Family edition #RideAlongSpain
O how blissfully uncomplicated life was when you could just grab your bike and ride together, without thinking of anything else, having a couple of hours of quality time together.
Nowadays, even some hours alone on the bike need to be planned carefully. Because with a kid or kids, it’s not so easy anymore to go for a nice ride. And riding together is something that has become fairly impossible.
But not to worry! We have the solution for you and your partner: Ride Along Spain The Family Edition. A nice (mid)week of holiday in sunny Spain, with daycare and a nice program for the kids while the mums and dads are riding a bike for three days with us.
From the 22nd till the 26th of October we organise this trip from the Van der Valk Barcarola hotel, situated at the Costa Brava close to Girona. It’s a Dutch hotel, so apart from paella there’s also french fries and hamburgers on the menu. The nannies for the kid’s program are very experienced and English-speaking.
So close your eyes and imagine…
Riding one of the most beautiful roads you’ve ever seen. The sun on your face, the warm wind from the Mediterranean on your skin. The road is winding, up and down. Every minute you have a different, breathtaking view: small beaches, rough cliffs, flowers and forrest, the ocean.
This is the area where dozens of professional cyclists live and train; this is Girona, Catalunya. They didn’t just pick this place for training; pros always know where to find the most awesome roads, the best coffee and the loveliest places.
In my years as a professional cyclist, I’ve prepared myself for the cycling season in gorgeous Catalunya for many times. This area holds no secrets for me – and now, after my cycling carreer, there’s nothing I like more than share these awesome roads with you. Want a little preview? Check this video.
Difference in level, also a common couple’s “problem” isn’t a problem with us. If the group is big enough, we split up and meet again for coffee and lunch. If we have a small group, we take the people who’re not tired yet after lunch for some extra kilometres.
The goal is having some great days of riding together. Everything is fine with us: climbing to the next hilltop in an nice and easy pace is perfectly okay. Same as racing uphill as fast as you can.
4 nights in 3-star hotel Van der Valk Barcarola, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sport drinks and -food for during the rides. Guidance by ex-pro Marijn de Vries and her partner Frank Lankman. Following car with a mechanic, tools, spare parts, wheels and even extra bikes. Transfer from and to Girona airport. And of course the whole kid’s program.
So what does this trip look like?
The core is five days: Monday is the day of arrival and getting to know each other, the cycling- and kids program run from Tuesday till Thursday and Friday is the day of departure. Would you like to come earlier? That’s no problem. Stay longer? Also perfectly fine.
You pay 1850 euros for a family with one child under 3 years old in a standard hotel room with a children’s bed. More kids? Very welcome. An extra bed for an older child, a bigger room, a family room or even an appartment? No problem. Just inform with us for all the options and prices.
You can bring your own bike, or rent a high quality fullcarbon Trek Domane or Cannondale Synapse with disc brakes with us. Just ask us for the options and prices.