It could be the next “testing” climb for Girona based Pros said George. Last week I ran into Professional Cyclists, George Hincapie and Jason McCartney and described a climb that I have been wanting to do for years.
Yes years! There is so much to discover… and climbing to Collfred has been on the list of “to dos” for a long time.
However the whereabouts to this climb are yet to be discovered. The road does not show up on any map. (like a lot of roads around here) Google Earth is of little help… check for yourself .
BUT: I am determined to climb to Collfred this year.
Looking for Collfred
I sent one of our Jemison Cycling Tours newbie guides to locate the climb but he returned defeated… as far as he is concerned its not there….. BUT, I know I will find it….
Here is a description of the location and my loose interpretation:
Para acceder a esta subida podemos hacerlo desde la carretera que une Olot con Vic. Una vez hayamos salido de Olot, debemos tomar un desvío hacia El Mallol-St. Privat d´En Bas. En esta carretera , y pasado El Mallol, poco antes de llegar al núcleo de St. Privat un desvío a mano derecha dirección a Vidrá marcará el inicio de la ascensión (justo al lado del campo de fútbol).
( I understand the start of the climb to be out of St. Privat d’En Bas towards Vidra. St. Privat is about 12kms West of Olot and just west of El Mallol(MartyJemison.com))
If “you” find this climb before I do….please let me know where it is and how you liked it.
The restaurant is about a 45 minute drive from Girona and towards the Pyreneese mountains. Olot lies at the base of several extinct volcanos and is a vibrant mountain town. Our meal was excellent and lasted 5 hours!
Great wines Dofi & Artadi
The entire kitchen is made up of stainless steel and glass. The refrigerator and food storage are all behind hidden doors.
Stainless steel glass and hidden doors
To see more pictures of Les Cols visit our “gallery” on www.martyjemison.com/gallery. Try to identify the picture that looks like a white hallway…. Looking closely you see seams in the walls which when pushed reveal the unisex toilets. We all liked the shape of the mens urinals and hidden doors.
Below is a picture of Magret de Canard. This was on of 16 courses that we had from the gastronomic tasting menu
Today Jemison Cycling Tours rode from Cadaques to Olot. Riding through San Pere Pescadore to Banyoles for lunch. Banyoles is known for the 1992 Olympic rowing events and the lake there is fed by natural springs.
Along the way we stopped for water, coke, aquarius, fruit and took a picture of this:
Look closely in the center of the picture
At lunch, possibly because of some inspiration from earlier in the day; this arrived at our table:
"Conill" in Catalan, "Conejo" in Spanish, "Lapin" in French and "Rabbit" in English
Fine dining beats riding food today… After lunch and some Cafe amb llet we were ready to finsh the ride to Olot.
Today we started to taste some of the local foods but tomorrow night will be a highlight in terms of gastronomy. We have reservations and will be eating at Les Colls (http://www.lescols.com/).
Today we (MJCT) rode from Girona to Cadaques. Marc was puzzled and and asked “how are we going to get there”,? for he had been looking at maps. Once out on the road (yes; paved) he commented that the government must not pay for these roads because they are not on the GPS.
Cycling to Cadaques
I smiled to myself, knowing that these roads did not live on any printed maps, GPS or mapping software. These were roads that had to be discovered! Myself and other Professional riders have logged hundreds of thousands of miles around Girona and have found countless roads that do not exist on maps.
These “connector” roads have been paved by private monies (farmers for example) that often cross private lands. These roads were mostly dirt even 10 years ago but provide perfect cycling and connecting us to country roads that are well maitained by the Catalan government.
Cadaques in June
Our ride to Cadaques or the summer home of Salvadore Dali was around 90kms which included a bit of exploring around Empuriabrava.
Empuribrava is a village that lies on the Gulf of Roses. It is a resort community where all of the residents have boat docks and access into the Mediterranean. A very interesting concept….
Catalan fishing boats
Tomorrow we are riding from Cadaques to Olot….. and yes we will be riding on beautiful rural roads including sections that do not exist on any may, GPS or mapping software.
I was in Girona for the opening of the Creperie Bretonne and was one of their first patrons. I would bet that over the years more cyclist have eaten at the Creperie than any other eaterie in town. The salads and creps are freash and delicious. The creperie continues to be one of the first places that we will eat at each year.
The "kitchen" where your creps are made
The gastronomic finds in Girona seem endless and pleasing to the palatte. Yet another reason to visit and spend time here.
Today MJCT had to go and visit a ‘possible’ new hotel for a private trip that we will be doing. It was an excellent opportunity to blow out the legs and the toxins from flying. After almost 3 hours in the big-ring the toxins were gone and we had snapped a few pictures along the way.
We liked this wall in the center of Orriols, especially the ”eyes” starring at you.
Below is a Press that had Circa 1880 stamped into it.
Manolo Valdes on Pont de Pedra – Girona, Spain
Upon returning to Girona we found this on the famous Pont de Pedra. Girona is known for its art and architecture so to see the famous bronze of Manolo Valdes is no suprise. The picture above is only one of a dozen large bronze sculptures currently being displayed.
When Marty rode for US Postal, Pont de Pedra was one of our morning meeting points for rides. It continues to be a Girona-meeting spot…. unless a designated coffee shop has been arranged.
We hope that the Canon G10 delivers quality pictures for our upcomming tours. If you have not been to the Marty Jemison Cycling Tours “gallery”, check out this link: http://www.martyjemison.com/gallery.html
Last week I made a visit to the Reynolds Wheel factory in Salt Lake City to pick up some wheels.
I think those are my new "Attacks" being built
I have been riding the DV46′s for nearly two years and I love them. I am now going to test out the “attacks” which are a bit shallower. Atthough I have no problems in the wind with the 46′s I may be able to take my hands off the bars a bit more with the Attacks. Later I will post the differences I find after thoroughly test ride them.
My Reynolds wheels are my everyday wheels. I train on them in all conditions and for those who know me well, know that just about anywhere a mountain bike can go… I may go. I dig the looks on people’s faces when we pass them on road bikes…. as if only mountain bikes belong on dirt.
I want to thank this guy for building some of the best wheels I have ever ridden.