THE CHPT3 EXPERIENCE
APRIL 16-22, 2018
Girona, Catalonia is our home, our testing ground, and where we were made. It's the forge of the modern professional cyclist, where some 200-plus international riders make their training base. It's in that vein that we've partnered with atelier The Service Course to offer a taste of what makes this corner of the world special, accompanied by Girona residents, former teammates, and ex-professionals David Millar and Christian Meier. From April 16-22, we present The CHPT3 Experience: Not just cycling, but also exclusive social events, gourmet food, and evenings hosted by the Millar/Meier duo. Private film screenings, mountaintop jamón, and an intimate peek at what makes a Girona-based WorldTour rider tick on are all on tap for this all-inclusive adventure.
This is an immersive, all-inclusive experience, from the moment you step out of baggage claim at the airport. Premium Factor bike hire, CHPT3 kit, and all details are taken care of, allowing you to focus solely on the mesmerizing magic of Girona and its captivating allure. Top-shelf dining, fully-supported rides, and the best local accommodations await you, included in the price of the trip. Group size is limited to 12, allowing participants to experience an exclusive social setting with local professionals in their adopted homeland.
APRIL 16-22 - PRICING:
€5000* (Including Factor bike hire) / €4650 (Bringing your own bike)
- WELCOME SOCIAL
- SIX NIGHTS LUXURY ACCOMMODATION
- SIX GUIDED AND FULLY SUPPORTED RIDES WITH DAVID MILLAR AND CHRISTIAN MEIER
- BREAKFAST AND LUNCH DAILY AT LA FABRICA
- AFTERNOON COFFEES AT ESPRESSO MAFIA
- DINNER EACH NIGHT AT GIRONA'S FINEST RESTAURANTS
- TWO DINNERS IN THE CHPT3 DESIGN STUDIO
- SPECIAL PREVIEW OF TIME TRIAL FILM
- PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY THROUGHOUT THE WEEK
- TWO 1HR SPORTS MASSAGES
- AIRPORT TRANSFERS TO AND FROM BARCELONA
- WELCOME BAG WITH TWO FULL CHPT3 KITS AND OTHER SURPRISES
- LOCKER AND SHOWER USE FOR THE WEEK AT THE SERVICE COURSE
- FACTOR O2 RENTAL BIKE, POC OR KASK HELMET AND WAHOO GPS
- DAILY LAUNDRY
- EXTRA SURPRISES ALONG THE WAY
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30km, 466m climbing
After transferring from the Barcelona airport to Girona, a quick lunch before heading to The Service Course, where a locker, kit, and Factor O2 await. After dialing in the bike, off for a quick spin around Canet d´Adri. A welcome social at CHPT3’s design studio overlooking old town Girona’s historic Rambla boulevard awaits, capping off a whirlwind first day in Catalonia.
70km, 1157m climbing
Settle into the routine of the Girona professional, and get used to the week’s staple: Breakfast at La Fabrica. On tap today, Els Angels, a gentle 11km ascent to a serene church that overlooks the towering Pyrenees and azure Mediterrenean. A quick descent is followed by prototypical and picturesque Catalan pavement, undulating its way to the climb of Santa Pellaia, another gentle 6km bump, followed by a jaunt along back roads home to Girona. Another stop at La Fabrica for a recovery lunch and home in time for la siesta. A leisurely espresso from La Fabrica’s sister roastery, Espresso Mafia, and dinner at one of Girona’s stellar establishments to end the evening.
CREDIT: Camille McMillan, from his book with Michael Barry, Le Métier.
94km, 1581m climbing
The third day of Catalan splendor takes the group on a local favorite, the Moustache climb. After some gentle, undulating tarmac, the day’s objective: The Moustache itself. Beginning with spectacular views from the reservoir, the ascent presents a spicy gradient for the first kilometre, followed by an interloping, flat respite. The remainder of the climb is slightly more forgiving, finishing with stunning views at the summit of Del Mont. A long descent, short climb, and the final loll into town for another tranquil Catalan afternoon.
73km, 1518m climbing
A trip to Girona is not complete without climbing one of it most famous ascents, the Rocacorba. This climb is a bedrock of Girona cycling history, albeit having only been paved circa-2004. It is a climb Giro d'Italia and Tour de France winners have used as a final test to judge form before racing, and Mr. Millar is no different. As a founder of Velo Club Rocacorba, the monster holds a special place in his heart, having a litany of training rides grinding out efforts on its relentless steeps. But, unlike a professional’s training regimen, suffering does bring immediate reward. At its breathtaking summit, a cup of Cava and buttery jamón ibérico at the while taking in the vista of Banyoles Lake below. Get tuned up for the climb with both the Col Collective account of Rocacorba, and James Knox’ record-breaking ride.
Later that afternoon, a private preview of Time Trial, the film chronicling the last season of David´s professional career.
120km, 1977m climbing
The trip’s Queen Stage, the fifth day cruises along Catalonia’s coast upon one of the most beautiful seaside roads in the world. A serpentine, corniche route, it climbs and descends along the perimeter of terra firma with the sparkling Med below. A pastry shop stop midway punctuates the serenity of the circuit, where David can recount the time the Tour raced along this very same road, where he broke away to a near-victory in Barcelona.
48km, 684m climbing
The final riding day takes us to Banyoles, along the lake that hosted rowing events at the ‘92 Olympic Games in Barcelona. An easy, mellow day, where sharing war stories of the past week is encouraged, along with a stop at the tranquil lake for coffee before heading back to Girona for lunch. Enjoy a final lazy afternoon and pack up before our farewell dinner at the CHPT3 design studio.
Today, we say our farewells and shuttle back to Barcelona to catch flights home, though we don't believe in “Goodbyes”, only “See-you-next-times”. If we’re lucky enough to have you set for an afternoon transfer, a final morning spin is an option.
TOTAL TRIP DISTANCE: 432km
TOTAL TRIP ELEVATION: 7178m