CC6 East Pyrenees

26 September to 2 October

The second of the new “CC6’s” explores the Eastern part of the Pyrenees and Andorra.

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The Stages

Stage 1

Girona to La Molina

189kms / 4500m

Main climbs:
Rocacorba, Collfred, La Creueta.

This opening stage takes us from the gentle hills of Girona up to the La Molina ski station climb often used as a summit finish in the Vuelta y Catalunya. Rocacorba had to be included but the real gem of the stage has to be the locally-feared Collfred climb. ( Option for a shorter version of this stage).

Stage 2

La Molina to Seu d’Urgell

177kms / 4200m

Main climbs:
Puymorens, Port d’Envalira, Ordino, Baixalis, Gallina

The Andorra stage. Featured in the 2021 Tour de France once again, Andorra is at last becoming recognised as well as it should be for its superb climbs. The Ordino+Baixalis+Gallina combination is as good as Andorra gets!

Stage 3

Seu d’Urgell to Bagneres de Luchon.

194kms / 4540m

Main climbs:
Port de Canto, Port Ainé, Port de Bonaigua, Portilhon

A good serving of famous Grand Tour climbs ( both the Tour and the Vuelta). This is a stage of long steady but beautiful climbs. The quality Spanish road surface helps, especially for the flying descents! The shorter and steeper Portilhon climb brings us into France. (The up & back Port Ainé climb comes mid-stage and therefore offers a short-cut for some riders who would wish to omit this one.)

Rest Day

Bagneres de Luchon. Our hotel is in the town centre, close to cafés, shops, thermal baths, and restaurants.

Stage 4

Bagneres de Luchon to Oust.

173kms / 4400m

Main climbs:
Port de Bales, Menté, Portet d’Aspet, Core, Latrape

The most picturesque stage of the event and the one most likely to illustrate why the Pyrenees are such a special place. Classic climbs combined with some intriguing, tranquil and challenging rural backroads.

Stage 5

Oust to Prades

197kms / 4670m

Main climbs:
Port de Lers, Pradel, Port de Pailheres, Jau.

More rural beauty here as we head towards one of the most challenging duo's of Pyrenees climbs : the Col de Pradel followed right away by the Pailheres is a perfect example of why climbs in the Pyrenees are often considered tougher than their Alpine brothers. The stage finishes with the impressive Col de Jau and brings us back into the Catalan part of the Pyrenees.

Stage 6

Prades to Girona.

192kms / 3200m

Main climbs:
Palomere, La Brossa, Manrella, Els Angels

The first half of this stage takes us through the forests of Mediterranean oak so typical of this part of the Oriental Pyrenees via two long, but steady climbs. After a short gravel section which brings us into Spain we have a faster (flatter) run-in to the climb that all Girona riders measure themselves against : the "Els Angels". The long flying descent makes a perfect way to bring this intense journey to a close.