Mariposa co-owners, Michael and Dede Barry made Girona, Spain their European home base while they were racing bicycles professionally and with their respective national teams at the Olympic and World Championship level. Moving there in February 2002, they had the intention of spending one season to experience a new culture, take advantage of the warm weather and use it as an opportunity for Michael to train with his teammates who were already based there. They loved the lifestyle and Girona was their home for 11 years, before they returned to North America to be closer to family.
For several years, Michael and Dede have organized road and gravel bicycle tours in collaboration with their Catalan friends at BikeCat Cycling Tours.
We work with our customers to create a unique itinerary that suites their interests and cycling level. Our standard offerings include:
- Priorat Wine and Cycling Tour
- Cuenca, Aragon
The standard tours we offer are 8 days/7nights. Although our tours are fully custom, the information below is provided as a base reference.
What’s included (Custom Standard Tour):
- All transfers to and from Barcelona Airport
- 8 days / 7 nights in a 4 star hotel
- Breakfasts, lunches, energy bars and sport drinks
- 3 dinners in specialty restaurants representative of the different traditional cuisines
- 6 guided rides according to the group levels
- Support Van
- Repair service and bicycle tune up
- Road Book – Detailed maps and complete information for the rides
- Optional leisure and cultural activities
We will customize the tour to meet the needs and interests of your group. For each tour, we design a unique roadbook, with detailed information about the routes, ride profiles, maps and as well as cultural and historical highlights of the area and places we visit.
We work with you to create an itinerary that fulfills your group´s expectations and goals.
Minimum of group size: 8 people.
We can schedule tours all year round.
Pricing for a Standard Custom Tour start at 2499 € per person.
“We have a group of guys who have been going on cycling trips together for years – some of us for over 20 years! We’ve been to 9 countries and we’ve ridden with 5 or 6 different companies, but Mariposa and Bikecat put them all to shame. Last year 10 of us rode around Girona, this year 12 of us rode the Priorat route, we are already planning for next year. Jaume, Michael and their team give us the best bikes, find the quietest most scenic routes, find the greatest stops for coffee and lunch as well as dinners and hotels. They are well organized, and they just happen to live in cycling heaven!
But what really distinguishes them is the riding. They keep us safe but also teach us and challenge us so by the end of the week the strongest are tired and the slowest are riding a wheel in a pack with the rest. They use walkie talkies to keep us together and safe in roundabouts and traffic and a drone to take the best pictures and videos ever. And the staff clearly all like each other and love riding and always put the emphasis on having fun….Hard to imagine how it could be better – but we’re coming back to see if they can add something to the complete cycling vacation next year!” – Howard Ovens, Toronto
For inquires, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-423-0456.