Girona Women’s Cycling Camp

Girona, Spain


Highlights

30 SEP 2018 – 6 OCT 2018

Girona Women’s Cycling Camp

Find you “inner pro” in Eurpoe’s Cycling capital of Girona, Spain. Girona is dubbed Europe’s Cycling Mecca. Home to many Pro riders and for good reason. It boost fantastic cycling roads and terrain, a warm climate and a lively atmosphere in town.

Join us for this innovative women’s cycling camp and perfect your cycling skills with New Zealand’s pro rider Emily Collins for a full week. Learn new Skills, gain more confidence, and enjoy the experience of learning in a supportive and encouraging female environment.

Expect stunning landscapes, challenging climbs, great photo spots, new friends, pure air and time away from your smartphone when you’re riding with us.

30 SEP 2018 – 6 OCT 2018

Trip Characteristics

Countryside Villa

Girona, Spain

Road Biking

10 max. guests

All Meals Incl.

From $2,032

Intermediate

Airport Pick up and Drop off

6 nights

Just for the Girls

Available on Request

Spring


What’s Included…

  • 6 nights in charming accommodation hand picked by our experienced team- (All rooms are twin & prices are based on sharing)
  • In -house chef preparing delicious vegetarian meals with local products (Breakfast /lunch/Dinner)
  • Dinner out in Girona on final evening
  • Energy nutrition
  • 7 days of riding
  • Rides and training delivered by pro cyclist Emily Collins
  • Skills specific workshops
  • Fully supported tour with Tesla 100% electric support car, carrying snacks!
  • Group yoga session
  • Mid-week massage
  • Cleaning kit and tool kit available for use
  • Grand Tours Project cycling kit
  • Road book including all the details you need to know on your trip
  • Gpx files – for Garmin device upload
  • Transfers from and to a designated airport, within a predefined time window

…and what’s not

  • Lunch on Girona Recovery Day
  • Flights / transportation to the defined pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Bike rental available on request

The Experience

Our Women’s Cycling Camp is all about riding on Girona’s famous roads, learning new skills, gaining more confidence on the bike, and making new friends.

Expect to be on the bike for 40-120km and to climb around 1,000 -,2000m per day.

Maybe you’re a strong climber but a slow descender, maybe you find yourself struggling to ride in a peloton, or perhaps you just want to enjoy a week in the Spanish countryside with a group of like-minded girls and build your confidence on the bike. Emily Collins – a former TEAM TIBCO-SVB and Wiggle High 5 pro cyclist – will be sharing her knowledge, skills and many years of experience throughout the week, both on the daily guided rides and in skills-specific afternoon workshops.

At Grand Tours Project, we are passionate about living our lives as sustainably as possible, and the bicycle is both a symbol and a practical tool in creating a sustainable future. So we have designed this women’s camp to be at the cutting edge of how cycle tours and camps should be run in the future. This is the world’s first cycle camp using a 100% electric car as the support vehicle … our Tesla Model S electric car will join you on the rides each day, guaranteeing us the peace and quiet that goes with electric vehicles.

As well as riding, this camp also offers the atmosphere of being a pro cyclist, by living with your team-mates in our beautiful villa situated in the Girona countryside. Our in-house chef will prepare delicious healthy meals with local ingredients, and we will enjoy post-ride massages and a group yoga session.

This camp has been specifically designed for women by women with average-to-good cycling skills and experience but who wish to gain more out of their cycling. The average cycling distance per day is 60-100km. You will leave this camp feeling confident with your newly acquired skills and ready to take on a any newadventures. Please contact us with any questions.


Itinerary

DAY 1: WELCOME TO GIRONA

20 – 30 km

Nestled in the beautiful rolling countryside of the Baix Empordà, this stunning Catalonian villa will be yours for the week. It is the perfect venue to meet everyone, enjoy a welcome lunch and bike-building session, followed by a short afternoon ride. We will return to the villa for a delicious dinner – prepared by our in-house chef’s Mike and Michelle using local ingredients.

DAY 2: ROLLING HILLS

50 – 70 km

Struggling to beat your previous Strava record? Today is all about learning how to manage your efforts on short hills and maintain a speed that you are comfortable with.

Later in the day Emily will deliver an in-villa session on “how to train”, before enjoying a well deserved dinner.

DAY 3: CLIMBING

40 – 60 km

Climbing a big hill is not all about fitness and strength – there are skills and tactics to be learned. We all know what it feels like to suffer on a climb, and the first goal is to enjoy it! On our first climb of the day, Emily will share tips and tactics on how to manage big mountains. On the second climb the pace will be set for you … are you up for the challenge to race a pro? Do your new tactics work?

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to listen about “life as a pro” and ask as many questions as you like, and we may be lucky to be joined by another pro who lives in Girona.

DAY 4: RECOVER LIKE A PRO – COFFEE RIDE, EXPLORE GIRONA AND EVENING YOGA SESSION

30km

You may be surprised looking at the distance we cycle today, but pros know how to recover in style… an easy ride into Girona followed by a coffee at La Fábrica is all it takes!

Take the rest of the afternoon to find a spot for lunch and explore Girona at your own pace, guided by Emily’s tips on the hidden secrets. Upon returning to the villa it’s time to get together in the garden for a much needed yoga session.

DAY 5: DESCENDING

40 – 60 km

Descending should be about having fun while remaining safe and in control. Finish day 5 feeling confident on descent, knowing which line to take, where to break, and how to find the best body position.

Conserve your energy and prepare your muscles for tomorrow with a relaxing massage in the afternoon!

DAY 6: ENDURANCE RIDE

120 km

Put your new skills to the test on this endurance ride and Emily’s favourite route around the Costa Brava region. Riding in a group is an important skill, and we will work together as a team to conserve energy, maintain a good pace, and stay safe.

“The stretch of road along the coast is pretty phenomenal and won’t get old anytime soon!”

Enjoy a mid-ride picnic in a beautiful location before riding back to the villa. Following a well deserved rest we will enjoy our final evening by having a dinner out in Girona.

DAY 7: FINAL RIDE & GOODBYE!

20 – 30 km

After breakfast we will enjoy one last morning ride as a group before everyone returns back to their home turf to put our new skills to use.

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Please read to fully understand the Operators booking terms and conditions, as well as any disclaimers you might be agreeing to by confirming your booking. Go
Prior road bike experience is a must but you dont need to be an experienced rider … the aim of this trip is to leave feeling as if you have acquired new skills and confidence. Emily Collins, will be leading all of the rides, she has a very relaxed and fun mannerism. As a professional rider she will be sharing her years of experience in skills specific sessions/rides for example- breaking and cornering on descents, climbing , pacing yourself on endurance rides and riding in a group safely.
The ride distance varies daily but to give you an idea a ride will be from 40km - 120km. A long day on the bike will be followed by a shorter ride the following day. If you have a little look at the itinerary it will give you more of an idea of what to expect.
The rides will be managed according to the groups fitness and skills level, should there be a particularly strong rider in the group then they will be able to ride ahead on climbs and wait at the top while the rest of the ride catch up, but nobody will be left behind or feel like they are holding the group up. A support car will be following the group should you require food, water and/ or to drop some layers. There is always the option of jumping in the car if its a bit much.
Bike rental is available for an additional cost. The bike will be a high end Cannondale carbon bike with Shimano Ultegra (or similar). Please let us know in advance.
Arrival time to villa (Girona) from 12 noon. Day 1 is very relaxed, it is about getting to know each other, have lunch, prepare the bikes and go for a short ride in the beautiful Girona country side. Departure time from villa (Girona)12 noon. Depending on your departure airport you may be able to fly into Girona, alternatively Barcelona.
You will be staying in a beautiful Villa in the Catalan countryside complete with swimming pool, air conditioning and wifi. The rooms are twin rooms and the price is based on sharing. The Villa has been renovated so that electricity is provided from solar panels, heat and hot water from heat pumps or log boilers, and water from on-site wells to ensure as little impact on the environment as possible.
EMILY COLLINS: Emily joined her School cycling team as a keen 15 year old runner and aspiring triathlete. After lining up for her first School girls event and getting a taste of bike racing, she was hooked! In 2010, Emily began racing abroad between Europe and the USA and in 2013 turned professional. "Cycling has taken me to a long list of amazing countries and places, and I've met some of my best mates along the way. My most memorable racing experiences were competing for my country, New Zealand at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, winning my first big professional UCI race on Belgian cobbles in 2013, racing the women's 10 day Giro Rosa in Italy and competing in the women's La Course, along the famous Champs-Élysées in Paris". Emily lives in cycling hot spot, Girona, Spain and loves the incredible riding grounds and culture.
Yes, travel insurance is a MUST. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the appropriate insurance to cover you for all aspects this trip (remember that surfing is an action sport), including cancelation.
Yes, however if you do need to cancel for any reason a penalty is payable depending on the number of days prior to the trip you cancel: 180+ days: full refund • 91-180 days: 10% of trip price • 61 – 90 days: 30% of trip price • 31 – 60 days: 60% of trip price • 0 – 30 days: 100% of trip price

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