LA VUELTA

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2020 LA VUELTA - coming Jan 2020!

Example - 2019 La Vuelta a España

REGION: LA RIOJA to MADRID (SPAIN)

TOUR DATES: 8 – 16 SEPT 2019

DURATION: 9 DAYS / 8 NIGHTS

HOTELS: Rioja (x3), Segovia (x2), Avila (x2), 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: 3100 € 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 8 Sept 2019
Madrid to La Rioja


We will collect you from Hotel Mediodia or Atocha Train Station at 9am and transport you to the Sierra de la Demanda national park.  The ride meanders alongside small flowing streams and turquoise reservoirs and traffic is practically non-existent. As one rides into San Millan de la Cogolla your sense of history is sure to be awakened as we finish at the Monastery de Yuso (11th Century).

This evening we stay in the award winning La Rioja wine region which is home to the tempranillo grape! The tour hotel is located in the attractive La Rioja Alava region which has hardly changed since the 13th Century!

Meals: Dinner included

Destinations: San Millan

Ride: 85km cycling

Accommodation:
Rioja (Spain)

DAY TWO – Mon 9 Sept 2019
La Rioja Wine


Following breakfast we set off from the hotel and cycle past terraced wineries and small villages on an undulating course. For those looking for their first categorised climb there will be the option to climb ´Puerto de la Herrera´ which has been used multiple times in the professional race ´Vuelta of Basque Country´. During the afternoon there will be time to watch the Stage 16 Vuelta finish on the TV while enjoying a local wine or beer.

As the early evening approaches be amazed as you visit some modern wineries with eye catching architecture! We will also visit the medieval walled town of Laguardia where you can sample some tapas and enjoy a magical sunset from the watch tower.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Laguardia

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Rioja (Spain)

DAY THREE – Tue 10 Sept 2019
Vitoria-Gasteiz


This morning we ride out of the terraced vineyards and pass over the ‘Alto de Rivas’ climb which separates La Rioja region from Basque Country. This climb takes you up through a beautiful forest and it is not surprising that it is a major feature of the Orbea Vitoria Gran Fondo ride held every May.

Along the way you will follow the shores of the Ullibarri-Gamboa Reservoir which is home and training ground to current Spanish cycling sensation Mikel Landa from Team Movistar. Considering La Vuelta riders enjoy a well earnt rest day today you will spend the afternoon visiting Vitoria-Gasteiz which has previously been awarded winner of the Green Capital of Europe!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: Vitoria-Gasteiz

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Rioja (Spain)

DAY FOUR – Wed 11 Sept2019
Aranda - Vuelta Stage 17


Aranda de Duero will play host to the Stage 17 start and this will be your first chance to rub shoulders with the pro peloton. After already three strong days on the bike the chance to rest this morning and soak up the race atmosphere will be a real highlight. Watch your favourite riders warming up at the team buses, grab a photo with the stars as they sign-on at the stage village and wait alongside the start line barriers and listen-in as the riders nerviously chatter away.

Once the peloton hits the road there will be the chance for our group to also enjoy an afternoon ride following fantastic back roads passing through many small agricultural towns, canyons and onto the medieval wonder of Sepulveda.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Aranda de Duero

Ride: 60km cycling

Accommodation: Segovia (Spain)

DAY FIVE – Thur 12 Sept2019
Navacerrada - Vuelta Stage 18


Stage 18 of the 2019 Vuelta immerses itself in the heart of the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains. The race has returned to its traditional roots and who cannot forget Stage 20 during 2015 when Fabio Aru and his then Astana teammates ambushed Tom Dumoulin who slipped from first to off the podium in the blink of an eye. Back on the bikes though and you will be amazed as you ride under the 1st Century aqueduct in Segovia. This is the most important Roman archaeological site in Spain and it leaves many people speechless! The main challenge for our cycling group today begins as we intersect La Vuelta race route. The 11.5km climb up to ´Puerto de Navacerrada´ finishes at 1860m elevation and our highest point on tour! Here you will have another Grand Tour experience as we watch the pro´s clear the final mountain climb on route.

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Sierra Guadarrama

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Segovia (Spain)

DAY SIX – Fri 13 Sept 2019
Royal Segovia


This morning there are no major mountain passes to contend with as we enjoy a recovery ride through ´Royal Spain´. The cycling begins with a visit to San Ildefonso and its Royal summer palace which is Spain’s version of Versailles. Top up your bidons as you look out over these splendid gardens! Continuing around the outskirts of Segovia and the next stop are the beautiful settings and grounds of the Royal Palace of Rio Frío. This royal hunting residence was built in the Italian Baroque style and offers a stunning contrast to San Ildefonso. Tonight the group will sleep within the medieval walls of Avila! You will taste test a traditional Castile & Leon dinner!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: San Ildefonso

Ride: 75km cycling

Accommodation: Avila (Spain)

DAY SEVEN – Sat 14 Sept 2019
Gredos - Vuelta Stage 20


Today’s ride enters deep within the Sierra de Gredos National Park. Spanish champion and 2008 Tour de France winner Carlos Sastre has been instrumental in designing Stage 20 of the 2019 Vuelta. Sastre lives in the region and with no less than 5 categorised mountains included he has designed a stage worthy of crowning the 2019 General Classification winner! With only 50km to the finish line the professionals scale ‘Puerto de la Peña Negra’ and this 15km climb averaging 6% is strategically placed before the final explosive kick up to ‘Gredos’. Being on the mountain to witness this race defining stage will provide long lasting memories. Who will wear the Red Jersey into Madrid?

Meals: Breakfast included

Destinations: Gredos National Park

Ride: 100km cycling

Accommodation: Avila (Spain)

DAY EIGHT – Sun 15 Sept 2019
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 categorized climbs and a wonderful winding descent through dense pine forest. After lunch there will be a 1hr transfer to watch the twilight race finish at Plaza de Cibeles. As the professional riders reflect on a tough three weeks you too will celebrate your cycling achievements over a quality paella dinner!

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner included

Destinations: El Escorial

Ride: 80km cycling

Accommodation: Madrid (Spain)

DAY NINE – Mon 16 Sept 2019
Madrid – Tour Farewell


Following breakfast the Sierra guides will be available to transfer you to Madrid Airport by 11am. 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!

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EXAMPLE - 2019 VUELTA CYCLING TOUR PROGRAM

The 2019 edition of La Vuelta returns to a more traditional finish with race defining stages in the provinces surrounding Madrid. The final week of racing visits key tourist regions that showcase some of Spain´s best gastronomy, wines, medieval architecture and history. This Vuelta cycling tour provides epic cycling stages through the terraced vineyards of La Rioja wine region, past the jaw-dropping 1st Century Roman Aqueduct in Segovia, inside the medieval walled towns of Pedraza and Avila and last but not least cycling routes which cross the mountain landscapes of the Sierra Guadarrama, Demanda and Gredos National Parks.

During this cycling holiday there will be the chance to witness four stages of the 2019 La Vuelta live! You will witness one stage start in Aranda de Duero, one mid-stage mountain climb to Navacerrada ski station, the decisive and penultimate mountain stage finish in Gredos and the race finale through the majestic boulevards of Madrid.

The tour suits cyclists looking to enjoy what is best described as ‘mixed terrain cycling routes’. By beginning in La Rioja there are options for some excellent warm-up rides over undulating terrain. La Rioja 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 classics, such as, Puerto de Navacerrada, Puerto de Cotos, Puerto de Navafria, Alto de la Paramera and Plataforma de Gredos will all be on offer.

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

Dates: 08-09-2019 to 16-09-2019

Tour price: 3100 € 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.