Fifty professional cyclists from the Israel Start-Up Nation, Canyon-SRAM and Massi Tàctic teams have chosen the Costa Brava-Girona destination to kick off the road-cycling training season, with strict COVID-19 safety measures and prevention protocols in place.

The 2021 professional cycling preseason starts in the Costa Brava-Girona destination with the arrival of two UCI World Tour teams and a UCI Continental team made up of almost ninety people, including international professional racing cyclists, sports directors and owners, mechanics and physical trainers, all following strict COVID-19 safety and prevention measures and in accordance with the current regulations governing official races in the global calendar.

The Training Camps of Girona Provincial Council’s Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board is supporting and collaborating with the three UCI cycling teams to arrange sporting visits to help reactivate the sector and strengthen the destination’s tourist positioning as highly specialised in cycling. For this reason, several tourism and cycling sector companies in the region, including Empordà Golf Hotel, La Comuna and La Bruguera de Púbol, have participated in organising the stays.

The Tourist Board is working to promote professional and amateur sport in numerous disciplines both outdoors and in sports centres and facilities. The focus centres on safe sport, with the aim of encouraging holidays and sporting stays as soon as the restrictions on mobility caused by the current pandemic are relaxed.

From 12 to 25 January, the Israel Start-Up Nation (ISN) team is bringing fifty people to Girona, including cyclists and technical and management personnel, for their first training and performance improvement sessions of the year accompanied by cycling champion Chris Froome.

The co-owner of ISN, Sylvan Adams, said: “Girona is the natural choice and the European city we have picked to launch this programme of ten training sessions for professional racing cyclists from our academy because it offers varied terrain, low traffic density, a mild climate and measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Also, from 19 to 29 January, the Canyon-SRAM Racing team from Germany, made up of fourteen professional racing cyclists from nine countries, together with sports directors, mechanics and physiotherapists, among others, will visit the Girona region to begin preparations for the season’s sporting events. On this occasion, the team will stay at the city of Girona’s new tourist accommodation, La Comuna, owned by Olympic triathlete and world champion Jan Frodeno.

And, finally, from 22 to 29 January, the Massi Tàctic Women’s Team, formed of twelve racing cyclists of six different nationalities, together with their support staff, will train and cycle around Girona’s roads.

The teams’ cyclists and other personnel will all adhere to strict measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and safely practice their activity with the creation of ‘bubbles’ and by staying in exclusive accommodation. The training groups have been subdivided and reduced to a maximum of six people. In addition, the staff at the accommodation being used as the training camps’ bases have PCR tests prior to the arrival of the professional sportsmen and women, and all those not in the same bubble, including members of the press, are required to take the same test during the days when press conferences are held.

During the road-cycling professionals’ stay in the region of Girona, the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board, as it does every year, is creating audiovisual material and recording testimonials from the professional cyclists in the three teams to promote the destination and its specialised cycle tourism products among its priority markets.

At the same time, during 2021 the Tourist Board’s Training Camps will also be working, as every year, on various actions for neighbouring international markets, aimed at clubs, tourist operators and specialised media. These include presentations of the competition calendar, commercial schedules and organising trips for influencers.

Also, together with Girona Provincial Council, the Costa Brava Girona Tourist Board supports local teams of cyclists, such as Massi Tàctic Women’s Team and Antiga Casa Bellsolà Girona Team. And, as every year, it also supports events with an international reach that are held in the region, including the Sea Otter Europe festival, the Girona Cycling festival and the Catalunya Bike Race.