The cycling trip of a lifetime, we'd like to invite you to experience our hometown, and cycling capital of the world - Girona - in a luxurious all-inclusive cycling trip. Over the course of three days of fully supported riding you'll be joined by CHPT3 founder and ex-professional cyclist, David Millar on the roads which he trained on for so many years as a pro. Ahead of your arrival we'll equip you with a full CHPT3 wardrobe so that you're looking and feeling the part for every photo.
This unique opportunity will take you inside the beating heart of Girona and home of CHPT3. You won't just be cycling, but will enjoy exclusive experiences, too, with meals in the beautiful, historic Old Town of Girona, plus exclusive drinks receptions with David Millar at the CHPT3 design studio. You'll get to know the medieval city of Girona off the bike in your downtime and relax in the 4* hotel which we'll put you up in. Experiences along the way will be memorable and exclusive; from Cava and Jamon atop the Rocacorba to fully supported coastal routes, it will be a trip you'll never forget and we'll take care of every stage for you.
Want some off-bike tips for making the most of your time in Girona? David recently spoke with Mr Porter to explain just what makes it such a special place.
You've made it to the cycling capital of the world - welcome! Head straight to the luxurious Hotel Carlemany where your room will be ready and welcome pack waiting. Drop off your luggage, make yourself comfortable and head out along the cobbled streets over to the CHPT3 Studio.
DAY 1: Example
We roll out of town soon hitting the lower slopes of Els Angels, an 11km gentle climb leading up to the church where we will take a quick look at the views. Mountains to one side and the Med to the other.
Descending down we will pass through Madremanya and head through Monells and La Bisbal towards the coast, from there we hit the stunning corniche and the roads of the 2009 Tour de France, the very section where David Millar attacked and broke away from the peloton. We leave the coast and climb over Sant Grau, then drop down into the Girona valley and head back "home".
That evening we will dine at the CHPT3 design studio where representatives from Costa Brava Tourism are going to host us with local specialities and food and wine with accompanying stories from the region.
DAY 2: Example
A trip to Girona is not complete without climbing one of it most famous peaks, the infamous Rocacorba. This climb is steeped in history as a climb the Tour de France winners used as a final test to judge their form before heading off to the Grand Boucle. Being a founder of the Velo Club Rocacorba, the climb holds a special spot in the heart of David, as he spent many a training ride grinding out efforts on its relentless slopes.
Suffering does bring reward however as we will be served a cup of Cava and some buttery jamon iberico at the summit while taking in the views of the Banyoles lake below.
Once again we'll be dining at the CHPT3 design studio, this time hosted by a local chef with a specially prepared menu with local wines that will cater for our depleted energy levels.
DAY 3: Example
It's Paris Roubaix race day, although we'll be over a 1000km directly south that's not going to stop us soaking it up. In the morning we will all adorn our OML kit, paying homage to the greatest of the Classics, and leave town on a specially organised Roubaix themed ride. Our partner store in Girona, Eat Sleep Cycle, are taking this very seriously and won't be revealing anything until the day but rest assured nothing we encounter will trouble the severity of the Arenberg's cobbles.
Once the ride is done make your way over in your own time to Eat Sleep Cycle's store where we will all spectate and enjoy the atmosphere of watching Paris Roubaix with food and beers served throughout. A special experience we're sure you'll agree, watching the race with someone who's experienced it first hand and who has now turned his profession to commentating on bike racing. Get all your questions answered, real time