Madrid, Rioja, Basque Country, Cantabria, Asturias
7 days / 6 nights – Fully Guided & Supported
Luxury 4 & 5 star Hotels
LA VUELTA A ESPAÑA 2022
WEEK 1 – NORTH SPAIN
Join us for a great week of cycling as we take you to the first week of La Vuelta 2022 in Spain. A series of exciting stages, we offer you the chance to ride and see the La Vuelta, with official VIP status! This will be our 15th year of providing access to this incredible event – the most thrilling of the 3 Grand Tours consistently over recent years.
We head from Madrid, into beautiful Northern Spain. The route begins in La Rioja vineyard region, before we cycle the category climbs of the Basque Country. Be there to ride the new summit of Pico Jano only hours before the wheels of the pros follow you!
Test yourself on the tough climbs of Cantabria and Asturias, seeing the best stage finishes. Enjoy ticking off the bucket list climb of Covadonga in the Picos de Europa. Then be ready for the most exciting stage finish on the steep ‘wall’ of Les Praeres– the mini Angliru.
With VIP stage and behind the scenes access, your chance to stay in team hotels, luxury hotels and the race route to cycle, this action packed fully guided and supported tour is a great taster of Grand Tour racing.
23 Aug 2022
upto 100KM Daily Average
- Watch LIVE and Ride 6 race stages of La Vuelta a España 2022
- VIP Access to stage finishes (drinks, tapas, big screen tvs at finish) and depart village
- Cycle the race route as a VIP, only hours before the Pros arrive
- Access to ride across the finish line on race day
- Tour of the media, doping control and technical areas
- Challenge yourself on category climbs, inc Les Praeres Wall
- Cycle parklands, coastline, inland mountains and vineyards of North Spain
- Enjoy the famous city sights of Bilbao and Oviedo
- Fantastic luxury accommodation
- Options for non cyclists to come along
Podium photos and behind the scenes access – VIP status
Fully supported riding by experienced guides, including Vuelta a Espana masters rider and mix of male / female guides.
Enjoy a drink with an ex-pro and understand what it takes to ride a Grand Tour
Wonderful accommodation, great food, scenery and fun on the roads of Spain
Local Spanish company with the best connections to La Vuelta
Options to continue on to Race Week 2
“The Vuelta tour was probably the best bike tour I have ever done. Ok the days were long, but your team gave us the best access I have ever had to a Grand Tour. The routes you designed to ride the best climbs and see the stage finishes were exceptional. Chapeau!”
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Our itinerary includes all the best stages of the 1st race week in North Spain and will take you to some of the most scenic places and of course cycling through this superb landscape, including protected parklands, high mountains, coastline, vineyards and rural roads. The video is the incredible final stage of S. Yates winning at Les Praeres in 2018 from Valverde, Quintana and Lopez that we will take you to this year!
Being fully guided and supported (our support vans are accredited to drive along the race route), you can cycle with the group or at your own pace.
Non cyclists are welcomed to enjoy the event (please enquire).
Option to continue South onto the 2nd week.
Day 1. MADRID ARRIVAL – STAGE 4 – LA RIOJA (BILBAO)
Tuesday, 23 August 2022 – 50km warm up ride
We meet at our centrally located hotel in Madrid at 9:30 am to start our special adventure. After a welcome meeting we take a longer 3 hours transfer to the famous Rioja wine region.
After a bike setup we ride through the wine area heading to the race route and get the legs going with this warm-up. Hit the race route and climb the 7km Cat 3 Puerto de Herrera, where we will stop and watch the race pass roadside with the fans on the final climb of the day. Enjoy your first taste of La Vuelta. After the excitement of the race, we transfer to our team hotel in the Basque Country’s capital of Bilbao, our base for the next 2 nights.
Enjoy a welcome group dinner of 3 courses with local wines in the hotel’s fine restaurant.
We recommend arriving before in Madrid and can arrange your stay in the same hotel – please ask. Madrid is famous for the must see Prado museum, the Royal Palace and the Retiro Park.
DAY 2. BASQUE COUNTRY – VIP STAGE 5 FINISH (BILBAO)
24 August 2022 – 110km
After a fine buffet breakfast, we head to the race route and into the heart of the beautiful Basque Country. The roads today have often been featured in Vueltas past. We will ride the last 110km of the route crossing 2 Cat 3 climbs and then we have the 4.5km tough Cat 2 Alto del Vivero to challenge ourselves, twice! (or once if you prefer!) before descending down into the centre of Bilbao to cross the finish line.
Step into the VIP finish line Hospitality Area where we have access, giving you the best viewpoint of the race. See the podium celebrations.
After the race, cycle back to our nearby hotel. See the mechanics of the Pro Team tinkering and prepping the bikes for tomorrow’s stage, and maybe grab a photo with a pro. Tonight is free to explore the famous pintxo bars of Bilbao.
To Explain – the VIP Hospitality Area – This is an exclusive part of our La Vuelta tour packages, where each of our cyclists have access with personalized accreditation given on a lanyard at the start of the tour. Here, enjoy just metres from the Meta Finish line, a viewing zone to see the riders finishing the stage, and preview the entire race before hand via large plasma TVs. The place to be at La Vuelta after riding the route! Also included is an open bar and tapas tasters for a real Spanish experience.
Day 3. CANTABRIA – VIP MOUNTAIN FINISH – PICO JANO (SANTANDER)
25 August 2022 – 100 km
A new day for us and a new climb for everyone, including the Pros, with one of the most anticipated climbs, the inaugural Pico Jano stage summit finish. Before we will ride the end of the stage, including the beautiful Cat 1 Collada de Brenes.
Heading into the green hills of Cantabria, the final 13km Cat 1 climb on the Pico Jano will be a great test for us all. As you climb at your own speed, cross the finish line only hours before the stage winner as the crowds are forming. Enjoy VIP Stage finish access and today we have arranged a special behind the scenes tour. After watching the stage we transfer to our 4 star Spa hotel for the night and enjoy a group dinner.
Day 4. VIP STAGE DEPART – PICOS DE EUROPA – COVADONGA – HC CLIMB (Oviedo)
26 August 2022, 100km
Something a bit different today as we head to see a VIP stage Depart in the nearby town of Camargo, which is a lot of fun. As the race heads south, creating a long van transfer for everyone, we have decided to take advantage and ride one of the most famous Vuelta climbs in Spain, Lagos de Covadonga.
Heading along a valley we pass into the cider area of Asturias and then we will start to wind our way up this HC Hors Category (Especial) monster. It’s a 12.6 km climb (average gradient 7% but the famous “Huesera” Bone Yard section has ramps of 15% for a short time). Often used in La Vuelta, last year’s stage was superb with a win by Roglic, and securing the red jersey. The scenery at the top is atmospheric with its mythical lakes and high mountains. The heart of the Picos de Europa – for many one of the most scenic ranges in Europe. Truly Awesome riding.
After descending back down to earth, transfer to our 5 star historical hotel in Oviedo’s centre, the monumental Hotel de la Reconquista, our accommodation for the next 3 nights.
To Explain – The Vuelta Depart Village is an added perk of our VIP hospitality package. Each day the teams must sign on to start the day in a presentation, but prior to this, the riders are warming up, giving interviews, signing autographs and prepping their bikes. As well, a presentation area of local businesses and sponsors have stands where we can get nibbles, drinks, gifts and as well enjoy the friendly Vuelta family atmosphere.
Day 5. ASTURIAS – NEW CAT 1 SUMMIT FINISH (Oviedo)
27 August 2022, 100km
After breakfast, we head to the race route for today’s stage 8 and start pedaling the traditional home of La Vuelta with some classic cycling roads of Asturias. Cycling over the Puerto de Tenebredo, we will prepare ourselves for another big challenge today, another new climb, the Cat 1 Colláu Fancuaya. This climb forms part of the same mountain range as the fearsome Angliru – so we know what to expect!
This high mountain pass rises to 1088m and is a tough tough ascent with some ramps hitting 16%. Ouch. Attempt this 10km climb on the narrow roads, reach the top, and then watch the Pros dance on their pedals fighting for the GC as they somehow race up this fiend.
Back to nearby Oviedo, enjoy a night out in the historic centre.
Day 6. THE FINALE – VIP SUMMIT FINISH – THE WALL
Sunday, 28 August 2022 – 90km
Our final ride day is an absolute classic that will have a bearing on the GC. We love La Vuelta for its ingenuity of developing race routes although today you could be forgiven to throw in a few more other words! Starting inland, we pick up the race route riding over 3 Cat climbs including the beautiful forested Fito and Alta de Llama.
Cycle past the beaches of the Jurassic northern coast of Spain. However we will need to save our strength for the formidable 4 km climb known as the “Wall” of Les Praeres. It has also be named the mini-Angliru. Oh those poor legs, with ramps of an average of 13%.
This climb was featured in 2018 when Simon Yates stormed to victory on his way to winning the Red jersey (see top video). It’s a stage not to miss as tomorrow’s rest day means the riders will be giving it everything and so will the crowds on this weekend. We will be there with VIP access to witness this epic history making day.Journey back to Oviedo for a final celebratory group dinner.
Day 7. Onward Travels – TRANSFER Back to Madrid
Monday, 29 August 2022
After breakfast, it’s time to pack up and take a transfer back to Madrid (5 hours). Of course, you are free to stay in Oviedo, and enjoy the capital of Asturias.We hope you enjoyed this amazing La Vuelta spectacle!
Road Cycling Tour – Guided
Bikes – Carbon Road (TREK Emonda / Domane)
Route: Madrid, Rioja Wine Region, Bilbao, Santander, Cantabrian Mountains, Covadonga, Picos de Europa, Asturias, Oviedo, Madrid
Group Size – 4 to 16
7 days, 6 nights: 6 ride Days – 6 Live Stage days, VIP entrances and Stage Village Depart, Transfers to/from Madrid.
Challenging – The tour is suitable for cyclists of all ages who have a good level of fitness and enjoy road biking – of course expect hills! There are category climbs and mountains for the rider who wants to challenge themselves, whilst our support van enables other riders to enjoy the trip without worrying as you can opt out of the bigger climbs. On the longer climbs everyone can ride at their own pace. There is the option for non-riders to come along.
Specially chosen quality 4 & 5 star hotels – all bedrooms are en-suite
All breakfasts and 3 group dinners including wine, beer, soft drinks
- Cycling Country is one of the few official Tour Operators in the world designated to run this tour and we are proud to do so.
- VIP access to STAGE FINISHES and stage village DEPART. Including private race viewing area at finish line with complimentary drinks and tapas.
- We have access to the podium for your own photo, plus a behind the scenes tour. We enter areas that are off bounds to most and work with La Vuelta organisers ensuring your VIP experience is unique.
- Ride the race route crossing the finish line on race day (access that the public will not have).
- Stay in some of the same hotels as the teams – meet the stars
- Our vans are accredited to drive the race route – jump in for a rest if required
- Ride with experienced bi-lingual local guides, including the sub champion of Andalucía and a Vuelta a España Masters rider – we have run Vuelta tours for 15 years.
- Complimentary Cycling Country La Vuelta full zip cycling jersey (choose your size when booking!)
- Complimentary Cycling Country gifts, helmet bags, luggage tags, water bottles, Vuelta tshirt and cycling caps
- Route notes, maps, profiles, suggestions for dinner, etc.
- Daily snacks (including Organic Mule energy gels and bars, fruit and drinks)
At least 3 tour leaders (4 clients to 1 guide ratio) with full van support to provide support, refreshments, act as guides, offer tips and insights throughout the day, provide directional signs where required, transfer luggage and provide on-road assistance. A guide always cycles with the group. Company Owners are accompanying this trip
You can bring your own road bike (we have facilities to collect and store bike boxes for the duration of the trip) or we can arrange good quality road bike hire:
- Trek Emonda SL6 carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra, compact – 260 Euros extra (disc option available)
- Trek Domane SL5 carbon frame, Shimano 105, compact – 195 Euros extra
- Orbea Gain M20 E-Road Bike, carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra – 450 Euros extra
Transfers provided from central hotel in Madrid at beginning/end
Country and mountain roads. Rolling countryside with longer mountain climbs.
The luxurious 5 star Eurostars Hotel del La Reconquista in Oviedo is your home for 3 nights. This highlight is one of the most famous hotels in Spain and blends comfort with historic charm. The building itself has been designated a national monument. Close to the centre and well located to see all the sights.
Bilbao offers us a 4 star hotel with an acclaimed restaurant and in Santander stay at fantastic spa hotel that will soothe the muscles after a day of riding. These lovely places are guaranteed to let you sleep soundly. Truly impressive accommodation on this tour.
“We returned to Andalucia for the 2018 La Vuelta having enjoyed the la Vuelta 2017 tour so much with Cycling Country.
We expected to repeat that enjoyment and we were not disappointed.
Great riding, great viewing, the best of hotels and food and an interesting and challenging group of cyclists.
Geoff and Maggi, our hosts, dedicated themselves 100% to our pleasure and comfort and were ably assisted by the two bike guides, Dean and Javi.
All participants have their own priorities. For some their own cycling, for others watching the professionals really close up and intimate.
For us it was a combination of those two, plus staying in such lovely hotels, you couldn’t find better, where we rubbed shoulders with the teams from Trek, Sky and Bahrain.
From the modern sophistication of our 4 star hotel in Malaga and the 5 star hotel in Granada to the stunning beauty of the Parador hotels in Ronda and Nerja.
The riding was hard and hot and, for the most part, great fun.
Anyone who says the last km of the 2540m Sierra Nevada climb is ‘fun’ doesn’t inhabit the same planet.
Nice climbs and even more spectacular descents, particularly the Puerto de Leon.
We look forward to next year’s tour with anticipation knowing that whatever the route, whatever the composition and size of the group, we will have fun.”
J & P. Sharman, London, UK – La Vuelta 2018
“La Vuelta’s epic climbs – a truly spectacular and special cycling week with Cycling Country. Even in a country blessed with great places to ride, Andalusia stands out as a truly spectacular region. La Vuelta offers climbs that legends are made of. It offers beauty, brutality, drama and this year a piece of cycling history with Contador’s Angliru ending I would like to thank Cycling Country (CC) for the enthusiasm and vision in creating an outstanding week, and for their impeccable support with logistics. I love the accessibility and closeness CC provides to La Vuelta. You are never too far away from the pros. Meeting Fernanco Escartin, a former Spanish road racing cyclist, now responsible for route design and road selection, provided enormous insight in the running of La Vuelta. Having the group stay in the same hotels as the professional teams provided the opportunity to meet mechanics, support people and also the professionals. As an Italian supporting Vincenzo Nibali I was excited to know I was staying in the same hotel as the Bahrain-Merida team. Although following La Vuelta so closely I still managed to go out and enjoy the local custom. In Almeria I went really local by having a couple of drinks at Cafe Bar Nevada and dined at Cafe Puga. I think I was the only non-Spanish so you could not have found a more local place. I found similar places in Granada. Additionally the delightful place we stayed at in Zuheros was special – probably one of prettiest villages and scenery in Andalusia.The cycling was superb. Given that the whole area can become swamped by cyclists during the Vuelta I thought CC did a fantastic job to keep everyone on target. It is clear that this is a family run business with great knowledge of the area. The guides are all local and provide enormous support and valuable insight. A true pleasure to be able to spend time with them. Geoff and Maggie, the owners, should be immensely proud for how they contribute to La Vuelta and how they run CC. Their tours contribute towards establishing the Vuelta as one of the most dramatic tours. Hasta Luego!!!”
C. Salinardi, London, UK – La Vuelta 2017
“With Cycling Country we made our first cycling trip to Europe. Geoff, Dean, Javi and the rest of the crew made our rides and stay really happy. Balbino took care of my mom and showed her Spain while me and my brothers went riding, then we met at the finish line of La Vuelta stages. It was a terrific Trip and we will for sure do it again!!!”
D. Botero, Medellín, Columbia – La Vuelta 2017
“Awesome Vuelta a España tour, amazing VIP access, up close & personal with the riders! We recently did a Vuelta a Espana tour with Cycling Country, and had an amazing time. The tour was well-organized and thought out, with rider enjoyment in mind, both from the perspective of riding and spectating. The Spanish-based company clearly has a very close relationship with the race organizers, which is to the benefit of Cycling Country’s clients. The VIP access to starts and finishes, as well as the podium, were unbelievable. Because the race is smaller, it is also much more intimate, enabling access to the riders. The behind-the-scenes access and perspective was very interesting, as was the talk from a retired rider. This was our third time doing a trip with Cycling Country, and the reason we chose them for our Vuelta shadow tour. Previously we have done self-guided tours or fixed-stay trips, and have been very impressed and pleased with the company and the service it provides. Geoff and Maggi are wonderful people and it shows in their dealings with clients. We would definitely recommend Cycling Country for any of its tours, but especially the Vuelta a Espana tour!” A.Sauve & Tim, Coburg, Ontario – La Vuelta 2017
“The Vuelta tour was probably the best bike tour I have ever done. Ok the days were long, but your team gave us the best access I have ever had to a Grand Tour. The routes you designed to ride the best climbs and see the stage finishes were exceptional. Chapeau!” ” John, Ontario, Canada – La Vuelta 2016
“Let me write a few lines of thank you. I just can’t believe what a trip you gave us all! It was truly a cycling tour that I will never forget. Well done to all of the Cycling Country crew and thank you again for the good times. The Vuelta was the ride of my life.”
Steve, Sydney, Australia – La Vuelta 2015
“The Vuelta Tour 1 (Andalucia 2014) was memorable! The VIP access was exceptional, beyond my expectations. Cycling Country beautifully handled different levels of cycling abilities in the group in the smoothest way, the coordination among them was very professional and efficient, providing to the group an ongoing feeling of safety, support and fun. I will highly recommend them to all my friends and they honestly deserve to run such a successful business. Muchas Gracias for the extraordinary experience! “
Luisa, Colorado, USA – La Vuelta 2014
“Rob and I would like to take the opportunity to send you a big thank you for everything you organized for the tour. We had an amazing time. The ride routes where spectacular and the VIP access was fantastic. Dean and Javi were both lovely, very helpful and encouraging. We had the best time and keep reminiscing about the week wishing we were still in Andalusia. It definitely exceeded all our expectations and hopefully will see you at next years tour. Thank you again”
K. and R. Garland, Australia – La Vuelta 2014
Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .
DATES & RATES
LA VUELTA A ESPAÑA 2022
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
SINGLE SUPP. € 445
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