resort Portals Nous

DAY 10: Coll de Soller and its 50 hairpins.

Retracing our steps today, we will head up to Coll de Soller from the south, this is such a unique and beautiful climb that is worth climbing from both sides.

From the top, we will descend to Port de Soller and then start riding towards Andratx along the coast in the opposite direction we did days earlier.

We will stop at a few places to enjoy the amazing views over the Mediterranean.

This will be a great way to end our riding in Mallorca, a place that never ceases to surprise us with how beautiful it is. Riding a bike is the way to discover this stunning island.

Day 10
130km / 2,485m
CLIMBS: Coll de Soller 496m, Coll d’en Marques 186m, Port de Valldemossa 373m, Coll d’en Claret 498m, Coll de Sa Bastida 299m, Coll de Sa Gramola 361m, Coll de n’Esteve 238m.
HOTEL: Lindner Golf Resort Portals Nous

 

DAY 11: Fins aviat!

After breakfast,  we will head to Palma de Mallorca airport and fly back to Barcelona. You will get the schedule once you pay the deposit and we can allocate you one of the flights.

MORE INFORMATION

PRICES:

TWIN room:  4,850 Euros pp
SINGLE Supplement:  950 Euros
Rental bike:  750 Euros

Rental road e-bike: 850 Euros, limited availability, book early.

PAYMENT TERMS:
800 Euros when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.

INCLUDED:
10 nights of accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars

ALL MEALS INCLUDED.
10 breakfasts.

10 lunches, picnic-style on longer days. 
10 dinners, including wine.

Return flights Barcelona – Palma de Mallorca

NOT INCLUDED:
International flights.

Travel insurance.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.

SUPPORT:
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.

Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first-class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

Adapting to our current COVID-19 pandemic, and incoordination, with most of the hotel’s terms and conditions, we are adjusting our cancellation policy accordingly as follows:

If there’s a travel ban from your country to travel to the country you are doing a trip with us, you will receive a full refund on any payments you have made to SFIDA Cycling.

For any other reasons not related to COVID-19, the following will apply:

61 days before the trip starts – the return of your deposit.
60 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less 300 Euros cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from Hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.

We understand that it is difficult to commit too much in advance given the situation we are all living in.

For this reason, we won’t be holding any spots until the full deposit has been paid.

Hotels are now more strict with how many rooms they are willing to have on hold for groups, so until deposit payments are made we won’t be able to confirm your spot.

 

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