Málaga, Ronda, Antequera, Granada
6 days − Fully Supported & Guided
4 & 5 STAR HOTELS
From Sea to Summit!
The 2nd week of La Vuelta 2022 is a truly beautiful route as it passes through our home of Andalucía, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Summit of the Sierra Nevada. This is the week, we believe La Vuelta will be decided with the key mountain stages. We have devised a trip that takes in the best parts of each stage, plus some additional famous Vuelta climbs to conquer. With VIP access at the finish lines, this tour encompasses everything La Vuelta stands for: passion, emotion and a great spectacle! A stunning itinerary awaits that has been devised to spend less time with van transfers and more time in the saddle.
La Vuelta can never stay away from the climbs, and this year we have two feared hors category beasts, plus cat. 1s and 2 summits sprinkled throughout for good measure. Add in some great hotels, including staying with the teams, and behind the scenes experiences, this adventure tops the list for any cycling fan. Your chance to bag some of those bucket list climbs on the roads we always cycle.
With the scenic climbs of Léon and Peñas Blancas, the steeper slopes of the Pandera, and the iconic road to Sierra Nevada ski station, we will pedal through olive groves, along the coastline and into the high mountains. Vamos!
3 Sep 2023
Challenging (Moderate with van support)
100KM Daily Average
- Watch LIVE and Ride race stages of La Vuelta a España 2022
- VIP Access to stage finishes (drinks, tapas, big screen tvs at finish line), viewing areas and VIP Stage Depart Village
- Cycle the race route as a VIP, only hours before the Pros arrive
- Challenge yourself on famous category climbs – Leon! Pandera! Peñas Blancas! Sierra Nevada!
- Access to ride across the finish line on race day
- Tour of the media area, doping controls and technical areas
- Enjoy a drink with an ex-pro and understand what it takes to ride a Grand Tour
- Cycle mountains, natural parkland, the Med Coast & highest road in Europe!
- Enjoy the famous sights of Málaga, Ronda, Antequera & Granada. Options for non cyclists to explore
THE CC ADVANTAGE
Podium photos and behind the scenes access – VIP status
Fully supported riding by experienced guides who cycle with you, inc. Vuelta a Espana masters rider & mix of male / female guides
Andalucía is our home. The best route guaranteed.
1 guide for every 4 guests
Fantastic accommodation (luxury resort with pool and 4 star hotels with teams), food, scenery and fun on the roads of Spain
The itinerary has been planned to minimize long van transfers and enjoy more time riding/viewing La Vuelta
“I want to thank you for the fantastic experience you gave Alex and I.
It will be something we will always remember.
You and Geoff were excellent hosts and the riding and VIP experience was outstanding.
Thanks for all you did to make it so great.
Thanks again for everything.”
Day 1. Wed 31 August 2022 – Mountains of Málaga – Warm up ride (Málaga)
70 km / 45 miles
Meet at our centrally located hotel in Málaga at 11:00am (option to book the same hotel the night before – please ask). Say hola to the crew and other guests before an informal welcome meeting and bike set up.
We then take one of the best rides in Andalucía, into the mountains behind Málaga. Ascend the classic category 1 Puerto del Léon (slowly as it’s a warm-up!), a Vuelta favourite that has been regularly featured over the last 10 years. At 16km long, the climb averages 6% making the ascent ride-able at your own speed. Enjoy the views as we ride through the park, before descending back down to sea level and pedal along the coast (part of tomorrow’s stage route). Finish at a beachfront cafe, beside the Mediterranean Sea, and try the local fish on the BBQ. It will be time to see today’s stage finish on tv.
Back to our luxury hotel, located beside the cathedral in the historic centre, take an early evening dip in the roof-top pool, a stroll alongside the harbour, or to the beach! Enjoy a group welcome dinner together. Málaga is a world class destination with its museums, castle and Roman Amphitheatre. Option to come a day early to enjoy.
Day 2. 01 September – Marbella, VIP Finish Peñas Blancas – Mountain Stage (Ronda)
up to 100 km / 63 miles
After a filling buffet breakfast, we head out from the hotel to pick up today’s race route nearby to experience our first taste of La Vuelta.
We will ride the last 100km (or less for those who prefer) of the stage 12 route through rolling scenery behind Malaga. Climb the pass to Ojen, a small white village, before swooping down the mountain to the famed resort, and playground of the rich, Marbella. These are the roads of local hero Luis Angel Mate (orange jerseys of Team Euskadi) and you will see his name painted on the roads.
Next we get ready for the main event of the day, the category 1 climb of Peñas Blancas. We love this climb, although this year the Vuelta organisers have extended it slightly to add to our pain (and enjoyment!). The road snakes up from sea level at Estepona, passing rural scenes before heading higher into forests. At 19.5km and average gradient of 6.4%, this is a big challenge but the views down to the sea as you ascend will inspire. Plus, the crowds will be out in force, spurring you on as you climb and cross the line at 1265m. This is an amazing first stage for us to feel the thrill of La Vuelta. Ride across the finish line with our special access and then enjoy the VIP viewing area and hospitality at the finish as we watch the pros fight for the finish on the same route we just cycled. La Vuelta and the GC race will certainly come alive today.
After the excitement, we take a van transfer to our hotel in Ronda, the fantastic Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria wellness and Spa. Enjoy a group dinner tonight in the well regarded restaurant, looking out over a gorge with views of mountains.
To explain, the VIP Hospitality Area – This is an exclusive part of our La Vuelta tour packages, where each of our cyclists have access to the VIP zone, with a personalized accreditation given on a lanyard at the start of our tour. Here, just meters from the Meta Finish line, see the riders finish the race, preview the stats, and watch the ongoing race beforehand via large plasma TVs in the area before it arrives! Also included is an open bar and tapas tasters for a real Spanish experience. We have access to podiums, press areas, and doping controls.
Day 3. 02 September – VIP Stage Depart Ronda, Nature Parks, Lake District (Antequera)
85 km / 52 miles
A more relaxed day start today. After a buffet breakfast, take time to relax, walk into the centre of historic Ronda to see the famous medieval bridge spanning the gorge, or take a look around the bullring, the oldest in Spain. Then we cycle out to the nearby stage depart village and enjoy VIP access. Enjoy the buzz of the team buses arriving and walk around seeing the stars of cycling. This is the place to be to spot your favourite riders and teams and get some amazing snaps. Watch the daily sign on of the riders and be there at the start line to see them depart. A fascinating insight into the the world of pro cycling.
After the depart, we cycle from the start line on the race route, but soon change to our own designed route to keep riding directly to our next hotel. The race route is a flat stage with little interest – our route is one of the most scenic rides in Andalucia! Ride over the category 2 Puerto de Viento before heading into the Parkland of the Sierra Nieves. From here we ride the roads the Vuelta have often used, passing the Caminito del Rey (a walkway hanging to a cliffside) and the lake district. These are our local roads we ride weekly. When then cycle onto Antequera, famous for its Moorish castle and neolithic burial grounds, to stay at a monumental hotel. We will enjoy a group dinner at the fine restaurant. A great day of seeing La Vuelta live, riding a great route and no van transfers!
To Explain – The Vuelta Depart Village is an added perk of our VIP hospitality package. Each day the teams 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. With our VIP passes, we have access to an area of local businesses and patrons who have stands where we can get nibbles, drinks and gifts and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
Day 4. 03 September – VIP Stage Summit Finish La Pandera – (Granada)
up to 100 km / 65 miles
After breakfast, we take a short van transfer pick up our route. We ride through the shady hillside of the Sierra Parapanda, route of the pros for many years, to attractive Montefrio, its precariously perched church a testament to its Reconquest heritage. Montefrio has been named by National Geographic as one of the top 10 village vistas in the world (photo stop!).
A rolling route that winds its way around the white washed villages of Jaen Province. See the impressive castle overlooking Alcala La Real before we head to our battle at the base of the mighty Pandera. This famed category 1 monster (should be a HC) has featured in 5 Vueltas over the last 10 years, with some of the top places taken by luminaries such as Heras, Cunego, Valverde & the last time Rafa Majka in 2017. The ascent is 8km and averages 7.6%, but with some ramps at 17%, you know you are in for a hard ride. Mix in the heat, and your cold drinks at the VIP finish area will taste even better. It is an iconic climb with incredible views out over all of Andalucia.
After watching the climatic finish at the summit (1820m), we will descend back down and take a transfer to the Royal City of Granada, our base for the next two nights. Enjoy a 5 star hotel, staying with a pro team. Watch the team mechanics prep the bikes for tomorrow’s fantastic stage before heading out to explore Granada’s famous tapas bars and restaurants.
Day 5. 04 September – VIP Stage Summit Finish – Sierra Nevada (Granada)
up to 100 km / 62 miles
Another action packed day awaits. Once again La Vuelta will deliver us a day to remember on the highest mountain in mainland Spain, with your chance to ride the highest road in Europe! From Granada, where our guides live, we will ride the stage that everyone is talking about. A pure mountain stage the pros have over 4000m of of ascent to ride – we will concentrate on the last 2 huge category climbs.
We soon come to the cat 1 Monachil climb, a steep road that arrives at the plains of the Alto de Purche. This ride is worthy itself, but we continue onwards and upwards to the next climb, the Hors Category (especial) Sierra Nevada. Not so steep (avg 6%) the toughness becomes the altitude as we hit the heights of 2510m at the finish line. With enough time, this is ride we can all make! For those really keen and inspired, ride further and make it to Pico Veleta at an incredible 3394m, the grand daddy of all European climbs. Which ever route taken, be there at the finish line of the Sierra Nevada to see the Queen Stage of this year’s La Vuelta. We remember well Angel “Superman” Lopez winning here in 2017.
With VIP access at the finish line with tapas, drinks and the best views, we will also have a special insider’s tour of the behind the scenes working of the La Vuelta. Enjoy access to the doping control, press and tv commentary zones and the podiums. Stand on the podium and have your own La Vuelta photos, only hours before the stage winners and race leader will be there. An unforgettable experience.
After the race finishes, we will descend 25km back down to earth and our hotel in Granada. Take a final farewell group dinner together, with tales of climbing, red jerseys and camaraderie on the roads of Spain.
Day 6. Monday 05 September – Onward Travels / Transfer to Seville for Last Week
After breakfast and being in Granada, we recommend a morning visit to the UNESCO heritage Alhambra Palace (purchase tickets in advance) or a walk into the historic centre.
It’s time to say hasta luego as we depart. Granada’s train, bus and airport are easily accessed for onward connections.
However, there is no need for a farewell, as choose to stay longer and carry on for the important final week tour from Seville to Madrid. Buy the Combined Jersey Package (a discount on the two tours, including transfers in between to Seville today – ask for details). A real Spanish Vuelta Fiesta!
Road Bike Tour : Premium Guided Vuelta Bike Tour
Bikes : Road Carbon TREK Emonda / Domane bikes
Route: Málaga, Ronda, Antequera, Granada
Group Size : 6-16
Guides : 1 guide for every 4 people
Challenging : distances are a daily average of 100km.
Please note this is hilly countryside with some longer and steeper climbs.
It is classed as Challenging as there are some tough climbs.
We offer van support so it is possible to opt out of some of the harder ascents, making it “Moderate”.
Luxury 4 & 5 star hotels – All bedrooms en-suite
4 Dinners (with wine/ beer/ soft drinks included)
All breakfasts – buffet
Complimentary organic MULEBAR gels and protein bars
- VIP access to stage finishes / depart villages. This includes a private race viewing area at the finish with complimentary drinks and tapas. We will also have access to the podium for your own photos, access to back stage areas. We work with La Vuelta organisers to make your experience unique.
- Stay in some of the hotels as the pro teams
- Ride the race route until the finish line (we have access that the public will not have)
- Enjoy an evening drink and Q&A session with an ex-pro
- Our vans are accredited to drive the race route – jump in for a rest if required
- Ride with experienced guides, including the sub champion of Andalucia and a Vuelta a Espana Masters rider. We have been running Vuelta tours for 15 years consecutively
- Complimentary full zip Cycling Country La Vuelta cycling jersey (choose your size when booking!)
- Complimentary Cycling Country gifts, bags, cycling caps, t-shirts, luggage tags and water bottles etc
- Route notes, maps, profiles
- Daily snacks and refreshments (organic MULEBAR protein bars & energy gels, granola bars, fruit etc and drinks)
3 to 5 leaders with full van support to pick up souvenirs, provide refreshments, act as guides, offer tips and insights throughout the day, provide directional signs where required, transfer luggage and provide on-road assistance. 1 or 2 guides cycle with the group. 1 guide at least for every 4 clients.
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 / S6 carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra, compact – 250 Euros extra (disc brake version 275 Euros)
- TREK Domane S5 carbon frame, compact – 200 Euros extra
- If bringing your own bike, we recommend a compact chainset.
Entrance to museums / monuments en-route
Transfers at start / end hotels. Transfer from Granada to Seville included if continuing onto the Final Week Tour starting in Seville. The Combined Jersey Package (discount on the two tours, including transfers in between).
Málaga is accessed by international airlines. Also has a fast train connection from Madrid and Cordoba. Please ask for information.
Just because you are on a bike trip doesn’t mean you have to suffer off the bikes too! We take this into mind on our Vuelta Bike Tour and have lined up some great hotels for this tour.
Enjoy the Lario Molina Hotel in Málaga a classic, being near to the beach and historic centre. Kick back in Ronda at the beautiful spa and wellness Hotel Catalonia Reina Victoria with its dramatic setting gorge side.
Antequera offers the luxury Parador beside the bull ring and in Granada, we have a 5 star hotel for the finale of the trip. Great accommodation for a great event.
“Cycling Country’s 2019 Last Week to Madrid tour was the trip of a lifetime for my wife and me.
We are not cyclists ourselves but fell in love with the sport from watching the Tour de France on TV starting 20 years ago. For years we talked about attending a grand tour in person, and last year we finally did. We chose Cycling Country’s Vuelta because their promotional material sounded good, the price was reasonable, and my email correspondence with CC’s Maggi was always helpful and thoroughly delightful. CC promised VIP access and, if anything, they understated the case. Two examples: At the start of one day’s race, we stood at the back of the stage while the riders signed in. At the finish of another, we stood directly next to the TV camera at the finish line. Every day, we rode in one of the support vans while the other members of the group were riding the race route, so we got to know the fabulous staff- Geoff, Javier and Dean. They were consummate group leaders, always making sure we and the riders (and their bikes) were well taken care of. Our accommodations were incredible- centuries-old castles that had been converted to luxury hotels- and the food was fantastic. If you love cycling, or even if you just love to watch, you will love going on a Cycling Country tour. 💙❤️🖤💛💚.”
J. & L. Hickman, Minnesota, USA – La Vuelta Sept 2019 – Week 3 to Madrid
“Hi Geoff and Maggi
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the fabulous three weeks we had with you both, Javi and Dean.
Looking back on the photos we packed so much into those three weeks. We love Spain and love seeing it on a bike with you. You run your business extremely professionally yet we all get very personal attention.
Thanks once again.”
J & T. De Vries & C. Lazenby, Vic, Australia – La Vuelta 2019 – All Three Tours!
“Thanks so much for an excellent trip. It was all (and more) that I had hoped for. Geoff you are an excellent guide – very helpful and great at managing expectations. I would be pleased to help you spread the word about your company and the excellent experience you provide. Thanks again – it was fabulous!”
J & R. Anderson & D. Grant – Ottawa, Ontario – La Vuelta 2019 – Tour 2 Northern Summits
“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 a former road racing cyclist 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 say 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, Medalin, 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
“That was an amazing trip to the Vuelta! So much behind-the-scenes access and some fab riding too. Thanks for everything!”
L. Rice, London, UK – La Vuelta 2015 -Depart & Southern Climbs
“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! “
L. Sullivan, 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 2022 – WEEK 2
6 DAYS / 5 NIGHTS
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