Exploring Girona on BMC Bikes during the Sea Otter

At Cycle Tours Catalonia, we recently had the privilege of organising a cycling experience during the bike show Sea Otter Europe, where more than thirty amateur and professional cyclists were enjoying BMC bikes.

This event, led by world champion Oriol Vidal and ultra-endurance athlete Ulrich Bartholmoes, showcased the breathtaking beauty of Girona’s landscapes and offered an opportunity for cycling enthusiasts to come together.

In this article, we’ll take you through our incredible journey, highlighting the scenic routes, the memorable encounters, and the spirit of camaraderie that defined this event.

Exploring Girona’s Scenic Beauty

Cycle Tours Catalonia bike riders at BMC Social Ride during the Sea Otter Europe
Participants in the BMC Social Ride during Sea Otter Europe 2023 posing in front of the Cycle Tours Catalonia headquarters.

Sea Otter Europe made a strategic decision by selecting the charming city of Girona as the host destination for its renowned cycling fair. Girona, located in northeastern Spain and where we Cycle Tours Catalonia are based, offers a picturesque backdrop with its captivating landscapes and cycling-friendly terrain. It’s the perfect place to unite the global cycling community, providing diverse cycling landscapes, from challenging mountainous routes to tranquil gravel paths, all within reach. Girona’s welcoming cycling culture and world-class facilities make it an ideal choice for this prestigious event, creating an electric atmosphere that truly encapsulates the spirit of Sea Otter Europe.

The Road Route with Oriol Vidal

Road Tour
Road route at the BMC Social Ride, Girona, Costa Brava.

The renowned world champion, Oriol Vidal, led the way on the Road route. Participants had the chance to follow in the footsteps of a true cycling legend as they pedaled through Girona’s winding roads. The route took us through quaint villages, lush vineyards, and offered spectacular views of the Pyrenees Mountains. It was a cycling experience unlike any other, combining the thrill of the ride with the serenity of nature.

The Gravel Adventure with Ulrich Bartholmoes

Gravel route at the BMC Social Ride, Girona, Costa Brava.

For those seeking a more adventurous ride, ultra-endurance athlete Ulrich Bartholmoes guided the Gravel route. This journey led riders through rugged paths and gravel trails, immersing them in the untamed beauty of Girona’s countryside. The gravel route provided a unique challenge, perfect for riders looking to test their skills and explore off-the-beaten-path destinations.

Unforgettable Encounters at the BMC Stand

Eduard Kirchner and Ulrich Bartholmoes at the BMC stand at Sea Otter Europe 2023.

As our cycling adventure came to an end, we gathered at the BMC stand, where we had the pleasure of engaging in a lively conversation with Oriol Vidal and Ulrich Bartholmoes, facilitated by the Cycle Tours Catalonia CEO Eduard Kirchner. It was an opportunity to gain valuable insights from these seasoned cyclists and share our passion for cycling.

A Special Thanks

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who made this remarkable event possible. Ulrich Bartholmoes, Oriol Vidal, BMC, La Puntual, Cafés Cornellà, and all the enthusiastic attendees played a crucial role in creating an unforgettable cycling experience in Girona.


The Sea Otter Europe event in Girona, featuring the BMC Social Ride by Cycle Tours Catalonia, was an incredible celebration of cycling, camaraderie, and the breathtaking landscapes of this beautiful region. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or just beginning your cycling journey, Girona offers an unparalleled experience that you won’t want to miss.

Stay tuned to our Instagram to join us next time and share our passion with fellow enthusiasts.

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