La Vuelta 2024 - Tour 2

Key North Spain Climbs

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Madrid, Ponferrada, Galicia, Mountains of Asturias, Oviedo, Madrid

7 days − Fully Supported & Guided




€ 2795

The Key Climbs of North Spain


Come with us and encounter what we believe will be the decisive stages of this year’s Vuelta 2024. An explosive tour to experience the Key Mountain stages in the famous mountains of North Spain. The end of the 2nd week is where this year’s race could be turned upside down, on the big climbs of Asturias, Galicia and Castille & Leon. The mountain passes you will ride are famous in Vuelta cycling, and the category climbs and ski stations summits a plenty.

And you will need to get your climbing legs ready as we head to the hardest finish at this year’s Vuelta – the incredible Hors Category Cuitu Negru! Be there on race day on the craziest of Vuelta stages.

These will be the climbs where new legends are born. With VIP access at the finish lines and some beautiful roads to pedal across and Camino de Santiago sights to see, this tour encompasses everything La Vuelta stands for: passion, emotion and a great spectacle! A truly amazing itinerary focusing on the climbs.

The tour is suited for the rider who just loves mountain scenery. Plus it is an ideal extension to ride some of the best stages before carrying on to the Last Week tour, all the way to Madrid!

Cycling Vuelta Climbs Tour of Spain


27 Aug 2024


Riding Level

Challenging (Moderate with van support / ebike)

90KM Daily Average

La Vuelta Spain Bike Trip


  • Watch LIVE and Ride race stages of La Vuelta a España 2024
  • Ride the epic Hors Cat finish of Cuitu Negru on race day – this year’s big one!
  • Challenge yourself on famous category 1 climbs including Ancares & Manzaneda
  • Ponferrada, home of the rainbow jersey World Cycling Championships in 2014 – ride the route as warm up!
  • 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
  • Access to ride across the finish line on race day
  • Tour of the media area, podium, doping controls and technical areas
  • Enjoy a drink with an ex-pro and understand what it takes to ride a Grand Tour
  • Cycle a reserve biosphere and protected parklands
  • Enjoy the sights of Ponferrada, Galicia, Camino de Santiago, Asturias and Oviedo. Options for non cyclists


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

1 guide for every 4 guests

Fantastic accommodation, 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

Receive your complimentary Cycling Country La Vuelta jersey by SANTINI, the red jersey makers

The best contacts and connections with the race, teams and organisers


“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.”

S. & A. Webb

Edmonton, Canada, La Vuelta Bike Tour

Route Map


Primoz Roglic and Vangaard at La Vuelta


Arrive to the Spanish capital Madrid at your leisure. Your luxury hotel is the boutique Petit Palace Alfonso XII. Located in the heart of Madrid beside the Retiro Park with its gardens and lake, and walking distance to world famous museums including the Prado. Today is an arrival day and so we will all officially meet tomorrow morning. Enjoy the afternoon exploring Madrid and her sights.

Day 2. 28 August – World Championships Race Route – Warm Up (Ponferrada)

Cycling a stage of La Vueltaup to 50 km / 32 miles

After breakfast, meet and transfer out of Madrid north (4 hrs) to Ponferrada our base for the next 3 nights, and near to all the forthcoming stages. Stopping en route for coffee, we will have an informal introduction before arriving at our 4 star hotel, close to the centre. After getting settled, it’s time for a bike set up, making sure everyone is comfortable.


Then it’s time to go back in cycling history and ride some of the World Championship Time Trial Route! Ponferrada held the UCI world championships in 2014 and Bradley Wiggins won the rainbow jersey for the time trial beating Dan Martin. We will also cross the road route, won that year by Michal Kwiatkowski from Simon Gerrans. Luckily that edition was fairly flat with two small climbs – a good warm up (although the pros lapped it 14 times!).


Enjoy a group welcome dinner together as we catch up on the day’s race action and look forward to the next big and key Vuelta stages.  

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Day 3. 29 August SKI STATION MANZANEDA – VIP Summit Finish (Ponferrada)

100km / 62m

Today we experience our first interaction with La Vuelta live. Stage 12 has a brilliant summit finish and you will be there to see it. We head out from our hotel and ride some scenic roads through a valley before heading into the green and lush province of Galicia. We are now only hours in front of the peloton cycling the same asphalt they will be soon! We start the climb to the stage finish at the Manzaneda ski station, a 16km category 1 rated ascent. The climbing is beautiful, not steep, just long.


Crossing the finish line with our special accreditation, we enter the VIP Hospitality Zone, and get ready for the race to arrive. Being a hilly stage before the last climb, there could be a breakaway that succeeds on the slopes to the ski station. An exciting end is predicted.


After the race has finished and we’ve seen the podium presentations, we transfer back to our hotel. Enjoy an evening exploring Ponferrada, a famous stop on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route (the French way). There’s a fascinating Knights Templar castle in the centre of town to see, complete with moat.

La Vuelta 2024 Stage12 Ourense Estacion Montana Manzaneda


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 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 4. 30 August – ANCARES PASS – VIP stage Finish – (Ponferrada)

up to 100 km  /  65 milesRide a stage of La Vuelta a España

After breakfast, we ride directly from our hotel as the race passes by. We ride the race route as we head into some remote mountains. Today is all about the finish up to the top of Ancares, a pass that is the border between Castille Leon and Galicia. La Vuelta usually ascends from the Galician side (won by Purito Rodriguez in 2012 and Alberto Contador in 2014) but today is a new approach.


It’s amazing scenery takes us through a biosphere reserve. However with the climb averaging 9% and ramps upto 15%, we may not fully appreciate the landscape until we can take a breath at the top! A cracking day is expected and one will affect the General Classification.


Again we have VIP access, and you will have the chance to partake in a special behind the scenes tour. Enjoy the podium celebrations before we cruise back down to our hotel in Ponferrada. After a group dinner, relax in the hotel or take a stroll to the basilica in the centre of town.


La Vuelta 24 Stage13 Lugo Puerto De Ancares


Day 5. 31 August – VIP Stage Depart – Cat 1 Climb (Oviedo)

up to 100 km  / 62 miles

A change today as instead of the finish, we go to a stage depart. With VIP access, we will enter the village and see the riders getting prepared for their day’s work. See the sign-on and the team buses with riders on rollers warming up. It’s a great opportunity to be close to the riders and see your favourite rider!


But we are all about riding the key mountains and we still have the chance to jump ahead of the race and pedal a fantastic mountain pass, the tough cat 1 Puerto de Leitariegos. Heading to the top we will await here to see the pros pass. This area is famous for cycling and expect lots of passionate fans, being a Saturday, as we watch the race roadside on the steep slopes. After the race has passed, ride back down a mountain (huge descent of 30 km!) before taking a transfer to Oviedo, the capital of Asturias.


Take a group dinner in our 4 star team hotel. Watch the mechanics of a pro team service the bikes for tomorrow’s stage. It’s an amazing sight to see the unsung stars of the cycling teams work late into the night.


North Spain La Vuelta Bike Tour


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 6. 01 September – VIP Stage Summit Finish – Cuitu Negru (Oviedo or Madrid) 

Climb Vuelta Climbs Bike TourSo here it is. The Queen stage of La Vuelta 2024 is today’s stage 15. With a double cat 1 ascent, a cat 2 and the feared Cuitu Negru at the end, this super tough Asturian mountain stage could be the key to this year’s Vuelta. The future winner of La Vuelta will have to show today as losing too much time in the general classification will be difficult to recover.


Beginning near Oviedo, we hit the race route and concentrate on riding the cat 1 Alto de Colladiella, a winding ascent over a green mountain pass (option to avoid!). This area is the traditional home of La Vuelta. However, we will be saving our climbing legs for the big challenge of the day, the Hors Cat (Especial) Cuitu Negru, a 19km monster that climbs up to a ski station high above the surrounding mountains. La Vuelta staged it’s first and only stage finish here in 2012, when the road had just been laid over a track. We recall the red jersey battle between Rodriguez and Contador on the final slopes that are almost unrideable, with average gradient of the last 2 kms over 12% and a ramp at 23%! Thankfully we can ride to the VIP Hospitality Zone just below this super human part, and then attempt to make it to the line (if you want!).


Be there to this fantastic stage and enjoy all the action. New legends will certainly be born today.


Queen stage Vuelta 2024


After seeing the podiums, we transer back to our base in Oviedo (45 mins). We head out to the local cider bars tonight to relive today’s incredible stage.(NB: we are also offering a transfer back to Madrid – 4hrs – after the stage finish if preferred. Hotel included in Madrid tonight).A long but exhilarating day!


Day 7. 02 September – Onward Travels or continue onto Last Week

After breakfast it’s time to say adíos with memories of a fine week of Vuelta mountain stages.We offer a transfer to Oviedo train station or to Asturias Airport (domestic and international flights).


However, there is no need for a farewell, as choose to stay longer and carry on for the important final week tour as we head to the parador of Cangas de Onís today. Buy the Combined Jersey Package (a discount on the two tours – ask for details). A real Spanish Vuelta Fiesta!


Trip details
La Vuelta Bike TourTour Style

Road Bike Tour: Premium Guided Vuelta Bike Tour

Bikes: Road Carbon TREK Emonda & Orbea E-Road bikes

Route: Madrid, Ponferrada, Galicia, Oviedo, Madrid

Group Size:  6-16

Guides:  1 guide for every 4 people

Riding Level

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Challenging : distances are a daily average of 90km.

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”. Plus option to rent an E-Road bike.



Luxury 4 star hotels – All bedrooms en-suite

Ride the Hautacam

3 Dinners

All breakfasts – buffet

Complimentary organic MULEBAR gels and protein bars

Bike Tour Following La Vuelta Summits
Extras Included
  • 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 by SANTINI
  • 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, isotonic mixes 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.


We can arrange good quality road bike hire:

  • TREK Emonda carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra, compact – 275 Euros extra
  • TREK Emonda carbon frame, Shimano 105, compact – 200 Euros extra
  • Orbea Gain carbon frame EBike, Shimano Ultegra/105 – 450 Euros extra
  • If bringing your own bike, we recommend a compact chainset.

*Please note if bringing own bike, there will be a 75€ bike box charge

Getting Here

Madrid is accessed by international airlines. Fast train connections from around the country. Please ask for information.


Luxury Hotels on Vuelta Bike Tour

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 quality hotels all the way, including some nights with the teams. Starting at the stunning boutique Petit Palace Savoy Alfonso beside the retiro park in Madrid, we head to Ponferrada and the classy AC Marriott. Enjoy another 4 star in Oviedo, well located near to the shopping district and cathedral. Then back to the Petit Palace in Madrid or another night in the same hotel in Oviedo. Top accommodation for a great event.

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“Julie and I had an incredible time riding with our group and leaders on the roads and race course of La Vuelta. Geoff, Dean, Jose and Santi are not only fun and interesting to travel with but go way beyond expectations to make us comfortable and ready to ride! The hotels we stayed at are amazing as are the meals we enjoyed. The VIP access to the pros was sick! Kudos Cycling Country!! Kuss, Kuss, Kuss!!!”
D. & J. Mahler, Washington, USA – La Vuelta Sept 2023 – Week 3 to Madrid

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“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 .




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