Bike Breaks Girona Cycle Centre opened back in 2008. It is incredible how much Girona has evolved into the cycling hub it is today since then. And we, as Bike Breaks, have seen it all and have played a big part of this development.

We’ve seen Girona grow from the days when it was just locals, a few tourists and Lance Armstrong cruising around the streets, to the pro cycling hub it is today.

We started Bike Breaks as a team already 10 years ago after spending the 8 years prior to that gaining experience in the industry here in Girona to be able to establish our own family business.

We both fell in love with the area for its beauty and all the possibilities it has for cycling as we are avid riders and qualified guides. We are also former competitors in local cross country races and European cup downhill marathon competitions.

We wanted to create a great space where people could share in our passion for cycling, and we are very grateful and happy to see what Bike Breaks has become.

Our Girona Cycle Centre has become a special space constantly buzzing with excited cyclists – the perfect mix of riders from across the globe and the regular local Bike Breaks crew. Were a huge fleet of Cannondale bikes wait impatiently for the next ride and the walls are lined with dozens of pro jerseys, from back in the day old school, to fresh 2018 designs each signed by Girona professional riders, whom over the years have also befriended Bike Breaks.

Founders

Dave Welch and Saskia Welch – van Vuuren

Founders

Saskia, from Holland and Dave, the UK, met in Girona around 15 years ago. They fell in love, married and started Bike Breaks as a team. They have a gorgeous six year old daughter, Holly and since establishing the business, they have always had a very friendly, family feel to their shop. Their helpful, go-to attitudes and constant willingness to go the extra mile to help customers has gone a long way and really helped kick start their business back in 2008.

DAVE

Likes: gold titanium components

Loves: downhill

Nono: rain

SASKIA

Likes: tea & single tracks

Loves: stationery

No no: the cold

Shop managers

Anna
Shop manager

Important part of the Bike Breaks family. Tourism graduate from Girona University. She has travelled extensively all around the world to eventually come back to her home town Girona. Anna has 11 years of experience working in the cycle and tourism industry, she speaks 4 languages (English, Spanish, French and Catalan) and is a great ambassador of the area.

ANNA

Likes: concerts

Loves: trips to the beach

No no: cold coffee

JÚLIA
Boutique manager

Boutique manager Júlia has worked in retail and design for over 7 years. Originally from Barcelona, she speaks 3 languages, has traveled and worked abroad. She is a highly accomplished web designer and manager.

JÚLIA

Likes: oat milk

Loves: suitcases full of lycras

No no: cow milk and GMO

Àngela
Costumer Manager

Tourism graduated from Girona University but originally from the Balearic Island of Menorca, she now has made her home in Girona. She speaks 5 languages and has extensive experience in event planning and costumer services.

ÀNGELA

Likes: her dog

Loves: everything

No no: post office

Mechanics

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Jan
Mechanic

Sports Science graduate from Girona University. He is an accomplished cyclist, winning regional championships and is a Catalan university champion in cross country. Jan is an excellent mechanic as well as a qualified, English-speaking guide and has experience working within the cycle industry for over 10 years.

JOAN

Likes: expensive bikes

Loves: MTB

No no: broken bikes

Oriol
Workshop Crew

Girona local, graduate in sports science. A keen amateur triathlete competing in national level triathlons. Also an experience cyclist. Oriol speaks 3 languages.

ORIOL

Likes: proper arm & leg warmer fabrics

Loves: Icecream

No no: Rest days

Guides

Josep
Guide

He has lived in the Girona area his entire life and spends more time on his bike than off. His extensive knowledge of the roads and mountains cannot be bettered. Josep also posseses an encyclopedic knowledge of the areas history and culture and has literally hundreds of stories to tell. He has been racing at national level for over 35 years and is a highly accomplished rider.

JOSEP

Likes: discovering new roads

Loves: living in a castle

No no: missing the Shop Ride

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Des
Guide

He has settled in Girona and having lived in the area for many years, he now calls it home. Des is a former Royal Marine with unrivalled experience of all forms of outdoor sport possible, having sky dived, scuba dived and of course cycled all over the world. He is an accomplished amateur cyclist competing in many sportives and races each year ranking in top ten for his category. Passionate about his cycling and about the area, a better ride companion is hard to find.

DES

Likes: insanely hard Sportives

Loves: riding with Suzy

No no: getting dropped

Cycling is our life

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