Vuelta a España KOM Challenge

Advance Reservations for 2021 now open!

The 2021 Vuelta a España route will be announced later in the year (no official announcement date has been confirmed yet).

 

Soon after the 2021 Vuelta route has been announced, we’ll publish details of our 2021 Vuelta KOM Challenge trip.

 

Whilst we await next year’s Vuelta route, we’ve left the details of our 2020 trip on the website – as an idea of what you can expect next year.

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Vuelta a España KOM Challenge

From the famous slopes of the Tourmalet to the infamous slopes of the legendary Angliru, passing through La Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine region.

Climb the quintessential “puertos”, witness 6 key stages including the summit finishes on the Angliru and the Tourmalet. Ride the course, and meet the pros and celebrities in the most accessible of all the Grand Tours.

Overview

Details

Departure

October 24th 2020

Price

USD $4,895

Duration

10 days / 9 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

Yes ?

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

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Overview

Our Vuelta a España KOM Challenge provides a fantastic mix of LIVE race-viewing and challenging rides on the legendary routes and climbs of northern Spain.

Witness 6 key stages including the summit finishes on the Tourmalet and the Angliru. Revel in 3 remarkable days in La Rioja, Spain’s most famous wine region, where we’ll witness 3 spectacular stages of La Vuelta and maybe indulge in a few glasses of the local drink.


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Wonderful focus on the ride above all else and the other aspects being very well prepared as well.

Lawrence Pemble, USA — 2016

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Amazing trip! Spectacular challenging routes. Wonderful experience of the Vuelta. Exceptional ride staff. Excellent accommodations. Good food. Well-organized. I am a better cyclist from the ...

Richard Lowinger, USA — 2016

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As usual, Thomson has delivered an amazing bike trip experience. Loved the rides, the food and the wine. The best part of this and any ...

William Lloyd LaRone, Canada — 2017

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Bienvenidos a La Vuelta Hotel Gallia & Londres
02 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col du Tourmalet Hotel Gallia & Londres
03 Climb Hautacam & Afternoon La Rioja Winery Visit Hotel San Camilo
04 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Puerto de Orduña Hotel San Camilo
05 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Alto de Moncalvillo Hotel San Camilo
06 LIVE Race-Viewing: Stage Start in Castrillo del Val Hotel La Cepada
07 Lagos de Covadonga Hotel La Cepada
08 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Alto La Farrapona Hotel Las Caldas Villa Termal
09 LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Angliru Hotel Las Caldas Villa Termal
10 Adios & hasta pronto!
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Itinerary Detail

Day 1

Distance

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Bienvenidos a La Vuelta

Our trip to La Vuelta actually starts in France this year, where our staff will meet you at Toulouse Blagnac Airport. From the airport we have a short transfer to our hotel in Lourdes. After checking into the hotel we’ll have our Orientation Meeting followed by lunch, then our mechanics will be on hand to help you get the bikes ready for the first ride.

Our warm-up ride takes us high into the hills above Lourdes and gives us our first taste of climbing with the 11km Col de la Croix Blanche. Serene roads and spectacular mountain landscapes set the scene for the week to come!

Day 2

Distance

Elevation


LIVE Race-Viewing: Private Hospitality Marquee on the Col du Tourmalet

No better way to start a KOM trip than by conquering the legendary Col du Tourmalet. The Vuelta makes a rare detour into France today with a massive stage over the Col d’Aubisque and a Summit Finish on top of the Col du Tourmalet and we’ll be there to witness the finish on the Tourmalet.

We’ll ride from the hotel and head south along the valley to Beaucens where the gradient starts to pick up as we ride through the Gave de Gavarnie river gorge, eventually arriving in Luz St Sauveur after 30km. The summit of the Tourmalet lies 20km up the road at an altiude of 2115m. Our Hospitality Marquee will be set up close to the summit where food, drinks, and satellite TV race coverage will keep you entertained as we wait for the peloton to approach.

For those who want some extra climbing, take the right turn in Luz St Sauveur and conquer the fantastic climb to Luz-Ardiden.

Day 3

Distance

Elevation


Climb Hautacam & Afternoon La Rioja Winery Visit

Today we leave France and head towards the Rioja region of Spain for the next stages of the Vuelta. But before doing so, we’ll get out for a short ride in the morning and conquer one of the most famous climbs in the Pyrenees, the climb to Hautacam. Scene of so many dramatic Tour de France stages: 2014 when Vincenzo Nibali won the Hautacam stage and went on to win the Tour, 2000 when Lance Armstrong blew apart the field to take the yellow jersey or 1996 when Bjarne Riis put an end to Miguel Indurain’s domination of the Tour.

After the ride and lunch in Lourdes we’ll transfer to La Rioja region in Spain which sets us up nicely for the next 3 stages of La Vuelta. And since we’re in La Rioja, we couldn’t visit Spain’s most famous wine region without organising a winery visit and wine tasting!

Map & Profile

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Climbs

Stage 5

Huesca > Sabiñánigo


Stage 6

Biescas > Col du Tourmalet


Stage

Rest Day


Stage 7

Vitoria-Gasteiz > Villanueva de Valdegovia


Stage 8

Logroño > Alto de Moncalvillo


Stage 9

Castrillo del Val > Aguilar de Campoo


Stage 10

Castro Urdiales > Suances


Stage 11

Villaviciosa > Alto de La Farrapona


Stage 12

Pola de Laviana > Alto de l'Angliru


Stage

Rest Day


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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
2 Col de la Croix Blanche (from Lavedan) 01 41 4.4%
HC Luz-Ardiden (from Luz St Sauveur) 02 107 7.5%
HC Col du Tourmalet (from Luz St Sauveur) 02 140 7.6%
HC Hautacam (from Ayros Arbouix) 03 110 7.9%
2 Puerto Herrera (from Leza) 04 73 7.8%
2 Puerto de Orduña (from Orduña) 04 76 7.6%
2 Puerto de la Rasa (from Jalón De Cameros) 05 50 5.4%
1 Alto de Moncalvillo (from Hornos de Moncalvillo) 05 102 8.8%
4 Collado de Zardon (from Corao) 07 28 4.4%
4 Alto del Torno (from Rinsena) 07 35 6.5%
HC Lagos de Covadonga (from Covadonga) 07 105 7.6%
HC Puerto de San Lorenzo (from San Martin) 08 104 8%
HC Alto La Farrapona (from Rio Somiedo Tunnel) 08 92 6.1%
1 La Cobertoria (from Santa Marina) 09 94 8.6%
HC Alto El Angliru (from La Vega) 09 158 9.5%
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Dates & Prices

Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2021
August 2021
Advance Reservations
USD $100
TBD
n/a
Advance reservation
2020
Oct 24 - Nov 2
Bookings Closed
USD $4,895
USD $900
USD $980
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Gallia & Londres

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    Hotel San Camilo

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    Hotel La Cepada

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    Hotel Las Caldas Villa Termal

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
    • 10 days / 9 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Most lunches
    • Pick up at Toulouse Blagnac Airport
    • Drop off at Oviedo (Asturias) Airport
    • All ground transportation
    • All luggage transfer
    • Services of our expert guides
    • Nutrition: Clif bars, Gu gels and NamedSport sports drink
    • Support vehicles
    • Thomson Bike Tours gpx files for Garmin use
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    What's Included
    • 10 days / 9 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts
    • All dinners
    • Most lunches
    • Pick up at Toulouse Blagnac Airport
    • Drop off at Oviedo (Asturias) Airport
    • All ground transportation
    • All luggage transfer
    • Services of our expert guides
    • Nutrition: Clif bars, Gu gels and NamedSport sports drink
    • Support vehicles
    • Thomson Bike Tours gpx files for Garmin use
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities

    Travel details - airport departures

    Travel Details

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Meeting Time

    Toulouse Blagnac Airport

    9:00am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Arrival Time

    Oviedo (Asturias) Airport

    8:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Made by hand in Italy, the Basso Bikes Diamante is exactly what a fine, authentic, Italian road bike should be. The classic lines, flawless geometry and rounded tube shapes offer performance and ultimate versatility.

    Frame

    Basso Diamante

    Groupset

    Shimano Ultegra R8070 Di2 (Electronic Shifting)

    Weight

    8kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Microtech MR38 Disc Carbon Clincher

    Chainrings

    50x34

    Cassette

    11-32

    Sizes

    45, 48, 51, 53, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Basso Bikes Diamante Opal White with Disc brakes

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