A professional cyclist can easily spend up to half the year on the road. In stop-start bursts of check-ins and baggage reclaim, of anonymous hotels and days lost on team buses, the pro lifestyle is a nomadic one. And in between racing, these men and women need a home that guarantees great training routes, reliable weather, and people to go riding with.
Girona, the location of two recent Rapha photoshoots and several Rapha Travel trips, is one such halfway house adopted by anglophone riders. Set between the Pyrenees and the Costa Brava coastline, the charming catalonian city has become known for hosting pro cyclists ever since Lance Armstrong and his U.S. Postal Service crew rocked up in the mid 90s looking for a European base.