LA VUELTA

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2020 LA VUELTA

REGION: LISBON to MADRID

TOUR DATES: 30 AUG – 7 SEPT 2020

DURATION: 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

HOTELS: Castelo de Vide (x2), Manteigas (x2), Cuidad Rodrigo (x2), Avila (x1), Madrid (x1); 3/4 Star Hotels

INCLUDED:
Arrival & Departure transfers
8 nights accommodation (twin share)
8 breakfasts
5 dinners with beer & wine
8 guided cycling stages fully supported
Food & drinks during cycling stages
Sierra Sports cycling jersey

PRICE: 3150 € p.p.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 500 €

OPTIONAL EXTRAS:
Carbon Road Bike Hire: 300 €

NOT INCLUDED :
Airfares & Train Tickets
Lunches
Pre or post Tour Accommodation

DAY ONE – Sun 30 Aug 2020
Lisbon (Portugal)


We will collect you from central Lisbon (9:00am) or Lisbon Airport (10:00am) and drive 2 hours east towards Ponte de Sor. You are now in Alentejo region where the history, culture, whitewashed villages, medieval castles, peaceful rolling hills and rural lifestyle all combine to create a lasting travel impression. As you begin cycling, the Serra do Mamede mountain range will come into view. The highest point is just over 1000m elevation so it is the perfect mountain range for warming up in. Tonight you will enjoy a welcome dinner with the guides and hear about everything we have in store for the upcoming week on the bikes!

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: Serra do Mamede

Ride: 60km cycling

Accommodation:
Castelo de Vide (Portugal)

DAY TWO – Mon 31 Aug 2020
Serra do Mamede


Today we have all day to ride and explore the Serra do Mamede National Park. Following breakfast we set off from the hotel and begin cycling through the rolling hills that lead to the fortified village of Marvão. Be sure to be amazed by the 9th Century castle! The ride will then continue in search of the lookout ‘Mirador del Pico de Sao Mamede’. At 1025m elevation this is the highest point in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Cameras at the ready as these views are sure to please! To cap off a fantastic loop the route finishes by passing the medieval Portuguese towns of Portalegre and the historic stronghold of Castelo de Vide.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Marvao

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Castelo de Vide (Portugal)

DAY THREE – Tue 1 Sept 2020
Manteigas (heart of Portugal)


This morning we have a 1.5hr transfer north towards the Serra da Estrela National Park. Our home for the next two nights is the picturesque mountain village of Manteigas located in the heart of Portugal. Today you will be riding in what is a protected landscape that includes deep river valleys, forests and surrounding craggy peaks. The cycling route follows quiet winding roads into a part of Portugal that most tourists fail to uncover! The group dinner tonight will introduce you all to the mountain cuisine and of course the region`s famous ‘Queijo Serra da Estrela’ which is a rich gooey artisanal cheese.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Serra da Estrela

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: Manteigas (Portugal)

DAY FOUR – Wed 2 Sept 2020
Serra da Estrela loop


For outdoor lovers the chance to get off the beaten track and cycle the roads used during the Serra Estrela Gran Fondo now awaits! Every July Portuguese riders dominate what is a spectacular event through this pristine national park. Cycling from the hotel you will encounter one of Portugal’s most beautiful routes! The Sierra peloton will have time to absorb the landscape of endless pine trees, streams and steep agricultural terraces. During the afternoon we will find a local bar to watch La Vuelta Stage 17 finish as the breakaway or sprinters have their chance to shine. Tomorrow we have our own La Vuelta mission looming as we intersect and ride the final 80km of the Stage 19 route a day ahead of the professionals!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Serra da Estrela

Ride: 80km & 120km options

Accommodation: Manteigas (Portugal)

DAY FIVE – Thur 3 Sept 2020
La Vuelta reccie!

 

Our home for the last 2 nights has seen the group ride through the southern and central parts of the Serra da Estrela National Park. Tomorrow though La Vuelta a España takes the pro peloton along the park’s northern boundary. We will take advantage of our location to ride from the hotel towards the only La Vuelta climb on tomorrow’s Stage 19 race route. The ascent to ´Alto de Guarda´ is a long 14km climb and the accommodating 4% average grade means an enjoyable Category 3 climb! Once at the top all that remains is the crossing into Spain (passport at the ready please, nah just kidding) and the thrill of cycling into Cuidad Rodrigo which will be tomorrow’s Stage 19 Vuelta finish line! 

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Guarda

Ride: 85km & 120km options

Accommodation: Cuidad Rodrigo (Spain)

DAY SIX – Fri 4 Sept 2020
Vuelta Stage 19 LIVE


Cuidad Rodrigo is located immediately to the west of the Las Batuecas-Sierra de Francia National Park which simply put is another idyllic yet unknown cycling destination. From the hotel we have a quality morning ride before later in the afternoon living the excitement of the Stage 19 Vuelta finish back in Cuidad Rodrigo. Along the route you will visit authentic small Spanish villages preparing for the arrival of La Vuelta show. From Les Mestas to La Alberca resides the climb ‘Portillo de Las Batuecas’ (15km and 5% average grade). Here we have more Vuelta reconnaissance as this climb will be the first Category 1 ascent during tomorrow’s Stage20 race route. After lunch in La Alberca township there will be a 45 minute transfer back to the hotel to be ready for all the action of La Vuelta Stage 19 arrival!

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: La Alberca

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Cuidad Rodrigo (Spain)

DAY SEVEN – Sat 5 Sept 2020
Vuelta Stage 20 - KOM

 

All tours have a Queen stage and today is the big day! Stage 20 of the 2020 Vuelta immerses itself right in the heart of the Sierra de Bejar mountains.  Being on the mountain to witness this race defining stage will provide long lasting memories. Who will wear the Red Jersey into Madrid? The main challenge for our cycling group today begins as we intersect La Vuelta race route. The 20km climb up to 'La Covatilla´ finishes at 1960m elevation and our highest point on tour! The climb averages 5.5%, but take note, the final 10km really pack a punch with an average closer to 8%. ‘La Covatilla’ to some is Spain’s version of Mt Ventoux! It towers over the surrounding Salamanca landscape much like Ventoux and the wind is well and truly sure to be blowing. Ring a bell? Irish rider Dan Martin noted ¨now that reminded me of Ventoux¨ after winning Stage 9 during 2011!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: La Covatilla ski station

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation: Avila (Spain)

DAY EIGHT – Sun 6 Sept 2020
Madrid - Vuelta Stage 21 

 

This morning we ride from the hotel in search of the royal monastery in nearby San Lorenzo el Escorial. Here one marvels at this architectural masterpiece which dates back to the late 16th Century and King Felipe II. Before arriving to ‘El Escorial’ our cyclists will enjoy an undulating ride including two small climbs and wonderful winding roads through dense pine forest. From Robledo de Chavela we round out what has been a fantastic week on the bikes with another very achievable climb up to Puerto de la Cruz Verde (9km and 4% average grade).  There is no better way to finish your tour than watching the peloton cut hot laps during the Madrid twilight and see all the trophies presented at Plaza de Cibeles!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: El Escorial

Ride: 90km cycling

Accommodation: Madrid (Spain)

DAY NINE – Mon 7 Sept 2020
Madrid – Tour Farewell


Following breakfast the Sierra guides will be available to transfer you to Madrid Airport by 10:30am. If you would like to continue your stay in Madrid feel free to ask us for more information.

Meals:           Breakfast included

Option 1:There is a lot to see and do in Madrid so you may decide to spend some additional days visiting this amazing city. Sierra has a checklist for what to see and do in Madrid which we would be pleased to forward you!

Option 2: Madrid is connected via fast train to many points through Spain. Barcelona, Cordoba, Valencia and Malaga are only a fast train away. Travelling at 250+ km/hr will get you places pretty quickly!

2020 LA VUELTA - TOUR OF SPAIN

Cycle Andalucia - A sea to mountain travel experience!
The 2020 edition of La Vuelta has a truly European feel about it with race stages in Holland, France, Portugal and of course Spain! The final week of Vuelta racing passes through Portugal allowing us to take full advantage and create this unique Lisbon to Madrid cycling tour package. This Vuelta cycling tour provides epic cycling stages through the Serra do Mamede (Portugal), Serra da Estrela (Portugal), Las Batuecas-Sierra de Francia (Spain) and Sierra de Bejar (Spain) national parks. Plus you will enjoy cycling up to the medieval fortified wall towns of Marvão, Cuidad Rodrigo and Avila!

During this cycling holiday there will be the chance to witness three stages of the 2020 La Vuelta LIVE! You will witness one stage finish in Cuidad Rodrigo, the decisive and penultimate mountain stage finish on ‘La Covatilla’ ski station and the race finale through the majestic boulevards of Madrid. By beginning in the northern Alentejo region of Portugal there are options for some excellent warm-up rides over undulating terrain. The Serra do Mamede national park is the perfect place to warm-up before the second half of the week where the categorised mountain climbs straight from La Vuelta begin to present themselves. Authentic climbs, such as, Alta de Guarda, Portillo de las Batuecas, La Covatilla and Puerto de la Cruz Verde will all be on offer.

Mountains, wine, history, medieval townships, national parks, sunny weather, mouth-watering gastronomy and La Vuelta all combine to make this Lisbon to Madrid itinerary the perfect cycling holiday!

Dates: 30-08-2020 to 07-09-2020

Tour price: 3150 € per person (twin share)

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Testimonials

  • Julie(Esperance, Western Australia), 2016
    Can't recommend the tour highly enough! Fabulous cycling, fabulous scenery, fabulous food, fabulous racing.
  • David(Mornington, Victoria), 2015
    I did my first serious cycling tour with Sierra in Spain and the experience was fantastic – great scenery and cycle routes that went to places off the beaten track to see the real Spain as well as riding through iconic towns full of culture and history, and we got up close to La Vuelta on the final 5 days for some memorable experiences. The organization was first rate – the van and cycling support, the accommodation, food and wine, and the overall thought that went into making the week not just a cycling event but a great tourist experience. The cycling experience and knowledge of our tour hosts, Paul and Andrea, was my other highlight helping me to learn much more about cycling and myself.
  • Curt(Melbourne), 2012
    Just a quick note to say thanks for all your work on the Vuelta tour. It well and truly lived up to expectations and then some.