The province of Girona is well known as a cyclists Mecca and today around 80 professional cyclists are based here full time. Girona is where Lance Armstrong moved to in 2000 when he was in his prime and won seven consecutive Tours from 1999 (now struck-off since his doping revelations).
What makes Girona so popular with cyclists? The answer is a number of factors including the favourable climate and varied terrain. Other factors are the geographical location close to the Pyrenees, the Costa Brava, Barcelona and the French border. Also the excellent logistics and infrastructure of all things cycle related which has grown and flourished over the years.
Since 2016 the largest cycling event in Europe, the Sea Otter festival, has taken place in Girona. https://www.seaottereurope.com/ This is where all the major brands and cycling companies showcase their new bikes and apparel.
But it is now just professional cyclists that Girona is about. Amateurs and members of leisure cycling clubs from all around the world come to Girona not only to rub shoulders with the pro cyclists but also to combine the trip with a vacation taking advantage of staying in a Charming Villa on the Costa Brava. When not cycling there’s a whole load of other stuff to do in the region from sampling the famed local cuisine, tasting the local wines and visiting farmers markets and for art lovers there’s the Dali triangle in Cadaques, Figueres and Pubol.
At Charming Villas we help our clients select the best property based on cycling criteria and can also help set up bike rentals and guides. Bellow is a list of alternative local cycling holiday companies and also bike rental companies;
Cycle Tourism https://www.cicloturisme.com/giro/
Bike Breaks https://www.gironacyclecentre.com/
Trek and Ride http://www.trekandride.com/en/
Happy Bikes Girona https://www.happybikesgirona.com/
Cicles JK https://www.ciclesjk.com/