Cycling in Girona

Girona Cycling World

The Girona cycling community keeps growing each year, more professional cyclists come to train and live during the season. The local team, once called Tiaa-Cref has become a first class UCI Pro Team: the Slipstream Team, sponsored by Garmin-Sharp.

Girona also hosts many other cyclists, with whom we often ride and you will see while training or walking around little Girona. Ryder Hesjedal, David Millar, Dan Martin, Christian Vande Velde, and Levi Leipheimer all meet in Girona for their daily rides.
The teams you may spot around Girona are Garmin, Sky, GreenEdge, Team Blanco, BMC, NetApp-Endura…
And not to forget all the women cyclists in Girona! There is also a nice group including Evelyn Stevens, Carla Ryan, Emilia Fahlin, and many others.

Many are the articles that have featured Cycling in Girona and the Pros. Amongst them, The New York Times published in June 2005 “Finding Nirvana on Two Wheels”:

“The city’s live-and-let-ride reserve is one reason the cyclists have stayed. They began arriving 10 years ago on the advice of Johnny Weltz, a veteran Danish coach who lived near Girona and thought it would be a comfortable place for young American riders to spend the season.”
“Girona’s combination of city comforts, rider-friendly environs and bike-celebrity glamour makes it a natural destination for recreational cyclists. Several companies have launched Girona-based excursions.”
“Name recognition is a factor. “People who are into cycling know about Girona, because they’re always hearing about some American training at their second home there”

And more recently a great article published by Cyclist Magazine in the UK “Welcome To ProVille“:

“To cycle in Girona is to wander into the home of the professional peloton. Nestled between the sun-drenched beaches of the Costa Brava and the jagged peaks of the Pyrenees”

American riders Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie and other members of the US Postal Team made Girona their home in the late 1990s. Armstrong’s jersey still hangs in the reception of the elegant Hotel Historic where he once stayed. Britain’s Bradley Wiggins has previously lived in the city and it is now the base for around 70 professionals, including other Garmin-Sharp team members such as Britain’s David Millar and Ireland’s Dan Martin, as well as riders from Orica-GreenEdge, RadioShack Nissan Trek and Team Sky.

As Wiggins wrote in his 2009 biography In Pursuit Of Glory, ‘Girona is a great place, a real
mini centre for cycling, the weather is good, there are all sorts of training terrain and always a mob to train with. Brilliant.’

David Millar was equally enamoured when scripting his memoir, Racing Through The Dark. ‘Girona was perfect; the weather was fabulous, the roads quiet and varied… Waking up to blue skies was refreshing and the Catalans were friendly and welcoming.’

Cycling in Girona with Bikecat

Bikecat is a company specialized in custom cycling tours in Girona, Spain. Led by local guides who share their home and culture and what makes Girona such a draw for cyclists.

Bikecat is based in Girona and is the only company run by local guides. Cycling in Girona and Costa Brava is a destination many bike tour companies have in their calendar. We believed from the beginning that the best way to enjoy and experience a cycling tour is to share it with the locals. The cyclists and friends who come and visit encourage our work and personal attention, characteristic of Bikecat.

We provide high quality service from a single day – Guided ride in Girona, to a complete week-long cycling tour. All of our activities are custom designed to you and for your group no matter your riding level. Join us and we will take care of the rest. Enjoy a unique experience with the local touch to discover Girona, the best riding, and the finest cuisine and wines from Catalunya.

The Tour of Girona

The Girona Cycling Tour is your opportunity to come and ride where many professionals do with the local guides touch.
Discover Girona and why it’s so popular among pros. You will cycle with local riders and teams. Make this your best season ever; join us for you cycling holidays in Girona. Ride the same roads American and European professionals train on daily, in what has become a cycling mecca.

Most importantly, have fun with the Bikecat group as we challenge your legs, and fill your heart with the best that Girona has to offer. Heart pumping climbs, breathtaking views, thrilling descents, delicious cuisine, remarkable medieval villages, and a coastal ride that will make you want to stay. This is Cycling in Girona!

Coffee break while cycling in Costa Brava

Beer stop by the beach at a "Chiringuito"

Sant Grau Climb - Costa Brava Cycling