Route of the Costa Brava Stage Run 2020
The route of the CBSR follows both the well-known GR92 (path that crosses Catalonia by the Mediterranean side) and the Sea Walks of the Costa Brava (paths that cross some sections of the coast between Blanes and Portbou by the sea; they were used in the past as a way back home for injured fishermen while they worked, and as for the control of smuggling and black market in the last century).
Note on the route of the 2020 edition
Due to the change of date due to the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus, it is very likely that the route will undergo some modification if it overlaps with any other race. In this case, the route would never lose the essence of a 100% Costa Brava by the sea!
The first stage runs through the spectacular “Marimurtra Botanical Garden” and “Pinya de Rosa Tropical Garden”, both in Blanes. During this part we also cross typical beaches of the Costa Brava as Treumal or Santa Cristina. From Lloret de Mar to Tossa the route alternates Sea Walks with GR92 until Cala Canyelles. After Canyelles, in Cala Morisca (small beach of pebbles only accessible on foot) begins the last part of the stage. This, with stretches of forest and a kilometric beach in Cala Llevadó, ends at the idyllic town of Tossa de Mar in a stage that runs through the so-called “Selva Marítima” (Maritime Jungle).
CBSR & CBSR Experience ST1: 23K 900m d+
Friday 2 October 2020 – 14:00
AV1 – Lloret de Mar – 10,4km | Time Limit: 1h45′
AV2 – Cala Llevadó – 18,6km | Time Limit: 3h50′
Finish – Tossa de Mar – 23,1km | Time Limit: 5h00′
The second stage follows the Sea Walk in its early stages, and does not lose contact with the sea until the “Cap Roig Gardens”, crossing Cala Estreta beach in this part. Once in the picturesque Calella de Palafrugell, and following the GR92, you reach the imposing San Sebastia Lighthouse after passing through Llafranc. Once past Tamariu (without forgetting Cala Pedrosa beach), the impressive beaches of Agua Xelida and Aiguablava (starting point of the second stage of the Experience modality) will mark the beginning of the ascent to the highest point of the stage (254m) to enter the wonderful Cap de Begur. After enjoying Sa Tuna and Aiguafreda, we face the longest stretch of the CBSR beach. With the Medes Islands as a visual reference, we will cross the entire Pals beach through the Natural Park of “Montgrí, Illes Medes i Baix Ter” among the fine sand dunes of the Gola del Ter. Once at L’Estartit, and passing through the idyllic Cala Pedrosa and Ferriol, the runners will head to the end of the stage at Cala Montgó, L’Escala (Alt Empordà), after crossing the whole Baix Empordà region.
CBSR ST2: 51K 1900m d+
Saturday 3 October 2020 – 08:00
AV1 – Llafranc – 9,3km | Time limit: 1h45′
AV2 – Aiguablava – 19,1km | Time limit: 3h45′
AV3 – Sa Riera – 28,8km | Time limit: 6h15′
AV4 – L’Estartit – 39,4km | Time limit: 8h20′
Finish – Cala Montgó – 50,7km | Time limit: 11h00′
CBSR Experience ST2: 32K 1000m d+
Saturday 3 October 2020 – 10:00
AV1 – Sa Riera – 9,7km | Time limit: 4h15′
AV2 – L’Estartit – 20,3km | Time limit: 6h20′
Finish – Cala Montgó – 31,6km | Time limit: 9h00′
The third stage follows the GR92 to cross the Natural Park of “Cap de Creus” and reach the end of this adventure, in Portbou, crossing the Alt Empordà region from south to north. The start in Roses will take the runners to Cadaqués passing through Cala Montjoi and Cala Jòncols beaches, from which the runners will cross the Cap Norfeu to reach this town both linked to art and historically to fishing. This will be, at the same time, the starting point of the third stage of the CBSR Experience. From here, and crossing the Cap de Creus, we will momentarily leave direct contact with the sea, but never visually losing it -and passing through the 317m of the highest point of the race- to the Port de la Selva. At this point runners will face the last 20km of the race, 16km of which very flat passing through Llançà and Garbet beach. From Garbet, the participants will arrive in Colera to face the last ascent, from where Portbou is already seen: the finish line of the CBSR.
CBSR ST3: 48K 1500m d+
Sunday 4 October 2020 – 08:00
AV1 – Cala Montjoi – 9km | Time limit: 1h35′
AV2 – Cadaqués – 18,5km | Time limit: 3h20′
AV3 – Port de la Selva – 28,2km | Time limit: 5h35′
AV4 – Llançà – 36,4km | Time limit: 7h00′
Finish – Portbou – 47,8km | Time limit: 10h00′
CBSR Experience ST3: 30K 900m d+
Sunday 4 October 2020 – 10:00
AV1 – Port de la Selva – 9,7km | Time limit: 3h35′
AV2 – Llançà – 17,9km | Time limit: 5h00′
Finish – Portbou – 29,3km | Time limit: 8h00′