All good things come in threes! IPA Spain’s III IPA Trans-Pyrenean Motorcycle Tour 2019

20 Feb 2020


The III IPA 2019 Trans-Pyrenean Route took place from 3-6 October 2019, with 42 people on 41 motorbikes participating, including 17 from Italy. Demand was extremely high, and registrations were full by the end of May.

The event began at the Marina de Roses Hotel meeting point, where participants arrived during the evening to collect their documentation.

Many of those who attended had met each other during previous trips. Those who were joining for their first time soon got to know everybody extremely well.

The route details were explained in an evening briefing, and new groups were quickly formed with people who had travelled on their own. It was brilliant to see new friendships form as everybody enjoyed dinner at the hotel.

It is not recommended travelling around this area on your own.

spainbikeThursday 3 October: Roses-Andorra (349 km)

We departed in the morning from a nearby car park, where local police had helped us by booking the space.

The first day’s trip took us from Roses to Andorra, a 349 km route, mainly through French territory and some amazing mountain landscapes. We then entered Andorra, at Col de Pailhères with an altitude of 2001 metres.

The participants started to arrive at the hotel from 5 pm onwards, extremely buoyant after the route and the many mountainous roads. The Imperial Atiram hotel in Sant Julià welcomed us on the first stage. After check-in was completed, everyone went for a stroll before dinner.

 

Friday 4 October: Andorra-Jaca (355 km)

Today, we had a 455 km route ahead of us, entirely though Spanish territory. After the first mountain pass, we stopped at Sort, where apart from having a coffee, some of the participants decided to buy lottery tickets at the famous store ‘La Bruixa d’Or’.

Afterwards, we travelled to Port de la Bonaigua, continued towards ‘el Cañón de Añisclo’, and then to Cotefablo. The road had been paved recently, which created superb driving conditions.

We arrived at Jaca by 5:00 pm – far earlier than planned, which gave us time to explore the city.

Saturday 5 October: Jaca-Irún (350 Km)spainbike2

We began from Col du Mary Blanch, followed by the Col de Irati, Col de d’Irau and Col d’Arthé – some of the most picturesque parts of the Pyrenes.

Once we arrived at San Joan de Port, we then passed through more French territory before arriving at Irun.

It was clear when everyone arrived, how thrilled they were to have just driven across some of the most scenic landscapes and mountain ranges in all of Europe. This, combined with the friendships forged, had made for an amazing few days on the road.

During dinner that evening, an award ceremony also took place – where everybody was accredited for participating in the III IPA 2019 Trans-Pyrenean Route.

DSC 6960 (002)The next morning over breakfast everybody said an emotional goodbye – ending an unforgettable trip. The vast majority returned home, though a few people carried on travelling.

The participants came from Galicia, Madrid, Andalucía, Valencia, Tarragona, Girona, Barcelona, and the largest group came from the Dolomites (Italy).

Thank you to everyone for the great atmosphere throughout the entire trip and for those who could not come last minute for various reasons, I hope to see you next year. Sergio from Valencia, who had to go back home from Andorra, I hope another year you can finish the trip alongside us.

Furthermore, a huge thank you to Angel and Paco who helped with organisation. Without them I would not have been able to make it!

See you next year!

José Luis López, Head of IPA Barcelona Routes, IPA Spain