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My Girona

If our Instagram is anything to go by, this Catalan town is currently getting a lot of love from cyclists looking to make the most of its gorgeous architecture, top training routes and stunning food. We spoke to Dave from the wonderful Girona Gran Fondo to get his tips on the top places to ride, refuel and relax…

Ride here There are many options and loads of rides for all levels, but if I had to pick one I would say the coastal route via Llagostera is essential. We host this route weekly as an open guided loop.

Climb here Again there are many options, but for me the most complete would be Mare de Deu del Mont. Its a great ride and an awesome climb – the complete package.

Sprint here This would be the 26km climb and 18km descent on the Sant Hilari ride.

Eat here The best places to eat are the farmhouse restaurants, of which there are many. The more it looks like someone’s house the better the food will be. But it’s hard to find a bad meal here. In town the best option is the Federal – great food and atmosphere.

Sleep here The best place to stay is Hotel Nord 1901. It has the best location, is super bike friendly and even has a pool.

Party here Girona is a university town and there are plenty of bars and night spots right in town. I like the El Secret rooftop bar and Monopart nightclub.

Rest here We have the beach 50kms away, an easy bus ride. Closer to town we have a creek where you can also swim, which is very popular in the summer. The Bike Breaks shop ride has been known to visit here for a swim in August.

Girona Gran Fondo takes place each June. The event is designed to be inclusive for all levels and they aim to offer plenty of riding alongside lots of social activities. Visit gironagranfondo.com to register your interest. With grateful thanks to Dave for his words and pictures.