Oct 20, 2024 - Oct 26, 2024

MOOTS Week

Artu is proud to be partner with MOOTS and host the inaugural Training Camp.

Price per person from 2650.00 EUR

Start Location

Artu, Can Terrades

Finish Location

Artu, Can Terrades

Total Distance

580 kilometers

Total Elevation

8700 meters

Days Riding

6

Group Size

8 - 10 people

Longest Day

Day 1 - 135 km

Biggest Climb

Day 5 - Mare de Déu del Mont - 1,125 m

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival Day

Monday | Short Warm-Up Ride

You will arrive to Girona or Barcelona airport. We will meet you at Can Terrades, your home far away from home for the week.

Once you’re checked in, our mechanics will build your bike, ensuring it’s ready for riding over the next few days. If you’re renting a bike, it'll be fitted to you and perfectly prepared for riding.

A warm-up ride consisting of a few short loops will give you time to stretch your legs out and get used to your bike. 

At the end of the ride, we’ll go through the beautiful town of Besalu over the impressive medieval bridge and through the gatehouse into the town, where you can enjoy some fresh drinks.

Over dinner, we’ll outline what to expect over the next few days of riding.

Day 2

Beget Pyrenees Loop

Tuesday | 135km - 2,300 metres

Today’s loop - the Queen Stage - will take you into the Pyrenees and the Oix and Valter Valley. It is a beautiful hilly landscape where you will find a variety of exuberant vegetation that will lead you to the Natural Park of La Garrotxa. Deep valleys enclosed by long cliffs and walls of rock are what give the area its name: les garrotxes are “rough lands of bad tracks”.

You’ll be pleased to know that our route has no bad tracks today.

We will make a loop through the region, passing through Castellfollit de la Roca, a village built at the top of a cliff, making it a perfect location to survey the valley.

Winding roads with no cars will take you to Beget, a medieval, hidden town in the middle of the Camprodon Valley. You will have a coffee stop here, looking at the beautiful surroundings. You will be close to the border with France here. The loop will continue through Camprodon, where we will stop for lunch to taste local tapas overlooking its stunning medieval bridge. After lunch, we will continue the ride to the next valley and Olot town. We will have a small climb and a long descent to the valley and back to Can Terrades.

Day 3

Girona Loop

Wednesday | 110km - 1,400 metres

Today's ride will take you up in the hills above Lake Banyoles (site of the 1992 Olympic rowing events) before arriving in Girona. We can stop for a coffee in one of the cycling cafes.

Then you will ride over Els Angels, the 10 km climb which starts directly outside the city of Girona. Don't worry, though. It is a steady gradient and even has some downhill sections to ease the legs. Once at the top, the views from all sides are spectacular. The famous impressionist, Salvador Dali, was married in the sanctuary at the top and bought his wife a castle in one of the charming villages below.

Some flat and fast riding through the beautiful villages of the Empordá area takes us on the equally beautiful climb of Santa Pellaia, a steady 6km climb drops you back down to the Selva valley. All that remains are small lanes and quiet roads which take you back towards Girona, where you can enjoy a well-earned fresh drink and lunch at one of the cycling cafes - Hors Categorie.

Today is the BIG race Flèche Wallonne. It is possible to stay after the lunch and enjoy the race on the big screen with other passionate cyclists from Girona.

After you explore the town/watch the race we will have a short transfer back by car  back to Can Terrades.

Day 4

Gravel Ride

Thursday | 55km - 680 metres

Today is the perfect day for you to take it easy and give your legs a break. Our suggestion for you is to go on an easy gravel ride.

We'll guide you along picturesque routes to Lake Banyoles. We can pause here and enjoy a cup of coffee at one of our favourite spots, right in front of the lake.

We'll be back in time for lunch at Can Terrades. After that, you'll have plenty of options to unwind and enjoy yourself. You can chill by the pool, or if you're up for it, take advantage of our yoga, gym, or sauna facilities. 

If you're feeling adventurous, we can provide you with some easy hiking routes starting from the house.

Alternatively, we are organising the wine tasting before dinner.

Day 5

To the coast - Cadaqués

Friday | 120km - 1,500 metres

Today, our ride will start by riding thru the beautiful old towns and vineyards before heading to the coast.

Keep your energy as we will face the two main uphill sections at the end of the ride. As you reach the top of the second climb, you will be treated to a breathtaking view of the coast and the charming white town called Cadaqués, which will be your final destination for today.

We will enjoy a delightful meal at a seaside restaurant known for its delicious local cuisine and scenic location. This eatery has significant historical value as it was regularly visited by Dali. Following lunch, you will have some leisure time to explore the town or optionally visit the Dalí House for a short tour.

It will take about 1 hour to transfer back to Can Terrades.

Day 6

Mare de Déu del Mont

Saturday | 120km - 2,200 metres

Today's ride we will start by climbing ‘Mare de Déu del Mont’, one of the most magnificent mountains in the area. Literally translated, it means the ‘mother of God mountain’ and, on a clear day, affords views of the coast on one side and the higher Pyrenees towards Andorra on the other.

This ride is a truly memorable way to wrap up this cycling tour and one you won’t forget in your lifetime - it’s well worth the early rise!

After accomplishing the main challenge of the day, our ride will be mostly flat and we will quickly pass through the medieval villages of the Emporda region.

Once you're back at Can Terrades, you can treat yourself with a refreshing dip in the pool. Or take some time to unwind and relax those tired legs of yours in the sauna. It's the perfect way to recharge and feel rejuvenated.

Day 7

Departure Day

Sunday

Start your day with a nourishing breakfast, appreciate the beautiful view, and make full use of the provided facilities at Can Terrades. Prior to your departure, our bike mechanic will carefully pack your bicycles before your journey back home.

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Overview

"Please join me for this unique experience at an amazing place in the mountains combining two of my favorite things - spectacular riding with excellent food. I have partnered with my friends at Artu, where I’ve visited now twice, to put together the perfect week that will remind you why you love to ride your bike.  With a setting in one of the best regions for cycling in the world, we’ll be dialing up rides that are challenging and fun with primarily paved surfaces, but definitely some gravel to give you a taste of all this iconic place has to offer.

This is a great way to wrap up your cycling season with a time to remember.. The weather is typically perfect this time of year in the region and the area where the estate is based is simply stunning.  You’ll get a chance to experience rides up into the foothills of the Pyrenees, small country roads through beautiful scenery that will lead you all the way to the famous Costa Brava and test yourself on some iconic climbs some of your favorite pros have used as training spots.  With beautiful and low traffic paved roads and some nice gravel sections, you’ll leave understanding why this area is all the rage by cyclists across the world.  And as a bonus, you’ll get to share this experience with some people that are really crazy about our work at Moots Cycles.  If your partner doesn’t ride, that’s no problem as there are plenty of other options for entertainment. And my idea of a great trip is all about world class food and wine and we’ll have plenty of that.  You can check out the amenities at Artu, but I can safely say you won’t be disappointed with all the options you’ll have for fun for the week." - Brent Whittington

What is included

  • Six nights of accommodation in Can Terrades
  • Breakfasts, lunches and evening meals in the house prepared by a private chef with extraordinary local cuisine and local wines
  • Experienced on the bike ride guides
  • Mechanical support/building and packing of bikes
  • Support vehicle to follow rides
  • Roadside picnics on ride days
  • Digital route files for your GPS Devices
  • Complimentary sports nutrition
  • Photos taken and sent to guests

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