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Vuelta a Espana
King of the Mountains Challenge


 
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Duration
10 days / 9 nights

2015 Trip dates
Sept 5 › Sept 14

Start location
Madrid Barajas Airport

Ending location
Madrid

Accommodations
SUPERIOR - 4 star!
4 nights in Las Caldas
2 nights in Cangas de Onis
2 nights in San Lorenzo
1 night in Madrid

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person (USD)
$4,495 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $950

Non-riders
10% Discount (in double occupancy)

book this trip!

Climb the quintessential "puertos", witness 4 critical mountain stages, enjoy VIP access to the Stage Finishes in Avila and Madrid, ride the course, and meet the pros and celebrities in the most accessible of all the Grand Tours.

Join us for the final week of the 2015 Vuelta a Espana! Hugely popular with avid cyclists, our King of the Mountains Challenge combines prime race viewing with a full schedule of challenging Spanish routes. 

We'll be at the Summit Finishes on the Alto de Sotres and the Ermita de Alba to witness the race action on these grueling climbs. We'll also enjoy the stage finishes in Avila and Madrid from the luxury of the VIP tribune on the Finish Line.

The Rider's Trip:
Our trip is not just about watching the Vuelta. We also have a full program of challenging daily rides that will give you the opportunity to ride many of the legendary climbs in Cantabria, Asturia and the Sierra de Guadarrama.

Climb the Angliru - arguably the toughest climb in the pro tour, Lagos de Covadonga - possibly the most spectacular climb in Europe, and the monster Bola del Mundo with it's ramps of +23%!

Click here to view the complete list of famous climbs on this trip.

In true Thomson style we'll do a substantial bit of riding during the trip - 663km (412 miles) with 17,315m (56,808 ft) of elevation gain over the 9 days.

Ready to reach new heights? Take the King of the Mountains Challenge and discover why no one does the Vuelta like Thomson!

Trip Highlights

  • Witness the critical stages of the final week of the VUELTA:
    • Stage 15 - Alto de Sotres SUMMIT FINISH
    • Stage 16 - Ermita de Alba SUMMIT FINISH
    • Stage 19 - VIP Viewing of the FINISH in Avila
    • Stage 20 - Race Viewing on the Final Climb (Puerto de Cotos)
    • Stage 21 - VIP Viewing of the FINISH in Madrid
  • Ride key segments of the Vuelta a Espana route just hours before the peloton
  • Climb the ANGLIRU - the toughest climb on the pro circuit
  • Spectacular rides in the Picos de Europa - includes the legendary Lagos de Covadonga
  • Ride the majority of the pen-ultimate stage in the Sierra de Guadarrama

Meet the PROS - Movistar Team

In addition to countless photo and autograph opportunities with Vuelta a Espana celebrities and riders, this year we have a special treat. MOVISTAR TEAM has invited us to follow the team throughout the trip. See the inner workings of the MOVISTAR TEAM and meet top contenders: the phenom Colombian climber, Nairo Quintana, and the sensational all-round Spaniard, Alexandro Valverde.

Full details of this unique opportunity to meet MOVISTAR TEAM will be available shortly.

Enjoy privileged access to the stars of the Movistar Team!

The Thomson Rides

Day Route Summary Hotel Location
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
1

Las Caldas › Tenebredo › Las Caldas

Las Caldas
4-star
29km
18 miles
610m
2,000 ft
2

Cangas › Alto del TornoAlto de Sotres

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 15
Summit Finish in Alto de Sotres

Alto de Sotres › Arenas de Cabrales

Las Caldas
4-star
101km
63 miles

3,110m
10,203 ft

3

Las Caldas › Alto del CordalAlto de la CobertoriaErmita de Alba

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 16
Summit Finish in Ermita de Alba

Ermita de Alba › Las Caldas

Las Caldas
4-star
105km
65 miles
3,472m
11,391 ft
4

Las Caldas › Alto de L'Angliru › Las Caldas

Las Caldas
4-star
71km
44 miles
2,440m
8,005 ft
5

Cangas de Onis › Lagos de Covadonga › Cangas de Onis

Cangas
4-star
51km
32 miles
1,323m
4,341 ft
6

Cangas de Onis › Puerto de PontonPuerto de PandetravePuerto de Panderruedas › Cangas de Onis

Cangas
4-star
168km
104 miles
3,595m
11,795 ft
7

Transfer to Avila

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 19
VIP Viewing at the Finish in Avila

San Lorenzo
4-star

REST
DAY
REST
DAY
8

San Lorenzo › Puerto de Navacerrada Bola del Mundo Puerto de Morcuera Puerto de Cotos

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 20
LIVE Viewing on the Puerto de Cotos

Puerto de Cotos › San Lorenzo

San Lorenzo
4-star
138km
86 miles

2,765m
9,072 ft

9

Transfer to Madrid

LIVE RACE VIEWING - Stage 21
VIP Viewing at the Finish in Madrid

Madrid
4-star
REST
DAY

REST
DAY

TOTAL:

663km
412 miles

17,315m
56,808 ft


Climb these Famous "puertos" of La Vuelta a Espana

Climb many of the legendary puertos of the Vuelta a Espana! Here's the list of the major puertos included in our itinerary.

Click on the icon to view the elevation profile of each climb.

Climb
Elev. Gain
Average
Grade
Length
Profile
Alto de L'Angliru
1248m - 4094ft
9.9%
12.5km - 7.8 miles
Lagos de Covadonga
1056m - 3465ft
7.4%
14.2km - 8.8 miles
Bola del Mundo
1350m - 4429ft
6.2%
21.8km - 13.5 miles
Alto de Sotres
1090m - 3576ft
7.5%
14.5km - 9.0 miles
Ermita de Alba
746m - 2448ft
11.2%
6.6km - 4.1 miles
Alto de la Cobertoria
868m - 2848ft
8.5%
10.2km - 6.3 miles
Puerto de Morcuera
658m - 2159ft
4.7%
14.0km - 8.7 miles
Puerto de Cotos
645m - 2116ft
5.0%
13.0km - 8.1 miles
Alto del Cordal
486m - 1594ft
6.1%
8.0km - 5.0 miles
Puerto de Ponton
1002m - 3287ft
4.0%
24.8km - 15.4 miles
Puerto de Pandetrave
362m - 1188ft
3.4%
10.5km - 6.5 miles
Puerto de Panderruedas
530m - 1739ft
5.7%
9.3km - 5.8 miles
N/A
Alto del Torno
460m - 1509ft
4.8%
9.5km - 5.9 miles
N/A
Tenebredo
326m - 1070ft
10.3%
3.2km - 2.0 miles


Our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas

Enjoy your afternoon on the mountainside in the comfort and safety of our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas:

  • Prime viewing spots - strategically placed viewing locations close to the summits of the climbs
  • Large marquis tents
  • Catered lunch and refrigerator stocked with cool drinks. Hot drinks in case of cold weather!
  • LIVE Satellite TV race coverage in English: This is a Thomson specialty. No other Tour operator has pulled off this feat on the mountain!

Get close to the action on the key climbs!

The Top Support

Quite simply, we provide the best support in the industry - guaranteed!

  • Staff to client ratio of 1:4
  • The best staff in the industry - check out our testimonial page...!!!
  • Small Ride-groups - we split the overall group into ride-groups of approximately 10 riders. This allows us to have riders of similar ability within the same ride-group and provides a far superior cycling experience with full support but less waiting
  • 1 TBT experienced ride leader and 1 SAG van per ride-group
  • Experienced Mechanic
  • Top-of-the-line Bianchi Rental bikes

What's Included

  • 10 days / 9 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All accommodations (4-star hotels)
  • Free access to our Race-Viewing Hospitality Areas on Stages 15, 16 & 20
  • Stage 19 Finish in Avila: Entry to the VIP Area on the Finish Line
  • Stage 21 Finish in Madrid: Entry to the VIP Area on the Finish Line
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • 4 lunches
  • Pick-up at Bilbao Airport
  • All ground transportation
  • All luggage transfer
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicles
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Infinito CV is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.