From the steep ramps of the Stage 13 Finish in Los Machucos to the even steeper ramps of the legendary Angliru, experience the highlights of the second week of the Spanish Grand Tour!
Our Vuelta KOM Challenge provides a fantastic mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs of northern Spain. Witness the summit finish on the super-steep Los Machucos climb and finish the week by testing your climbing skills on the legendary Angliru.
Vuelta Race-Viewing Details
Stage 13 - Summit Finish on Los Machucos (access to the VIP hospitality tribune)
Stage 14 - San Vicente (Meet the pros and celebrities at the Stage Start)
Stage 15 - Summit Finish on the climb to Santuario de Acebo (access to the VIP hospitality tribune)
Stage 16 - Summit Finish on the Alto de la Cubilla (access to the VIP hospitality tribune)
Top 7 reasons to choose Thomson Bike Tours
1. ASO Official Premium Tour Operator - one of only 2 operators awarded “Premium” status
2. VIP access to the 3 key mountain stages in the North of Spain
3. Meet the riders and celebrities at the Start of Stage 14 in San Vicente
4. Challenging Ride Program: no-one rides like Thomson Bike Tours!
5. Top Hotels: 4-star hotel in Solares and a 4-star hotel in Las Caldas
6. KOMs galore: Angliru, Los Machucos, La Lunada, La Sia, La Cubilla, Cordal…
7. Our support teams are the envy of the mountain. The best support guaranteed!
Bienvenidos a España
Our trip starts at Bilbao airport where our staff will be there to welcome you before the short transfer to our hotel in Solares.
After checking in to the hotel we’ll have a brief Orientation Meeting followed by a typical Cantabrian lunch. Our mechanics will then be on-hand to help get the bikes ready - then we’ll head off for a short warm-up ride into the Cantabrian countryside.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 9:00am - either at Bilbao Airport or at the Holiday Inn Express Bilbao Airport
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 13
Summit Finish in Los Machucos
The popularity of the Vuelta has surged in recent years and the inclusion of numerous short, steep summit finishes has been one of the main contributors to the Vuelta’s recent success.
Today’s stage features a tough one to Los Machucos. Locals call it the Cantabrian Angliru - and with sections of over 22% it certainly justifies the name.
We’ll climb the Machucos before the peloton then settle in for an afternoon of thrilling race action.
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 14
Stage Start in San Vicente
We start today with a short transfer to San Vicente de la Barquera to catch the start of Stage 14. Take a stroll around the departure village and meet the pros. The Vuelta is way more relaxed than either the Tour de France or the Giro d’Italia and provides a great opportunity to meet the riders and celebrities.
After the race has started, we’ll move on to one of our favorite areas, Las Caldas in the heart of the Asturian mountains. Time to get on the bike and climb the 8.5km Puerto de la Cruz de Linares with an average of 8% and ramps of over 15%.
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 15
Summit Finish in Santuario de Acebo
Today’s Vuelta stage features the most famous mountain passes in Western Asturias: the Puerto del Connio and the Puerto de Pozo de Mujeres Muertas. Of course we couldn’t miss out on an opportunity to ride such famous passes!
We’ll set off from Cangas del Narcea and ride the race course for the Final 111km of today’s stage. We’ll climb both of these 2 famous climbs - but save something in the legs for the final Cat 1 climb to the Stage Finish at the Acebo Sanctuary.
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 16
Summit Finish in Alto de la Cubilla
Most local riders would consider the Alto de la Cubilla as the most beautiful climb in Asturias. Surrounded by the highest peaks in the region, the Cubilla is a spectacular setting for the last summit finish of the Vuelta in Northern Spain - and of course we’ll be there to witness the Stage Finish on this legendary climb!
From the hotel we’ll set out over the Alto El Cordal before dropping down to Pola de Lena where we start the 30km climb to the Cubilla summit.
We’ve saved the best for last!
The pros will have a Rest Day today - but not us, we’ll be heading out to ride the most challenging climb of the Grand Tours: the Angliru. Enjoy!
Adios & hasta pronto!
Unfortunately our trip to the Vuelta has come to an end. Our staff will drop you off at Oviedo (Asturias) Airport at 9:00am.