We’ve been wanting to do a ‘prospotting’ Big Ride feature in the Catalonian city of Girona for some time. Like trainspotting or birdspotting, this would be about getting, Attenborough-like, a glimpse of professional cyclists in the wild, while out riding their bikes.
As a base for pro cyclists Girona, 100km north of Barcelona, took off in the late ‘90s when Lance Armstrong moved there from France. It overtook the likes of Tuscany, Italy, which was popular through the 80s and 90s, and has been a particular hotspot for riders from English speaking countries like the US, Britain, Australia and New Zealand.
These days, there are upwards of 100 pros living there when they’re not at races, training camps or back in their home country for Christmas. There’s a reason so many are there – the roads are quiet, mountainous but never that high and it has a good winter climate. If you can’t spot a pro in Girona, you can’t spot one anywhere, especially in November, when the season is over and training camp season has yet to start.
In November (14-17th) we’ll be heading out to Girona to join Mummu Cycling on one of their long weekend tours, for a spot of prospotting. Mummu are one of the official tour operators of the Tour de France and we joined them for the Pyrenean leg of the 2018 Tour de France (you can read about it here). Former pro Emily Collins is guiding the 350km tour.
Mummu are taking bookings for the tour now, starting from £1095, with 5% off for those booking early. To read more about the tour, head over to their website.
While we’re on winter cycling destinations, this month’s issue (358) of Cycling Plus, out on the 10 September, comes with a 28-page travel guide supplement. One of the features is on winter training camps and the benefits of taking warm weather days amid the tyranny of the British winter. Elsewhere, five top winter cycling destinations are profiled, and we’ve also a suggestion on what you could do with all that hard-earned winter form in the summer with a report by Trevor Ward on the Maratona dles Dolomites.
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