2019 Vuelta a Espana

TRIP DETAILS:

Duration: 12 Days (11 nights)
Dates: Thursday, 5 September to Monday, 16 September, 2019
Start: Bilbao, Spain
Finish: Madrid, Spain
Group Size: 34 guests – 6 staff
Suitable For: Cyclists and Non Cyclists
Suitable Cyclists ability: Experienced, Intermediate, Social
Price: AUD$6,990 (US$4,895)
OPTIONAL SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: AUD$1200 (US$840)

Optional Extras:

Bike Rental A$720 (US$505) (Cannondale Synapse carbon fibre)
Travel Insurance

Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If traveling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying the single supplement.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Ride the famous Alto de l’Angliru and Alto de la Cubilla and many more
  • Visit the beautiful Cantabrian Coast, Asturias region and the Spanish capital of Madrid
  • See 7 stages live, including starts, finishes, and the decisive mountain stages in the final week of the 2019 Vuelta
  • Stay in Superb Accommodation, experience amazing Spanish cuisine
  • Travel and relax in our luxury coach, with custom built bicycle trailer
  • Personal attention of the Bikestyle Team
  • This Trip will be Escorted by Ex-Pro, Eric de Clercq and Lorian Graham

Experience the Vuelta Live
Stage 13 – Bilbao to Los Machucos
Stage 14 – San Vincente de la Barquera to Oviedo
Stage 16 – Pravia to Alto de la Cubilla
Stage 18 – Colmenar Viejo to Becerril de la Sierra
Stage 19 – Ávila to Toledo
Stage 20 – Arenas de San Pedro to Plataforma de Gredos
Stage 21 – Fuenlabrada to Madrid

2019 Vuelta a Espana

Our 2019 grand tour trip following La Vuelta will pick up the racing during the second week

The 74th edition of the Vuelta starts on Saturday 24 August with a flat TTT. Starting in the hot climates of Southern Spain, the race moves toward the mountains and finishes its first week in Andorra. Unlike other Grand Tours, the opening week of the Vuelta has fewer flat stages and more summit finishes and a mountain stage. It is no surprise La Vuelta 2019 suits the climbers.

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Our 2019 grand tour trip following La Vuelta will pick up the racing during the second week. The race features an extraordinary total of eight summit finishes including the much-anticipated ramps of Los Machucos, and a brutal climbing stage in Andorra most notable.

The final week plays out in the mountain ranges surrounding the capital Madrid before a finale on Sunday 15 September in Madrid. We’ll follow the race from Green Spain, through the historic palaces in Castile and León and finish in the Art precinct of Madrid.

The highlights of our trip include climbing the mighty Angliru, and known by many cyclists as Spain’s version of the Tourmalet, Alto de la Cubilla. We will ride along many sections of the 2019 race-route, parts of the world famous Camino de Santiago, popular coastal villages and the wonderful cycling routes around Segovia.

We’ve scoured the best accommodation close to and sometimes on the race route. Often luxury accommodation with spa facilities and fine dining. At the Vuelta, we often share dining halls with some of the pro-teams along the way.

Itinerary

Day 1: Thursday 5th September 2019 – Bienvenidos

Bilbao, the Basque Capital

Your cycling holiday starts with staff meeting you at the Bilbao Airport at 10am. Bilbao is easily reached from many European destinations and some international destinations. We suggest arriving a day or two early so that you can explore this fascinating city and of course, visit the Guggenheim Museum. Exhibits are always changing and the building itself is spectacular. The old town is also a great place to explore. If you’d like Bikestyle Tours to secure you an extra night or two at a Bilbao Hotel, please indicate this to us at the time of booking.

Our luxury transport will transfer us from the airport to the Cantabria mountains where we can unpack our bags, for two nights at least. Our luxury spa hotel is a popular health retreat. Our mechanic will assist you to assemble your own bike, or if your hiring from us, fit your pedals and saddle to your hire bike before we set off on a short warm-up ride.

This evening we will have a special dinner to officially welcome our new and returning guests to their Spanish cycling holiday with Bikestyle Tours. Staff will be on hand to answer any of your questions about the adventures to come.

Luxury modern transportLuxury Transport throughout – like a pro-team

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 12 Navarra Circuit to Bilbao
Starting from the Rioja region of Spain, the hilly course presents four categorised climbs before the finish into Bilbao. The winner may well be selected on one of the descents as riders near the capital of Basque region. Patriotic Basque fans will be out in force today.

Meals
Welcome Dinner

Overnight
Solares, Cantabia

Warm up ride

Day 2: Friday 6th September 2019 – Climb…. Like a Spaniard

Los Machucos – 26% they say!

Today’s stage passes nearby our hotel later in the afternoon. The finish of today’s stage is the most brutal summit finish. Each year, organisers search for new additions to the race, seemingly on the only condition they are very steep, almost inhumane. The torturous climb up Los Machucos was first added in 2017. After a single year’s absence, it returns in 2019. A gentle 17.5% ramp signals the start of the climb followed by a steep descent (just something to climb on return from the summit)! A little further on and the grades kick up to 26% and 25%! Pain is temporary though, and the gradients are more familiar as we target in on the summit.

We’ll depart our hotel after breakfast and take one of two rides this morning. For our longer challenge, we’ll follow the race route to the finish, before descending back to its base to watch the race pass on one of the main climbs in today’s stage.

Our shorter ride will take a more direct route to the finish, giving you time and ‘fresh legs’ to make the summit before the crowds. We’ll return the same way and watch the race on one of the main climbs.

After the race has passed will make our way back to our hotel to relax and see the finish of the stage on television with a well-earned beverage in hand. Tonight we’ll have dinner together at our luxury hotel.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 13 – Bilbao to Los Machucos
Dubbed as one of the most important stages of the 74th edition the exclusive group will be battle on the ‘inhumane’ ramps of the narrow forest road to the monument Vaca Pasiega. Cyclists twitch on grades of more than 15%, but Los Machucos packs a serious punch with a few ramps of 25% and 26%! It was included a first time in 2017.

Plenty of steep gradients to tackle

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Solares, Cantabria

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 3 – Saturday 7th September 2019 – Green Spain

Stage Start and Cantabrian Coast

Spanish landscapes are diverse and contrasting. Much of the country is dry and arid, easily mistaken for the desert. However, the bay of Biscay and the adjacent mountain ranges attract moisture maintaining the lush green forests and fields. Together with sandy beaches, surf swells one could easily retire or easily extend their holiday here.

We can enjoy a leisurely start this morning, enjoying a long breakfast before we travel to the stage start. The start is in an old village, San Vicente de la Barquera and is one of the most picturesque sights on the Cantabrian coast, with its beaches and the exceptional backdrop of the mountains of the Picos de Europa.

A stage start at the Vuelta is like no other Grand Tour. Teams and riders are much more relaxed and fans easily mingle among the cycling stars. The tour village is a lively hub to experience the fun of La Vuelta.

After the riders depart, we’ll follow them out on a somewhat more scenic route. We’ll have a little climbing and visit several scenic locations. Both our rides will finish in Llanes 50 km further along the coast. Our challenging ride will cover a distance of 90 km riding through the Picos de Europa. Our shorter ride will take a more direct route closer to the coastline.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 14 – San Vincente de la Barquera to Oviedo
More or less a transition stage, the Vuelta follows much of the famous Camino de Santiago running along the coastline of Cantabria and finishing in the Asturias. This is Green Spain, many popular holiday locations for the Spanish to escape the hot summer climates that the rest of the country experiences during Summer. Marked as a mostly flat stage, there are many undulations in today’s itinerary.

 

Stage starts are a great way to get up close to the riders.

For our shorter ride, you’ll have the opportunity to take some brag pictures during today’s ride and to explore Llanes before our longer ride arrives. After freshening up from our ride, we’ll make the final transfer to our next hotel, where we’ll stay three nights. Our luxury hotel is located in a quiet village just out of Oviedo. It has a wonderful health spa and is a popular location for many cyclists and cycling teams to do performance testing and train together.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Las Caldas, Asturias

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Harder Ride Option

Day 4 – Sunday 8th September 2019 – Mighty Angliru

Mighty Angliru, toughest climb in cycling

We’ve had a couple of days seeing the race, today we’ll step away and conquer one of the cycling mus – Angliru. We’ll head off soon after breakfast for a short warm-up before we start the 12 km climb. Yep, it’s only 12km, not as long as Alpe d’Huez. Just remind yourself of that as you ascend.

The climb has a fearsome reputation and is the most feared climb of all Grand Tours, possibly of all cycling races on the UCI World Tour.  “The climb is extremely tough, almost inhuman” Oscar Sevilla said once. The wet stage in 2002 had David Millar withdrawing from the race just short of the finish line in protest over the climb’s inclusion. However, in their defence, organisers say that a Vuelta without Angliru would be like a five-kilometre marathon or a 15-minute football match.

From La Vega it is 13km, but it is the final 6kms that the Angliru earns its reputation with an average gradient of 13%! Watch out for the ramps of more than 20%. Of course, you don’t have to go to the top, so just take your time and turn around when you’ve had enough and we’ll meet up in La Vega.

After the descent and taking photos, you can either ride or we’ll transfer you back to our hotel. Tonight, you are free to dine at one of the local restaurants. If you’d like to some cultural experiences, we’ll also offer a return shuttle into Oviedo this evening to taste the wonderful Asturia cuisine and Cidre’s that are on offer.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 15 – Tineo to Santuario del Acebo
Riders return to a mountain stage with a summit finish. After more than 2 weeks of racing, riders will be weary from the climbing intensity of the Vuelta. Today’s 160km stage has two Category 1 climbs and the unclassified summit finish will tighten the screws for the general classification. Could we anticipate that a Columbian will be in the red jersey at the end of stage 15?


Cycling’s toughest challenge – Angliru

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Las Caldas, Asturias

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 5 – Monday 9th September 2019 – Spanish Tourmalet

Summit finish in Asturias


A key mountain stage to entice the climbers!

It is our last day in the Asturias, as well as the Vuelta. Today’s summit finish is on one of the most scenic climbs in the area, and many parallels with Col du Tourmalet have been drawn. The climbs statistics are similar, near 2000 m at the summit, more than 20 km to reach the summit and an average near 7%. Unlike Angliru, Alto de la Cubilla has a more regular (and realistic) gradient.

For those wanting to clock up the kilometres, along with veritcal metres this holiday, we have the option to ride from our hotel and follow much of today’s race route. If you’d like to save your legs for the climb, we will take you closer to the base of the climb, giving you lots of time to reach up as far as you’d like.

We will watch the race on the final climb and return to our transport to travel back to our hotel. Tonight we will enjoy our final dinner in the Asturia Mountains. Mark it as a small celebration for achieving some great climbs in the area and the realisation of why so many cyclists adore this area.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 16 – Pravia to Alto de la Cubilla
Normally allocated as a rest day, today will be the 7th consecutive day riders are in the saddle. They will be looking forward to tomorrow’s rest day. However, they must first negotiate a final mountain stage in the Asturias. Their legs will be heavy as they crest 3 categorised climbs before the final 27 km long climb to Alto de la Cubilla. It will be a grind to the top. Only then can riders think about their recovery for the final week.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Las Caldas, Asturias

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 6 – Tuesday 10th September 2019 – Ribero del Duero

Wine Tasting, Castile and Leon

This morning we leave the Northern reaches of Spain and set a direction for Castile and León, a region of northwestern Spain, consisting predominantly of a high plateau ringed by mountains. The main cities of this region are Salamanca, known for its 12th-century university, Renaissance churches and baroque Plaza. Segovia’s ancient Roman aqueduct has more than 160 arches, and the hilltop Alcázar castle overlooks the city. Ávila has an imposing 11th-century fortification wall with more than 80 semicircular towers. We’ll visit Segovia and Ávila over the next few days.

We have just over 3 hours transfer this morning before we stop for lunch near the capital Valladolid. After lunch, we will ride our way through the Ribero del Duero wine region and finish at a winery for a wine tasting and light snack.  After boosting our consumable supplies we will make our final short transfer to our hotel overlooking the Roman aqueduct in Segovia.

Tonight we will enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant and enjoy the sights of this incredible Spanish city.

Easier day in the saddle.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Rest Day 2
The teams have their final rest day in the region of León. After a late transfer the night before, they will enjoy a sleep in this morning. Massage and a recovery ride will be in order today. Nutrition and hydration will be equally important as the final 5 stages will not only see the racing heat up but also the temperatures.

Meals
Breakfast, Wine Tasting, Dinner

Overnight
Segovia, Castile and Leon

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Harder Ride Option

Day 7 – Wednesday 11th September 2019 – Segovia’s Palaces

Ride long or Ride short, but ride

Rest day from the race

Today’s stage is a transition stage. We’ll take the opportunity to enjoy a ride in the morning, leaving the afternoon available to explore the cultural sites in Segovia. The city centre was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1985. Beyond the Roman aqueduct, undoubtedly the defining feature of the city is its caste Alcázar of Segovia which was an influence for Walt Disney’s Cinderella Castle. There is also the Segovia cathedral.

Outside of the city, and on our short ride are a number of Palaces worth seeing on our ride this morning. Once again, we will have a longer ride which will also climb a mountain that defines the limit of Castile and León. Both rides will return to Segovia giving you time to explore this afternoon.

You are free to dine at one of the many restaurants in Segovia this evening.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 17 – Aranda de Duero to Guadalajara
Today is the longest stage of the 74th edition of La Vuelta, nearly 200 km. It may be an opportunity for a breakaway, but teams will be trying to save their fire-power for the following stages.

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Segovia, Castile and León

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 8 – Thursday 12th September 2019 – Passes of Spain

Castile and León

Castile and León is landlocked by mountains and our location conveniently adjoins the region to our south where today’s stage will be decided. After a little warm-up from our hotel, we’ll climb to today’s first climb Puerto Navacerrada and join race route. If you’d like some extra vertical metres and distance you can follow the race route and grab lunch at Rascafria. The race will climb the road between Rascafria and Puerto Navacerrada twice, so you have many options for viewing the race and accumulating your own mileage and vertical metres for the day.

Once the race passes for the second time, we’ll enjoy the downhill run back to our hotel. You are once again free this evening to enjoy one of the many restaurants in Segovia tonight.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 18 – Colmenar Viejo to Becerril de la Sierra
The mountains return today, this time they may be classified as intermediate climbs, but climbs nonetheless. Today’s circuit is an out an back over the same terrain, making 4 climbs in total. Each climb is between 10 km and 15 km in length. This should give opportunities for teams to launch an attack on the General Classification leader. Expect a well executed team strategy to win (or defend) the day.

Race Day, see how the pros feel

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Segovia, Castile and Leon

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 9 – Friday 13th September 2019 – Ancient Cities and Stage Starts

Ávila stage start

We can enjoy a leisurely departure from our hotel this morning as it is only a short transfer to the stage start in Ávila. We’ll enjoy both the stage start and visiting the imposing walls that surround the old city. There are 88 blocks of circular towers connecting the 2.5km wall to explore. You can walk on top of about half of the perimeter and the enclosed city occupies almost 31 hectares within the wall. The walls of Ávila is the largest fully illuminated monument in the world.

After catching another stage start, we will follow riders out and head toward our next hotel. For those on our challenging ride, we’ll finish at our hotel. For those taking the shorter ride, we will transfer you to the hotel skipping the final climb to the hotel, thereby making half the distance.

For the next two nights, we will stay on the race route of tomorrow’s stage. Our accommodation was the first Parador to open in Spain. As a means to promote tourism in Spain, Alfonso XIII established hotels, known as Paradors across Spain mostly by converting an existing monastery or castle. Parador Gredos opened in 1928 as a royal hunting lodge and inn.

The interior with rustic decoration makes it a cozy and stately place at the same time. From its elevated position in the Alto del Risquillo, the majestic building gives beautiful panoramic views of the Valley of Tormes, the Sierra de Piedrahita and Béjar, and the massif of Gredos.

Tonight we will enjoy a delicious dinner together in our residence fit for royalty.

Stage 19 start – Avila to Toledo

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 19 – Ávila to Toledo
Teams may view this as a penultimate stage before the General Classification is wrapped up. The flat stage skirts the western areas of Madrid before finishing in Toledo. Both the stage start and stage finish are within walled cities and they both recognise the cultural influences that the Christians, Muslims and Jews had on their cities.

Meals
Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight
Gredos (Ávila), Castile and León

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Harder Ride Option

Day 10 – Saturday 14th September 2019 – All the way to the wire

A final summit finish

We made it!

Today’s difficult stage has 5 categorised climbs. Strategically, our hotel is located about halfway along today’s course. We’ll take the opportunity to head off before the race and encounter the same challenges as the pros. Our first significant climb is where teams will challenge for the red jersey. Like previous year’s the leader will have to make a significant effort to hold off the attacks.

There are also several undulation before the final summit finish that will stage opportunities for repeated attacks. It is sure to be an exciting stage. You have the option to complete the course and watch the race on the final climb, or alternatively watch the race closer to our hotel. Our shorter ride option can set off a little later in the morning and take the direct route to the final climb.

After the racing is complete, it is downhill back to our hotel. We can freshen up, enjoy a pre-dinner drink before a farewell dinner together. Our final dinner also gives you more opportunity to explore Madrid tomorrow evening after the final stage.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 20 – Arenas de San Pedro to Plataforma de Gredos
The only certainty today is that the leader of the red jersey will be under attack! Only at the finish to Sierra de Gredos will the holder of the red jersey be relieved to have overcome his contenders and when travelling to Madrid tomorrow he knows that the podium awaits. The penultimate climb is 15 km averages 6% before the final summit finish, a category 3 climb. The cumulation of three weeks of racing will make anything be within the realm of possibility today.

Meals
Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

Overnight
Gredos (Ávila), Castile and León

Easier Ride Option

Harder Ride Option

Day 11 – Sunday 15th September 2019 – A final parade

Madrid’s Art District

La Vuelta’s traditional finish takes place on the elegant Paseo de la Castellana, a grand avenue which can be compared to the Champs Elysées in Paris. It is only a short transfer to Madrid today. We’ll offer a short ride in Madrid once we arrive. Our scenic ride will take in sections of today’s course and the World Championships course when Madrid hosted the road championships.

After finishing our ride and completing our hotel check-in, we head over to the Paseo de la Castellana. The race should finish in its traditional place near the Plaza de Cibeles and it will be your choice as to how you spend your day. The riders traditionally enter the Paseo de la Castellana around 4 pm and the race finishes around 5.15pm.

After the race, there will be plenty of time to see the Jerseys presentation to the overall winners and peruse the team vehicles before returning to the hotel or continuing onto a restaurant for dinner.

TODAY IN THE RACE
Stage 21 – Fuenlabrada to Madrid
For football fans, Fuenlabrada is the hometown of 2010 World Champion footballer Fernando Torres. The flat stage finishes on a 5.9km circuit around Madrid’s famous art district, which doubles as a beautiful backdrop to the tour finish. The fast circuit has always produced a bunch sprint. Final presentations will be made at the conclusion of the stage.

Meals
Breakfast

Overnight
Madrid

Easier Ride Option

Day 12 – Monday 16th September 2019 – Adios

Buenos viajes, safe travels

It’s farewell to your new friends as our tour comes to an end this morning. You may like to stay on a few days in Madrid and explore this cultural and vibrant city. Did you know that Madrid has the highest life expectancy of all EU-regions? Certainly worth finding out the secret.

For those leaving today, shuttles can be arranged directly from the hotel. Alternatively, there is a train taking you directly to the airport. The station is only a very short walk from our hotel.

Over the past 12 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Inclusions

Tour cost is per person twin share and includes:

  • Transport throughout by custom mini vans or luxury coach
  • Services of our experienced tour guides, mechanics and drivers
  • 11 nights accommodation 3 & 4 Star hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • 3 course evening meals on 7 nights
  • Wine at welcome and farewell dinners
  • Wine tasting
  • Scheduled arrival transfer on day one from Bilbao Airport
  • Mechanical assistance with your bike
  • Ride files and Bikestyle guide to the 2019 Vuelta a Espana
  • Full Bikestyle Tours kit including knicks, cycling jersey, cap and musette bag

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