In July, Andorra will see the coming of two great events of the world of biking. On July the 3rd you will be able to discover the summits of the Principality at the Volta als Ports, and from July 10th to 12th, you will be able to see the arrival of the best cyclist of the world that participated on the Tour of France. We introduce you the details of these two competitions so you don’t miss anything of two of the most thrilling weekends of summer.
La Volta als Ports d’Andorra
The 39th edition of this competition will take place on July 3rd. This event, open to amateur and professional cyclists, will copy the same itinerary that the Tour participants will do a week later. La Volta als Ports have 3 itineraries adapted to 3 different training levels for the cyclists.
The short itinerary: This event is recommended to the less experimented cyclist that cannot face the other two routes. It has 27km and 800 m of grade that will star at the Prat del Colat, located in La Massana, and will end, like the other routes, at la Coma d’Arcalís.
The Medium itinerary: The medium level cyclist will face in this event 3 ports: l’Alt de la Comella, la Collada de Beixalís and la Coma d’Arcalís. 81 km and 2245 m of grade that will test the cyclist.
The long itinerary: In this route, cyclist will have to surpass almost 110km and 3840 m of grade to reach the glory. To the three ports of the medium itinerary, another one is added: the Coll de la Pegue, on the south of the country. This event is only adapted to the most skilled cyclist because of its gradient and difficulty.
The Tour of France
From July 10 to 12, the Tour of France will come back to Andorra after 7 years. The cyclist will arrive to the country on July 10, after the 9th stage of the Tour, And after a resting day on the Principality, they will start again to Revel on the 10th stage.
This event will bring with him a lot of activities distributed all around the country to créate an unforgettable weekend. In Ordino, you will be able to discover the history of bikes with the exposition “Bicis para el Tour” from the end of the XIX century to nowadays. You will also be able to discover andorran culture with the guided tours to the Llorts mines or with the demonstrations of popular dances with Andorra’s esbarts or the castellers.
In Escaldes-Engordany, you will find an exposition of illustrations related to the bikes world made by Jean Jacques Sempé, known for his work Le Petit Nicolas. And Monday the 11th, you will have fun on the Vivand streets with a new edition of the Shopping night, where you will find activities and discounts. Furthermore, to complete the weekend, on Sunday the 10th, there will be a special show of SCALADA: VISION, the new work of the Cirque du Soleil in Andorra.