Montbarbat - Vidreres
Specialized Chisel Expert 2X
This isn't just the lightest mountain bike frame we've ever made; it's our lightest, stiffest, best-handling frame—period. The Chisel Expert 2X was redesigned from the ground-up to give you an unparalleled performance advantage on the XC track. It flies up hills with ease, descends with unmatched confidence, and wastes nary a watt. Consider it a cross country revolution, and remember, this is Chisel.
Our Chisel Expert 2X singlehandedly takes hardtail alloy XC bikes into the modern age, with the most capable geometry out there and a build kit that's all business. We built the entire frame from our top notch M5 Alloy to ensure an ultra-stiff, lightweight, and highly responsive ride quality that's well suited for XC racing. We've also tweaked the geometry for more speed and stability by slacking-out the head tube angle, lengthening the top tube, and correcting the seat tube angle. This way, it feels more planted then ever, and frankly, it's stupid fast. We also widened the rear spacing to 12x142mm and included internal cable routing. For the build, this Chisel hits right on the money, opting for a custom-tuned RockShox Reba RL fork and 11-speed Shimano SLX shifting.
Probably the most spectacular and complete option for enthusiasts of pure MTB, with steep climbs followed by super fast, fun and endless descents. This is a technically tricky and physically demanding route with lovely surprises in the form of panoramic views and mediaeval buildings. It really is worthwhile!
We depart from the Central Tourist Office in Lloret de Mar, located in Carrer de les Alegries 3, and, skirting around the cemetery, we follow the Passapera Stream, linking up with the track that climbs up to the Lloret Verd housing estate. We then skirt around Turó del Pi Gros (hill) on its north side.
Always climbing, with the occasional flat stretch, we head up towards the first objective of the route: Montbarbat. Here we leave the main track where a water tank is located and, passing next to a chain, climb up to the summit on a track in good condition. Here we can visit the Iberian Settlement of Montbarbat. This vantage point offers a commanding view of the entire plain of the county of Selva, the sides of the surrounding mountains (Montseny, Guilleries and Cabrerès), the western part of Gavarres Massif and the course of the Tordera River.
We make our way back down as far as the chain and continue to descend as far as the link road between Lloret de Mar and Vidreres, although we turn off of this road to enter the Torrefortuna housing estate, where we have a short but very tough climb.
We now come to a section of mainly rural landscape where we can ride comfortably along the flat, until we climb up to the ruined Castle of Sant Iscle, a spectacular remnant of the mediaeval past.
We then start climbing again, skirting around the Turó del Castellà peak, and embark on our second important objective of the day, reaching the summit of Serra de Caulès, just below Puig Ventós at an elevation of 388 metres.
We begin our descent, heading down to the link to the Montgròs route. After reaching the summit of Puig de Montgròs we take the GR-92 and descend as far as the Chapel of Les Alegries before heading for Lloret and riding along the cycle lane to the Tourist Office.