Girona Women's Camp

  • Location

    Girona, Spain

  • Duration

    7 days | 6 nights

  • Length

    40 - 120km Daily (average 60km)

  • Climb

    4-6,000m

2 Oct 2017 - 8 Oct 2017

Girona has been dubbed Europe’s Cycling Mecca … home to many Pro Riders and for good reason – fantastic cycling routes and terrain, quiet roads, a warm climate and a lively atmosphere in town. At Grand Tours Project, we are excited about our innovative Women’s Cycling Camp in one of the world’s best cycling locations and with New Zealand's Emily Collins as our pro cycling guide.

Our Women’s Cycling Camp is all about riding on Girona’s famous roads, learning new skills, gaining more confidence on the bike, and making new friends.

Maybe you’re a strong climber but a slow descender, maybe you find yourself struggling to ride in a peloton, or perhaps you just want to enjoy a week in the Spanish countryside with a group of like-minded girls and build your confidence on the bike. Emily Collins - a former TEAM TIBCO-SVB and Wiggle High 5 pro cyclist - will be sharing her knowledge, skills and many years of experience throughout the week, both on the daily guided rides and in skills-specific afternoon workshops.

At Grand Tours Project, we are passionate about living our lives as sustainably as possible, and the bicycle is both a symbol and a practical tool in creating a sustainable future. So we are designing this Women’s camp to be at the cutting edge of how cycle tours and camps should be run in the future. Not only will we have an in-house chef preparing our meals using local ingredients, this will be the world’s first cycle camp using a 100% electric car as the support vehicle … our Tesla Model S electric car will join you on the rides each day, guaranteeing us the peace and quiet that goes with electric vehicles.

As well as riding, this camp also offers the atmosphere of being a pro cyclist, by living with your team-mates in our beautiful villa situated in the Girona countryside. Our in-house chef will prepare delicious healthy meals with local ingredients, we will enjoy post-ride massages and a group yoga session. Oh … and not to forgetting the opportunity to get glammed up on the final night and mingle with the pros at the Girona Gala Dinner, a great evening held for a wonderful cause – Qhubeka Foundation.

This camp has been specifically designed for women with average-to-good cycling skills and experience but who wish to gain more out of their cycling. The average cycling distance per day is 60-100km.

You will leave this camp feeling confident with your newly acquired skills and ready to take on a new challenge.

Total price: From €1,850

  • Female riders only (maximum group size 10)
  • 7 days of riding with Tesla electric support car and ride snacks
  • 6 nights luxury accomodation in our private countryside villa
  • In-house chef preparing delicious meals with local produce
  • Mid-week massage and group yoga session
  • Evening at Girona Gala in support of Qhubeka (Dinner and event)
  • Laundry Service
  • Grand Tours Project cycling kit
  • DAY 1 | 2nd OCTOBER

    WELCOME TO GIRONA

    20 - 30 km

    Located just 10 km from Girona airport, our villa is the perfect venue for a welcome lunch, bike-building session and a short afternoon ride. We will return to the villa for dinner and discuss the plan for the week.

  • DAY 2 | 3rd OCTOBER

    Rolling Hills

    50 - 70 km

    Struggling to beat your previous Strava record? Today is all about learning how to manage your efforts on short hills and maintain a speed that you a comfortable with.


    Later in the day Emily will deliver an in-villa session on "how to train", before enjoying a well deserved dinner.

  • DAY 3 | 4th OCTOBER

    Climbing

    40 - 60 km

    Climbing a big hill is not all about fitness and strength - there are skills and tactics to be learned. We all know what it feels like to suffer on a climb, and the first goal is to enjoy it! On our first climb of the day, Emily will share tips and tactics on how to manage big mountains. On our second climb Emily will set the pace ... are you up for the challenge to race a pro? Do your new tactics work?


    Later in the day, Emily will host a Q&A session on "life as a pro", and we may be lucky to be joined by another pro who lives in Girona.

  • DAY 4 | 5th OCTOBER

    Recover like a pro - Coffee Ride, explore Girona and evening Yoga session

    30km

    You may be surprised looking at the distance we cycle today, but pros know how to recover in style... an easy ride into Girona followed by a coffee at La Fábrica is all it takes!


    Take the rest of the afternoon to find a spot for lunch and explore Girona at your own pace, guided by Emily's tips on the hidden secrets. Upon returning to the villa it's time to get together in the garden for a much needed yoga session.

  • DAY 5 | 6th OCTOBER

    Descending

    40 - 60 km

    Descending should be about having fun while remaining safe and in control. Finish day 5 feeling confident on descent, knowing which line to take, where to break, and how to find the best body position.


    Conserve your energy and prepare your muscles for tomorrow with a relaxing massage in the afternoon!

  • DAY 6 | 7th OCTOBER

    Endurance Ride

    120 km

    Put your new skills to the test on this endurance ride around the Costa Brava region. Riding in a group is an important skill, and we will work together as a team to conserve energy, maintain a good pace, and stay safe.


    Enjoy a mid-ride picnic in a beautiful location before riding back to the villa to get glammed up and celebrate the end of the week in style. The Girona Gala is a fun evening held for a great cause - Qhubeka foundation.

  • DAY 7 | 8th OCTOBER

    FINAL RIDE & GOODBYE!

    After breakfast we will enjoy one last morning ride as a group before everyone returns back to their home turf to put our new skills to use.