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La Vuelta Epic Climbs Bike Tour

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Day 1 Welcome To Catalunya!

  • We will meet in Barcelona Sants Train Station. Our team will be waiting at the main entrance at 15:00 to welcome and transfer you to our hotel in Andorra la Vella, the heart of the Pyrenees, where we will arrive approximately at 19:00.
  • You can also arrive at the hotel on your own, but you must indicate it on the booking form or emailing us. If you are arriving before the set time, you will be able to check-in indicating your name and our company name (TOURMALET 2015 SLU). In case you have booked accommodation in a shared room with another client, we kindly ask you to keep the room in perfect condition until his arrival.
  • Upon arrival at the hotel, we will offer a briefing providing general information about the tour before proceeding to bicycles tuning for all those customers who have contracted our rental service.
  • We will end this first trip day having a fantastic welcome dinner with the whole team at the hotel.
  • Important information: Please refer to the Travel Details section for detailed information about the different public and private transport possibilities to the initial meeting point. For your information, we offer optional transfers service upon request. You can hire them on the booking form.

Day 2 / Stage 1 Comella – Engolasters – Cortals – Ordino

  • After our first night in Andorra la Vella, we’ll get up raring to explore the fantastic landscapes of the so-called Country of the Pyrenees.
  • We’ll start the route by joining three pretty climbs that will take us to an altitude of 2,093 metres, the highest point of this third stage. After a short climb to Alt de la Comella, the road gets harder and we’ll head towards Alt d’Engolasters and the reservoir that was created to send water to the hydroelectric power station, which supplies 20% of the electricity consumed in the country. We can’t leave without stopping to enjoy the views of the mountains and peaceful waters. We then ride on a short stretch of gravel that will lead us to the tough slopes of today’s main objective, Cortals d’Encamp, a special category mountain pass that was a stage finish in the 2015 and 2019 editions of La Vuelta a España.
  • The stage ends with the climb to Coll d’Ordino, quite possibly the loveliest mountain pass in Andorra. The summit features the amazing viewpoint of the Mirador del Roc del Quer, which will delight us with 360° panoramic views of Encamp valley and the nearby mountain peaks before the final descent to our comfortable hotel.
  • CBT Route    Epic Route
  • 34 km        64 km
  • 1.378 mts    2.060 mts
  • Mountain Passes
  • Llac D’engolasters
  • (from Alt de la Comella)
  • Elevation: 1052 m / 3451 feet
  • Lenght: 15,6 km / 9,69 miles
  • Average Gradient: 6,2%
  • Els Cortals D’encamp
  • (from Llac d’Engolasters)
  • Elevation: 466 m / 1528 feet
  • Length: 5,9 km / 3,66 miles
  • Average Gradient: 7,6%

Day 3 / Stage 2 La Gallina – La Rabassa

  • Today we’ll visit the south of the principality of Andorra, where we’ll tackle the challenging climbs to Coll de la Gallina and La Rabassa, which will delight the most enthusiastic cyclists.We’ll begin the stage heading towards Spain until reaching the junction that indicates the start of the climb to the impressive Coll de la Gallina, a stage finish and decisive mountain pass in several editions of La Vuelta a España. No wonder professional cyclists based in the area use its steep slopes as a training ground and it is a regular track for Purito Rodríguez, Andorra’s great cycling ambassador. After a good dose of suffering, we’ll reach the summit and then we’ll descend down the Fontfreda side, paved in 2015 by the Andorran government to enable cyclists to use both sides of the mountain.
  • The last mountain pass on the route is also a regular feature in the thrilling stages of La Vuelta a España that take place in Andorra. Although it is the longest, it is not as tough as the previous one. The climb will take us to Naturlandia, the adventure park of the Pyrenees that we can visit if we feel like having some fun before heading back to Andorra la Vella.
  • CBT Route    Epic Route
  • 32 km        73 km
  • 1.032 mts    2.324 mts
  • Mountain Passes
  • Coll De La Gallina
  • Elevation: 1009 m / 3310 feet
  • Length: 11,9 km / 7,39 miles
  • Average gradient: 8,3%
  • La Rabassa
  • Elevation: 1200 m / 3937 feet
  • Length: 17,4 km / 10,81 miles
  • Average gradient: 6,5%

Day 4 / Stage 3  Beixallís – Cabús – Pal

  • Our last day in Andorra will keep us up in the mountains. We’ll say goodbye to this marvellous country by climbing three beautiful mountain passes.
  • The first is Coll de Beixalís, which was paved in 2015 for the La Vuelta a España and the following year it also featured in the Tour de France. The road starts off with an extremely steep slope to reach staggering elevation gains; it then gradually becomes easier on the legs until we reach the top, at a height of 1,795 metres. The descent passes through Anyós Park, an exclusive sports club where we can treat ourselves to a drink on its pleasant terrace.
  • The ascent to Coll d’en Cabús starts in La Massana. The category-1 mountain pass will take us to Catalonia’s natural border. The last kilometres will offer us impressive views of the peak of Comapedrosa, the highest mountain in Andorra. From the summit we’ll be able to spot the route that was used years ago to smuggle Andorran tobacco into Catalonia and, if we carry on looking at history’s horizon, we’ll also see the people who secretly used the route in the middle of the 20th century, in their search for freedom.
  • Halfway down we’ll treat ourselves to a last climb and we’ll go to the Pal-Arinsal ski resort, a stage finish in the 1993 edition of the Tour de France and of our own spectacular tour of the Pyrenees.
  • CBT Route    Epic Route
  • 52 km        68 km
  • 1.580 mts    2.084 mts
  • Mountain Passes
  • Coll De Beixalís
  • Elevation: 556 m / 1824 feet
  • Length: 6,6 km / 4,10 miles
  • Average gradient: 8,4%
  • Port De Cabús
  • Elevation: 1052 m / 3451 feet
  • Length: 15,6 km / 9,69 miles
  • Average gradient: 6,2%

Day 5 Good Journey Back!

  • After a few intense cycling days, this great experience will come to an end. We sincerely hope that you enjoy it as much as we do.
  • We leave the hotel in our transfer vans at 09:00 and you will be taken to Barcelona-Sants Train Station, in Barcelona city centre, where we will arrive at approximately 12:00 noon. Thank you so much for trusting us and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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