The Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees stage race brings a brand-new format of racing to the country at the heart of the Pyrenees mountains.
Part of the Epic Series of globally acclaimed mountain bike events including the famed Absa Cape Epic, this MTB adventure surrounded by the beauty and intensity of the Andorran Pyrenees mountains promises excitement, thrill and reward for two-member teams on the quest for adventure.
A premium MTB experience that rewards riders with an experience unlike anywhere else, as the multifaceted beauty of Andorra reveals itself through its flowing trails and challenging climbs through forest and field, alongside mountain lakes and playful streams.
After taming the trails, riders will indulge in the familiar spirit and camaraderie that has become a fixture of Epic Series events across the world.
The Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees is more than a bucket list race, it is the very heartbeat of mountain biking in Andorra. Feel the pulse of the Andorran Pyrenees and allow its beauty and mystique to be revealed in the trails.
Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees is a new, premium MTB race experience from the organisers of the Epic Series.
The race brings together riders from around the world to indulge their sense of adventure, challenge their limits and discover the beauty of a country made for mountain biking.
Riders will navigate the spectacular Andorran Pyrenees mountains in two-person teams over four days where the ever-changing landscape will enthral the senses.
➡ Open Men (19+) – both riders in team are male
➡ Open Women(19+) – both riders in team are female
➡ Mixed (Male and Female 19+) – one female and one male rider in team
➡ Masters (40-49) – both riders in team are between 40 – 49 years on 31 December in year of race
➡ Grand Masters (50+) – both riders in team are above 50 years on 31 December in year of race
Starting the prologue, riders will exit the Plaza de les Fontetes towards Arinsal and turn right at the second roundabout to start the first short climb before crossing the main road for the second climb. After the track descends, riders will face the third climb into the forest, exiting at Carretera de L’Aldosa in a 400 metre section reaching the last downhill track before riding alongside the river to arrive in the bike park area of La Massana to complete the prologue.
Vall Nord Bike Park: Location of 7 UCI Mountain Bike World Cups
Andorra’s highest mountain, Alt de Comapedrosa, is in La Massana. The peak rises to 2,942 metres of altitude.
Starting stage 1, riders will leave La Massana (Fontetes Square) towards Pal before reaching the first climb of 800 metres. This is a climb section combining tarmac, path and tracks in the Vallnord bike park, before reaching the first aid station at Pla de la Cot. From here riders continue climbing for approximately 900 metres to take a path leading to the Collada de Muntaner from which they will descend until the crossroads where the second climb of the stage begins.
Riders will climb until reaching the Smuggler’s Pass upon which they will need to cross a 300-metre section on foot before re-joining the dual-track to the second aid station at Coll de la Botella. From there riders will take a path to Pal Station and enjoy a 1000 metre flow trail through the bike park to La Massana to complete stage 1.
Canillo to La Massana
Stage 2 gets underway from Canillo towards Vall de Incles and then towards Grau Roig station. From there riders will reach the Pessons Lake where the first aid station will be located, before hitting the slopes on single-track to the Mont Màgic area reaching the second aid station.
Riders will continue until the town of Canillo, until reaching the final climb to Coll d’Ordino through sections of road, single-track and defined trails. The third and final aid station will be in Coll d’Ordino, from there the route goes down to La Massana following single-track and trail sections, reaching the bike park to complete stage 2.
Naturlandia to La Massana
The stage starts from Naturlandia Park at an altitude of 1600 metres with riders moving along a mountain road for 4km before reaching the first climb. From here riders take another section of mountain road for 2km entering the Nordic ski slopes of Naturlandia, passing through the animal park, reaching the first aid station at the park’s exit. The route then continues along the Nordic ski slopes, mixed with some single-track until the highest point of the stage is reached at 2240 metres where riders will cross a Spanish Civil War bunker. This leads to a long and spectacular descent of which most will be a fun, flowing trail until the town of Sant Julià de Lòria.
Here riders will find the second aid station. From there the course combines sections of trail with sections of road until reaching a beautiful path along the Valira River, where Romanesque bridges and wooden walkways cross, before arriving at the finish in the bike park area of La Massana to complete stage 3.
The option to register for the 2021 edition of the event is available.
Andorra MTB Classic-Pyrenees is all about the racing – fun trails, exclusive locations and unforgettable moments with your team mate.
Standard entry fees per two-person team are listed below.
Entries will follow a date-based price increase system, meaning the earlier you enter, the lower the price
↦ 4-days of mountain biking in one of Europe’s top MTB destinations
↦ Waterpoints and nutrition throughout the race route
↦ Professional on course tech support
↦ Daily post-stage recovery meal
↦ 4 x Dinner each evening (Welcome Dinner, Daily Awards Ceremony and Route Briefing)
↦Transfers from La Massana to Canillo for stage 2 and La Massana to Naturlàndia for stage 3
↦ Overnight parking in Canillo and Naturlàndia before stages 2 and 3
↦ Rider Village at La Massana: Food, drinks available and rider hub
↦ Rider Backpack
↦ Commemorative jersey
↦ Finisher medal (for official finishers)
↦ Exclusive opportunity to qualify for the Absa Cape Epic
With Andorra Travel Service
Because we know it. Because we live it & because we breath it. In our Andorra based team, we cover a lot of ground, literally!. We run the trails, hike the paths, ramble the forest tracks, cycle the climbs, ride the downhills, soak in the spas, test the gastronomy and even sample the cold sun downer beers
For more information on the event visit the event website with the links here.
Adult | 26 to 64 years
Youth | 12 to 25 years 10% discount
Child | 4 to 11 years 50% discount
Infants | 0 to 3 years FREE
Ski Season 2021 – 2022 On Sale Now
Government advice against travel
If the resort/hotel is forced to close, before your travel date we will Guarantee a full refund.
If the resort closes part way through your stay, we will issue a proportional refund.
Free Cancellation/Full Refund up to 30 days before your arrival date. For any reason – No questions asked.
If you receive a positive Covid19 test result up to 14 days before your travel date, you can claim a full refund. (Subject to proof)
Free Cancellation/Full Refund up to 7 days before the start date of your extras. For any reason – No questions asked.
Free Cancellation/Full Refund up to 2 days before the date of your arrival. For any reason – No questions asked.
CAN I CANCEL MY SKI EXTRAS BOOKING – LESS THAN 8 WEEKS BEFORE THE TRAVEL DATE?
YES – We understand that Ski Extras are an added cost and concern and we have made our conditions even more flexible for everyone.
Up to 7 days before arrival
You can cancel your Ski Extras booking for free up to 7 days before the travel date and we will issue a full refund.AIRPORT TRANSFERS
CAN I CANCEL MY SKI EXTRAS BOOKING – LESS THAN 8 WEEKS BEFORE THE TRAVEL DATE?
YES – Andorra Travel Service and our partners Andbus have created flexible conditions in case you need to cancel or change your plans.
Up to 2 days
You can cancel your Airport Transfer booking for free up to 2 days before the travel date and we will issue a full refund.IMPORTANT NOTES - GROUPS / DISCOUNTS / HOW TO CANCEL
Group Bookings | A group booking is 5+ rooms. Group bookings have different cancellation conditions which will be clearly stated at the time of booking.
We offer discounts when you book accommodation and ski extras together. Cancellation of a part of your holiday can result in price increases on the remainder of your holiday.
If you wish to cancel your booking, we must receive and acknowledge this in writing before 5pm (Andorra Time) to calculate any fees.Terms and Conditions of Booking Your Holiday Booking Please discuss your choice of resort, accommodation and transport with us before you book, to make sure it will be suitable for you and the people you will be travelling with. If you or any member of your party has any medical problem or disability which may affect the holiday arrangements of that person, please tell us before you confirm your booking so we can advise as to the suitability of the chosen holiday. In any case, you must give us full details in writing at the time of the booking. If we feel unable to properly accommodate the particular needs of the person concerned, we reserve the right to decline their reservation. If you are booking on behalf of a group, please ensure that you have the consent of all members of the party before making a booking and that all members of your party have read and agree to be bound by these terms and conditions. The person who signs the booking form or completes the booking online or by telephone will be the “lead name” for the purposes of the holiday booking. The lead name must be 18 years of age or over at the time of booking. The lead name is responsible for payment of the total booking price, which may include any subsequent cancellation or amendment charges that may be payable. The lead name must confirm that all the other members of the party agree to be bound by these terms and conditions and provide accurate and full information to the remainder of the group in relation to the booking, including any subsequent changes. 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Please read your policy carefully and take it with you on holiday. It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is suitable and adequate for your particular needs. For those who intend to participate in sports, winter sports, water sports and any other activity whilst on holiday, it is your responsibility to ensure that you obtain the relevant insurance cover. Deposit’s Some accommodations require the guest to pay a damage deposit on arrival. This will need to be paid when the guest checks in to the accommodation and will be returned when the guest checks out as long there is no damage to the property. This will be down to the accommodations providers discrepancy. If you wish to query why you were charged the responsibility of this lies with the accommodation provider – however, we will do our best to assist you in contacting them and help to mediate when possible. 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It is your responsibility to check in online before the flight, make sure you have adequate baggage booked and comply with all other airline restrictions. Changes in price Changes in transportation costs, including the cost of fuel, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as landing taxes or embarkation or disembarkation fees at ports and airports and exchange rates mean that the price of your holiday may change after you have booked. However there will be no change within 30 days of your departure. Should these price variations be downward then the price of your holiday will be accordingly reduced and any refund due paid to you. If the price variations mean that the cost of your holiday goes up, we will absorb (and therefore you will not be charged for) any increases up to 5% of your holiday price. You will only have to pay the amount over and above the 5% of your holiday price. 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Grandvalira & Vallnord Pal, Arinsal Pal will be closing slopes today 13:03:2020 for the remainder of the season.
If you have booked to travel or have services booked with Andorra Travel Service, we’ll be in contact with you shortly.
We’ll start with those due to depart & arrive soonest and ask for your patience at this time, thank you.
If you are returning this weekend, shuttle transfers and private transfers are operating on the normal schedule.
Andorran Official announcement
The Andorran ski resorts communicates that the ski resorts will close from 14th March in view of the need to increase precaution and avoid as maximum the risk of contagion of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The ski resorts make the decision as a measure of responsibility to finalise the season with the wish to return to normality on the best delays. The health of our clients, workers and the general population is above all other circumstances.
We would like to thank you very much all the clients that have been sharing the season with us and we hope to welcome them again soon.
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