Girona, the training ground of professional cyclists!26-04-2018
Nowadays, Girona is known for being one of the cities where the most professional cyclists live. From Millar to Gesink, as well as the Yates brothers and Van Garderen... More than 80 professional cyclists have made this a home for themselves and their bikes. Girona has become the El Dorado for cycling.
The first professionals who came to the Costa Brava to live in the late 1990s were Americans from the Motorola team as they followed Johnny Weltz, the sports director of the team back then and a resident of Girona. Thanks to him, the biggest stars of American cycling at the time, such as Tyler Hamilton, Levi Leipheimer and Armstrong, have since come to live in this part of Catalonia. This is how David Millar —stage winner on the Tour— describes Girona in his autobiography entitled Racing Through The Dark: “Girona was perfect; the weather was great, the roads quiet and varied... waking up under a blue sky was refreshing and the Catalan people are very friendly”. With the passing of time, more and more cyclists have come to live here from all over the world.
Today, there are about 80 professional cyclists living and training in this city. Three teams are based here: EF Education First-Drapac, Mitchelton-Scott and Israel Cycling Academy. Robert Gesink, stage winner in the Vuelta and six in the Tour de France 2016, is undoubtedly the best city ambassador for cyclists. He shows off Girona and its surroundings on his social media networks. Kittel, Van Garderen, Woods, De la Cruz, Benett, Stuyven, Yates... the élite of global cycling train in Girona.
The reasons for coming here are numerous and it must be said that the region has many advantages for cycling. Of course, the Mediterranean weather is perfect for this sport as there are very few days on which a cyclist cannot go for a ride because of the weather. Its geographic location close to the Pyrenees means cyclists can vary between mountain, semi-mountain and flat routes while enjoying the quality of secondary roads and little traffic. The area offers a natural environment with enormous variety and wealth, perfect for racking up the hours on the saddle. Furthermore, a genuine cycling-based economy has emerged in Girona, with numerous bicycle shops and cafés, such as the famous “La Fábrica” —the Mecca for all cyclists who visit Girona.
So, if you want to ride the incredible training roads of the vast majority of professionals and feel just like them, make sure you register today.