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Off-road Mountain Biking Experience

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Mountain Biking Holiday

Catalan Biking Adventure

Catalonia, Spain
7 Days
€ 759 combadi price

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Holiday Type
Fixed date/Solo friendly
Running Period
2014 start dates: 20 Oct, 17 Nov

The Combadi Insight:

A trip put together for all whose passion is off-road, moderate challenging Mountain Biking. These guys are there to push your biking boundaries & be your companion in exploring Catalonia from the mountain tops all the way to the coastal villages. Beware of the narrow forest paths though...

Holiday Code: BJ4

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A 7-day mountain biking holiday aimed at avid sportsmen with adventurous spirit. A great variety of routes, mainly off-road that run along scarcely known paths, are characterized by a varied terrain, featuring both slight and moderate slopes as well as more challenging and pronounced ones. The most demanding cyclists will enjoy conquering rocky trails with abundant ascents and descents.

A travel experience running along the most extraordinary spots of the Catalan Pyreness until the Mediterranean Sea. We believe there is no better way to discover and engage with the interior of Catalonia and its coasts than from the bike saddle!

This tour invites you to explore the comarca of Ripollés, followed by the comarca of Garrotxa- the county of volcanoes- where the visit to the picturesque village of Besalú won't leave you indiffirent. On our way to the coast we will pedal through the monumental city of Girona that boasts its well-preserved Carolingian wall dating back to the times of the Romans. With every step we will be approaching our final destination, a fishing town of Tossa de Mar.

In 5 days of the tour we will cover about 245 kilometers, alternating more challenging and technically demanding days with more laid back rides that will help you to perfection your cycling skills and gain control over the bicycle.

To lighten your cycling experience, we will provide you with a luggage transfer vehicle that will pick up your suitcases in the morning whenever we change our locations for overnight.

Without any doubt, this tour won't leave you indiffirent! So don't hesitate and book your trip now since the number of participants on the tour is limited!

Activity Level The technical ability required for the Backcountry Pyrenees is rated as 'intermediate.' There are some moderately technical and steep sections, but we will be mostly riding fast, smooth singletrack and doubletrack.

For fitness level, even though we may partially shuttle some of the longer climbs and will stop quite often (to enjoy the view, take photos, eat and drink, wait for others, repair our bikes etc) –the accumulation of multiple, long days of riding will add up. You must be in good shape to enjoy this trip.

Route: Barcelona, The region of the Ripollés, Garrotxa (Olot and Besalú), Girona, Tossa de Mar and back to Barcelona

Day 1

At 9.30 a.m. the participants of the tour will gather at the Barcelona Sants Station (the exact meeting point is still to be determined). From there we will take a train to Ribes de Freser, a little village located in the province of Girona, which will be the starting point of our Mountain biking tour on the following day.

In the afternoon we have scheduled a short acclimatisation hiking trail (5-8 km) where you will an opportunity to meet the rest of the participants on the tour.

Throughout the day we will also conduct a "Welcome Briefing Session" where we will analyse all the routes that await us on the following days of the tour (weather conditions, necessary equipment, the surface and terrain characteristics, uneveness of the area, etc).

For the night we will stay at a charming and cosy family-owned hotel in Ribes de Freser. Don't miss this opportunity to savour home-made meals elaborated with products of own harvest and from the zone.

Day 2

In the morning we will hop on our Mountain Bikes to begin the Riber de Freser- Camprodon Route. Although it is technically and physically demanding route, the surrounding stunning views of the Catalan Pyrenees will reward you for your effort.

Along the way we will stop to admire the charm of typical small villages. At one of our stops we will treat ourselves to a nice picnic. (the picnic is included in the price of the tour).

In the afternoon you will have free time to explore the historic centre of Olot.

Details of the stage - Overall distance (km): 41 km - The elevation gain: 1.000 m

Overnight in Olot

Day 3

Today we will embark on a circular route of outstanding natural value by traversing the finest example of volcanic landscape on the Iberian Penninsula.

Much of the route runs along the Fageda d'en Jordá and the volcanoes of Santa Margarida and Croscat.

After cycling in the morning, what can be better than treating yourself to the best local Catalan cuisine while enjoying the matchless volcanic landscape?

Details of the stage - Overall distance (km): 40 km. - The elevation gain: 300 m.

Overnight in Olot.

Day 4

Mountain Bike Ride from Olot to Besalú through the volcanic area. This route's highlight is the landscape diversity and a plethora of trails and narrow paths with their own characteristic identity.

Lunch in the picturesque romanesque village Besalú.

Afternoon at your leisure.

Details of the stage - Overall distance: 61 km - The elevation gain: 680 m

Overnight in Olot.

Day 5

Full of energy, we are ready to hop on our bikes again to take the route that runs from Olot to the monumental city of Girona following a lovely cyclepath denominated the Route of the "Carrilet". This route features flat terrain without great variations in altitude.

On one of our stops we will enjoy a picnic by the river! (the picnic is included in the price)

Afternoon at your leisure.

Details of the stage - Overall distance: 53 km - The elevation gain: 138 m

Overnight in Girona.

Day 6

Bicycle tour from the exceptional city of Girona until the Mediterranean along the greenways or the Route of the "Carrilet".

After several days of intense physical effort, today's route is rather smooth in its initial stage. However, the last 10 km are more tough and technically demanding, but also rewarding when you reach the alluring Mediterranean coast.

Picnic by the river awaits you on one of the route stops!

In the afternoon you will have a chance to enjoy the sandy beach of Tossa de Mar. We also invite you to discover the rich historical heritage that this old fishing village has to offer!

With our trip coming to its end we believe that a farewell dinner in one of the local restaurants is the best way to share great moments lived on the tour! We warmly invite you to taste regional gourmet dishes elaborated with fresh fish. (the dinner is included in the price of the tour).

Details of the stage - Overall distance (km): 42 km - The elevation gain: 518 m

Overnight in Tossa de Mar.

Day 7

Now that we have spent several days pedalling together, it's time to bid farewell. In the morning, you will have free time to visit Tossa de Mar and marvel at its colossal castle.

Undoubtedly, it's been a real pleasure to share this experience with all of you and we hope you have enjoyed the mountain bike routes as much as we did!

  • 6 nights accomodation in a 3-4 hotel with breakfast included (twin share).
  • An expert guide who will accompany you on every step of this adventure.
  • Carefully designed routes and previously tested by our technical team.
  • 3 picnics, 1 meal and 2 dinners (local products, home-made dishes)
  • Transfers (Train to Ribes de Freser and bus to Barcelona)
  • Luggage transfer.
  • Technical assitance in case of emergency.
  • Pick-up/delivery bicycle service in Ribes de Freser and Tossa de Mar.
  • A LOT OF FUN!

NOT Included

  • Transfer to Barcelona (trip starting point)
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Alternative activities not mentioned above
  • Travel and accident insurance coverage (Please note that the insurance policy contracted with your airline covers some eventualities during the holidays)

Optional

Mountain Bike Rental either mid-range bicycles or carbon ones. Insurance, helmet, bicycle locks, repair kit will also be provided.

Getting There

The participants of the Mountain Biking Tour "Backcountry Pyrenees" will meet in Barcelona, at the Sants Station. From there we will take a train to Ribes de Freser. The exact meeting point will be communicated to the participants shortly.

Meeting time and day: Day 1, 9.30 a.m.

The starting point of our tour coincides with its final point. Hence, on April 28th, i.e. the last day of the tour,our trip will come to its end at the Sants Station.

FAQs

How big are the groups? The average group size is between 6 to 8 participants. As a rule there are 2 guides per group. Our group sizes are reduced in order to provide each client with the best attention and comfort.

Can I bring my own bike? Yes. You are more than welcome to bring your own bicycle. However, we will submit your bicycle to a careful technical revision to make sure that it meets safety requirements for the route.

What kind of Mountain Bikes do you offer? Mountain Bike Rental either mid-range bicycles or carbon ones.(Specialized Epic/Stumpjumper or similar). Insurance, helmet, bicycle locks, repair kit will also be provided.

Required fitness Do you practice mountain biking regulalry? Do you feel comfortable with ascending and descending slopes on rather poor trails? Do you feel comfortable with narrow paths? Do you feel confident about moderate ascends and descends? If your answer is YES...then THIS IS YOUR LEVEL!

What type of footwear should I bring? We recommend you to bring your own MTB clipless pedals which come with a special type of cycling shoe. We will place them on the bike right away!

In case you will not able to transport them, please contact us and together will find a solution!

What happens if the minimum number of participants is not reached? Sometimes we don't find enough participants to be able to run a tour and technically, we could cancel the trip. In most cases, we are able to still run the tour but must charge a supplement which depends on the actual number of participants. If the number of participants increases afterwards, the per-person-price is readjusted in your favor.

When the number of participants is below the minimum (less than 8 participants), we will inform you about 2-3 months in advance of the trip and consult you with your options, which can include the additional supplement or simply waiting for more participants.

Do you book flights? In most cases, the flight ticket is NOT included,- because our clients come from literally all corners of the world and groups are generally mixed. However, on request, we can include a flight ticket for you and book your flight.

Who I will share room with? If you travel on your own, allocation of rooms for participants will be according to your age and gender, if possible. At the time of booking and in case you come along with another person, please let us know the name of the person you travel with.

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