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Bikepacking the in the Catalan Pyrenees

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Bikepacking the in the Catalan Pyrenees

Bike Touring Collection by _anna.barrero

3

Tours

26:54 h

148 mi

17,500 ft

The Pyrenean mountain range, the biggest high mountain ecosystem in the Iberian Peninsula, has something special. They are the mountains I grew up in. The mountains where I put on my first skis when I was 4 years old. The mountains that taught me how to climb. The mountains where I did my first 3,000 metre (9,842 feet) summit. The mountains that I crossed with a bike from coast to coast completely self-sufficiently.

This mountain range saw me laugh, cry, hungry, thirsty and suffer a whole rollercoaster of emotions, and they are still the mountains where I enjoy most of my adventures. I never get tired of them. I particularly like watching sunrises and sunsets from their peaks and I really love watching the stars from my sleeping bag with that feeling of a cold nose but a warm heart: the pleas of my soul to experience life authentically and through vulnerability.

The Pyrenees are huge, but one of the most iconic places is Aigüestortes National Park, located in the northwestern part of the province of Lleida, in Catalonia. For this trip, we did a three day loop, which circled around this amazing national park starting and finishing in Vielha.

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Tours & Highlights

  • 08:16
    47.7 mi
    5.8 mph
    5,125 ft
    6,875 ft

    When we stop struggling, we float. It is law. After a huge breakfast in the hotel (one of those that leaves you without energy and you ask to yourself 'why …

  • 11:25
    53.7 mi
    4.7 mph
    7,275 ft
    7,450 ft

    We woke up tired after yesterday's mountain stage but when we got our breakfast served with a lot of coffee we recharged all our batteries.To start we headed to …

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  • 07:14
    46.3 mi
    6.4 mph
    5,075 ft
    4,925 ft

    We woke up at 6 am in order to leave early on our last day, as rain was in the forecast for the afternoon. After a huge, delicious breakfast, we were about to jump to our bikes and a nice storm welcomed us. Oh boy! No way to ride under this universal flood. We went back to the hotel room and had a 60 minute power-nap until the rain eased a little bit.At 8:30 am we restarted the plan. To begin with, 6 km (3.7 miles) of paved road towards the small village of Son was on the menu, but we didn't get there as we saw an alternative route towards Gerdar Forest (our first objective of the day). This alternative path was an 8 km (5 mile) steep climb at 6%, but as we were still fresh we did it quite fast (I got a QOM)!

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    3
  • Distance
    148 mi
  • Duration
    26:54 h
  • Elevation
    17,500 ft

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Bikepacking the in the Catalan Pyrenees