The Continental Ciclobrava sums up Girona very well. The start and finish will be located at the Sea Otter entrance, at Devesa prominade, 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 three routes, one a more demanding 140 kilometres course with 1.750D+, although it is not extreme, as the intention is that Continental Ciclobrava tour cyclists share their time between visiting the biggest bicycle festival in Europe and cycling, a more gentle 100 kilometre route with 1.000D+, an faster track and a third track due to the demand of many participants that want to have enough time to visit the fair without loosing the option to participate to the cyclotourist during the morning, this one will be 70 km and 800 m D+.
70km - 800D+
There will be 3 mountain ports, the first one at Santa Pellaia, new this year, it will be coincident with the medium and the short one track at Madremanya and finally they will climb the port of Montjuïc.
100km - 1.000D+
Will also have 4 mountain passes, of which three will coincide with the long route, Romanyà (pass from the second stage of La Volta 2019), La Ganga (pass from the third stage of La Volta 2019) and Montjuic, in addition the Madremanya pass will be part of the route at kilometre 75.
140km - 1.750D+
There will be 4 mountain passes, Sant Grau d’Ardenya, Romanyà (pass from the second stage of La Volta 2019), La Ganga (pass from the third stage of La Volta 2019), and Montjuic, on the approach to the city of Girona.
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 tour will pass through 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 Devesa prominade.