From the steep ramps of the Stage 13 Finish in Los Machucos to the Final Stage in Madrid, experience the best of the Spanish Grand Tour!
Our Vuelta KOM Challenge provides a great mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging and rewarding rides on the legendary routes and climbs of northern Spain, before we take you down to Madrid and the Sierras just north of Madrid.
We end the trip with VIP viewing of the Final Stage in downtown Madrid. Enjoy the premiere Vuelta cycling experience with Thomson Bike Tours.
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)
Stage 18 - Private Race-Viewing Marquee on the climb to the Puerto de Cotos
Stage 20 - Summit Finish on the Alto de Gredos (access to the VIP hospitality tribune)
Stage 21 - Stage Finish on the Paseo de Castellana (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 5 key mountain stages and the final Stage in Madrid
3. Access to our Private Hospitality Marquee on the Puerto de Cotos
4. Challenging Ride Program: no-one rides like Thomson Bike Tours!
5. Top Hotels: 1 x 5-star hotel in Segovia and 3 x 4-star hotels in Asturias and Madrid
6. KOMs galore: Angliru, Los Machucos, La Lunada, La Sia, La Cubilla, Navacerrada…
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.
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!
Today the Vuelta leaves the north of Spain and heads south towards the Sierras around Madrid. A couple of key mountain stages remain and we’ll transfer to the beautiful city of Segovia to set us in place to witness those final key stages.
After breakfast we’ll check-out of the hotel and drive south to our next hotel in Segovia. After lunch at the hotel we’ll get out on the bikes for a short spin to the world-famous San Ildefenso Palace.
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 18
Race Viewing on the Puerto de Cotos
A super-challenging stage today with no less than 4 Category 1 climbs! Our staff will have set up our Race-Viewing Marquee on the final climb of the day: the Puerto de Cotos. But before getting to the Cotos we’ll have quite a challenging ride ourselves. Instead of 4 x Cat 1 climbs, we’ll tackle 3 x Cat 1 climbs - the Puerto de Navacerrada followed by the Puerto de la Morcuera and the final ascent to the Puerto de Cotos.
Sierra de Guadaramma
A flat stage at the Vuelta today so we’ll skip the race and head out for a ride into the Sierra de Guadaramma mountains to the north of Madrid. 4 climbs are on our agenda - the Puerto de Navafria from both sides, the Puerto de Morcuera and the Puerto de Canencia. A classic and beautiful ride through the Madrid mountains!
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 20
Summit Finish in Alto de Gredos
The final mountain stage of this years Vuelta sees the riders take on another challenging route through the Sierra de Gredos close to Madrid. With over 4000m of elevation gain this could well be the stage where the Vuelta is won or lost.
Of course we couldn’t resist the opportunity to ride some of the key climbs of this stage then witness the grand finale at the Summit Finish. We’ll ride the final 85km of the race route including the Cat 1 climb to the Puerto de Pena Negra. A fantastic end to a great week of riding!
After the Stage Finish we’ll transfer to Madrid for tomorrows Final Stage.
The Grand Finale in Madrid
Today we’ll witness the Final Stage from the VIP Tribune on the Finish Line.
There’s a great festive atmosphere around the stage finish on the main boulevard in Madrid. Unlike the other Grand Tours, you can really get close to the action and feel a part of the race.
In the evening you can explore this vibrant city and relax with drinks and tapas on one of it’s many terraces.
Adios & hasta pronto!
End of our trip. We say good-bye at our hotel.