GIRONA GRAN FONDO


15th - 20th June 2015.

I think it’s a really good event with a nice mixture of cycling, things maybe amateur riders don’t normally get to do. - Shane Starling, m40 Hill climb winner 2014

GIRONA CYCLING FESTIVAL AND GRAN FONDO


Organized by Club Ciclista Bike Breaks and supported by the Girona Cycle Centre we are planning an even bigger event for 2015.
With new events and improved courses we are building on the success of 2014 to make this the even more unforgettable!!
The 2015 festival will include:



  • Daily group ride for all levels
  • Pasta Party
  • Timed hill climb with big prizes
  • BBQ
  • Urban downhill
  • Twilight crit in the medieval old town
  • Pre-Fondo party
  • Gran Fondo in the Volcanic natural park
  • Post race lunch


    

JUNE 2015 PROGRAMME

  • Registration and race pack collection for hill climb from Race Office at Carrer Mercaders, 16

    Morning Group Ride

  • Registration and race pack collection for Hill climb from Race Office at Carrer Mercaders, 16

    HILL CLIMB

    10.4 KM (6 MILES) +404M

    The week kicks off with the now infamous uphill time trial to the Els Angels monastery. The bar was set very high at the 2014 event and we expect a good turnout for this special closed road event.

  • Race village opens

    Registration and race pack collection from race village

    Morning group ride from race village

    In the evening the Catalan meal (silver and gold entry)

  • Morning group ride from race village

    Urban downhill: Incredible and spectacular mountain bike downhill event dropping into the centre via the steep steps of the medieval old town, from race village

    GIRONA NOCTURNE

    10 LAPS x 2.06 KM (1 MILES) +37M

    Start and finish in the race village this totally unique twilight crit runs through Girona’s old town at dusk.
    For 2015 we will have a new course but will retain the now infamous timed uphill section on cobbles.

    Post-Race party in Race Village.

  • Registration and race pack collection from Race Village

    Morning Group Ride

    Pre-Race Party (gold and silver entry)

  • GIRONA GRAN FONDO

    125 KM (78 MILES) +1.683M

    The main event!
    Again building on the success of the 2014 event, we have kept this very popular circuit largely unchanged but we have added more feed stations to the beautiful 125km loop taking the entrants on a >breathtaking ride through the Garrotxa Volcanic region.

    Check out HERE the video from 2014!!


REGISTRATION

Registration OPEN HERE

Our race village at La Copa will be available in June 2015.

GOLD PACK SILVER PACK HILL CLIMB GIRONA
NOCTURNE
GIRONA
GRAN
FONDO
350 € 200 € 40 € 40 € 75 €

· Race pack, goodie bag and Jersey
· Entry to all three events and post race meals
· Fully guided daily rides with special guest riders
· Front line start position
· Entry to the Catalan meal
· Entry to the pre race party
· Entry into prize draw
· Sports massage

· Race pack, goodie bag and Jersey
· Entry to all three events and post race meals
· Daily shop rides
· Entry to the Catalan meal
· Entry to the pre race party
· Entry into prize draw

· Race pack, goodie bag and T- shirt
· After race meal

· Race pack, goodie bag and T- shirt
· After race party

· Race pack, goodie bag and Jersey
· Feed stations
· After race meal
· Entry into prize draw

more info at

BIKE HIRE

Partners Bike Breaks the Girona Cycle Centre operate a fleet of Cannondale Synapse 2025 road bikes and offer weekly rental for 140€.
If you would like to reserve your bike please contact them www.gironacyclecentre.com

ACCOMMODATION

Girona is well provided with a large variety of hotels and accommodations of all types and to suit all budgets.
We are working with cycle holiday provider Bike Breaks the Girona Cycle Centre who will be able to offer you a range of accommodation options and packages free of booking charges.
You can contact them to take care of your booking www.gironacyclecentre.com

NON-RIDERS

Girona is a city on a human scale with all the charm of a larger city. Take a leisurely stroll through the old town, visit the museums and the historic buildings, wander through the streets and squares, and discover the tourist attractions, festivals, restaurants, cultural events, etc. Enjoy it at any time of year and, if you can, come back again and again! This lively city will always hold something in store to delight you.

PRESS

Girona Gran Fondo 16th - 22nd June 2014 - Download Press Release (PDF)


A new week-long festival of bike riding in Girona will offer a challenging series of events and introduce riders from Europe and the Americas to a stunning cycling location.

Girona - that’s in Spain, right?

“Despite the number of professional riders living in Girona, the amazing roads are still largely undiscovered by the majority of cyclists. The Girona Gran Fondo is a fantastic chance to ride the roads that we train on in a fun, well-organized atmosphere.” Garmin pro cyclist, Dan Martin 2014

The Catalan city of Girona has long been known for its labyrinth of medieval streets with their myriad restaurants and bars. More recently, it’s become famous as a cycling destination and base for dozens of pro cyclists. Well, now you can discover the quiet roads and enjoy a Gran Fondo based in the greatest cycling city in the world.

The Girona Gran Fondo took place from the 16th to the 22nd of June 2014. Organized by Club Ciclista Bike Breaks supported by the Girona Cycle Centre, the event became a weeklong cycling extravaganza.

With a Nocturne ride through the medieval old city, a timed hill climb of nearby mountain Els Angels and a 125km loop into the hilly region north of the city with plenty of après bike in between, the Girona Gran Fondo is a great opportunity to spend time in the picturesque city and ride the fantastic roads of the region. There’s a good reason so many pros make Girona their base…

In 2015, the Girona Gran Fondo will again be an unforgettable week in the city and a long overdue showcase for what sometimes feels like a cycling theme park. With easy access from both Barcelona or Girona airports and high-speed AVE rail links from Spain and France, it’s never been easier to visit.

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Check out the guys that do the timing for our Girona Gran Fondo: www.tempsxcurses.com


TRAVEL

Girona is located in Catalunya in the north of Spain, between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea. It's a very easy place to access with an international airport in both Girona and nearby Barcelona. Girona also has excellent rail links to Barcelona and to Paris with the new high speed AVE rail system.

The Girona Gran Fondo Race Office is located at Carrer Mercaders, 16. (See on Google Maps)

By car

The old town here in Girona is very difficult to navigate by car, so we always recommend that you leave the car in one of the car parks on the edge of the old town. Please do not use the SATNAV to come into the old town. Leave the motorway AP-7 at junction 6 (Girona nord) and follow signs for the city centre (centre ciutat). When you reach the large roundabout next to the Park ´La Devesa´, where you get a beautiful first sight of Girona Cathedral and Sant Felix’ church, you park your car and continue on foot into the old town crossing the ‘Pont de Sant Feliu’ foot bridge. After crossing the river, in Placa sant Feliu square opposite the famous Sant Feliu church tower, you keep right, taking the street Ballesteries away from the ’River Café’, go straight on for 500m then after passing the 'Creperie Bretonne' on your left hand side keep right leaving the cobbles street, passing the naked lady sculpture on your left hand side go straight on for 20m into the small square on which the race office is located.

By foot / on bike

Make your way to the famous street ´La Rambla´ next to the river ´Onyar´ in the centre of Girona. Follow the Rambla away from Plaça Catalunya. After passing the Irish Bar McKiernans on the right hand side under the arches turn right through a very small passageway into the small squre on which the race office is located.

By train

Exit the train at Girona train station. Leave the station and in front of the bus station you turn left and follow the raised railway line (for about 5 minutes) until you reach the street Santa Eugenia, here you turn right and continue straight on. Cross over the street Jaume 1 then take the street Carrer Nou straight on to Placa Catalunya.
Follow the Rambla away from Plaça Catalunya. After passing the Irish Bar McKiernans on the right hand side under the arches turn right through a very small passageway into the small squre on which the race office is located.

By plane

From Girona airport: you can fly to Girona Airport with Ryanair from a variety of locations across Europe. From the airport you can take a taxi (it is also possible to take a bus from Girona airport to the Girona Bus/Train station please see above directions from Girona Station) to the famous square 'Placa Catalunya' take the street 'La Rambla' away from 'Placa Catalunya' and after passing the Irish bar McKiernans on the right hand side under the arches turn right through the very narrow passegeway into the small square where we are located.

From Barcelona Airport

It is possible to take the Metro line into Barcelona city from Barcelona Airport. This service departs every hourly and takes 19 minutes to get to Barcelona Sants train station, where you can change to the next platform for the train to Girona, which takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Please see above directions to us from the Girona train station.