New guest blog from Pro rider Loren Rowney

Girona Girl – Part one- Life in Girona The common question people ask me is why Girona?

So I thought I would set the scene, paint a picture for you with words if you like, by describing my town and my favourite ride. You can decide for yourself why it is that so many Pros flock to Girona. Girona is a small medieval town, nestled in the foothills of the French Pyrenees, slightly inland from the picturesque Costa Brava, and about 100km north of bustling Barcelona.

This small town has everything and more you could possibly want or need. A short walk around the corner from your apartment is your one stop supermarket, and health food shop. 5- 10 minutes by bike and you’re out of town ready to explore the amazing terrain Spain has to offer. Hills, mountains, ocean? Time trial efforts, hill reps, sprints, cruisey cafe ride? Girona has it all. Arguably the most beautiful, and one of, if not THE favourite long-ish ride for Pros is the Costa brava coast loop. 4-5hrs depending which route you decide upon, you leave Girona and head east to the coastal town Tossa del Mar (affectionately termed “Tosser”). Once the Obligatory selfie is taken at the look out, the best part of the ride is about to start! Heading north along the coast line for 25-30km, think a rugged undulating coastline with sweeping bends, crystal clear waters and views for days. Turn off the iPod, and get lost in the shear beauty and serenity that is the Costa brava.

After about 2.5-3hrs riding, you find yourself in Platja D Aro, the party town (think Gold Coast meets, Noosa Heads) One of my favourite cafe stops is “Friends” on the beach, where I’ll devour a mango smoothie and piccolo. If you’re a cake lover, the quaint English patisserie on the corner of the main road out of town is a must! From here, once refuelled with your smoothie/pastries, it’s a fast rolling ride back inland through the town of Calonge and La Bisbal. This part of the ride is all country side, with little to no traffic most of the way…not that there is much traffic around the Girones! If you’re feeling like a another cafe once back in town, “Cub” is one of the local hot spots for riders.

Friendly staff, a nice setting and a good coffee is what you’ll find here. So have I sold Girona to you? If I have and you want the full Girona experience, jump online and book your Girona bike tour with “bike breaks Girona”.

 

Huge thanks to Loren and best of luck after her recent crash, come home soon!!!

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