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Girona Cycling Festival

The GIRONA CTYCLING FESTIVAL will be held again in June from the 15th to the 21st 2015
REGISTRATION is now open!!!

www.gironagranfondo.com

With a Nocturne lap ride through the medieval old city, a timed hill climb of nearby mountain Els Angels, culminating with a 125km loop into the volcanic region to the north of the city, and plenty of après bike and partying in between, this is THE Gran Fondo of 2015.

The Girona Gran Fondo will be an unforgettable weeklong cycling extravaganza in Girona and a long overdue showcase for this theme park for cycling

 

 

 

 

Bike Breaks has been running weekly shop rides from the Girona Cycle Centre for several weeks now and they have been growing in popularity. The weekly rides are a social event with the aim to allow visiting riders as well as locals and pros to get to know each other and the area.

We head out of town at an easy pace then stop after approx. one hour for coffee. After the coffee stop the group splits up for longer or shorter ways home. For more infomration click here......

road cycling in girona

 

The group ride is open at all no matter your level or fitness and free to join on your own bike or one of ours. We leave every Thursday from The Bike Breaks bike shop in Girona's old town at 1000.

Vols sortir en bicicleta de carretera amb grup ?

Ens trobem aqui a Bike Breaks els dijous a les 10:00. Sortirem de la cuitat amb un ritme suau i pararem a fer el cafè al cap d' una hora. Després el grup es dividirá segons nivells.

 

 

Team GB rider Lucy Martin has done the draw for our Bike Breaks Facebook competition for the signed Dominique Rollin Team FDJ shirt, check the Picture to see if you have won and get in touch to claim your PRIZE.

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 Check out this review of our rental bikes from BikeRadar, or come and rent one and come cycling in Girona with Bike Breaks !!

 

 

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Many thanks to Team GB rider and Girona resident Lucy Martin for doing the draw for the Bike Breaks Signed cycling Jersey competition.We have 4 lucky winners who have won a signed shirt each and a runner up who has won a signed water bottle. To claim your prize please send us an email with your address and we will get the cycling shirts over to you asap..........

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bike Breaks Signed shirt competition at this weekends LONDON BIKE SHOW stand number LB122.....

London Bike Show

 Compettion details.....


Check out the fantastic article from Irish Journalist Brian Canty about us, new Bike Breaks partner Dan Martin, our incredible new shop in Girona and cycling in Girona in general

dan martin at bike breaksCheck out the fantastic article from Irish Journalist Brian Canty about us, new Bike Breaks partner Dan Martin, our incredible new shop in Girona and cycling in Girona in general ...... http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/dan-martin-moves-into-business-with-shop-and-tour-company-interests/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New girona bike shop locationWe have now moved to our new location still in the heart of Girona's old town but now in a bigger, better, faster and stronger shop. Offering the best range of services for cyclists and now some new products and facilities for everyone who wants to cycle in Girona. Watch this space for more pictures and info on the shop or if you're in town come down and check out Girona's new Bike shop !!!

 

 

 

 

Flamme rouge Bike bREaks competition

We are proud to announce the winner of the Bike Breaks - Flamme Rouge holiday competition. The lucky winer is CLAS LAU from Denmark who has won the Cycling holiday in Girona. Clas please contact us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to claim your prize...........

Many thanks to the guys from Flamme Rouge for running this comp for us, see you soon in Girona...

 

 

bike breaks prize draw with Dominique RollinBike Breaks London Bike Show Competition results...

Today Pro rider Dominique Rollin from FDJ BigMat made the draw for the 16 winners of our competition held last weekend at the London Bike Show. Below are the lucky winners and the prize they have won.

If you are one of the winners please send us an email and confirm your ticket number and details and we will send off your prize.....

 

 

 

  • First prize winner of the Girona short break road bike Holiday is CARA WOOLNOUGH
  • Second prize winner of a signed jersey from Dominique Rollin is SUSAN BAKER
  • Third prize winner of a signed jersey from Sharon Laws is GREGG GROBLER
  • Fourth prize winner of a signed jersey from Dan Martin is DAN RUTSON
  • Fifth Prize winner of a signed jersey from David Miller is OLIVER QUINTON

The following eleven winners will all receive a limited edition water bottle signed by Alex Rasmussen...

  • BEN BROCKS
  • SUZY EDINGTON
  • ALISON PRETIOUS
  • ANDRIES SMIT
  • ALAN NORRIS
  • NEIL HUXHAM
  • KRYSTANO PAPA
  • SUSAN PEARMAIN
  • BARBARA COSGRAVE
  • LEON PENDERIS
  • NIGEL IDEN

My apologise if i have misspelled any of your names and congratulations...........

Bike breaks is once again going to be exhibiting at the London Bike show in January, this year with a competition (for full details of our prize draw see below) to win signed jerseys and other goodies so come along to the show and check out our stand, click here for hire info.... we are also running a competition with the guys from Flamme rouge to win tickets to the fair, click here for more details

Competition details

The competion will be run as a prize draw, to be held on the 20th of January 2012 and entrants will need to check the Bike Breaks website for results www.gironacyclecentre.com and then email Bike Breaks with a valid entry number to claim their prize.

• First prize will be a Road bike Short Break holiday for 2 in Girona!

Bike Breaks offers an amazing weekend of road riding with two days of guided riding from the incredible bike crazy town. A perfect weekend mini break allowing you to escape the gloom and blast the training roads of the pros.
Test your fitness on some challenging climbs and your bike handling on some twisty downhills.
With many rides possible from Girona we have many options for rides ranging from 50 to 100km of varied degrees of difficulty.
Included:
Accommodation: staying in double room, self catering
Meals: Lunch each riding day in a traditional Catalan restaurant
Required fitness: Low to high
Rides: 2 fantastic fully guided rides with options from 50 to 100 km

Bike hire: Cannondale Supersix (prize winners only)

Holiday can be claimed during 2012 subject to availability.

The holiday does not include your flights to Girona!

 

• Second, Third and Fourth numbers drawn will win signed cycling jerseys from top world tour teams!
• Fifth to Fifteenth numbers drawn will win a signed Camelbak limited edition world cup water bottle!

 

 

Check us out on this recent Catalan TV-show GR. Camí de Sant Jaume, all about cycling in Girona.

Click on the link below

GR. Camí de Sant Jaume - Bike Breaks on TV!

 

 


 

Final results from the European cup

After a long and difficult season with alot of mechanical problems and bad luck the Bike breaks team went to Flims in Switzerland for the final race in the series.

In less than perfect conditions Bike Breaks rider Dave Welch was able to qualifiy at the back of the grid after his gears jammed at the start. Dave then snapped his chain in his second run but finished on foot and was able to achieve third place in his category (master 30). The results for the year are as follows......

1 BISHOP Aidan (RAPIDRACERS/TREK/MAVIC-TREK) 621,00
Epreuve Dossard Pos Points Coeff Total
 England
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2 OLIVARES Salvador (SALVA OLIVARES-LAPIERRE) 596,00
Epreuve Dossard Pos Points Coeff Total
Espagne

3 WELCH Dave (BikeBreaks-Mongoose) 550,00
Epreuve Dossard Pos Points Coeff Total
England

Once again we would like to thank all the sponsors for their help and support this season Mulebar for fueling the riders, zeroflats used by the whole team who sustained no punctures at all during the whole competition !! Mongoose bikes which have worked without fault all year, Blacxseatposts, who's new model is out now and much improved and of course Bike breaks the girona cycle centre powering the team throughout.... watch this space for next year.....

 

Team Bike Breaks/Mongoose at the Megavalanche.

Bike Breaks team riders Marc Whitelaw and Dave Welch made the trek to the Alps for the largest mountain bike race in the world with 2000 competitors,  the longest downhill race in the world and one of the most crazy things any mountain biker will ever do!

The weather was perfect for a change and we enjoyed four blazing days of Alpine sun. The trail conditons were also fantastic, training the two race tracks was a pleasure.

Friday's qualification went exactly to plan with Bike Breaks rider Dave qualifying on the front row of the Saturday's challenger race with Marc right behind him on the second row, a very close and fast race.

The Mega Challenger race on the following Saturday was the most physically difficult that I can remember with 33km of technical dowhnill starting at 3300m altitude. There was more snow than in previous years meaning the riders had to run 2 km in 30cm deep snow at 3000m altitude, a test of fitness and commitment. The famous course this year had some changes to include more pedalling making the track even more physical.

Bike Breaks rider Dave Welch finished 9th overall and 3rd Master 30 getting a welcome podium finish for Team Bike Breaks/Mongoose. Team rider Marc finished a respectable 30th in the senior category, a great result for the rider in his first Megavalanche race, look for big things next season!

Team Bike Breaks/Mongoose would like to send a special thanks to MONGOOSE, CANNONDALE, MEDINA LLAGOSTERA, MULE BAR, ZEROFLATS and BIKE BREAKS GIRONA CYCLE CENTRE.

For more info, pics and vids from Marcs helmet cam see our facebook page..... 

Finally everyone at the Girona Cycle Centre wishes Marc's bro a speedy recovery after his crash.... Get well soon Nick!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The results are in from the first two races in this years European cup. After two of the most wet and muddy races i can remember Team Bike Breaks member Dave Welch now stands 8th in the Master 30 Cat.

The first race this year in Andorra in the Pyrenees was very popular as ever with just over 500 riders turning up to try to qualify for the Europe cup. The course in Andorra is pretty technical and physically demanding as normal, this year made more difficult by rain during Fridays practice session.

Thankfully there was no more rain on Saturday morning for the qualification. Bike Breaks rider Dave Welch snapped his chain but still managed to finish 18th just scrapping through to qualify for the Europe cup. Bike Breaks rider Marc Whitelaw just missed out on the Euro race but made the front row of the grid for the Maxi Challenger race.

Sunday saw dark clouds and the threat of more rain. In the first run both Team bike Breaks riders made it down without problem and after some frantic bike cleaning set off back to the top for round two. The heavens opened up once again at the start of round two and more rain fell, Dave made it down to finish a resepectable19th in his category after starting at the back of the grid and Marc suffered a puncture and was unable to finish.

Round two, Samoens in the French Alps was a total mud festival, with 12 hours of torrential rain on the Friday the track was water logged and slippery.

The new format for qualifications confronted riders with 4 separate tracks to complete in one day, and partly due to the conditions suited the downhill riders the most. Team Bike Breaks more used to the sunny dust covered trails found when cycling in Girona struggled in the mud, however Dave managed to qualify, again at the back of the grid, with Marc taking his now normal position at the front of the challenger race.

After still more rain during the night Sunday's race looked uncertain as the second chair lift riders used to get the top was frozen together in the sub zero temperatures. Finally after a delayed start as race officials tried to repair the lift, the first round began half way down the planned course. After sliding, running and falling down the slime covered mountain both Team Bike Breaks riderS came down safely if a little wet. The second round started at the top as planned, after the ski lift had been thawed out, in the snow and was a much longer, more physical run down. Again both Bike Breaks riders made it down safe, Dave placing 23rd in his cat. and Marc an amazing 4th in the senior cat. of the challenger race in his second ever marathon race ever!!!!!

For more pics of the kit destruction see our facebook page. Thanks to all our sponsors Girona Cycle Centre, Mule Bar, Mongoose, Medina Llagostera, Zero Flats.

Looking forward now to the Mega Avalanche in July and the remaining European races later on in the year.

 

 


 

The Cannondale six 105, our chosen road hire bike, has won the coverted Cycling Plus bike of the year award.

"A sublime blend of speed and comfort – a great all-rounder"

Check out the full article on Bike Radar... and to check out the bike come and rent one from us ......!!

http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/cannondale-six-carbon-named-2010-bike-of-the-year-25639

 

 


 

Floral dec of the monumental city and the courtyards, which are opened to visitors. The floral decorations are accompanied by light and water and picturesque, sculptural and musical settings.'

The famous Temps de Flors flower festival is a week long event starting on the 8th of May. Many of the normaly closed private areas of the old town are opened to visitors and decorated with flowers in a variety of imaginative ways.

The girona cycle centre is located next to one of the exhibits, the rear stairs of the Church of Sant Feliu, and will be doing its bit with a cycle related theme to help out with the festivities so drop past and have a look.......

For more info have a look at the link below....

http://www.gironatempsdeflors.net/cat/index.php 

 

Bike Breaks on TV!

Bike Breaks Girona Cycle Centre TV

Bike Breaks Girona Cycle Centre on TV!