EVENT OVERVIEW

VOLCAT MTB STAGE RACE 2020 – SPAIN

The oldest mountain bike stage race in Spain and one of the most ancient in Europe. UCI S2 XCS

DURATION:  6 NIGHTS OR 9 NIGHTS – RACE STARTS 9 APRIL 2020
LOCATION:  Barcelona & Igualada – Spain
AVAILABLE SEAT: 10
PRICE: FROM R9 600
DEPOSIT REQUIRED: 50% deposit to secure your spot
FINAL PAYMENT DUE:  7 February 2020

OVERVIEW

FOUR STAGE MTB RACE on the outskirts of BARCELONA

The OLDEST MTB STAGE RACE in SPAIN (UCI XCS S2)

AUTHENTIC SINGLETRACK

AIRPORT TRANSFERS, ACCOMMODATION, LOCAL GUIDE, WALKING TOURS, RACE TRANSFERS and RACE ENTRY INCLUDED.

RACE DETAILS

Four stages. Four days. Spectacular landscapes.

VolCAT 2020 will be held on the 9,10,11 and 12 of April. VolCAT gives UCI points in the XCS S2 category, ensuring that the race is a meeting point for the international elite cyclists.

The race crosses the singular landscapes of central Catalonia, going through a variety of territories that will be enjoyable for the competitors, accompanists and the public. The emotion of VolCAT is more alive than ever, with new trails to discover in the heart of Catalonia.

VolCAT is a race for all the levels, with different categories:

  • You can compete in PRO level, to get UCI points of the UCI S2 XCS category. 
  • You can also compete in the OPEN category. In the OPEN category it is possible to take part in teams.

Highlights:

·        The oldest mountain bike stages race in Spain and one of the most ancient in Europe.

·        15th edition

·        Presence of world-class bikers (World MTB Marathon Champions, National XCO Champions)

DESTINATION INFORMATION

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona’s unique blend of Catalan culture, distinctive architecture, developed tourist infrastructure and lively night life makes it the 10th most visited city in the world. It is home to Europe’s best-preserved Gothic Quarter, as well as amazing architectural works by Antoni Gaudi. Barcelona is, without a doubt, one of the world’s greatest cities.

The fantastical Sagrada Família basilica and other modernist landmarks designed by Antoni Gaudí dot the city. Barcelona is known for their Mediterranean  climate with an average high temperature of 17 degrees in the April months.

 

Igualada, Spain

Igualada is a municipality of the province of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. It is a rich agricultural and wine-producing district.

The city consists of an old town, originated in the 11th century, with narrow and irregular streets, including the remains of a fortress and ramparts, plus a new surrounding town with regular and spacious streets and many fine houses.

The city is 60 kilometres from Barcelona and 20 kilometres from the famous mountain and monastery of Montserrat.

ACCOMMODATION

Aparthotel Silver *** (Barcelona Accommodation)

Situated in Barcelona’s popular Gracia district, Aparthotel Silver is a registered Bikefriendly Hotel. Gràcia is a well-known for its wide gastronomic and commercial offer. It is yet a very central location, only a few meters away from the underground station. In only 2 stops, you will reach the heart of the city Passeig de Gracia or the city centre Plaça de Catalunya in three stops.

Aparthotel Silver is within walking distance from several major sites and in the walking trail of Barcelona’s modernist route. Only 80 meters from the hotel you can find the first building that Antoni Gaudí built in Barcelona – Casa Vicens.

Aparthotel Silver offers a 24-hour reception, a bar and a garden terrace.

 

Hotel Moli Blanc *** (Igualada Accommodation)

Molí Blanc is a beautifully restored 18th-century paper mill next to the Anoia River, just outside Igualada in central Catalonia. It offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.

All rooms at the Hotel Molí Blanc are equipped with air conditioning and central heating. There is also a plasma TV with satellite channels.

The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Catalan food, using fresh seasonal produce.

MOBILE TRAVEL APP

We provide all clients with a Mobile Travel App which can be installed from both the Apple and Android app store.

The application includes offline maps which assists you in locating tourist attractions as well as the nearest restaurant, coffee shop,  shopping mall, etc.

The app also includes the following features:

  • Details of your tour’s day to day itinerary
  • Booking tickets for various tourist attractions
  • Flight updates including live flight amendments and the ability to check in to your flight via the app
  • Accommodation details
  • A file store where important documents relating to your tour are loaded for you
  • Direct messaging with the Disfruta Sports Tours team

TRIP ITINERARY – FULL PACKAGE – NINE NIGHTS

Day 1 – Tuesday 7 April 2020 – Arrive in Barcelona

Arrive at Barcelona El Prat Airport in Barcelona

Succeeding airport transfer and hotel check-in you have the opportunity to assemble your bicycles. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Day 2 – Wednesday 8 April 2020 – Coffree Ride Barcelona

Today we enjoy a pre-breakfast easy ride in Barcelona. After a short climb we enjoy the views from the Carretera de les Aigües, which locals have quite aptly & fondly named “The balcony of Barcelona“.

Strava route – https://www.strava.com/routes/21759505

 

The afternoon we enjoy an optional short walking tour where we take in some of the amazing architectural works by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi – Casa VicensLa Pedrera and CasaBattlo.

Strava route for walking tour – https://www.strava.com/routes/15168273

 

Day 3 – Thursday 9 April 2020 – Volcat Etapa 1 – 38km / 800m

After breakfast we make our way to Igualada. Succeeding check-in at the Moli Blanc hotel we make our way to the race village for the race briefing and the start of Volcat stage 1.

Volcat Stage 1 will start late afternoon.

 

Day 4 – Friday 10 April 2020 – Volcat Etapa 2 – 70km / 1600m

After an early breakfast we make our way to the race village for the start of Volcat stage 2.

 

Day 5 – Saturday 11 April 2020– Volcat Etapa 3 – 67km / 1700m

After an early breakfast we make our way to the race village for the start of Volcat stage 3.

 

Day 6 – Sunday 12 April 2020 – Volcat Etapa 4 – 38km / 900m

After an early breakfast we make our way to the race village for the start of Volcat stage 4.

We return to Barcelona the afternoon. The evening we enjoy a celebratory dinner together at a restaurant in Barcelona to share the experiences of the race.

Day 7 – Monday 13 April 2020 – Walking Tour – Parc Guell

After 4 days of racing we enjoy some time off the bike. Today we enjoy some of the best views of Barcelona from Park Güell, one of the masterpieces of Antoni GaudiThe park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features some of the best views of the city, peaceful greens, winding paths and many sculptures and mosaics designed by Gaudi himself.

The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Day 8 – Tuesday 14 April 2020 – Coffee Ride Tibidabo

Today we enjoy an easy ride coffee in Barcelona to take in the breathtaking views from the Tibidabo Mountain. At the summit you have the opportunity to visit the famous Sagrat Cor Church as well as the Tibidabo Theme park.

https://www.strava.com/routes/21759418

The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 9 – Wednesday 15 April 2020 – MTB Ride – Parc Natural de Collserola 

This morning we enjoy an MTB Ride taking in Barcelona’s Collserola Natural Park. The Collserola is the largest metropolitan park in the world, 22 times larger than Central Park in New York.

Strava route – https://www.strava.com/routes/1034075

The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Day 10 – Thursday 16 April 2020 – Flight back Home

Adieu Barcelona – Good Bye Barcelona

Hotel check-out and airport transfer for your departure from Barcelona El Prat Airport.

COST OPTIONS – FULL PACKAGE – NINE NIGHTS

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PRICES ARE AVAILABLE UP UNTIL 31 December 2019 AND SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

FULL PACKAGE – NINE NIGHTS:

Cyclist Single  Accommodation                              R 23 300        per person

Cyclist Twin/Double Accommodation                  R 16 200        per person sharing

Non Cyclist Twin/Double Accommodation         R 12 100         per person sharing

 

Full Package Includes:

  • Entry to the Volcat MTB Stage Race (where applicable)
  • Hotel Accommodation in Barcelona for 6 nights
  • Hotel Accommodation in Igualada for 3 nights
  • Airport Transfers – Barcelona El Prat Airport
  • Return Transfer to Igualada
  • Breakfast
  • Guided Rides in Barcelona
  • Walking Tours in Barcelona
  • Tour Coordinator with local knowledge of Barcelona

Cost Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • City Tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the included
COST OPTIONS – BARCELONA SELF STAY PACKAGE – NINE NIGHTS

We offer the BARCELONA SELF STAY PACKAGE for those who would like to enjoy our itinerary, local knowledge and at the same time still have the flexibility to book their own Barcelona accommodation to suite personal preferences.

It is advisable to book accommodation within 10 minutes travel distance from Gracia metro station. You are welcome to confer with us if your desired accommodation location is feasible enough before booking.

When booking your own accommodation, we recommend using our Booking.com partner website – https://www.booking.com/index.html?aid=1150568

 

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PRICES ARE AVAILABLE UP UNTIL 31 December 2019 AND SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

BARCELONA SELF STAY PACKAGE – NINE NIGHTS:

Cyclist Single  Igualada Accommodation                              R 12 100         per person

Cyclist Twin/Double Igualada Accommodation                  R 10 000        per person sharing

Non Cyclist Twin/Double Igualada Accommodation         R 6 000          per person sharing

 

Full Package Includes:

  • Entry to the Volcat MTB Stage Race (where applicable)
  • Hotel Accommodation in Igualada for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Airport Transfers – El Prat Airport
  • Return Transfer to Igualada
  • Guided Rides in Barcelona
  • Walking Tours in Barcelona
  • Tour Coordinator with local knowledge of Barcelona

Cost Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • City Tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the included
TRIP ITINERARY – BASIC PACKAGE – SIX NIGHTS

Day 1 – Tuesday 7 April 2020 – Arrive in Barcelona

Arrive at Barcelona El Prat Airport in Barcelona

Succeeding airport transfer and hotel check-in you have the opportunity to assemble your bicycles. The rest of the day is at leisure.

 

Day 2 – Wednesday 8 April 2020 – Coffree Ride Barcelona

Today we enjoy a pre-breakfast easy ride in Barcelona. After a short climb we enjoy the views from the Carretera de les Aigües, which locals have quite aptly & fondly named “The balcony of Barcelona“.

Strava route – https://www.strava.com/routes/21759505

 

The afternoon we enjoy an optional short walking tour where we take in some of the amazing architectural works by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi – Casa VicensLa Pedrera and CasaBattlo.

Strava route for walking tour – https://www.strava.com/routes/15168273

 

Day 3 – Thursday 9 April 2020 – Volcat Etapa 1 – 38km / 800m

After breakfast we make our way to Igualada. Succeeding check-in at the Moli Blanc hotel we make our way to the race village for the race briefing and the start of Volcat stage 1.

Volcat Stage 1 will start late afternoon.

 

Day 4 – Friday 10 April 2020 – Volcat Etapa 2 – 70km / 1600m

After an early breakfast we make our way to the race village for the start of Volcat stage 2.

 

Day 5 – Saturday 11 April 2020– Volcat Etapa 3 – 67km / 1700m

After an early breakfast we make our way to the race village for the start of Volcat stage 3.

 

Day 6 – Sunday 12 April 2020 – Volcat Etapa 4 – 38km / 900m

After an early breakfast we make our way to the race village for the start of Volcat stage 4.

We return to Barcelona the afternoon. The evening we enjoy a celebratory dinner together at a restaurant in Barcelona to share the experiences of the race.

 

Day 7 – Monday 13 April 2020 – Flight back Home

Adieu Barcelona – Good Bye Barcelona

Hotel check-out and airport transfer for your departure from Barcelona El Prat Airport.

COST OPTIONS – BASIC PACKAGE – SIX NIGHTS

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PRICES ARE AVAILABLE UP UNTIL 1 JANUARY 2020 AND SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

 

EXPRESS PACKAGE – THREE NIGHTS:

Runner Single  Accommodation                              R 13 900         per person

Non Runner Single  Accommodation                     R 12 900         per person

Runner Twin/Double Accommodation                 R 9 500         per person sharing

Non Runner Twin/Double Accommodation        R 8 500          per person sharing

 

EXPRESS PACKAGE – THREE NIGHTS – NO BREAKFAST:

Below please find cost options for those who prefer to enjoy breakfast at the various options Barcelona has to offer. Please note on the race day breakfast will be available for all runners at the hotel:-

Runner Single  Accommodation                              R 12 900         per person

Non Runner Single  Accommodation                     R 11 900          per person

Runner Twin/Double Accommodation                  R 8 600           per person sharing

Non Runner Twin/Double Accommodation         R 7 600           per person sharing

 

Express Package Includes:

  • Hotel Accommodation for 3 nights
  • Airport Transfers
  • Breakfast (where applicable)
  • Entry to Barcelona Marathon (where applicable)
  • Barcelona Marathon breakfast run
  • Tour Coordinator with local knowledge of Barcelona
  • Disfruta Sports Tours running vest and t-shirt

Cost Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • City Tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the included
COST OPTIONS – BARCELONA SELF STAY PACKAGE – SIX NIGHTS

We offer the BARCELONA SELF STAY PACKAGE for those who would like to enjoy our itinerary, local knowledge and at the same time still have the flexibility to book their own Barcelona accommodation to suite personal preferences.

It is advisable to book accommodation within 10 minutes travel distance from Gracia metro station. You are welcome to confer with us if your desired accommodation location is feasible enough before booking.

When booking your own accommodation, we recommend using our Booking.com partner website – https://www.booking.com/index.html?aid=1150568

 

PLEASE NOTE: ALL PRICES ARE AVAILABLE UP UNTIL 31 December 2019 AND SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY

BARCELONA SELF STAY PACKAGE – SIX NIGHTS:

Cyclist Single  Igualada Accommodation                              R 11 600         per person

Cyclist Twin/Double Igualada Accommodation                  R 9 500          per person sharing

Non Cyclist Twin/Double Igualada Accommodation         R 5 500          per person sharing

 

Full Package Includes:

  • Entry to the Volcat MTB Stage Race (where applicable)
  • Hotel Accommodation in Igualada for 3 nights with breakfast
  • Airport Transfers – El Prat Airport Barcelona
  • Return Transfer to Igualada
  • Guided Ride in Barcelona
  • Walking Tour in Barcelona
  • Tour Coordinator with local knowledge of Barcelona

Cost Excludes:

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • City Tax
  • Travel Insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the included

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