The Langdon Velo Challenge 2019 is back, and this year we are going to Spain! This year is special as its the 10th anniversary of the Langdon Velo, and it’s bound to be our best one yet. We’re gearing up to head to the Catalonian region of northern Spain to explore the roads surrounding the beautiful city of Girona.
Girona is the region’s cycling capital and well known for hosting thousands of cyclists every year, including the US Postal Service’s Professional Cycling Team. Girona, boasting challenging options such as the Massís de les Gavarres and the infamous Rocacorba, is a great place to go for some serious cycling.
Sunday June 2nd 2019
Arrival – Monseny Mountains
Touch down in Barcelona!
Meet Skedaddle team and bus to Sant Sadurní d’Osormort.
Grab quick bite to eat then get ready to ride.
From our starting point, we go gently downwards to the start of the Col de Sesplanes.
The mountain road snakes downwards to Sant Hilari de Sacalm.
Grab a coffee then embark on an exhilarating descent down to and beyond Santa Caloma farmland until we arrive at our spa accommodation in the village of Caldes de Malavella.
Monday June 3rd 2019
There will be two ride options, but we’ll all start the day together, winding our way along almost traffic-free roads which rise through beautiful Les Gavarres to Els Angels.
We’ll cross the sierra as we head down towards the town of Bisbal d’ Emporda.
We’ll enjoy a coffee together in the centre of medieval Monells village, approximately 40km into our ride, after which our two groups will part ways.
Those taking the shorter option head back to the hotel, crossing another swathe of Les Gavarres, climbing to 400m over the summit of Santa Pallaia and passing through the villages of Cassà de la Selvaand Quart.
Those choosing the longer option will head south east through Baix Emporda province and onto Costa Brava’s craggy coastline. We’ll hit Calonge and go west over one final cheeky climb before an undulating road returns us to the hotel.
Tuesday June 4th 2019
We’ll start the day together and head north through the centre of Girona, a great opportunity to admire the city’s architecture, before heading into the countryside.
34km into our ride, we’ll take different directions with the shorter route looping back south. The longer option goes to the foot of Rocacorba, the region’s most notorious climb. The challenging 14km climb will test our form on its slopes.
We’ll head back down the same way, via the lakeside town of Banyoles to re-join the route taken by our companions, back into the Gavarres National Park for one last climb over the Col de Portell.
Tonight is a free evening to enjoy the restaurants and explore the area.
Wednesday June 5th 2019
We’ll warm up gradually along the coastline of the Costa Brava until we reach the village of Llagostera.
From here the road begins to rise as we begin to explore yet another section the spectacular Les Gavarres National Park.
We’ll be sitting at 253m above sea level, from where the road will take us all the way down the valley to Tossa del Mar on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
We follow the coast road, heading north-east on a stunningly beautiful roller-coaster of a ride.
Then we go to Col de Montagut. It is here that our two parties will part company for the last time.
The longer option takes us back to the coast from the Col de Montagut, overlooking huge cliffs for a further 20km until we reach the resort of Sant Feliu de Guixols where we turn inland and go home via the small pass of Romanya de la Selva.
Thursday June 6th 2019
The optional morning loop takes us into the surrounding low forested hills passing the beautiful medieval villages of Castelar and Sant Mateu.
The smooth asphalt roads twist and turn and lead over two lesser cols presenting the opportunity to ride over the Portell from the opposite direction.
For those not wishing to ride, it is possible to take a taxi into central Girona to explore the winding lanes of the historic Jewish quarter.
Once back at the hotel we’ll enjoy lunch together before packing up and boarding the bus back to Barcelona airport for return flights.
There are only 5 spaces left on the ride, so if you know anyone who wants to take part in the ride, the clock is ticking and there are limited spaces available!
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