MAC ATTACK PYRENEES 2022

MAC ATTACK PYRENEES 2022

Pyrenees

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FRANCE|SPAIN

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01 - 10 Sep 2022

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Challenging

START LOCATION

GIRONA

END LOCATION

ARREAU

DAYS

10

AV. DAILY DISTANCE

85KM | 53MI

AV. DAILY ELEVATION

1700M | 5600FT

You've waited long enough! Join the bunch for a fantastic ride in the Pyrenees.

This tour begins in colourful Girona and the Costa Brava, before heading to Ribes de Freser, the gateway to the magnificent Pyrenees. These verdant mountains along the Spanish-French border are stunning. We take in a number of classic climbs that have been included in the Spanish Vuelta and Tour de France grand tours.

Nothing is held back in this cycling adventure. From awesome routes, to brilliant accommodation with welcoming hosts, and of course, delicious food to fuel the next day's action.

Hola! Let's go!

PRIVATE CUSTOM TOUR
CONFIRMED DEPARTURE | 3 PLACES REMAINING!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

LUXE ACCOMMODATION (TWIN SHARE) | BREAKFASTS | LUNCHES | DINNERS | FULL GUIDE AND VEHICLE SUPPORT | ON-ROAD SNACKS AND SUPPLEMENTS | GPX ROUTES | GPS LOAN UNIT IF REQUIRED | COMPLIMENTARY PUNTOTOURS CYCLING KIT| DAYPACK | BIDONS | GROUP TRANSFER ON DEPARTURE | WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

OVERVIEW

DAY ONE THU 1 SEP | WELCOME DAY TWO FRI 2 SEP | GIRONA LOOP DAY THREE SAT 3 SEP | GIRONA TO RIBES DE FRESER DAY FOUR SUN 4 SEP | RIBES DE FRESER TO LA SEU D'URGELL DAY FIVE MON 5 SEP | LA SEU D'URGELL LOOP DAY SIX TUE 6 SEP | LA SEU D'URGELL TO VIELHA DAY SEVEN WED 7 SEP | VIELHA LOOP TO COL DU PORTILLON DAY EIGHT THU 8 SEP | VIELHA TO SANT LARY DAY NINE FRI 9 SEP | SANT LARY LOOP TO COL DU TOURMALET DAY TEN SAT 10 SEP | GOODBYE

RECOMMENDED AIRPORTS

ARRIVAL BARCELONA DEPARTURE BARCELONA

FULL ITINERARY

DAY ONE THU 1 SEP | WELCOME

Arrive in Girona, ready to meet your guides around 11:00am in the hotel lobby. They will finalise bike fit for those who have hired bikes and assist with bike assembly. There will be a light lunch and introductions, followed by an afternoon ride to stretch the legs after travelling. A stroll in beautiful Girona before a delicious Welcome dinner and Tour Briefing.
DISTANCE | 40KM | 25MI
ELEVATION | 600M | 2000FT

DAY TWO FRI 2 SEP | GIRONA LOOP

Extremely pleasant roll to the Costa Brava and charming villages of Peratallada and Torroella. There may be time to visit Empúries, near L'Escala, a very important archaeological site, and one of the few Greek colonies found in the north Mediterranean. Enjoy the flat while it lasts!
DISTANCE | 104KM | 64MI
ELEVATION | 800M | 2600FT

DAY THREE SAT 3 SEP | GIRONA TO RIBES DE FRESER

Today we ease into climbing mode. A great ride through the lush volcanic natural park of La Garrotxa, with more than fifty dormant craters. A brief pause in Olot before the long climb to Ripoll, and beyond to Ribes de Freser. Nothing too steep, as we arrive at the gateway to the Pyrenees.
DISTANCE | 85KM | 53MI
ELEVATION | 1400M | 4600FT

DAY FOUR SUN 4 SEP | RIBES DE FRESER TO LA SEU D'URGELL

A stunning 30km gradual climb to the famous Spanish ski resort, La Molina. This ascent is often used in the Vuelta, and we ride parallel to the Pyrenees in the wild Serra del Cadi. A great ride to get into your rhythm ready for the challenges ahead.
DISTANCE | 85KM | 53MI
ELEVATION | 1200M | 3900FT

DAY FIVE MON 5 SEP | LA SEU D'URGELL LOOP

One of the more recent inclusions in the Vuelta, we ride the Coll d'Ordino, in the principality of Andorra. For those that would like a little more, we can easily accommodate you. Remember, there is a long day tomorrow.
DISTANCE | 85KM | 53MI
ELEVATION | 1400M | 4600FT | MAX 18%

DAY SIX TUE 6 SEP | LA SEU D'URGELL TO VIELHA

Long, challenging ride close to the French border in the heart of the Catalan Pyrenees. The area around Vielha is isolated, beautiful and attracts outdoor extreme adventurers. That's you! Two long classic Vuelta climbs - the Coll de Canto (26km) and Puerto de la Bonaigua (23km).
DISTANCE | 127KM | 80MI
ELEVATION | 2400M | 7900FT

DAY SEVEN WED 7 SEP | VIELHA LOOP TO COL DU PORTILLON

Fantastic loop ride into France for our first ascent of the Col du Portillon, a favourite in the Tour de France line-up.
DISTANCE | 94KM | 58MI
ELEVATION | 1600M | 5200FT

DAY EIGHT THU 8 SEP | VIELHA TO SANT LARY

Possibly one of the most scenic rides of the tour. Today we tackle the Col du Portillon from the other side. The Col du Portillon has featured in the Tour de France some 18 or so times. It's then onto another grand tour icon, the Col de Peyresourde.
DISTANCE | 68KM | 42MI
ELEVATION | 1600M | 5200FT

Optional extra
Include the Col d'Azet, 40km, 1000m elevation

DAY NINE FRI 9 SEP | SANT LARY LOOP TO COL DU TOURMALET

The final challenge to the mythical Col du Tourmalet, via the Col d'Aspin and back by way of the Hourquette d'Ancizan, a recent addition to the TDF. Epic day and celebratory dinner to finish the tour.
DISTANCE | 91KM | 57MI
ELEVATION | 2900M | 9500FT

DAY TEN SAT 10 SEP | GOODBYE

Group transfer to Barcelona, a drive of 4.5 hours. We recommend to schedule departing flights from late afternoon onwards.
Time to say farewell, until next time!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

FLIGHTS | INSURANCES | BIKE HIRE | ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES | COFFEE STOPS | PERSONAL HOTEL EXPENSES | PRE- OR POST-TOUR ACCOMMODATION

CAN I HIRE A BIKE?

You can!  Check out the details of hiring one of our high-end Cipollini road bikes.

HOW MUCH RIDING DO I HAVE TO DO?

As much or as little as you want. It’s your holiday.  You determine how much you want to ride. You can, on any day, choose to cut a ride short, miss a climb, only do the downhills, have a rest day or ask for more!  The van is always handy if you choose not to ride, and a guide is always willing to do some extra distance if you wish. You just need to ask.

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