2020 La Vuelta a Espania

Itinerary

22nd August 2020

Day 1: Stage 8. Huesca – Sabiñánigo 185.8km

Today's Ride: 45km Welcome Ride

Welcome to the 2020 which will start on the French side of the Pyrenees.

If you are already in Spain or France navigate to our Start hotel or alternatively we can pick you up at Tarbes Airport at 10:00 or Lourdes TGV Train station at 11:00.

Once we have all convened at out Tour start hotel we will set up and fit our bikes readying them for the rigors of the Vuelta a Espania.

We start our tour with the now tradition welcome ride, an easy 45km with sufficient bumps to get the heart pumping and set the theme for the days to come.

Tonight’s meal is on the house, a time to celebrate the Vuelta with new friends and old.

23rd August 2020

Day 2 Stage 9 Biesca – Col du Tourmalet 135.6

Today's Ride: 45 - 120km (

Today the peloton will ride a grueling stage and finish on top of a climb more famous for annihilating riders in the Tour de France.

The climb of the Col de Tourmalet will be the Queen of the Pyrenean stages. It is a stage that will set the benchmark for all Vuelta General Classification contenders, to loose time today is race over.

We will ride the mountain first and wait for the race, our intention, to witness the carnage at the Stage Finish before we descend to home. There will be short and long ride options today. Tonight we will celebrate our first big climb together with another meal on the house.

24th August 2020

Day 3 2020 Vuelta a Espania - Rest Day

Today's Ride: 50 - 90km, 500m Elevation

While the pro’s have a well earned rest day from the race, they will all ride, loosening their legs before or after a transfer to the next leg of the Tour to the region around Logroño.

Logroño is famous for the Spanish red wine Rioja, it’s also a stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela.

We intend to follow the lead of the pro’s and have planned a short sharp loop ride on a course that is used often by locals as a training ride. Quiet roads, with quite the hill mid-course, that will finish at a local lookout. The view will impress before we descend and pack our bags for our own transfer to Spain proper.

25th August 2020

Day 4 Stage 10 Vitoria Gasteiz – Valdegobia 160.4km

Today's Ride: 115km, 2185m Elevation

Today we will hit the ground running with one of our longest planned rides of the tour.

Our ride will include almost 2200m of climbing and it’s a tough day out however all of your pre tour training will pay off!  We’ll provide plenty of shorter options, but there is the steep climb to conquer at the finish to watch the stage.

The peloton races up the Puerto de Orduna twice before a stage finish at the summit on the second leg. We will ride the same climb in front of the peloton in order to watch the stage mountain top finish.

Once we have secured a place to spectate we will wait for the race to reach the top before we descend slightly to our waiting vehicles and a drive home.

26th August 2020

Day 5 Stage 11, Logroño – Moncalvillo 164.5km

After a huge day on the bikes yesterday, today we have the privilege of sleep in, late breakfast, additional coffee’s and a ride scheduled to start on pro hours.

Given today’s ride is not too much easier, we’ll need to rest our legs for as long as possible. Our goal is the stage summit finish on the 1472m Alto de Moncalvillo and we will ride directly from our hotel on small roads that will meander through local vineyards characteristic of the region.

Our ride is certainly shorter at 65km but we will still climb almost 1500m and with some pinches at 15% it will be tough day in the saddle. Spectating the finish will be sensational as riders aspirations tumble with the steepness of the climb.

27th August 2020

Day 6 Stage 12 Castrillo del Val – Aguilar de Campoo 163.6km

Today's ride: 36km, recovery ride.

Our legs are hammered and we have spectated at heights you didn’t think you could climb yourself. Today is our active recovery day.

We will have an early morning roll of the legs before we check out as today we have our last transfer of this tour.

We have a bit of tourism on our minds and have planned a visit to an old town where we can stop and meander and enjoy the history and some Spanish life before we head back to the race. Today we catch a La Vuelta stage start en-route to our next destination, we have plenty more sensational riding coming up in the days ahead.

28th August 2020

Day 7 Stage 13 Castro Urdiales – Suances 187.4km

Today's Ride: 110km with 2000m Elevation

There hasn’t been too much of this segment of La Vuelta that we have missed. We expected the race to be sensational and hope to be right, but today, a first, we take a break from the race and miss the stage, as we are ahead of the race route.

We are in close proximity to the north coast, we plan to relax, enjoy the region and immerse ourselves in some Spanish life. We’ve planned a leisurely ride that will include some challenges, but without the pressure of race deadlines to meet. Perhaps there will be time demands to make the coast for lunch or maybe there will be a deadline to leave the restaurant and return home for a siesta. Finally, we will gather ourselves and plan a late Spanish meal.

29th August 2020

Day 8 Stage 14 Villaviciosa – La Farrapona 170.2km

Today's Ride: 115km with 3000m of Elevation

Another big day of riding and race spectating is planned today, though we are taking a more relaxed approach to the race viewing.

Our ride is not short of challenges, 115km and over 3000m of climbing, much of it on the Vuelta course. We plan to ride to the summit of the penultimate climb enjoying the rant of the crowds as we clamber to the top. We will not wait mountainside today but instead descend to a village for lunch and if you like a refreshing Spanish ale. We intend to relax over lunch and wait for the race to pass us, we’ll experience plenty of Spanish fare and enjoy the ambience of the region.

When the peloton passes in the lazy afternoon sun, you can choose to mount your steed and ride home or to take the more relaxed option of the support vehicle back to our hotel.

30th August 2020

Day 9 Stage 15 Pola Laviana – Angliru 109.2

Today's Ride: 67km with over 2000m Elevation

We have of course saved the very best to last.

We present to you the Alto de El Angiliru. This is one of the most demanding climbs on the professional racing circuit and was raced for the first time in La Vuelta in 1999.

You have had a great tour, some awesome rides, you now have the legs and will dance through this challenge. How you push on up this hill is up to you! it’s a 12.5km climb with an average gradient of 9.9%. The last half is 13.1%, but it is here that the climb teeters to the near impossible grades of 23.6% What a climb! We won’t wait for the race on top of the climb, rather we will descend back to the village, recover in a restaurant, to watch the race on TV, then see the pro’s tackle the climb before we return, full of awe to our hotel. Tonight is our last meal together and this one of course is on the house.

31st August 2020

Vuelta 2020 Rest Day

No Ride Today

Today is the end of services by Ride International Tours and Phil Anderson. We hope you enjoyed our Spanish experience and look forward to our next adventure.

Departures: Transfer to Asturias airport will be at 0700. Transfers to Oviedo Train station will be at 0930

Inclusions:


  • Cycling Friendly Four Star & occasionally 3 Star Accommodation.
  • Daily breakfasts
  • 3 dinners
  • Sports hydration support and fuel
  • Tour Welcome pack, kit
  • Local guides for cycling and non-cyclists including former Australian Pro Rider Phil Anderson
  • Minimum of three guided ride options per day, to suit your preferred distance and amount of climbing
  • Pro mechanical support on tour
  • Support vehicle every ride 
  • Web Itinerary, including daily ride maps with non -cycling options
  • Free download of our GPS Ride Routes
  • Complimentary return airport – or train station transfers
  • Daily Bike Spa including Bike Wash, Mechanical check and tune, by a Pro Mechanic
  • Cyclists Receive Our Premium Quality European Rider Pack including: Jersey, Knicks, Socks, Cycling Cap and Musette Bag
  • Non-Cyclists Receive a Spectator Pack including Polo Shirt, Socks, Cap and Musette Bag

Exclusions:


  • Insurance
  • Visas
  • Meals other than those specified
  • Drinks other than those specified
  • Snacks
  • Bike Hire- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details. 
  • Airfares- available upon request. Contact our friendly staff at Phil Anderson Cycling for details.

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