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intermediate pace, ~100km ride, rolling hills

We'll start and end by train, and this will be an all-day affair.

We start on an 8.01am Rodalies train from RENFE Plaza Catalunya to arrive to Vic at 9.20am. 

We'll then follow this route:

This will take us out of Vic and pass through Folgueroles, turning through Tavernoles to go up to the west end of the Pantano de Sau where we'll briefly visit the Parador de Vic-Sau, then retrace our path back to Folgueroles, continuing around to the south side of the Pantano passing through Vilanova de Sau, around the east edge of the pantano to the north side, as far as the road will go. We retrace briefly, then turn up a tiny paved track to climb gently for 15km through Sant Joan de Fàbregas to reach Rupit. At Rupit we rejoin larger roads, the C-153 climbing briefly then starting a 13km descent back towards Vic, but turning off at Sant Martí Sescorts to cross the countryside to arrive at Torelló. (Curiously, this is the same destination which the next day's ride will reach, from the opposite side).

Pace will be intermediate, terrain will accumulate a goodly amount of climbing (MapMyRide says 1200m of climbing), but we won't attack any mountains.  We'll stop for water, and probably once for a bocadito (most likely in Rupit), but this will be mostly to get some distance under our wheels, through amazingly beautiful countryside as I always try to do :-)

Trains return from Torelló at 15:15 (which we'll likely make, if the bocadito stop is quick and we don't have lunch at the end of the ride) and then at 17:26 and 18:34 (if we want to take more time / stop to eat).

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  • Jay L.

    So, today was ... interesting.
    First, the important stuff - good weather, good company, everyone did well, and we had a beautiful ride!
    Here's the route we actually rode (including the optional out-and-back from the Parador de Vic-Sau to the Monastery of Sant Pere Casserres which some of us did):

    Now the ... interesting ... stuff:
    * The last descent towards the Monaster of Sant Pere Casserres ends - abruptly - in a gravel parking lot. With the in/out lanes reversed (entering traffic crosses to the left, exiting traffic comes straight back out). A couple of us skidded to a stop in the gravel, as by the time you see it coming, with the speed you have coming down that last descent (on a very nice paved road) just can't be bled off in the few meters left of pavement once you realize what is about to happen. So, definitely ride it (watch out, some 15% parts!), just be careful at the end there!

    1 · October 12, 2013

    • Leonid

      no comments about renfe? :P

      October 13, 2013

    • Jay L.

      Ha ha, true, Brer; in one direction our RENFE ride was on one of the "new" train cabin designs. The ones supposedly much better for cyclists. Each car has a(n unusable) hanging rack (three mountain bikers, after 5 minutes of playing with it, finally were able to, sort-of, hang their bikes there; I believe that it is not possible to put a road bike in those racks, without risking damage to the derailleur or the wheels); no seats facing the platforms, it is no longer possible to put bicycles in the platforms. So we had to squeeze the bicycles into the pasillo at the very end of the train - luckily, we were sitting there and it was empty when we arrived. Else we'd have had to stand all the way. And as it was, that still inconvenienced others, which I try very hard to never do.


      1 · October 14, 2013

  • Leonid

    Amazing ride... my track (some russian words, though)

    October 12, 2013

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