Could a cycling trip beat a stag party?
I am not your typical stag do kind of guy. Partying and boozing aren't on my radar (I claim my bad drinking is down to not having a full set of kidneys... not sure if that is true), something which has been putting me under pressure in the run up to my wedding next April.
But could a cycling trip be a possible solution to keep the groom happy (and away from wandering around Budapest dressed as a chicken?).
Regular readers will know that I got Tour de France'd up this summer with my future outlaws having a holiday home in Catalunya. That very same piece of bricks and mortar could be the key to me doing what I want in my last "weekend of freedom" before the big day.
There are a couple of good routes around Girona which are under consideration. The main one being the climb up to the Angel from Bispal. It descends into the city and runs up to the Ramblas without too much urban riding.
Girona Ramblas is much more relaxed that is Barcelona counterpart and has the Irish bar made famous as the base for Garmin-Slipstream fans. The city is also famous for a whole host of pro-riders who have lived and do live there.
Bradley Wiggins, Lance Armstrong, George Hincapie, Dan Martin, David Millar and so on.
Being based on the coast means access to the spctacular run down from Saint Feillu to Tossa (unfortunate name but lovely resort) de Mar. This area of coastline was where I enjoyed the Tour from and with a rugged coastline and dense pine forests to ride through I am hopeful that this could prove a descent early season challenge.
So if it is down to me, a small group will be formed and a road trip completed.
Adventure and drama guaranteed and plenty of opportunity for some relaxed matey miles.
Or a trip to Prague.
What would you do?