When you think of the best place to ride your bike, most of you would probably come up with the Alps, the Dolomites, the Pyrenees or maybe Mallorca. But what about the relatively new cycling paradise where over a hundred of professional cyclists live? Yes, we’re talking about Catalonia and in particular Girona. This region lies in the north of Spain, just below the Pyrenees. Now you can train there yourself as well…at home! We’ve added fourteen new films from this region in the Tacx Desktop app with a total distance of 350 km and an agonizing 10 km uphill!
Catalonia is the home of many pro cyclists, but why is this region so special for them that they’ve adopted it as their training base? The answer to this is pretty obvious: this area has everything they need. It offers all types of terrain with a huge variety of excellent training roads. In addition, it’s relatively quiet and untouched by tourism, it has fine weather throughout the year, and last but not least it’s close to an airport. Quite convenient when you have to travel as often as they do.
Dutch pro rider Robert Gesink moved to Girona a couple of years ago. “If you live here, it’s less hard to go out and train because there’s so much variety,” the Jumbo-Visma rider explains. “I can go up into the mountains, into the Pyrenees. During summer you can go to the beach. There are some great climbs there and you get different views. That’s why I like this region. It never gets boring.”
But, of course, the Catalan region has more to offer than the surroundings of Girona. That’s why we did some cherry picking for you, so you can discover these great rides at home. Besides the popular routes of the pro cyclists like the Banyoles tour near Girona or the climb of Els Angels (where you’ll find a church at the top in which the renowned surrealist artist Salvador Dalí was married), we have also added scenic rides in the amazing mountains of Val d’Aran. While you’re suffering on your Tacx, you will pass some of the oldest and least populated villages in Aran that are full of character.
Or you can enjoy the beautiful view of one of the most popular rides on the Costa Brava coastline. This rollercoaster ride has an excellent course profile for increasing your VO2 max with the constant stream of fairly short climbs. If this is not enough for you, challenge yourself and conquer the long and steep Montseny Turó de l’Home. It’s the only Hors catégorie mountain pass in Catalonia that doesn’t belong to the Pyrenees and can be seen as the Catalan version of the Mont Ventoux!
So, what are you waiting for? Discover it yourself in the Tacx Desktop app now and get ready for the cycling season in the same way the pros do!