Puig de Cadiretes
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.
Circular route (100% cyclable) with technically straightforward sections of track along which to build up speed. It generally climbs right from the start, with some flat stretches for resting. The highest point is the summit of Puig de Cadiretes, at an elevation of 518 metres, which offers amazing views. Very popular with local sports enthusiasts.
We depart from the Central Tourist Office in Lloret de Mar, located in Carrer de les Alegries, and join the C-63 road, which we follow until we reach a filling station. At this point, just below the Chapel of Les Alegries, we take the track on the right, which starts as an asphalt track and later becomes a dirt track with a very good surface. We ride along the flat until we reach the Can Sota farmhouse, where a short but intense climb begins.
After a short flat section, we continue to climb until we skirt around Turó de les Baladres, at an elevation of 230 metres. After another brief flat section we continue to climb up to Turó de Sant Joan, at an elevation of 392 metres.
From here we have a rapid descent down to the GI-681 road, which then climbs to Tossa. This type of track is ideal for building up high speeds. Take care and be ready in advance for braking since the terrain is very sandy with poor grip. Once we’ve crossed the road, we climb again up to the Mallorca Pass, at an elevation of 433 metres.
Once we’ve completed the pass, we come to the most straightforward part of the route, along the flat all the way to the Fontbona housing estate. We make our way through the streets of the housing development and continue a fairly undemanding climb, pedalling parallel to the GIP-6821 road, which we soon leave to begin our climb to the summit of Puig de les Cadiretes, at an elevation of 518 metres, the highest point of the route with a fantastic vantage point on top of some rocks that formed part of a mediaeval settlement.
Our descent begins along tracks with a very good surface, leading down to the Tossa Stream, very close to the town of Tossa de Mar. At this point we can stop for refreshments.
We take the GI-681 road for a short stretch, soon exiting it in order to climb alongside the Tossa Stream up to where a campsite is located. A final challenge awaits us: the climb up to the Palomera Pass, at an elevation of just 135 metres, before changing sides and riding down to Lloret, linking up with the track that we took in the opposite direction.
The start and end of this route is in a built-up area shared with motor vehicle traffic; please observe traffic signals and use the cycle lanes to minimise the risk of incidents.