On the 13th May, the 2nd edition of Kromvojoj kicks off - a race that takes riders through the Pyrenees and some of the best riding Catalonia has to offer.
Dot watchers can follow the race here:
Beginning in Reus, the route circumnavigates Catalonia, bypassing Barcelona and other large cities to provide a ‘hidden roads’ experience and fully immerses riders in the essence of the Catalonia region. The route features three checkpoints:
CP1 is situated at Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes, a historical site near the sea and the Pyrenees' starting point; CP2 is located in the heart of the Pyrenees, over 2,000 meters above sea level, and requires a challenging but rewarding ascent from CP1 along hidden roads that keep riders connected with nature. CP3 is opposite CP2 and atop the highest mountains in southern Catalonia, where riders must climb from sea level to 1,400 meters on a mountainous path through varying landscapes.
After CP3, riders will retrace their steps to the Delta de l'Ebre, a flat plain crossing rice fields, which can be challenging due to strong winds and mostly gravel roads. The route finishes off with an easy ride on national roads reserved for non-truck traffic, culminating in a satisfying and rewarding experience designed for ultracycling.
From race organiser Joan Carrillo:
"Kromvojoj intends to return to its roots by fostering a community through competition. We strongly believe that a bicycle is a tool for building community, sharing experiences, and promoting freedom. Bicycles level the playing field, without regard for gender or any other distinctions; we are all simply humans pedaling together. This is the essence of Kromvojoj: "One Route, Many Ways""
Want to see the route for yourself? Check it out here:
Photos by Thomas Montes - @arrieredupeloton