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Catalonia is a region in the far northeastern corner of Spain situated between the Pyrenees Mountains to the north and the Costa Brava beaches to the east. The varied terrain of hills, meadows, and forests combined with rugged coastline and sandy beaches make it a fantastic area for cycling. It boasts a unique and interesting culture; the art of Gaudi and Dalí, Catalan culinary specialties, and the sparkling wine, Cava. We get a taste of it all, and a bit of France, on this circular route starting and ending in the historic city of Girona. It’s a 15-day tour with 13 riding days, 7 of which are moving to a new location and 6 of which are optional loops. This tour will be supported by Iberocycle.
After two nights in Girona, we move toward the Pyrenees to Olot in the volcanic region of Garrotxa, unique for its extinct volcanic cones (two nights). Next we head to Figueres at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains and home to the Dalí Theater and Museum with time for an afternoon visit (one night). On day 6 we cross into France to the Mediterranean coast via the scenic Col de Banyuls for two nights in Collioure, France, once an old fishing village. On day 8, we cycle south into Spain, following the coastline to Cadaqués, a whitewashed village sitting on Catalonia’s most easterly outcrop. On day 9, a loop ride passes Salvador Dalí’s seaside home and through Cap de Creus. On day 10, we ride along the Costa Brava to Torroella de Montgrí with its old town walls and 13th century castle. Our next stage is a short ride to Sant Felieu de Guíxols, our last stop along the Mediterranean Sea (two nights). Day 13, an optional ride, is a stunning coastal cliff ride to Tossa del Mar and back. Our final day of riding takes us back to Girona. A list of daily distances and elevation gains is located in Ride Leader Docs (visible after you sign up) or can be sent by email from the leader.
The trip is rated a 2B!, averaging 36 miles and 2380 feet of climbing per day. There are two required days exceeding the 2B rating (day 3: 36 miles and 3140 feet of climbing and day 8: 37 miles and 3630 feet of climbing). Day 8 also passes through two well-lit tunnels with sidewalks. For those preferring to avoid the tunnels, there is an option to bypass them (additional 680 feet of climbing). The required riding is 249 miles. If one rides all the optional loops choosing the longest loops, the distance is 474 miles over 13 days.
This ride is at times hilly. Iberocycle provides luggage transport and emergency rider transport, but each rider is expected to ride all the required riding unless ill or seriously injured. Iberocycle does not provide a “sag” shuttle service and we do not ride as a “stay together” group. Riders must be able to handle on the road mechanicals (flat tires etc) and must be able to follow a cue sheet and map and/or use their navigation devices.
Average low temperatures at this time of year are in the high 50s to low 60s and average highs in the mid to high 70s. It is not unusual to have days outside this range. Rain is always a possibility so bring good rain gear.
LODGING & MEALS
Fourteen nights lodging includes two nights each in Olot, Collioure, Cadaqués, Torroella de Montgrí, and Sant Felieu de Guíxols. We spend three nights in Girona and one night in Figueres. Daily breakfasts will be provided and there are five group dinners. Lunches and the remaining dinners will be on your own.
Arrive in Girona on Thursday, September 17 and depart Thursday, October 1 from Girona. Last ride day is Wednesday, September 30. The nearest large airport is Barcelona, a 45-minute train ride away. You might want to arrive early or stay after in order to spend extra time in Girona and Barcelona. They are beautiful, historic cities well worth visiting. For extra nights in Girona, make hotel arrangements through Iberocycle in order to get our group rate. Bike boxes will be stored in Girona. Luggage transport and emergency sag support for riders with significant health or mechanical problems preventing them from riding will also be provided. Rental bikes for an additional fee are available from Iberocycle whom you will contact directly to make arrangements. They have available to rent Cube carbon road bikes (180 euros) and hybrid bikes (130 euros). Tandems will be allowed on the tour. Requests for e-bikes will be handled on a case by case basis by contacting the Ride Leader.
COST & ADMINISTRATION
In addition to the non-refundable BAC ride registration fee of $100, the estimated tour cost is $3600 based on an anticipated exchange rate of $1.25 = 1 Euro and a minimum of 17 participants. The estimated cost includes: 14 nights lodging with full breakfast; daily BAC social hour with beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks; five group dinners; luggage van & emergency sag support; storage of bike boxes; maps, cue sheets and GPS files; and tip for the guide. It does not include lunches or beverages with dinner. A deposit of $1600 assures your place on the tour. Final payment of $2000 is due by April 1, 2020.
Final payment of $2000 and any solo supplements are due by April 1, 2020. The final payment and the solo supplement amount of $650 may be adjusted to reflect significant currency exchange rate changes. Solo payments are made to BAC by check. All final payments may be adjusted based on exchange rates at that time.
SINGLES & SOLOS POLICY
A very few solo rooms may be available at an extra cost of $650. Request this when applying for the ride! The supplement fee is due on April 1, 2020. Solo supplement payments need to be sent to the BAC office. Checks should be made out to “BAC” with a notation of the tour name included on the check. They should be mailed to: Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998, San Diego, CA 92193.
Singles are most welcome. It is recommended that singles who want a roommate try to find their own but I will do my best to help out. After receipt of the initial deposit, a single without a roommate will be placed on the ride and given until March 1, 2020 to find a roommate. If they are unable to find a roommate, they will have the option to receive a full refund (minus the BAC fee and payment processing fee) or pay the $650 solo supplement and stay on the ride. If a single pays the supplement, they may continue to seek a roommate, but must plan to participate without a roommate if necessary.
The BAC ride registration fee and payment processing fee is not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled. Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed. If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped, the cancelling roommate may also be liable for the solo supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
RIDE PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY
Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders are volunteers, and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support. Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles. All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour. We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from the Ride Leader. While on the ride, support your Ride Leader with offers to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation and clean-up. Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour. Please keep the Ride Leader informed of any special request you may have and respect the Ride Leader’s decisions.
To submit a request to join this ride use the "links" displayed above this Ride Description. When you are accepted, the Ride Leader will move you from the Waitlist to the Pending List. At this time you will receive an email notification to login to the BAC website to sign the release of liability form and pay the non-refundable BAC ride registration fee and the initial tour deposit of $1600 by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. To contact the Ride Leader, "click" the name at the top of this Ride Description.
Bicycle Adventure Club
PO BOX 23998 San Diego, CA 92193
Telephone (858) 715-9510 firstname.lastname@example.org