2024 EPIC 3 Nations
with Rob Taylor

2024 Epic 3 Nations with Rob Taylor

An EPIC ride through Spain, France and Andorra

An incredibly challenging ride from Barcelona through the Spanish Pyrenees, the mountain principality of Andorra and the French Pyrenees, with the grand finale in the Priorat, a secret gem for wine lovers and cyclists!

Overview

Details

Next Departure

August 19th 2024

From

USD $8,695

Duration

14 days / 13 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

No

Rental Bike

USD $550

Ride Program

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Overview

Join Rob Taylor on this magnificent ride across three nations: Spain, Andorra and France.

Turo del Home, Coll de Pradell, Puigmal, Col de Pailhères, Ordino, La Gallina, La Bonaigua,  Port de Balès, Siurana…these are just a few of the iconic climbs that you’ll conquer as you ride across the Spanish, Andorran and French Pyrenees culminating in one of Spain’s hidden treasure, the Priorat wine region.

We’ve prepared an epic, awe-inspiring challenge that will test your limits and introduce you to some of road cycling’s most celebrated and challenging rides. Truly EPIC!


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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Welcome to Barcelona! Montanyà Hotel & Lodge
02 Warm-Up ride Montanyà Hotel & Lodge
03 Turó del Home Montanyà Hotel & Lodge
04 Coll de Pradell and La Creueta Hotel Villa Paulita
05 Puigmal and Matamale lake Hotel Villa Paulita
06 Into Andorra Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa
07 Ordino and Beixalis Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa
08 La Purito Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa
09 Canto and La Bonaigua Parador d’Arties
10 Artiga de Lin and Saut deth Pish Parador d’Arties
11 TDF ride Menté and Balès Parador d’Arties
12 Into the Priorat Gran Hotel Mas d’en Bruno
13 Priorat and Serra de Prades Gran Hotel Mas d’en Bruno
14 Adios!
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

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Welcome to Barcelona!

Our trip begins at Barcelona Airport where our staff will meet you at 4:00 pm for the transfer to the Montanyà Hotel, a sports hotel frequently used as a base for training camps by the Barcelona soccer team. The trip starts in earnest tomorrow with our first ride in Catalonia and to get you off to a great start, we’ll have Spanish paella waiting for you for dinner!

Day 2

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Warm-Up ride

After breakfast, orientation meeting, and bike build-up, you’ll head out for your first ride. Our warm-up ride takes you over the Moianès, giving you a taste of riding in Catalonia. The scenery is breathtaking, and you’ll encounter very little traffic throughout the entire ride. Sant Miquel del Fai, a picturesque monastery nestled inside a cliff, is a must-visit.

Shorter ride option: 40km, 641m elevation gain.

Day 3

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Turó del Home

Your first big climb of the trip, Turó de l’Home, which means The Mountain of Man in Catalan, is a challenging ascent located in the Montseny Natural Park. It boasts a greater elevation gain than any other road climb in Catalonia, and the varying gradients in the second half of the climb make it a tough challenge.

From the summit enjoy breathtaking views of the Mediterranean coastline and on clear days you can even catch a glimpse of Barcelona.

Shorter ride option: 88km, 2,544m elevation gain.

Day 4

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Coll de Pradell and La Creueta

After a short transfer, you’ll start the ride in the town of Sant Corneli. You’re about to explore a whole new region with minimal traffic and three categorised climbs on the agenda.

The Coll de Pradell is considered one of the most challenging climbs in the Catalan Pyrenees, and after many years of demands from local riders for the climb to be included in a top local race, the climb will make its pro-tour debut in this year’s Volta a Catalunya stage race.

Shorter ride option: 69km, 1,772m elevation gain.

Day 5

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Puigmal and Matamale lake

A stunning loop over the French Cerdanya awaits you on today’s ride. You’ll be riding through one of the most beautiful mountains in the Pyrenees, Puigmal. The road has recently been re-paved, and it almost reaches the top of this majestic mountain. You’ll also ride through the unique Spanish exclave of Llivia, a small community completely surrounded by France.

Shorter ride option: 77km, 1,296 elevation gain.

Tonight we’ve arranged dinner in a local restaurant, where you can indulge in the local specialties of Puigcerda, such as tapas and Catalan wine – and don’t miss the opportunity to taste the local “trinxat”, a must-try dish.

Day 6

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Into Andorra

Today, you have a three-nation ride – a truly epic adventure – with two HC climbs: the Col de Pailhères, an iconic climb in the French Pyrenees that has been used several times in the Tour de France, and our second and final climb of the day, the Port d’Envalira, a long ascent into Andorra.

Shorter ride option: 52km, 1,433 elevation gain.

Your hotel for the next 3 nights is the magnificent Hotel Hermitage, one of the top hotels in Andorra which also boasts the top spa in the country.

Day 7

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Ordino and Beixalis

Even the pros need a rest day, so let’s have a bit of a gentle ride today. Most of the ride is along the valley floor with just two climbs to stretch the legs.

Tonight we’ve booked dinner at Borda, a typical Andorran restaurant.

Day 8

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La Purito

Today’s ride is inspired by one of Europe’s most challenging gran fondos, La Purito, which was created by ex-professional rider Joaquim Rodriguez. The route you’ll be taking is similar to the one that featured in the 2015 Vuelta a España and is considered to be one of the toughest stages in the history of La Vuelta. So, make sure you’re prepared and bring your climbing legs with you!

Shorter ride option: 72km, 2,209 elevation gain.

Day 9

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Canto and La Bonaigua

In today’s agenda, we have two HC climbs: Port del Cantó and Port de la Bonaigua. The Port de la Bonaigua has been featured multiple times in the Tour de France and its scenery and multiple switchbacks resemble climbs in the French Alps.

Shorter ride option: 91km, 1,898 elevation gain.

Day 10

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Artiga de Lin and Saut deth Pish

Today will be a great surprise for everyone. You are embarking on a short but truly scenic ride, featuring two beautiful climbs nestled within the high peaks of the Val d’Aran between France and Spain.

To round off a fantastic day, you’ll have dinner at a delightful local restaurant located in the heart of downtown Vielha.

Day 11

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TDF ride Menté and Balès

Queen stage today! The highlight of the ride is without a doubt the Port de Balès which many riders consider to be the most spectacular climb in the Pyrenees. Let us know after the ride! And we have a bonus climb ready if you’re still looking for more elevation after the Balès!

Shorter ride option: 62km, 1,463m elevation gain.

Day 12

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Into the Priorat

We’ll start off the day with a transfer to L’Albi, the gateway to the Priorat, and before jumping on the bike you’ll enjoy a typical Catalan breakfast at a local bakery. The Priorat is one of those hidden Spanish gems, stunning mountain landscapes, vineyards, medieval villages and zero traffic make this a true paradise for road cyclists.

Since we’re in the Priorat we’ve planned a wine-tasting experience in the evening before dinner.

Day 13

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Priorat and Serra de Prades

The perfect way to end this epic trip: no major climbs, but the total elevation doesn’t lie. Be ready for a really challenging and spectacular ride in the Priorat mountains.

Shorter ride option: 60km, 1,486m elevation gain.

Day 14

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Adios!

Unfortunately, your epic 3-nations journey has come to an end.

Our private shuttle will drop you off at Barcelona airport.

Map & Profile

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No major climbs today
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from Moià
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Climbs

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Day 03
Day 04
Day 05
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Day 07
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Day 09
Day 10
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13

Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
3 Collsuspina (from Moià) 02 29 4%
HC Turó del Home (From Sant Celoni) 03 114 6%
2 Coll Fornic (From Montseny) 03 56 6%
1 Coll de Pradell (from Sant Corneli) 04 85 6%
2 Coll de Sobirana ( From Guardiola de Berguedà) 04 56 6%
1 Coll de la Creueta (from La Pobla del Lillet) 04 75 5%
HC Puigmal (from Err) 05 96 6%
HC Port de Pailheres (from Rouze) 06 110 7.9%
HC Port d’Envalira (from Ax-les-Thermes) 06 108 5%
2 Coll Ordino (from Canillo) 07 55 5.9%
2 Collada de Beixalis (from Anyos) 07 66 7.2%
HC Coll de la Gallina (from Sant Julià via Fontaneda) 08 117 8.3%
1 Collada de Beixalis (from Encamp) 08 85 8.7%
1 Coll Ordino (from Ordino) 08 76 7%
1 Port del Cantó (from Adrall) 09 83 5%
1 Port de la Bonaigua (from Esterri d’Àneu) 09 78 5%
1 Era Artiga de Lin (from Es Bordes) 10 72 7%
1 Saut deth Pish (from Pont d’Arròs) 10 82 7%
HC Col de Mente (from Saint Beat) 11 113 8.9%
HC Port de Balès (from Mauleon-Barousse) 11 108 6.5%
1 Col du Portillon (from Bagnères-de-Luchon) 11 90 8%
3 La Figuera (from T-714) 13 30 5%
1 Castillejos (from Arbolí) 13 67 6%
3 Capafonts (from Capafonts) 13 43 7%
3 Siurana ( from Cornudella de Monsant) 13 35 5%
3 La Morera (from Cornudella de Monsant) 13 29 4%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2024
Aug 19 - Sep 1
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USD $8,695
USD $1,600
USD $1,730
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    Trip Hotels

    Montanyà Hotel & Lodge

    Hotel Villa Paulita

    Sport Hotel Hermitage & Spa

    Parador d’Arties

    Gran Hotel Mas d’en Bruno


    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 14 days / 13 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the first day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at Barcelona Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the rides arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 14 days / 13 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Sit-down lunch on the first day
    • Picnic lunches during the rides
    • Transportation arrow
    • Pick-up and Drop-off at Barcelona Airport
    • All transportation during the trip
    • All luggage & bike box transfers
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • 1 x Support Van & 1 x Ride Leader per 8 guests (approx.)
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the rides arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Variety of snacks and local specialties for picnic lunches
    • Bottled water
    • Post-ride recovery food
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Barcelona Airport

    4:00pm

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Barcelona Airport

    10:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Specialized Aethos Expert

    Frame

    Aethos FACT 10r Carbon

    Groupset

    Di2 Shimano Ultegra

    Weight

    699g (size 56)

    Wheels

    Roval C38

    Chainrings

    52/36T

    Cassette

    11-36t (12-speed)

    Sizes

    49, 52, 54, 56, 58, 61

    USD $550

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    2024 Epic 3 Nations with Rob Taylor