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Skill Level: Advanced

Touring Roads: 30%

Challenging Roads: 70%

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Riding Time: 7 to 9 hours

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MotoGP Catalunya Tour

MotoGP & The Pyrenees

Spain | Andorra | France

Spain is the only country in the world to have four MotoGP races! Maybe it is because Spaniards love motorcycles so much; or maybe it is because of Spain’s perfect climate for motorcycling! This tour combines our Perfect Pyrenees Tour, a non-stop curve-filled ride through the Pyrenees Mountains known as “The Alps without tour buses” with the adrenaline of MotoGP racing. IMTBike always gets the best seats at the races! Come join us for MotoGP action!

* Price includes BMW F700GS

IMTBike ROUTE rating

It is essential to know the different skill levels needed to participate in the IMTBIKE TOURS that are offered to you. IMTBIKE makes sure that it offers different tours for all riding styles and levels. The IMTBIKE team always works diligently in designing our routes. This is a laborious process which entails reviewing all road choices before selecting the best option for an IMTBIKE tour.

The most experienced motorcyclists looks for roads that require technical skill; narrow twisty roads with little traffic and endless curves. But these same roads would be too difficult for a less experienced rider.

The local driving habits, the amount of traffic, the asphalt quality and the radius of the curves vary considerably from country to country and even in different regions of the same country. They will also vary depending on the season of the year. All of these factors have been studied by IMTBIKE and have been taken into consideration when rating our tours.

IMTBIKE thinks it is also important to know about the different types of roads you will be enjoying on your tour. To understand the road types easier, IMTBIKE has divided them into two categories, and we have calculated an approximate percentage of each on all of our tours.

  1. TOURING ROADS: These are wider roads comprised mainly of larger radius sweepers. They are still curvy roads but not tight mountainous twisty curves. Please remember that you will ride very few straight roads on IMTBIKE tours!
  2. CHALLENGING ROADS: These are roads that are tight twisty turns which require more technical skill. Many times they will be narrower roads without a shoulder and sometimes with steep inclines or descents. Normally they will be mountainous roads accompanied by spectacular sceneries.

If you have never ridden a motorcycle outside of your country, or if you have little experience riding on mountain roads with many curves, we recommend that you choose a tour rated moderate or intermediate. If you have any questions or doubts please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are always happy to answer your questions to make sure that you choose the best tour for your riding level.

Moderate

This route offers wider sweeping turns that are easy to maneuver. This route may have some tighter turns in a few places but this will be the exception. Regardless, even on moderate tours you must be able to ride a large cylinder motorcycle in any condition. Never plan to learn how to ride a motorcycle on an IMTBIKE tour. We recommend having a minimum of 8.000 km (5.000 miles) of experience riding a large cylinder motorcycle to participate on a MODERATE rated IMTBIKE Tour and you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.

Intermediate

This route rating can have sections of very twisty curves on narrow roads with no center line to divide the road. There will also wider radius curves on these routes. Traffic conditions can be intense at times in some urban environments and the local driving habits may seem aggressive and unpredictable to you. It is imperative that you are an experienced motorcyclist. We recommend that you have a minimum of 12.000 km (7500 miles) of large cylinder motorcycle experience to participate on a INTERMEDIATE rated IMTBIKE Tour and you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.

Advanced

This route rating has long sections of technical narrow twisty roads and sometimes single lane roads. These twisty roads will often be in mountains where steep inclines and descents will be commonplace. Some riding days can be long and challenging. Traffic conditions can be intense at times in some urban environments and the local driving habits may seem aggressive and unpredictable to you. It is imperative that you are a very experienced motorcyclist on a large cylinder motorcycle. We recommend that you have a minimum of 16.000 km (10.000 miles) of large cylinder motorcycle experience on an ADVANCE rated IMTBIKE Tour and of course you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.

IMTBIKE Average Daily Riding Hours

5 to 7 hours
6 to 8 hours
7 to 9 hours

How many hours a day you ride on a tour is important information in helping you decide on the right IMTBIKE tour for you. Some tour members want to ride as many hours as possible everyday, while others prefer to stop more frequently and dedicate more time to enjoying the scenery, visiting cultural sights and arrive at the hotel earlier to relax before dinner. The daily riding hours are calculated including the coffee breaks and photo stops but they do not include the time taken for lunch.

Normally we’ll start our riding day at 9:30am and we will take about a one hour lunch break sometime between 1pm and 2pm. So if the daily riding hours for a given tour are 5-7, then you will arrive at the hotel between 3:30pm- 5:30pm depending on the average speed of the group.

Tour Facts

  • Start / End Barcelona
    Total Distance 1200 miles / 1920 kms.
  • Total Time 10 Days
    Riding Days 8 Days
  • Rest Days 2 Sallent, Barcelona
    Breakfast 9 Included Breakfasts
  • Dinners 7 Dinners
    Daily Mileage 160-220 miles / 250-350 kms.
  • Hotel Overnights 9 Nights
    Riding Season late Spring
  • Highlights: Barcelona, Andorra, Tour de France Mountain passes. Outstanding motorcycle roads. Excellent seats at MotoGP races!
    Accommodations: Amazing hotels. First-class historical Paradors and a few specially selected boutique hotels with local flair. Paradors are Castles, Palaces & Fortresses converted into motorcycle-friendly hotels.
    *All IMTBIKE lodgings are hand-picked for their quality of service, local charm and strategic locations.

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Testimonials

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    This was my first experience with IMTBike and I was very impressed. The tour package was above my expectation with excellent bikes, fun riding routes, outstanding accommodation, and to top it off great MotoGP seats. What a fantastic week!

    Glen Yeomans
    Fantastic Week

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Meet our guides

Meet the IMTBike Guides

We are very proud of the reputation we’ve earned as one of the world’s leading motorcycle tour operators, and it starts with our guides.

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Daily Itinerary

  • Day 1: Arrival Barcelona
  • Day 2: Barcelona - Seu d’ Urgel
  • Day 3: Seu d'Urgel - Bielsa
  • Day 4: Bielsa – Sallent de Gállego
  • Day 5: Sallent Rest day
  • Day 6: Sallent de Gállego – Caldes de Boí
  • Day 7: Caldes de Boí - Cardona
  • Day 8: Cardona -MotoGP Time Trials - Barcelona
  • Day 9: MotoGP Catalunya Race Day
  • Day 10: Flight home
  • Day 1: Arrival Barcelona, safety briefing and welcome dinner

    Arrival Barcelona, safety briefing and welcome dinner

    Arrival Barcelona safety briefing and welcome dinner. Your guides will be waiting to welcome you at the airport and take you to the hotel in Barcelona. You will have some free time to relax or do some sightseeing before the welcome briefing. After the briefing we will enjoy a welcome dinner in a traditional restaurant. The first and last days mentioned in the itinerary are the arrival and departure days for your tour. Depending on the country you are flying from, you may have to leave a day early. Please book your flights accordingly!

  • Day 2: Barcelona - Seu d’ Urgell

    Barcelona - Seu d’ Urgell

    Your journey will begin in the beautiful and historically rich city of Barcelona. On your first day of riding you’ll leave Barcelona and make your way into the Pyrenees Mountains. You’ll ride famous mountain passes that have perfect asphalt and curves. Your first day of twisties and curves in the Pyrenees ends in the quaint town of Seu d’Urgel, just a stones through from Andorra.

  • Day 3: Seu d’Urgell - Bielsa

    Seu d’Urgell - Bielsa

    Today you’ll start border hopping between France and Spain! The full beauty of the Pyrenees and her perfect asphalt and lack of traffic will amaze you! You’ll cross from Spain to France and back several times today taking advantage of some of the best riding in the World! Beautiful Bielsa and Monte Perdido Park will make for the perfect way to end this day.

  • Day 4: Bielsa – Sallent de Gállego

    Bielsa – Sallent de Gállego

    You’ll wake up to fresh mountain air, and the sound of waterfalls. Don’t forget to take advantage of the sumptuous breakfast; you have a full day of riding ahead of you. You’ll cross five mountain passes all of which offer breathtaking beauty and pristine road quality. Many of today’s roads are the same that are pedaled in the Tour de France bicycle race. Today’s overnight will be mountains surrounded by some of the best ski stations in the Pyrenees.

  • Day 5: Sallent de Gállego - Rest day

    Sallent de Gállego - Rest day

    Today you’ll wake up feeling at home as today there’ll be no packing, it’s the rest day! Today you can relax and walk around town, take a lift to the top of the mountain or go for a day ride to Pamplona, a town famous for the annual Running of the Bulls festival.

  • Day 6: Sallent de Gállego – Caldes de Boí

    Sallent de Gállego – Caldes de Boí

    Leaving Sallent your day will begin by crossing a beautiful Pyrenees mountain pass and then entering the lower Aragonés Pyrenees. You’ll traverse the Aragonés Pyrenees to the Catalan Pyrenees and overnight in a mountain valley famous for its thermal waters. Caldes de Boí is in the Guinness book of records for the most natural therapeutic waters in one region.

  • Day 7: Caldes de Boí - Cardona

    Caldes de Boí - Cardona

    Today you can have a late start to enjoy the different thermal swimming pools, mud baths, and natural rock steam rooms. The riding in the afternoon will be nonstop incredible curves to Cardona, famous for its salt mines and 8th century fortress perched high on a hilltop overlooking the town.

  • Day 8: Cardona - MotoGP Time Trials - Barcelona

    Cardona - MotoGP Time Trials - Barcelona

    Today’s ride will bring you out of the Pyrenees Mountains and down to the Montmelo Racetrack to watch the MotoGP time trials and see who has pole position for tomorrow big race! After the time trials we will head to Barcelona.

  • Day 9: MotoGP Catalunya Race Day

    MotoGP Catalunya Race Day

    RACE DAY! We’ll ride to the track with over 100,000 other riders from all around the world! This is an experience unto itself. This world-class event is the icing on the cake after an amazing week in the saddle riding the magnificent Pyrenees Mountains.

  • Day 10: Flight home

    Flight home

    Today you will say your goodbyes to the guides and the other tour members (now your new friends) as you make your way to the airport to fly home. Until our next motorcycle adventure together! Hasta Luego!

* Price includes BMW F700GS