September 13th-16th, 2018.
This is a great trip for those new to Alpine style climbing as the climbs albeit long, rarely push above 7% and only average 5.2%. We press through stunning tree lined hills in the French Pyrenees which lead into the more ‘open’ Spanish Catalan Pyrenees with big descents on to the Spanish plains on the second and third day. We finish early on the Sunday for Tapas on the beach at Caldes, just up the coast from Barcelona.
Flight pick-ups from Carcassonne and Toulouse airports on the Thursday afternoon/evening.
Day 1 – 132km : Cathar Country and The Pyrenees
Carcassonne to Llivia via Limoux, and Axat.
Our first day in the mighty Pyrenees takes us through the famous Blanquette sparkling wine area of Limoux into the Aude river gorge. We then start our first gentle climb following the river for 15kms up the spectacular Gorge de St George, past a ruined Cathar castle and alpine meadows. The climb then ramps up into a series of switch backs as we ascend our second category 2 climb to the small ski resort of Formigueras, and Font Romeo, finishing just over the border in Cerdagne, am independent mountain principality governed by Spain.
Day 2 – 139km The Catalan Pyrenees
Cerdagne to Vic via Puigcerdu, Ripoli and Pantano. We start our second mountain day with a flat rollout to the border town of puigcerdu where we enter our main climb of the day to the Catalan ski resort of La Molina, a stunning climb averaging 6% gradient, offering fantastic vistas of the Pyrenees to the west. This is followed by a great descent to Castell for a coffee . The route then twists through rustic mountain roads on good surfaces and small hill villages as the mountain pines give way to the olive groves of the National Park and we finally reach the Spanish plains and and the old Catalan town of Vic where we spend the night in a 4 star converted monastery.
Stage 10- 95km- Parc Naturel Del Montgenyo.
Our final day on Monday involves an easy morning rollout through the National Park De MontGeny before entering our final climb of the trip, a 10km grind on good surfaces to a 1125m summit . We then have a massive 55km descent through the National Park De Mont Norge to the coastal plain. We finish at a 4 star spa beach club at Arenys Del Mar for a shower, Tapas lunch, pack-up and early evening transfer to Barcelona airport, 30mins away.
£699.00 based on 2 sharing. Half board accommodation for 3 nights ( single supplement is £140.00)