Last, yet certainly not least is the ever popular Girona Gran Fondo Sportive. Since its inception, the course has been a stunning 125km rolling loop from Girona out to Olot and via the Garroxta Volcanic region. Challenging, yet manageable and mostly along quiet, rolling back roads will make for an enjoyable day out on the bike.
In 2016, participants asked for more of a challenge and that is exactly what they got with the optional addition of the ‘Rocacorba challenge’ to the current Gran Fondo route. Early into the event, Rocacorba goers will veer off course and tackle the climb, while regular route riders will continue on. The Rocacorba challenge’s timing will commence at the base and finish at the top of the relentless 10km climb.
Rocacorba is famously known within the cycling world as one of Girona’s best, yet toughest climbs. Used as a key form tester by many professional road riders living in the area; its steep, unforgiving nature is not one to tread on lightly. Safe to say, it is expected and advised that challengers train up to the event appropriately. The challenge extends the total Gran Fondo distance to a lengthy 142km and judging by the faces of relief on completion in 2018 -a challenge it was.
A big bonus and differential to your everyday Gran Fondo are the ever impressive feed zones throughout the course supported and run by local Girona businesses. Word on the street is that for the 2019 edition, no one will be wanting to leave the feed zone with the Rocacorba Food Truck and Local Market taking on the challenge. Following last years Federal Cafe quinoa salad and Sleep & Stay’s fruit frenzy, they are sure to be bringing their A games – the anticipation has begun!
To complete the week on a high, a post Gran Fondo Botifarrada (Catalan BBQ) will take place in the Race Village following a tough yet memorable day out on the bike. Always a social occasion with great banter, beers, food and an overall prize giving – not jut for the category winners but the overall raffle which in the past has included Cannondale bikes and a list of other must-haves.