Brodie Chapman’s favorite route in Catalonia
For the Australian national road race champion Brodie Chapman, Camprodon is the greatest destination in Catalonia. The 31-year-old, who lives in Girona during the season, likes to spend the night in the Catalan township, before heading back to Girona the following day.
It is a route that Chapman likes to do in two parts: the first stage is to Camprodon via the Carretera d’Oix, which connects Oix with Beget. In the second stage, the following day, she likes to descend down to Girona via Olot. Both rides are over 100 kilometers in length.
Oix and Beget
It has to be said: riding to Camprodon from Girona features only beautiful towns, like Besalú, Castellfollit de la Roca, Oix, Beget and Rocabruna. Oix and Beget are Chap-man’s favourites, the two little mountain villages connected by a fantastic road.
Heart of CataloniaThat’s where she likes to spend the night, in the bike-friendly Hotel Cims. For dinner, she chooses Pizza Rústica, also located in the town. “Camprodon is such a picturesque town. When I go here, I feel like I am in the heart of Catalonia.”
A route with memoriesChapman has done her favourite route in Catalonia multiple times now, and she remembers the first time very well. “That was in the summer. We stopped in Beget, sat in the river to cool down, and got back on the bike. On the way back I hunger-bonked so bad. That’s when I learned: stop at Forn la Fogaina, when it is open!”