2014 Vuelta a Espana

Vuelta a España 2014

Our 2014 Vuelta trip will follow the final 10 days of the race across the green north of Spain. These will be fabulous stages to see the race and experience the beauty of Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and the Picos Europa mountains, historic cities of Santiago de Compostela, Sanxexno and Oviedo and the stunning coastal scenery of north-west Spain.

Bikestyle Tours has been running trips to the Vuelta a España since 2002 making us one of the most experienced and professional companies to see this great race with! If you are looking for a relaxed cycling holiday discovering why Spain is one of the world’s most “must see” destinations, but would still like to take in one of the world’s great races, you should try the Vuelta!

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TRIP DETAILS:
Trip Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
Dates: Friday 5 September to Monday 15 September, 2014
Start: Bilbao, Spain
Finish: Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Accommodation: Top Quality Exclusive Hotels
Group Size: Maximum 20 people (4 Staff)
Cost: AUD $5950.00 based on twin share. If you are travelling alone we will usually organise a same gender room mate. (If you prefer a single room there is a supplement of $900.00)
Deposit: AUD $1000.00
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room.

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Inclusions

Optional Extras:
Bike Rental $600.00 (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
Pre or post tour accommodation to extend your stay
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Highlights:

  • Stay in Superb Accommodation
  • See 6 Stages of the Vuelta Live
  • Visit the Most Beautiful Regions of Spain
  • Stay in Santiago de Compostela and Oviedo
  • Attempt the Famous Climb of the Angliru
  • Relaxed Environment
  • Personal Attention of the Bikestyle Team

Who is this trip for?

Our 11 day, 2014 Vuelta trip will follow the final 10 days of the race across the green north of Spain. We will see 6 fabulous stages live and experience the beauty of Cantabria, Asturias, Galicia and the Picos Europa mountains, historic cities of Santiago de Compostela, Sanxexno and Oviedo and the stunning coastal scenery of north-west Spain. Stay in beautiful hotels and eat the best of Spanish cuisine.

Our trips are geared to suit anyone with an interest in Cycling who wants to see the biggest of the Grand Tours, the Vuelta a Espana. This (and riding our bikes) is our main focus for the trip although this trip will incorporate some tourist days as well. We cater for cyclists of all abilities by providing riding options each day. To enjoy our trips you don’t need to be an athlete, but do need to be someone who cycles regularly and in good health. Each day we’ll have options for rides to suit people who feel like a challenge, or an easy day enjoying the scenery. We ride on quiet scenic roads and where possible we ride on the race course ahead of the race. As with all of our tours you’ll be guided by our expert team of ride leaders, drivers and guides.

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Itinerary

 

Friday, 5 September 2014: Arrival in Bilbao

The first day of your trip starts with us meeting you at Bilbao Airport. We will make one transfer at midday to our hotel for the first night in beautiful Cantabria. We will stay in the Hotel Los Guardeses, the converted 17th Century Valbuena Palace in the centre of Solares a small village not far from Santander.

Bilbao is a major airport and is serviced by most airlines including Iberia, Lufthansa, Air France, Air Europe, Turkish Airlines, Easy Jet, Vueling and Alitalia to name a few. Major destinations with direct connections include Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Rome, London, Frankfurt and many more. If you need assistance with how to get to Bilbao please contact us.

You may even choose to fly in a day early and visit the magnificent Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

On arrival at the hotel the first thing to do will be to assemble your bike, or meet your rental bike, before we take an easy ride of about 30kms to test our legs and machines.
It will be at an easy pace and is more about jet lag recovery and sorting out any mechanical issues than about speed.

This evening we will enjoy a special welcome dinner in the restaurant of our hotel, a great way to meet your fellow travellers and have our team answer all your questions about your upcoming trip.
Overnight: Hotel Los Guardeses, Solares, Cantabria
Meals: Dinner

Vuelta Pat in Bilbao

Saturday, 6 September 2014: See the Start in Santander

Today’s stage is 199 km from Santander to La Camperona. We are ideally situated to see the start of the race in Santander, get a few autographs, take a few pictures and enjoy the atmosphere of a Grand Tour. If you have been to other Grand Tours (especially the Tour de France) you will be struck by the relaxed atmosphere of the Vuelta. You’ll be surprised how close you can get to the action today as the cyclists arrive in the start area for the sign on and eventual depart from the centre of Santander early this afternoon. If we head off a little earlier we can have a look around Santander before the race starts.

After the races departs we will head back to the hotel to change and go for a ride. We will have lunch either in Santander or back in the village. Once we have eaten and changed we will be on our bikes for a nice 60 kms ride around the countryside of Cantabria. We’ll probably miss the finish of the race on TV unless we find a bar while out on our ride. Everything happens later in Spain so it’s no trouble to stay out riding until 7pm and return in plenty of time for dinner.

Dinner tonight is included in the hotel restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel Los Guardeses, Solares, Cantabria
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Vuelta Start

Sunday, 7 September 2014: Our First Climb, Lagos de Covadonga

The scenery (as well as the race) will be spectacular today! The Picos de Europa is one of the most beautiful mountain ranges in Spain if not Europe.
Picos de Europa is the first Spanish National Park to receive this classification. Its origin dates back to 1918.
The Picos de Europa has an exceptional landscape, where high summits alternate with deep gorges and canyons. The park boasts 200 peaks of over 2,000 metres, and vertical drops of over 2,300 metres and is intermingled with meadows, hillside forests, beech and oak groves and moors. The famous Covadonga lakes can be found here and the final spectacular climb of the day is located here. This will be our destination today.

Today’s stage is 149 km from Oviedo to Lagos de Covadonga. We are in a good position to ride through the Picos de Europa and then part of the course before the race and watch it at the finish or at the bottom of the climb where the bus will be located until the finish of the race. Each day we offer at least 2 ride options and today we will have the choice to ride 75 kms to the finish or the easier option of 50 kms to see the race on the lower slopes. Alternatively we could drop you at the base of the climb to ride to the finish making 20 kms approximately. After the race we will continue on to our modern 4 star hotel in the centre of Oviedo.

Oviedo is a great town, full of life with great bars (ciderias) and a relaxed atmosphere. The things that make Oviedo interesting are what make Asturias unique compared to the rest of Spain – the extremely green landscape, cider, fabada bean stew, more cider and chorizo… cooked in cider.

Tonight you are free to eat in one of Oviedo’s many, many restaurants. Try a cideria but look out for the splashing cider!

Overnight: AC Hotel Oviedo Forum, Oviedo
Meals: Breakfast

Vuelta Frank climb

Monday, 8 September 2014: Beautiful Asturias

Today’s stage from San Martin del Rey Aurelio to La Farrapona is the crowning stage of the 2014 Vuelta. It is short, only 158.8 kilometres but includes five 1st category mountain passes, including the final climb up the demanding La Farrapona.

Those who choose the longer ride (almost 90 kms) will leave on the bikes from the hotel. Our ride today will be stunning as we wind our way down the green valley roads of Asturias. We will join the race course with 50 kms and two Category 1 climbs to go! The Puerto de San Lorenzo at 1350 m and the final brute to La Farrapona at 1715 m. The good news is that you only have to do the Puerto de San Lorenzo and skip the final climb if you would like to see the race from the bottom, shortening the ride to 75 kms. Our shorter ride will also start at the hotel and ride through the valley to San Martin at the base of the Puerto de San Lorenzo making a little over 40 kms.

After we see the race on the final climb we will return to the hotel. Tonight you are free to eat in one of Oviedo’s many, many restaurants.

Overnight: AC Hotel Oviedo Forum, Oviedo
Meals: Breakfast

Vuelta San Lorenzo climb

Tuesday, 9 September 2014: Rest Day… Angliru

Rest Day for those soft pro’s that is…
Today you can ride one of the most difficult climbs you will ever do! The ascent of the mega-mountain: Alto El Angliru.
Alto El Angliru, a steep 1570 metre climb that ends with gradients of over 20%. The climb has a fearsome reputation and you can add it to your resume if you wish. “The climb is extremely tough, almost inhuman” Oscar Sevilla said once.

We will go out to La Vega-Riosa at the base of the climb by bike as it’s only 20 kilometres, a good warm up distance. This climb is the hardest in Europe and strikes fear into all professional cyclists except the absolute best climbers. Recommended gearing for this climb is 34 x 28 or a triple if available and this is what the pros use!

If you don’t feel up to riding the climb you will be able to ride part of the climb or wait for the group and return to Oviedo by bus or bike.

Tonight you are again free to eat in one of Oviedo’s many, many restaurants.

Overnight: AC Hotel Oviedo Forum, Oviedo
Meals: Breakfast

Vuelta Spain angliru

Wednesday, 10 September 2014: Off to Galicia

We will skip today’s stage from Ortigueira to A Coruña as it’s a flat stage with probably no GC importance. We would like to offer you one more ride in Asturias before we head off to Galicia. After breakfast we’ll be on the bikes for a pleasant 55 km ride through Asturias to the coastal town of Cudillero on the Costa Verde. It’s an undulating ride, but nothing too difficult, with a nice descent down to the coast at the end.

Our destination, Cudillero, is a small, picturesque fishing port with brightly-coloured houses perched on a horseshoe of steep cliffs around the port. On arrival in Cudillero we’ll head to the waterfront where we can choose from the many restaurants for lunch with a view of the Atlantic Ocean. After lunch and a look around Cudillero we’ll continue to Sanxexno in Galicia where we will spend the next 3 nights in a lovely spa hotel overlooking the water. It may be possible to see the race on our way but it will be a decision to be made on the day based on our timing and the route.

Gran Talaso Hotel Sanxenxo offers a marine spa and outdoor swimming pool, 5 minutes’ walk from the beautiful Sanxenxo Bay. It features sea views and  air-conditioned rooms.  The Gran Talaso is set between 2 beaches and is just 10 minutes’ walk from the centre of Sanxenxo and its marina.

Sanxenxo is in the Rías Baixas and has a young, happening atmosphere of beaches and bar-hopping. Before the tourist boom, it was a small fishing village, but the arrival of outsiders transformed its appearance totally, as people were drawn by the magnets of its beach and bustling nightlife. A Lanzada, a beach which runs for more than four kilometres is one of the most popular in Galicia. The fishermen’s village and the outskirts of Sanxenxo is still reminiscent of times gone by. The traditional local flavour of its harbour makes it one of the most charming corners of the Rías Baixas.

Overnight: Gran Talaso Hotel, Sanxexno
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Vuelta Spain Cudillero Asturias

Thursday, 11 September 2014: Finish on Monte Castrove

Today’s stage is from A Estrada to Monte Castrove en Meis over 173.5 km. We are in a great position to see the race with the final climb to Monte Castrove just 12 kilometres away along the scenic coastline.

The peloton will have to pass Monte Castrove, a 2nd category climb, on two occasions. This will involve a 5-kilometre climb with slopes of 12%. The almost three weeks of competition may start to take their toll in a stage that marks the beginning of the end of this edition of the Vuelta.

Our rides will begin later in the morning so you can have a lie in or take a look around the town before we head off. Our ride will take us along the coast and past the traditional fishing village of Combarro and towards Poio where we can ride the final climb to the finish. The top is just 485 metres altitude but with the steep slopes it might be a bit difficult. Once at the top you can choose to continue on and ride the final circuit with a descent back to Combarro and then retrace your steps back up to the finish at Monte Castrove. So we have a number of options today from a 30k ride out to the base of the climb and back to the hotel up to almost 70 kms taking in the final circuit with two ascents of the climb to Monte Castrove.

Tonight you’re free to wander the vibrant street of Sanxexno and choose a restaurant or tapas bar for dinner.

Overnight: Gran Talaso Hotel, Sanxexno
Meals: Breakfast

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Friday, 12 September 2014: Coast or Climb?

Today’s stage is from Salvaterra de Miño just near the border with Portugal to Cangas de Morrazo and we will see the race near Vigo, midway through the stage and where we expect there will be a feed zone. This is a great place to see the race come by as the riders slow down (marginally!) to grab their musettes from the soigneurs lined up along the roadside. If you position yourself in the right place you may be lucky enough to get a bidon or musette as the riders throw them onto the roadside.

This morning we will head off fairly early to Tui to begin your ride. You have 3 choices today. Maybe you have had enough of hills for this trip and would like a flat ride along the scenic coastline with a 2 choices, the full distance of 80 kms or stay in the van for a little longer and get out to ride the best part of the route along the Galician coast for a 50 kms ride. Option 3 is to start out with the coast ride and leave them to follow the race route over the Alto do Monte da Groba, a climb of 635 metres. It’s rated a Cat. 1 however it doesn’t appear to be quite that hard (famous last words). This will also be an 80 kms ride. We will meet our vehicles, have something to eat and await the race. After the frenzy of the feed zone we will make our way back to the hotel by van and hopefully arrive to see the race finish on TV.

Tonight you’re again free to dine in Sanxexno.

Overnight: Gran Talaso Hotel, Sanxexno
Meals: Breakfast

Vuelta Spain Coast

Saturday, 13 September 2014: Santiago de Compostela

We won’t be seeing the stage from Santo Estevo de Riba de Sil to Ancares today. It’s quite a hike across to the stage and we would like to offer you the opportunity to spend some free time in the historic Santiago de Compostela. This morning we will transfer to Santiago de Compostela by van or bike (the choice is yours) with the afternoon free to explore Santiago de Compostela. It’s an 80 kms ride along mostly quiet roads with a few hills but nothing too serious. If you would like something shorter you could start along the way, around Padron and ride the last 40 kms or so to the hotel. Once we arrive at the hotel you can have a shower and a rest before heading into the old town.

If you choose not to ride we will go straight to the hotel and then into the old town so you can have a good look around.

This famous pilgrimage site in north-west Spain became a symbol in the Spanish Christians’ struggle against Islam. Destroyed by the Muslims at the end of the 10th century, it was completely rebuilt in the following century. With its Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque buildings, the Old Town of Santiago is one of the world’s most beautiful urban areas.

The pilgrim route to Santiago de Compostela from the French-Spanish border was – and still is – taken by pilgrims. Some 1,800 buildings along the route, both religious and secular, are of great historic interest. The route played a fundamental role in encouraging cultural exchanges between the Iberian peninsula and the rest of Europe during the Middle Ages. It remains a testimony to the power of the Christian faith among people of all social classes and from all over Europe.

Our hotel for next 2 nights will make a perfect end to a great trip. Immerse yourself in luxury, charm and beauty of the only Relais & Chateaux Spa Hotel in Galicia. A XVIII century building lulled by the sound of the river and surrounded by an estate of 10.000m2, in the World Heritage city of Santiago de Compostela. Ideally located in the residential area of ​​the city for people looking for more peace and privacy combined with old world charm and modern elegance.  Indulge in a circuit Spa unique design , warmth, intimate, exquisite and especially exclusive.

Tonight we will enjoy a delicious traditional meal in the hotel’s restaurant.

Overnight: Hotel Aquinta Da Auga, Santiago de Compostela
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Santiago de Compostela

Sunday, 14 September 2014: The Final TT

It’s hard to know if today’s 10 kms time trial will have any bearing on the GC for the 2014 Vuelta but it’s a refreshing way to finish the race rather than the usual big criterium in Madrid. Things won’t get underway until later in the day so we will have time for breakfast and a 40 kms ride before we go into town for the afternoon.

This morning’s ride will take us out into the countryside for a leisurely 40 kms. On the return we will stop in Santiago for one last cafe stop before heading to the hotel to freshen up and pack our bikes.

If you’re not riding today we will be able to transfer you into town earlier if you wish.

Tonight we will enjoy a final meal with the group who you have shared the past week with. Time to have some fun, share photos and contact details before we all go our separate ways tomorrow.

Overnight: Hotel Aquinta Da Auga, Santiago de Compostela
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

TT bikes ready to go (Small)

Monday, 15 September 2014: Farewell

Its farewell to your new friends as our tour comes to an end this morning. Over the past 11 days you’ve experienced the excitement of the Vuelta up close, challenged yourself on some famous climbs and hopefully had an unforgettable Spanish experience with Bikestyle Tours. We hope we see you again one day.

This morning we will be offering  an early transfer to Santiago de Compostela train station and airport.

Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:
– Transport throughout by luxury coach with custom bike trailer
– Services of our experienced tour guides
– 10 nights accommodation in quality 3 & 4 star hotels inc. historic hotels
– Buffet breakfast daily
– Evening meals on 5 nights
– Transfers from Bilbao on Friday, 5 September
– Transfer to Santiago de Compostela Train Station or Airport on 15th September
– Mechanical assistance with your bike
– Any sightseeing and entry fees as listed
– Maps and Bikestyle guide to the 2014 Vuelta a Espana
– Bikestyle Tours cycling jersey, bib shorts, cap and musette bag

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Prior to paying a deposit it is advisable to confirm a place is available by sending an email to our Office Manager Michelle Knibbs, michelle@bikestyletours.com or telephone our office on 1300 882494.

Tick the box to accept the Bikestyle Waiver and Reservation Conditions. If renting a bicycle you also agree to our Bicycle rental Conditions

  • By paying a deposit you are deemed to have accepted our Waiver and Reservation Conditions. If you have any further enquiries please email us at tours@bikestyletours.com.
  • Don’t forget it is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip.Purchase your International Travel Insurance here.
  • * We charge for our trips in Australian Dollars (AUD) and prices shown in other currencies are only approximate. We advise that you check the exchange rate before booking.

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