TOP 5 European destination for Gran Fondo Cycling next summer
Norway : Trondheim-Lillehammer-Oslo
Following the legendary track of Styrkeproven, you may start from Lillehammer or if you feel with energy to cover the 530 km of the full route, you will discover the beauty area between Oppdal and Dombas, the Dovrefjell Mountains area where you may ride hours completly alone with only few cars passing. Lillehammer, olympic city are the ideal city for pit stop an rest at midle distance to Oslo and you will feel.
The adventure that you sould not miss, Styrkeproven.
The growing interest for road cycling in Norway goes hand in hand with the popularity of cycling as a sport , The country is famous for its natural splendours, and you have the additional benefit of good quality roads, many of which are refreshingly free from traffic, noise, and pollution.
Aditionaly to Oslo Surroundings we shoud recomend Stavanger:
A marvellous tour out of the ordinary in with depart from Orsdalsvatnet to get the most out of the challenging uphill part of the route. There are plenty of good opportunities for dining along the way back to the coastal city of Egersund. But We are missing hundreds of kilometers in the country where you can spend a full month whithout repeating any road.
France : Mont Aigoual
Apparently the Mont Aigoual marks the intersection of the Atlantic and Mediterranean weather, and on a clear day you can see the Mediterranean, the Pyrenees and the Alps. While all this information is available on Wikipedia, Here is the Mont Aigoual in the French Cevennes.
The idea is to introduce the road and its place in the world, whether as part of cycling’s history or to look at the route on a day without racing and it is open to all. The Tour might have visited but this is not an area to race in because the scenery is so rewarding and the roads are there for the cyclist to enjoy. The climb to Mont Aigoual does allow people to drive to the other side but like, Mont Ventoux, most people drive around rather than over. This means a network of wide roads for the cyclist with little traffic.
“ Tour de France “ race has crossed when Silvano Contini was first over the top in 1987. It was during a stage from Millau to Avignon, 239km long and over six hours. Despite the climb it ended in a bunch sprint won by Jean-Paul Van Poppel, today a manager at Vacansoleil-DCM. Contini’s not a big name but still he won Liège-Bastogne-Liège in 1982 and the now defunct GP du Midi Libre, a tough week-long stage race in the south of France. And this year the 5th stage of “Tour de France” are comming back here . But if you want discover before personally you may register to the Cyclo’Aigoual Challenge 2020 and reproduce last km of the pro’s stage.
Drenthe cobbles and smooth asphalt
Here is you opportunity to realize your own cobbles Gaan Fondo experience along the region, “The cobbles and tough terrain make Drenthe very similar in some ways to (men’s one-day Classic) Paris-Roubaix.” but at your rhythm.
Nowhere else in the Netherlands will you find as many kilometres of dedicated cycle paths as in Drenthe. No wonder. Cyclists just love its vast heathlands, its dreamy villages, its characteristic Saxon farms and extensive peat moors. But Drenthe has much more to offer. Cycling in Drenthe is discovering the megalithic tombs on Hondsrug ridge. These boulder tombs were made by prehistoric people.
Road cycling in Drenthe is exploring National Park Dwingelderveld where countless cycle paths take you across forests, rolling heathlands, sand drifts and meres. This is the largest wet heathland in Western Europe. But is the scenario of “Ronde van Drenthe” The race takes place in the province of Noord-Brabant, about 200 kilometres to the south of Assen. characterized by cobbles and its marqued climb, some hill on top of a landfill. It’s only a short climb a few hundred metres long, but it is steep in parts (nudging 15%) and is paved with cobbles towards the top.
Gran Fondo Drenthe offer you the option to discovert this amazing destination.
Andorra, The Pyrenees country
Cyclingin Andorra is an intense experience. The Principality has 21 mountain passes! This is why the Vuelta de España and Tour de France choose the country roads to organise their blue riband stages, with climbs of all categories, including 1st and Specials. Discover some of them at “La Volta als Ports d’Andorra”.
More subjectively, Andorra’s roads are well marked with informative signs. You will be surprised how
much Andorra’s motorists respect cyclists and pass at a safe distance. Safety and comfort are two factors that can really make a cycling trip more enjoyable. This is a quite near cycling country with more than 40 Pro Tour Cyclists living and training there. Cycling has arrived in Andorra, to stay. Not in vain, more and more are professional cyclists in Andorra, who settle in Andorra and professional cycling teams that train in Andorra.
One obvious sign of the popularity of cycling in Andorra is the variety and quality of services for cyclists. In our country you’ll find numerous Hotels adapted for cyclists, where you can rest after a tough stage.
This is the official cycling guide in Andorra, where you will find each and every one of the possible riding routes in Andorra, with the technical sheet of each cycle route of Andorra indicating the mileage, altitud gained, difficulty, % average gradient in each section, and even curiosities of the route to enjoy the landscape.
Also, include the QR code to download the track. Click here to download the official cycling guide in Andorra.
Catalonia: Costa Brava and Costa Durada
From the rolling Costa Brava coastline to the Pyrenees Mountains, our May Girona Experience has it all.
Cycle the numerous roads of Girona and Costa Brava and experience the amazing diversity of Catalunya. An iconic cycling destination, you will have share the road and view of why many professional cyclists choose Girona as home for its many benefits as quiet roads, great people, wonderful food and a welcoming culture. The Sea Otter Europe Festival, a cycling enthusiast dream this year scheduled for september, may be the perfect excuse to move to this region.
There is no discusion about , today Girona City may be the center of Cycling Gran Fondo culture of Southern Europe and surprise you with so many singular and unique places to ride on road and complementing with gravel paths.
The weather is generally relatively temperate, and as a result the surrounding country tends to be greener than the southern areas. You’ll find the lowest average temperature as two degrees in December, January and February, with the highest average in the same months at 13, 13, and 14 degrees respectively
Costa Daurada – Tarragona
There are some great routes in the Costa Dorada. We would describe it as a middle mountain region. The climbs top out at about 1000m, but with 330 days of sunchsine a year, great quiet roads and beautiful countryside, this is one of our favourite palces to ride in Spain.
La Mussara is the highest point in the area and the loop from the coast winds it’s way up to the base of the climb, before there is a conserted 10km climb, a brillaint ridge ride and then a fast and furious descent back to the sea. Costa Daurada lies south of Girona and the Costa Brava, allowing it a fantastic climate that makes cycling in shorts possible for all but a few months of the year.
The long climbs of the Prades mountains, hills covered in almond and olive groves, the Priorat vineyards, Montsant National Park, UNESCO protected 12th Century monasteries and dramatic, deserted villages.
Ideal mix of Cycling and Roman culture Heritage, Tarraco city (former Roman name) and their surroundings at “Costa Daurada” will offer a combination of secundary roads across small vilages , with flat and midle mountain hills routes. And all complemented with a city with nore than two thousands os History heritage where Greeks and after Romans created one of the reference harbour ports of Mediterranean and keep the Anphiteather, Circ, Theater and other historical sites to visit.
The city become a gastronomical reference last years on the old town neighbour, where you can find diferent restaurants with the bes local fish and mediterranean food offer.