Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Bilbao Airport (BIO) or at a designated hotel. Alternatively, you can try to fly into San Sebastian but this is a very small aiport and not reliable,just use this alternative if you plan to arrive a couple of days before the trip starts.
After checking at our hotel in Hondarribia we will proceed with our orientation meeting, lunch, and build up bikes. In the afternoon we will ride up to Alto de Jaizkibel, a classic climb at la Vuelta Pais Vasco.
RIDE INFO: DAY 1
33km / 960m
CLIMB: Alto de Jaizkibel 453m from Hondarribia Alto de Jaizkibel from Donibane
HOTEL: Hotel Jaizkibel
Our ride today will take us through the north of the Basque country, a continuous undulating landscape with five different climbs.
We will cross the Spain/France border 3 times before our arrival in Saint Jean Pied de Port, a historical town at the start of El Camino de Santiago, a very popular pilgrimage route.
RIDE INFO: DAY 2
128km / 3,200m
CLIMBS: Collado de Arichulegui 443m. Alto de Agina 550m. Col de Lizarrieta 441m. Puerto de Otxondo 570m. Col d’Ispeguy 672m.
HOTEL: Hotel Andreinia
Leaving our hotel, we will ride through the French Basque country until we get into the Pyrenean part. First, we will encounter the steep ramps of the Col d’Arthaburu, one of the hardest short climbs in the Pyrenees. The landscape here is magnificent. We will join the Col de Bagargui when the road widens.
In the afternoon, after climbing the tough Col de Soudet, from the top we will descend through a very isolated road to arrive at our hotel.
Today’s ride is a tough one, the pacing is very important.
RIDE INFO: DAY 3
110km / 3,675m
CLIMBS: Col d’Arthaburu- Bagargui 1,327m. Col de Soudet 1,540m, Col de Bouezou 1,009m.
HOTEL: Chateau d’Arance
Today we are entering Tour de France territory. Famous climbs, integral to the history of this race, will come one after the other. We will feel like the Queen stage is never ending for the next three days.
After leaving Cette Eygun, we will head toward the Col de Marie Blanque, followed by the mighty Aubisque and its little brother Col du Soulour. the views over the cirque du Soulour are spectacular, find a safe spot and enjoy the cliff view. To end, the Col des Borderes, short climb but very spectacular road.
We will sleep in Luz Saint Saveur at the base of another big climb – but that’s for tomorrow,
RIDE INFO: DAY 4
119KM / 3,245m
CLIMBS: Col de Marie-Blanque 1,035m. Col d’Aubisque 1,709m. Col du Soulour 1,474m. Col des Borderes 1,156m.
HOTEL: Hotel Montaigu
Col du Tourmalet is, without doubt, the most mythic climb of the Pyrenees and one of the most famous in cycling. The Tour de France passed over the summit for the first time in 1910, and the legend began.
Today is a day to enjoy being part of the history of this mountain.
Forget Strava and admire the landscape. To finish our epic ride, the Hourquette d’Ancizan will surprise by its beauty too, this is one of the hidden gems of the Pyrenees.
RIDE INFO: DAY 5
69km / 2,315m
CLIMBS: Col du Tourmalet 2,115m. Hourquette d’Ancizan 1,564m.
HOTEL: Mercure Sensoria
Saint Lary Soulan is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, surrounded by mountains and a great number of different climbs. We will leave via the Col d’Azet, which has often been climbed in the Tour de France.
Col de Peyresourde and Col du Portillon will follow and take us into Spain. Here, the Catalonia region awaits us with more fun. Arties, a small town up the valley of the Val d’Aran is our first stop.
RIDE INFO: DAY 6
84km / 2,680m
CLIMBS: Col d’Azet 1,580m. Col du Peyresourde 1,569m. Col du Portillon 1,293m.
HOTEL: Parador de Arties
We leave Arties towards the Coll de la Bonaigua, a long climb through green valleys. Descending to Sort before taking the Coll del Canto, today’s ride follows the South of the Pyrenees sides, near Andorra.
We will finish in the pretty La Seu d’Urgell, one of the most important towns in the Pyrenees.
RIDE INFO: DAY 7
118km / 2,420m
CLIMBS: Coll de la Bonaigua 2,017m. Coll del Canto 1,725m.
HOTEL: Parador de la Seu d’Urgell
From La Seu d’Urgell we ride through the Cadi Massif, lonely and scenic roads that will take us deep into this area of Catalonia.
We are starting to leave the Pyrenees behind but before we have a few good climbs on very quiet roads. Our arrival to the little town of Campdevanol will also mark a change in the landscape, we are getting closer to the Mediterranean sea.
RIDE INFO: Day 8
113km / 2,575m
CLIMBS: Coll de la Trava 1,491m. Coll de la Josa 1,640m. Coll de Merolla 1,100m.
HOTEL: La Sequia Molinar
From Campdevanol we ride through the provincial capital of Ripoll before climbing the Coll de Canes which will take us to Olot, a town in the middle of an old volcanic area.
From Olot we will follow the scenic road to Banyoles lake, and from there we will begin the approach to one of the most iconic climbs in the Girona area, Rocacorba won’t disappoint you. After observing the great views from the top we will descend and make our way to Girona, a very nice town that has become a cycling capital.
In Girona you can enjoy the great atmosphere that mixes the medieval part of the city with a growing number of international visitors.
RIDE INFO: DAY 9
112km / 1,950m
CLIMB:Rocacorba 977m. Coll de Canes 1,121m. Coll de Caselles 623m.
HOTEL: Hotel AC Palau de Bellavista
Our last day will be the easiest in this epic adventure. Leaving Girona via another popular easy climb, the Mare de Deu dels Angels, we will ride towards the Mediterranean sea.
During our ride, we will go through medieval towns like Monells and Peratallada, great places to enjoy a coffee on a relaxed day.
Our destination is the small beach of Sa Tuna, where we will enjoy a nice lunch by the sea and for sure is time to leave the bike and get in the water!
After a swim in the Mediterranean Sea, we will travel by van back to Girona.
RIDE INFO: Day 10
62km / 1,150m
CLIMB: Mare de Deu dels Angels 470m.
HOTEL: Hotel AC Palau de Bellavista
After breakfast, transfer to Barcelona airport (BCN), or alternatively stay in Girona and enjoy this
cosmopolitan city and its many offerings. Expect to arrive around 11:00.
TWIN room: $5,850 AUD
SINGLE Supplement: $950 AUD
Rental bike: $800 AUD
$1,000 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.
10 nights accommodation between 2 – 4 Stars
2 lunches on day 1 and 10.
8 Picnic lunches during the rides.
10 dinners, including wine.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.
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.
91 days before the trip starts – the return of deposit less $300 AUD cancellation fee.
61 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less $300 AUD cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from our hotel and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
31 days before the trip starts- the return of 50% of the full amount paid.
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 highly recommend that you have travel insurance.