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2018 Trip Details
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 to see the grand finale on the last stage.
Designed for Avid Riders
- Challenging rides - and the toughest climbs!
- Small ride groups - less than 10 riders per ride-group
- Top Support - sag van and ride leader per ride-group
- Exceptional Staff - friendly, knowledgeable, skilled… and super-fit!
- Stage 17- Summit Finish on Los Machucos (access to the VIP hospitality tribune)
- Stage 18 - Suances (Meet the pros and celebrities at the Stage Start)
- Stage 20 - Summit Finish on the Angliru (access to the VIP hospitality tribune)
- Stage 21 - Stage finish on the Paseo de Castellana (access to the VIP hospitality tribune)
Conquer Famous Vuelta climbs
- Alto de l’Angliru
- Lagos de Covadonga
- Los Machucos
- Puerto de la Lunada
- Alto el Cordal
- and many more…
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 Villacarriedo.
After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up we’ll enjoy our first ride in Spain. We’ll head out to the Puerto de la Braguía, a climb that’s well used by local racers with an average of almost 6% over 6km. It’s a great introduction to the week ahead.
A day for the climbers!
One of our favorite rides today - and definitely one for the climbers! Today’s ride includes 5 categorized climbs with a total of over 3000 m elevation gain.
First up is the Alto El Caracol followed by the stunning climb to the Puerto de Lunada. Enjoy the beautiful views from the Lunada before heading south to our next climb - the Puerto de Las Estacas de Trueba. Another sweeping 17km descent takes us down to Vega de Pas and the rugged La Rasia climb.
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 17 Summit Finish 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 18 - Stage Start in Suances
We start today with a short transfer to Suances to catch the start of Stage 18. 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, Cangas de Onis in the Picos de Europa mountains. Time to get on the bike and climb the infamous but spectacular Lagos de Covadonga, where Nairo Quintana triumphed in 2016.
The Queen Stage
A huge day in the saddle today - 135km and a total elevation of 3300m!
We leave behind the Picos de Europa and head west towards our hotel in Las Caldas which sets us up nicely for our attack on the Angliru tomorrow.
Three categorised climbs lie between Cangas and Las Caldas - Falla Lobos, La Colladiella and El Cordal. This is hallowed Vuelta terrain - but save something in the legs for our date with the Angliru tomorrow!
La Vuelta LIVE - Stage 20 Summit Finish The Angliru!
What a day we have lined up! The last mountain before the race heads to Madrid on what will surely be a decisive stage.
This is your chance to climb the infamous l’Angliru with it’s vicious ramps of 23.5% and compare your performance with the race leaders.
The Grand Finale in Madrid
We transfer down to Madrid in the morning to catch the race as it enters the Spanish capital.
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.