Part 6. Barcelona to Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque
I have to say that this planned segment was an afterthought. I checked out the insane climbing here and initially thought the coastal road would be the best way.
373km with 6.2km of vertical climbing this section is harsh. It takes me from Barcelona - through the tiny independent principality of Andorra high up in the Pyrenees mountains and then back into the coast in France. I had wanted to venture through Figueres, but sadly, we can't have it all!
Andorra is best known for snow and more snow - and of course skiing - but I want to check out the capital of Andorra la Vella and a number of other towns on my way up the Pyrenees and back down again too.
I will travel though Sabadell, Terrassa, Sant Vicenç de Castellet and Manresa and a few more towns/regions on the way up to the summit - and on my way out of Spain.
The Pyrenees Catalan National Park I think will be one of the many highlights on the way back down to France - though Perpignan to the coast.
This is the contour map of this segment - where I leave sea level and reach about 2,500m before descending once again to ride along the coast. Without doubt the craziest climbing segment.
A bit of singletrack to keep my mountain biking skills alive but generally riding on asphalt state roads.