Gran Fondo Cambrils Park: the bicycle touring event that has it all
Next 6th and 7th of April, Cambrils Park Sport Village will host the 6th edition of the Gran Fondo Cambrils Park.
Is the bicycle touring event that has it all: pedalling, two routes with breath-taking landscapes, accommodation at a first-class Resort and activities for cyclists’ companions. Will you miss it?
This is how Gran Fondo Cambrils Park started.
“In October 2013 there was an event to present Cambrils Park Resort and its surrounding’s sporting potential to different actors from the tourist sector and the cycling world. Among them, there was Roberto Iglesias, Quebrantahuesos’ alma mater, which is the biggest and toughest bicycle touring event in Spain. He suggested that the area and the Resort were the perfect combination to organize a bicycle touring event. Thus, together, Cambrils Park Resort, Cycling Costa Daurada and Patronat de Turisme, took up the challenge and got to work to make it a reality.
And that is how on April 2014 Gran Fondo Cambrils Park was born with the participation of 900 people which has steadily grown to the record number of 2.500 cyclists.
Two routes. An Unforgettable experience. Cycling for everyone.
The 6th of April event offers two routes. One is longer than the other to offer different physical demand levels. This way all cyclist can give their best and enjoy the Gran Fondo Cambrils Park.
It is the longest Gran Fondo route, specially addressed to cyclists who have trained more. It goes around Montsant’s Natural Park, is 183 km long, has 3.000 meters high difference, goes thru 6 mountain passes and 21 villages. The sacrifice of this challenge is more than compensated by the beauty of the landscape.
This route is named after the municipality of Escaladei, God’s stairs in Latin. It can’t be anyplace with such a name! It is the origin of Priorat’s wine history and the region’s name.
This route is shorter, but its level of difficulty isn’t lower nor less beautiful as the Montsant route. It is 123 kilometers long, has 2.000 meters high difference, goes thru 4 mountain passes and crosses 20 towns.
Time trial to please the most competitive ones.
Gran Fondo Cambrils Park is not a competitive race, on the contrary, it is a bicycle touring event. The ones who complete the route faster are not rewarded, however, there are other types of rewards like, for example to the veteran cyclist, the one that comes from further, the biggest club, etc.
Nevertheless, those still with energy, on Sunday 7th will be able to satisfy their competitive spirit with the time trial. A race to compete with yourself and others as in this edition and for the first time, the time trial will be in groups instead of individually. There will be categories (male, female and by age group) and awards for the winners in each category.
Jersey elected by popular vote
The Gran Fondo Cambrils Park official jersey design, that will be given to all participants, has been elected by popular vote between two designs. This has been the selected design.
Why should you participate in the Gran Fondo Cambrils Park?
Jaume Rué is clear about it: “Because Gran Fondo Cambrils Park is a distinct event. It doesn’t exist anything similar in Spain. To start, it is a two-day event. The bicycle touring event starts and finishes at the same Resort you are staying at, which makes the logistics easier. It is a first-class Resort almost in front of the sea. And, in addition, it is addressed to all family members: participants and their companions.”