Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at San Sebastian Airport (EAS) or at a designated hotel. Alternatively, you can travel from Barcelona the day before in one of our vans
(check with us).
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.
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.
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.
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: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26941210
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.
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.
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: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20766733
84km / 2,680m
CLIMBS: Col d’Azet 1,580m. Col du Peyresourde 1,569m. Col du Portillon 1,293m.
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: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/20766868
118km / 2,420m
CLIMBS: Coll de la Bonaigua 2,017m. Coll del Canto 1,725m.
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.
Our last day will be the easiest on this epic adventure. 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 our final approach to the coast. The seaside town of L’Escala will be our destination to end our epic ride.
After a swim in the Mediterranean Sea, we will travel by van to Girona, one of Europe’s cycling capitals. There is good cycling all around here…
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: $5,150 AUD
SINGLE Supplement: $850 AUD
Rental bike: $700 AUD
$700 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.
9 nights accommodation between 2 – 4 Stars
1 lunch on day 1.
8 Picnic lunches during the rides.
9 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.