Today is Costa Brava coast and a 105km blast on some of the finest cycling roads in the world containing three climbs as the road winds over the mountains to the Costa Brava.
Ride 1: 107 kms. Challenging
Altitude gain: 1630 metres.
Ride 2: 95 kms. Moderate
Altitude gain: 1260 metres.
Our second full day is a harder ride taking riders south to the Costa Brava coast and a 105km blast on some of the finest cycling roads in the world containing three climbs as the road winds over the mountains to the Costa Brava.
We will ride to first to Llagostera to begin the St Grau climb, a 9km climb with a few ups and downs that ends at the chapel of Sant Grau. From the chapel it’s a winding 8 km descent with amazing views to the sea. Once we hit the coast we will take the roller coaster road going north along the Costa Brava to Sant Feliu and S’Agaró. On the way back we will climb once more to Romanyà, with a possible lunch stop in Llagostera before returning to Girona.
A shorter and easier option is available, cutting out the second climb to Romanyà and instead take a shortcut following the valley bike path to meet up with the rest of the group after they have come over the climb.
We should arrive back in Girona early afternoon, unless the temptation to sit in a bar on the beach proves too tempting, but we’ve got all day so we’ll let the day unfold and take every opportunity as it comes.