In 2024 Kromvojoj proposes the option to choose a route with two distance versions. Both are circular routes starting and finishing in the town of Reus, in the province of Tarragona.
The distances proposed for this year are:
- 1.385km — 24.500m+
- Redux version: 925km — 16.400m+
If there’s one thing that characterizes both Kromvojoj routes, it’s the variety of territory you encounter as you make your way. It has not been the result of chance, as it is one of the differentiating factors that we wanted to incorporate in your journey since the first day. Below we highlight some of the contrasts you will find in 2024.
Capital of the Baix Camp in the province of Tarragona, the city of Reus stands as the starting and ending point of our route for the third consecutive year. With a marked commercial and social character due to its location on the Costa Daurada. The Latin origin of its name designates a crossroads, a concept that fits well with our adventure. Reus is a symbol of modernist architecture, both for its concentrated presence in the city and for the imprint left by Antoni Gaudí and Domènech i Muntaner. A city with a wide cultural agenda and sporting events. Reus covers all possible needs through its public facilities, services, and good communication with its airport and railway network, making it an excellent starting and ending point for your journey on this adventure.
GIRONA / COSTA BRAVA
City and region of reference for this sport, due to its connection with the professional peloton, cultural significance, and the offering to amateur cyclotourist. In this edition, the Redux incorporates the most popular ascent of the city. A prelude to the quiet and rolling roads of Empordà, which during the month of May look like the perfect spring postcards. In another direction, those who have opted for the long version of Kromvojoj, will have the opportunity to experience the abrupt, rocky, and even wild character typical of the Costa Brava. Sinuous roads with a Mediterranean character, essence of Empordà, which will lead us to the foothills of the Pyrenees. Near their birth at the feet of the sea, where the mountains were sculpted by the Tramuntana wind and sea salt.
CP1 COLL DE BANYULS
Crossing vineyard fields we arrive at Espolla, a town where we begin the irregular ascent to the Coll de Banyuls, which will lead us to the border with France. We cross the Serra de l’Albera, whose characteristic vegetation is present during the 9 kilometres of length, until we reach the border point. Located at an altitude of 355 metres, the pass to France, a refugee crossing during the Spanish Civil War, is today a point of conflict between the local authorities and the French towns closest to the pass. At the end of the climb, the view of the Mediterranean sea in the distance, between winding roads and jagged Pyrenean peaks, marks the farewell before entering the Pyrenees Natural Park.
When crossing into France, and depending on the route selected, the adventure continues on different paths crossing hills and valleys. The starting point will be in the Eastern Pyrenees on the way to the foothills of Canigó, a reference that will accompany us for a long stretch of our Pyrenean route. The paths separate near Escouloubre, with the long-distance version remaining in French territory, on the way to the Catalan Western Pyrenees, and the Redux option that diverges in the direction of the border crossing in Puigcerdà, with a view to the Cadi-Moixeró Natural Park. On the way to Portillon we will continue the conquest of renowned peaks, testimonies of long stages chasing a yellow jersey. Each peak, unique in its character and definition, will forge memories of epic and misery to your adventure. As the journey progresses, we will be able to contemplate the evolution of the landscape, from hot and dry in the eastern part, a legacy of the Mediterranean, to a cooler and more humid environment, due to the arrival of the atlantic western flows very present as we approach the border point, Col du Portillon.
CP2 COL DU PORTILLON
We enter thick fir forests to find the door back to Catalan territory at the western end. We will cross the Val d’Aran through an ascent that slightly exceeds 10 kilometres, marked by its hairpin bends, the Sidonie Waterfall, and with an accentuated presence of the history of the professional peloton that culminates at 1,293 metres.
PLANA DE LLEIDA
Both routes coincide again in Isona, an area with important palaeontological sites to leave the Pyrenees behind and enter, bit by bit, the Plana de Lleida through the Noguera. The undulating terrain gives way to roads between crops and small villages accustomed to the harsh climate of very cold winters and persistent fog, and dry summers with high temperatures. Progressively, the terrain will become more winding and once we have passed Les Garrigues, land of arbequinas and almonds, we say goodbye to the province of Lleida and enter again the province of Tarragona, the starting and ending point of the adventure.
CP2 PENELLES (Redux)
With just over 450 inhabitants, this town in La Noguera has become, thanks to the Gargar Festival, the world epicentre of Street Art and large-format muralism. Just a week before Kromvojoj, the town will be filled with artists from all over the world, where they will capture their artistic works on more than 900m2 of wall. From the outskirts you can enjoy colorful works on the walls and walls of farms, houses and small buildings. The CP de Penelles is a magnificent opportunity to get down to earth, let yourself get lost in its streets and recharge your energy to face the last stretch of the journey.
CP3 MONT CARO
The last colossus emerges among olive trees within the Ports National Park. 22 kilometres on an asphalt track end up putting anyone who challenges their ascent to the limit. The conditions are usually extreme, with very hot and/or strong gusts of wind to liven up the epic climb, full of horseshoe bends that allow us to contemplate, as we ascend, the mouth of the Ebro River. The last four kilometres are the last challenge, with a constant 12-13%, and little vegetation. Warning of the inclement weather that usually occurs at the top of Mont, whose ascent culminates at 1,436 meters in a spectacular viewpoint.
DELTA DE L’EBRE
Few examples of greater contrast can be found after pedalling across part of the Pyrenean mountain range, and then entering the Mediterranean through the Ebro Delta Natural Park. This unique and incomparable setting offers the opportunity to pedal between dunes, lagoons and rice fields. With the presence of flamingos around, and surrounded by nature, we place you in front of a special environment declared a Biosphere Refuge.
It will not be until a week before the start riders will receive the official track.