Girona, it often called the Walhalla for cyclists. And the numbers prove that statement: over 200 (semi-)professional cyclists live in Girona, there are over 10 cycling cafes in or around the city, and it has numerous fantastic loops and climbs that suit any type of rider or training.
Israel Start-Up Nation gathered in Girona, last week, for a ‘small training camp’ so to say. There was a group of cyclists riding together to invest for next season. It featured riders based there, like Alex Cataford and Mads Würz Schmidt, and riders living elsewhere in Europe, like Alex Dowsett and Alexis Renard. With other teammates, they spent over thirty hours in a bit more than a week time on the bike.
So, what really makes Girona special? According to Cataford, the variety of roads is why Girona is the perfect place for training. “I can go up into the mountains, or stay on the flats on my TT Factor SLiCK-bike. Along with the respectful car drivers, beautiful views and good weather, it makes it a perfect home away from home for me”, the Canadian says.
Moreover, cycling culture is great in Girona, it is a safe region to ride, it features many skillful mechanics, there is a great number of good restaurants, an increasing number of bike lanes and Girona even has its own cycling apparel factory. We feel Girona has it all. At least for Israel Start-Up Nation, whose home base is Girona.
We highly suggest you passing by – once the virus allows us – to come and spot some of our riders in town.
Video by: Sjors Beukeboom