Thursday, December 29, 2016

La Molina ski station, again in the Volta a Catalunya 2017 route

La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Purito Rodríguez, winner in 2014 (Picture by Sergi Ros de Mora)
La Molina, one of the most famous Ski stations in Catalonia, will be in 2017 (for the 4th time in a row) stage ending in Volta a Catalunya Pro race. It will be on 2017 March 22nd.

La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Stage arriving to La Molina in 2014 edition
Curiously, just in 2014 edition, the winner at La Molina (Purito Rodríguez) was also the winner of final GC. In 2015, Tejay Van Garderen was not even in top ten, and winner was australian Richie Porte. In 2016, Dan Martin was 3rd, after Nairo Quintana (winner) and Alberto Contador. Anyway, any cyclist fighting for GC shouldn't be far from the lead in 2017...
La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Stage arriving to La Molina in 2015 edition
La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Stage arriving to La Molina in 2016 edition
As you can see in joined profiles, usually stage finishing at La Molina is the queen stage of Volta a Catalunya. Being located in Barcelona province, between Barcelona or Girona area and La Cerdanya region. It is not specially steep (see profile below), but it usually comes after several first category climbs, as Collada de Toses, La Creueta or Coll de Coubet.
La Molina Volta a Catalunya
Profile of La Molina from Das (Cerdanya)

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Searching for the sun: Catalonia spring training camps

Cycling training camps in Spain
Training camps next spring in Catalonia
If you are searching for some training camp next spring, do not hesitate and join our training camps in Tarragona area: unbeatable weather, solitaire roads, good workout!
Price is just 512,00 euros for 7 nights lodging and 5 cycling stages.
Price in double room sharing.
Supplement individual room 100 Euros.
Non cyclist 392,00 euros

Available Dates 2017:
February 11th to February 18th
Abril 22nd to April 29th
April 29th May 6th
May 6th to May 13th
May 13th to May 20th

Limited places, book now!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Road bike rental for triathlons in Barcelona

Barcelona Triathlon
One of our customers happy at the end of the race!
If you are going to participate in a duathlon or a triathlon in Barcelona, Calella or nearby, and you come from abroad, no need to send your bike by plane, avoid costs and troubles by renting your carbon road bike in Montefusco Cycling.

We will deliver a carbon road bike at your hotel and you won't have to trouble of anythinig except the competition. We can provide the bikes with the pedal system you need and if it is a flat stage we can also put some armrest to increase your aerodynamics. The best prices in road bike rental in Barcelona.

The options in Barcelona and Catalunya to race are many. You need to select one of the many options you will find.

Here we mention the most popular triathlons in Catalonia for 2017:
Ironman Barcelona 70.3  Calella 21/5/2017
Ironman Barcelona Calella 1/10/2017
Barcelona Triathlon, Barcelona October 2017

Friday, December 2, 2016

The best road all over Catalonia

Cycling Costa Brava (Spain)
Yes, this road is real: Costa Brava.
If I were to invite a friend to know how is cycling in Catalunya, it wouldn't be difficult to find the best place to stay and show him how privileged catalans we are. We have sea, mountains, good weather throughout the year, a cyclist paradise. We have so many choices, medieval villages, thermal villas, challenging mountains as Montseny and Montserrat, but there is a place I would take him for sure: the road from Tossa de Mar to Sant Feliu de Guixols.

I don't know if it is really the most beautiful road all over Catalunya. It is a subjective opinion, but in my opinion if not the best, it would be very close to that. Costa Brava is a magical place. On that road we can enjoy 25 kilometres of coastline, steep sections with stunning views over the normally calm Mediterranean Sea. Two factors play in favour: you can roll there throughout the year (something cannot be said about the catalan Pyrenees mountain roads) and traffic is very scarce. More? The asphalt is perfect and the guardrails along the highway are made of wood, matching the environment. It is a very special road. Even on windy days you can enjoy better the atmosphere of clear sea and views on. Did you notice I like this road?

Cycling Costa Brava (Spain)
Time to enjoy
The touristic massification fortunately has not arrived there, the tourist tour operation and the massive construction of hotels and apartments is concentrated in Lloret de mar. Tossa de Mar is different, more peaceful, familiar, I love its castle and beaches. And suddenly, in Tossa de Mar starts the road leading to Sant Feliu of Guixols. The overcrowding is converted in quietness, pure air,  Mediterranean pines next to the cliff. 25 kilometres of curves and bends with the sea aside, you can see small hidden caves from the viewpoints. This part of the Costa Brava is protected. There are some constructions, but nothing compared with the massification we left behind. This is cyclist heaven.

I am not so close to this road, I have to drive every time I want to get there and feel privileged.
In addition, I always do this direction, leading north with the sea on your right, closer to the cliffs. This is the right way to do it.

Cycling Costa Brava (Spain)
Stunning views
Suddenly, in Sant Feliu de Guíxols returns overcrowding, then continues through Platja d'Aro and continues heading north. Dream is over. We are back to reality. To be honest, this is just in summer that riding around these touristic towns can be uncomfortable. In autumn, winter and spring it is still possible to ride without much traffic. But the road along the cliffs is over. Pity.

Doing a loop including this road is easy, even from Girona, one of the leading cycling destinations all over the world, but it is easy to get Les Gavarres range of mountains with mild climbs as La Ganga or Santa Pellaia. Even the steeper Romanyà de la Selva. A true oasis of good roads and little traffic even in midsummer. Roads are narrow and winding, surrounded by forest.

Do you like better challenging roads? No problem, you can also combine the most beautiful road all over Catalonia with some first category passes as Ermita de Sant Grau, linking this road with  Llagostera. Do you need still tougher challenges? Here we have them also. Did you know that the steepest kilometer in Catalonia is located just beside? Alt of Mas Nou, a narrow road from Platja d'Aro leading to a Golf club. Volta a Catalunya pro race got there in the 70s and 80s. You just need to know the winners at the top of that climb to realize what kind of climb it is: 1974 Bernard Thévenet, 1975 (Giovanni Battaglin), 1976 (José Enrique Cima) 1977 (Johan de Muynck), 1978 (Francesco Moser), 1979 (Jourdan), 1980 (Johan Van de Velde) and 1997 (Fernando Escartin).
1,4 km to an average of 14.2 per cent, and the steepest kilometer averages 15.2% with a maximum slope of 24%. Here you have a climb to test yourself!

A sunny day, scarce traffic, tough climbs and the best road all over Catalonia. What else?