As for the destination, Girona itself is a picturesque, mid-size town, nicely located between the Pyrenees and the Mediterranean Sea. It has become a very popular cycling spot ever since former pro cyclist Lance Armstrong set up his European base here years ago. Nowadays many overseas and local pros call Girona their home and cycling tourism is extremely popular. Although bicycle-aficionados can be seen on every corner, two hangouts deserve special mentioning. The cycling cafés La Fabrica and Espresso Mafia, run by ex-pro Christian Meyer and his wife, offer superb, home-roasted java and great eats. We can only recommend a visit to meet likeminded cyclists and celebrate the two-wheel culture.