La Vuelta 2020 - Week 2

French Pyrenees & Spanish Summits
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Pyrenees, Tourmalet, Basque Country, La Rioja, Picos de Europa, Asturias, Angliru!

10 days − Fully Supported & Guided

 

4 STAR HOTELS AND HISTORIC INNS

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RIDE a Part of Cycling History! 

The 2nd week of La Vuelta 2020 is where this year’s race will be decided, on the big summits of the French Pyrenees and Northern Spain! The mountains are iconic: Tourmalet, Aubisque, Hautacam, Farrapona, Angliru! Get your climbing legs ready as we are going to take you to the famous climbs and ride the stages where new legends will be born. With VIP access at the finish lines and some beautiful roads to pedal across the traditional home of cycling in the French Pyrenees, Basque Country, Cantabria and Asturias, this tour encompasses everything La Vuelta stands for: passion, emotion and a great spectacle! A truly amazing itinerary through France and Spain.

La Vuelta can never stay away from the mountains, and this year we have three feared hors category beasts, plus cat. 1 and cat. 2 summits sprinkled throughout for good measure to test ourselves on. Add in some great hotels, including staying with the teams some nights, and behind the scenes experiences, this adventure tops the list for any cycling fan.

The Queen Stage in the French Pyrenees will be the start of the week, with the grand finale coming on 2 incredible stages in Asturias with the Farrapona and Angliru starring. Allez / Vamos!

Dates

24 Oct 2020

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Riding Level

Challenging

90KM Daily Average

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • Watch LIVE and Ride race stages of La Vuelta a España 2020
  • 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, doping controls and technical areas
  • Enjoy a drink with an ex-pro and understand what it takes to ride a Grand Tour
  • Challenge yourself on category climbs -Tourmalet ! Angliru!
  • Cycle the mountains of the French Pyrenees, Basque Country, La Rioja, Cantabria and Asturias – wow!
  • Enjoy the famous sights en route in France and North Spain. Options for non cyclists to spend time exploring

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

1 guide for every 4 guests

Fantastic accommodation (luxury parador and 4 star hotels with teams), food, scenery and fun on the roads of France and Spain

 

“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 2018

Route Map

itinerary
Day 1. Saturday 24 October – pickup in Bilbao – French Pyrenees – Hautacam (Lourdes)

Bike France's Hautacam

 

40 km / 25 miles
Meet in our centrally located hotel in Bilbao at 0900am (options offered to book the same hotel the night before). Enjoy a quick welcome drink and meet the crew and the other guests before transfering to Lourdes in France (3 hours), our base for the next 2 nights (option to meet at the hotel in Lourdes – please ask for transport options).

 

After lunch we set up the bikes and take a ride out. We are in the home of French cycling and ready to meet the Pyrenees. We have the option to take a leg spinner out to get used to the bikes and the roads of France, or for those keen, we will continue on and climb one of the famous peaks of the area, the mighty Hautacam. A tough start for those who fancy it! At 13km long, this summit has featured in the Tour de France, with Vincenzo Nibali last winning there in 2014. We will then head to a bar after the ride and catch up with the  day’s events at La Vuelta on t.v.

 

Non-cyclists will have the option to visit the world famous Lourdes sanctuary, a religious pilgrimage point with a fascinating history.

 

Relax at our comfortable 4 star hotel, before enjoying a group welcome dinner. Sample some French classics as we say “Salut” to the week ahead.

Day 2. Sunday 25 October – French Pyrenees – VIP Col du Tourmalet – High Mountain Stage (Lourdes)

Riding a Grand Tour, The Tourmalet85 – 100 km / 62 miles
After a filling buffet breakfast, ride out to hit the race route. Magical scenery everywhere, this is the Queen Stage! The pros ride in from Spain over the Portalet and Aubisque (which we will ride tomorrow) before finishing on the infamous Hors Category col du Tourmalet, making its debut in La Vuelta.

 

Bike The French Pyrenees in La Vuelta 2020Ride up the valley before ascending the Tourmalet, with crowds packed tightly on this monstrous climb. An ascent of 17km with an average grade of 7.5%, this road is a thing of beauty (and suffering!). Experience a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride this on a Grand Tour race day in the route direction.  

 

With the passion of the French fans, the atmosphere will be fantastic. 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.

 

A must for any cycling fan! La Vuelta and the GC race will certainly come alive today.

 

After the excitement of the race, descend the Tourmalet from the other side and ride back to our hotel (or take a van transfer). Have time to explore the restaurants and shops of Lourdes.

 

Tourmalet Vuelta 2020 Bike Tour

Cycling the TourmaletTo 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 (or French!) experience. We have access to podiums, press areas, and doping controls. 

 

 

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Day 3. Monday 26 October – French Pyrenees – Col d’Aubisque (Bilbao)

65 km / 40 miles

Ride the Aubisque with Cycling Country

Today is a well deserved rest day for the Pros, but not for us! Being in the Pyrenees we have decided to ride the col d’Aubisque, which the race summited yesterday.

 

Another classic climb, this was used as a stage finish in  La Vuelta in 2016, with Robert Gesink  winning. It’s fame comes from the Tour de France, being the 2nd most climbed pass in the race. At 16km and an average gradient of 7%, the climb is long, but very ride-able with enough time! The views after the ski station of Gourette and from atop at 1700m are just stunning. Another legendary climb.

 

After descending back down to earth, we take lunch in a French village before transferring into Spain and onto our hotel in Bilbao (3 hours).  Enjoy a group dinner tonight in our first class hotel close to the old town and perfectly placed for tomorrow’s stage.


Day 4. Tuesday 27 October – The Basque Country and Cat 1 Orduña – (Logroño)

up to 120 km  /  75 milesRiding La Vuelta a España

After a buffet breakfast at our hotel, we will head to the outskirts of Bilbao and then ride out to the nearby race route through the Basque countryside.

 

Cycle the Vuelta RouteThe  parcours today of Stage 10 features a double loop of the cat 1 climb, the Puerto de Orduña, an impressive 900m summit that has picturesque views. You will have the opportunity to ride this climb twice (like the pros) following the exact race route on the 80km loop. The climb is relatively short at 7km, but being a cat 1, you know it will be “Vuelta hard“. With parts up to 14%, climbing it once could be enough for most of us!

 

We will watch the race with the enthusiastic local fans roadside on this mountainside from the best viewing location. This will give us the chance to see the race pass by twice as we cheer on our favourite riders. A beautiful area to ride and enjoy La Vuelta.

 

After the race we transfer to our team hotel in the grand city of Logroño for the next 2 nights. Our 4 star hotel is perfectly situated to visit the old town and the medieval cathedral. Logroño is the capital of the Rioja wine region and so we are sure to try a drop or 2 of the famous wine. The town is an important stopping off point on the famous Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James. Enjoy a group dinner in this hotel’s well regarded restaurant.

La Vuelta Bike Tour - Basque Country


Day 5. Wednesday 28 October – La Rioja Vineyards and VIP Cat 1 Finish – Mountain Stage (Logroño)

86km – 100 km  / 62 miles Cycling La Vuelta 2020

Another action packed day awaits us as we cycle from our hotel in Logroño, through the vineyards. This route begins flat and relaxed as we head out through some idyllic scenery.

 

Before long we are on the race route and cresting over the Cat 2 climb of Puerto de la Rasa. An easier climb to get the legs warmed up before we descend down and then get ready for the finale up the inaugural Cat 1 Alto de Moncalvillo. A tough climb of 11.5km to the finish line with some ramps at 13%, we will will slowly ascend and cross the finish line happy. A stage like this in La Vuelta can often see the General Classification shift dramatically as attacks occur on the final summit.

 

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.

 

Transfer back our base in Logroño and explore the town, no doubt enjoying some fine red wine with the local cuisine.

La Rioja Stage La Vuelta 2020 Logroño


Day 6. Thursday 29 October – VIP Stage 12 Depart and Afternoon Ride (Santillana del Mar)

40 km / 25 miles

 

Bike Spain's Vuelta 2020After a hectic first 5 days of non stop category climbs, we have a more relaxed few days planned to give our tired legs a well deserved respite before the huge mountain stages in Asturias at the end of the week!

 

So after breakfast we transfer out to the stage depart at Castrillo del Val where we have VIP entrances to the Vuelta depart village. This town is near to where El Cid was born, the warrior knight who remains a popular hero in Spain (you may know him as Charlton Heston from the 1961 epic!). Enjoy the buzz of the team buses arriving and walk around taking photos (selfies?!) of the stars of cycling. This is the place to be to see 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.

 

The race today is a transition stage as the riders head north, and completely flat (uncommon for La Vuelta!). So we have opted to miss the rest of the stage and instead transfer north to our beautiful hotel in the the village of Santillana de Mar in Cantabria.  Santillana is often named as one of the most picturesque villages in Spain due to it being an open air museum of medieval buildings and plazas. A fantastic place to unwind.

 

Visit Santillana del Mar in La VueltaFor those keen to stretch the legs, we will also offer a short ride of 40 km in the afternoon, on some of the roads that will be raced on in tomorrow’s stage. The route heads towards the coast and winds it’s way over some gentle rolling hills.

 

We take a group dinner tonight in the hotel restaurant.

 

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 this, the riders are warming up, giving interviews, signing autographs and prepping their bikes. As well 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.

La Vuelta a Espana stage 12 2020


Day 7. Friday 30 October – Coastal Ride – Picos de Europa (Oviedo)

Cycle La Vuelta

82km – 100+ km /  62+ miles 

Our hotel doorstep is on the race route today and so we literally roll out onto the race roads. We ride the best part of the route, an area La Vuelta often uses, hugging the Northern Spanish coastline. Passing the beach side town of Comillas, see a Gaudi designed summer house and some fine baroque buildings.

 

Today’s stage 13 from Castro Urdiales is classed as another flat stage with little chance of affecting the general classification. As such we have decided to head off the race route and continue our ride into some of the best scenery Spain has to offer, as we cycle deep into the foothills of the Picos de Europa. A stunning ride through a valley with rural villages and aqua blue streams, we cross the provincial border from Cantabria into Asturias. High above us stand some of the most picturesque mountains in Europe, as we cycle through pristine highland scenery. We will stop in a bar in the late afternoon to see the end of the race on the tv and spot some of the race route we rode earlier in the day.

 

We finish in a market town, where the crew will load up the bikes for the 1 hour transfer to our pro team hotel in Oviedo, our base for the next 3 nights. Whilst loading, take time to try the local tipple of the area; not wine, nor beer, but Asturiano cider! The locals pour cider from bottles high above their heads – an unique sight and drink. Our hotel in Oviedo is well located to see the sights of the city that Woody Allen once described as his favourite in Europe.

 

Stage 13 La Vuelta 2020 - Suances


Day 8. Saturday 31 October – Mountains of Asturias – Alto de Farrapona Summit Finish – Mountain Stage (Oviedo)

Alberto Contador, Redes Depart, Vuelta 2017

82km – 110 km  / 68 miles

A phenomenal day of cycling awaits us as we head into the high mountains of Asturias and the spiritual home of La Vuelta. These are the roads where legends and iconic moments in the history of this race have been made. The next 2 stages will be decisive in determining the winner of La Vuelta 2020. Incredibly enough, the pros have a cat 3 climb to start the stage before a tortuous four category 1 climbs in a row!

Starting out from Oviedo, and being mere mortals, we will concentrate on riding the last 2 big category 1 climbs of this stage 14. An area we and La Vuelta know well, we ride up a valley before ascending the scenic Puerto de San Lorenzo. From here we descend before starting the climb up the Alto de Farrapona.

 

The Farrapona is climb that is without doubt one of the most beautiful in Spain. Heading through the Natural Reserve of the Somiedo Parkland, the long 17km starts off easily enough with avg. gradient of around 5% for the first 11km. However the last 6km is hard with an avg. of around 9%. As you climb keep your eyes open for eagles and vultures high above or you could even spot a brown bear or a wolf (that will make you cycle faster!). The Farrapona starred in 2014 when Froome tried to drop Contador, but Contador stuck to his wheel before riding off in the last few metres to seal his Vuelta win, much to the delight of the home fans.

 

Farrapona Stage 14 La Vuelta a EspanaWe will watch the battles unfold roadside on the Farrapona. Anyone who wants to win La Vuelta will have to stay in contention today. Being a Saturday, the passionate fans will be out in force and the atmosphere electric. Cyclists can choose to ascend to the top of the Farrapona or enjoy the spectacle on the lower slopes if feeling tired. This climb is so picturesque, all viewpoints are a good one.

 

After the race has finished, we take a transfer back to our hotel in Oviedo. We then have a special treat lined up as we take a drink and have a chat with a famous ex-professional rider to learn about riding a Grand Tour. A question and answer session, this really is a unique insight into pro racing and a highlight of our special VIP connections. Head out for dinner afterwards in the centre of Oviedo.How to get good cycling legs


Day 9. Sunday 01 November – The Showdown! – Mountains of Asturias – VIP Alto de Angliru (Oviedo)

Cycling the Angliru75 km  / 46 miles

La Vuelta have done it again and served up an incredible stage finish that may determine the winner of this year’s Vuelta. This is your chance to ride the Queen Stage in Spain (the Tourmalet was the French Queen) and we will be there with VIP access at the stage finish.

Angliru, Bike Tours, Spain

 

Any stage that features the Angliru can almost be regarded as inhumane! At only 109km long, the stage includes 2 cat 3s, two cat 1s and then the mythical and especial (hors category) Angliru, often rated as the hardest climb on the pro circuit. This was the crowning scene of Contador’s retirement stage win in 2017, the battle between Nibali and Horner in 2013, and 2011’s triumph of Cobo over Wiggins, where Wiggins cracked near the top (watch the video on our YouTube page). It is just epic and a must. After the optional ride over the classic category 1 Cordal climb, we will ride towards the base of the Angliru.

 

The climb is steeped in tradition. It is 12.5km long, with an average gradient of just over 10%, but there are ramped sections at 22% (gulp!). Crawling up this (probably stopping a few times), we will all swear never to attempt it again! Nobody ever forgets the Angliru.

 

We will watch all the action unfold from the special access VIP area, with well deserved drinks and tapas in hand. An absolutely memorable day. After the race, we will transfer back to our hotel in Oviedo for a celebration group dinner.

 

Angliru Stage 15 La Vuelta 2002


Day 10. Monday 02 November – Onwards Travels or Continue onto Last Week Tour to Madrid!

Ride the Vuelta Time Trial

In the morning, after a final buffet breakfast, it is time to say hasta luego as we depart for our onward journeys (ask about transport options – we offer a transfer to Oviedo-Asturias airport after breakfast. Please do not book any flights prior 13:00).

However, there is no need for a farewell (you will not want to leave!), as choose to stay longer and carry on for the final week to Madrid with us. Add on the all important final week tour and buy the Combined Jersey Package (a 10% discount on the two tours, including transfers in between).

A real Spanish Vuelta Fiesta!

Trip details
La Vuelta Bike Tour 2020Tour Style

Road Bike Tour : Premium Guided Vuelta Bike Tour

Bikes : Road  Quality Carbon TREK bikes

Route: Bilbao – Lourdes – French Pyrenees – La Rioja, Cantabria – Picos de Europa – Asturiano Mountains, Oviedo (optional transfer at end onto Final Week Tour)

Group Size :  6-16

Guides :  1 guide for every 5 people

Riding Level

cycling la vuelta 2020

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.

 

Accommodation

Elegant 4 star hotels – All bedrooms en-suite

Ride the Hautacam
Food

5 Dinners (with wine/ beer included)

All breakfasts – buffet

Complimentary organic MULEBAR gels and protein bars and we stop in cafés en-route to grab sandwiches/coffee etc (own cost).

Cycling La Vuelta
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 13 years consecutively and have over 15 years experience in Spain as a Spanish company
  • Complimentary full zip Cycling Country La Vuelta cycling jersey (choose your size when booking!) – bib shorts extra 75 Euros
  • Complimentary Cycling Country gifts, bags, cycling caps, t-shirts, luggage tags and water bottles etc
  • Tour guide book of your route and official Vuelta 2019 race book (great souvenir)
  • Route notes, maps, profiles
  • Transfer if needed at end morning to Oviedo-Asturias Airport (please do not book flights leaving before 13:00)
  • Daily snacks and refreshments (organic MULEBAR protein bars & energy gels, granola bars, fruit etc and drinks)
Staff

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 5 clients.

Bikes


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 – 295 Euros extra (disc brake version 345 Euros)
  • TREK Domane S5 carbon frame, compact – 250 Euros extra
  • Wheelset upgrades to Ultegra or Dura Ace wheels offered, given availability – please ask. If you do bring your own bike, we recommend a compact chainset.
Not Included

Entrance to museums / monuments en-route

We do include a transfer if joining the Final Week Tour starting in Santiago. Add on the all important final week tour to this Middle week and buy the Combined Jersey Package (a 10% discount on the two tours, including transfers in between). A real Spanish Vuelta Fiesta!

Getting Here

Iberia / Vueling and other carriers fly domestically within Spain to Bilbao and from Oviedo Asturias airport

Madrid is accessed by all International aircraft carriers with easy connection to Bilbao. Please ask for information.

Lodgings
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 pretty impressive hotels for these tours.  Many are historical monuments or at least close to city centres or main tourist attractions to make the most of your time in this most interesting country!  While the Pros are making history on the Tour, we can enjoy Spain’s history on our off hours too.

Surrounded by an amazing array of medieval buildings this attractive Parador fits right in.   In the centre of history, you can wander these cobbled lanes to your desire and get a full nights slumber here.  It is a special place to stay the night.

A modern 4 star city centre hotel that is close to all amenities and keep your night time slumber, tranquil and restful. Enjoy its restaurant which serves modern takes on old favourites and a wonderful buffet breakfast to get you started on those mountain rides!

Reviews

La Vuelta Bike Tour

“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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LA VUELTA 2020 – WEEK 2

10 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

€ 2675

SINGLE SUPP. € 495

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