Rocacorba

It’s been a few weeks since The Col Collective’s last video as they’ve been working hard on a Rocacorba double bill featuring David Millar, a rider that has a significant heritage with this mountain, a stone’s throw off the beautiful Costa Brava, the Pyrénées and the medieval town of Girona, home to many of the world’s professional cyclists for close to two decades.

While Nice is famous for the Col de la Madone and Lucca the Monte Serra, Girona has its very own secret amongst friends, just 20 kilometres north of the old town. Named after the 12th century Santuari de Rocacorba that sits just shy of the summit this is a climb that, although not as well known as some of the more popular peaks, has a significance all of its own – especially for one rider in particular: Dave Millar, a pro rider for 18 years with a well documented, turbulent career. Join Mike and Dave on the video above as they leave the tranquil lakeside setting of Banyoles and casually roll out of town and head for Rocacorba where, although they can’t guarantee you’ll get a welcome like Mike and Dave had from the Velo Club Rocacorba (this is a once a year special), if you pick your day well then the views from the top are well worth the discomfort on the way up. Watch Mike’s post ride interview with Dave as they delve deeper into Velo Club Rocacorba, moments of the past and the next chapter in David’s life. 

 
Start: Banyoles
Length: 13.8km
Summit: 970m
Elevation gain: 881m
Average gradient: 6.5%
Max gradient: 15%
Ridden in March

For more info and advice on the Costa Brava and Girona Pyrénées visit http://en.costabrava.org

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