La Vuelta a España 2017
Official VIP Tour Operator
Ride and Watch La Vuelta a España 2017
Ride the Route on Race Day just before the Pros!
Fully Guided & Van Supported • 4 star Hotels & Country Retreats
Moderate / Challenging (Non cyclists also welcome)
Vuelta 1- 29 August to 4 September 2017
2nd WEEK OF RACE - SUMMITS OF THE SOUTH
Granada, Almeria, Spain's Wild West, Calar Alto Observatory, Mediterrenean Coast, Malaga, Olive Country, The Pandera Climb, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada
7 Days • 2485 Euros
Vuelta 2- 4 September to 11 September 2017
LAST 8 DAYS TO MADRID - THE SHOWDOWN
Madrid, Logroño (La Rioja), Time Trial Circuit, Cantabria, Picos de Europa Mountains, Asturias, Redes Natural Park, Oviedo, The Angliru, Madrid Finale
8 Days • 2875 Euros
VIP Experiences- finish line access, race car, and more!
Ride the race route on race day with our special access Adam Hansen of Lotto Belisol wins big on stage 19
We rode the Team Time Trial Circuit at the Grand Depart with a team car in support Cadel Evans looking relaxed
Don ascends the Amazing Angliru At the top of the Angliru Alberto Contador Winner of La Vuelta 14- El Pistolero!
We get the chance to climb aboard the MTN Qhubeka Team Bus
Dean talks tactics to Sir David Brailsford of Team Sky
Attack on top of Mount Castrove
We have a team photo on the stage finish line
We met Pedro Delgado, ex Vuelta and TdF winner
Purito Rodriguez (left) and Alejandro Valverde (right) line up in front of us
Enjoying the VIP area at the finish line
Sprinter John Degenkolb dons the Green Jersey
Ericha crosses the line on race day at the top of Covadonga
Dan Martin has his photo taken just before the start in Priego
The impressive Finale in Santiago with the flags of the podium places
The exciting Showdowns in the Pyrenees, Vuelta 2016, Chaves & Scarponi
Another great Finale in Madrid with 2016 winner, Nairo Quintana
We are proud, for the 10th year in a row, to offer you the chance to watch one of the world´s greatest bike races, La Vuelta a España 2017. As a local and official VIP tour operator of La Vuelta 2017, we give you the opportunity to view stage finishes from VIP viewing areas and ride the famous climbs and roads to the finish only hours before the peloton arrives. This is as close as it gets to actually being in the race!
Short video from last year's La Vuelta 2016 tour
Plus we stay with the teams in some of the same hotels - a great chance to meet the stars - and have insider's access on race days. We pride ourselves on being an official tour operator for La Vuelta with unrivalled experience, and work with La Vuelta organisers to get you inside this special race. Plus, we personally reccie every stage and route to give you a first class adventure. We are the Number 1 La Vuelta tour specialists.
This year’s Vuelta route is another cracker, making it the most exciting Grand Tour parcours of 2017. With Chris Froome already signalling his intention to race, you can be sure of seeing the top riders in the world. We will take you to the most exciting stages with the best riding, the best climbs and the best atmosphere. We have decided to forgot the usually uneventful first week, but focus on the two key parts of the race:
Tour 1 - 2nd week (7 days) a key week in sunshine filled Andalucia that we think could decide the race. From Almeria and the double cat 1 climb to the Calar Alto observatory in the sky, we pedal past the deserts of the Mini Hollywood film studios in Spain's Wild West, along the Mediterranean Coast and into the beautiful mountains behind Malaga. The epic hors category Pandera climb awaits before the next day stage finish up the Sierra Nevada to a height of 2400m (or keep going and ride the highest paved road in Europe to 3390m!). All with VIP stage finish access and on our local roads where we are based, this is your chance to check off all the famous Vuelta climbs of the South of Spain on an incredible week of riding (info below).
Tour 2 - the all important last week (8 days) - a spectacular route in the North of Spain that starts off with the famous La Rioja wine region, with your chance to ride the Time Trial, the mountains of Cantabria with the ramps of the new Machucos climb, a stage finish in the Picos de Europa mountains, Asturias and a seaside finish in picturesque Gijon, and the mythical hors cat Angliru climb with VIP access on the penultimate day - the showdown! Finish with a trip to impressive Leon before the grand finale in Madrid (info below).
Or Join the 2 up for a VUELTA FIESTA tour of 2 weeks to ride both the south and north of Spain and all the key stages!! (Discounts apply and transfers included between the 2 tours - please enquire). The adventure of a lifetime for any cyclist!
We also offer private tours for custom groups of 7 or more for any of La Vuelta.
The group enjoying VIP access at the finale
A tall Chris Froome and a short Geoff, La Vuelta
Last year we were lucky enough to see a fantastic Vuelta with the world's best riders going head to head. We witnessed incredible mountain duels with Nairo Quintana finally winning his first Vuelta crown from Le Tour de France winner Chris Froome. With Esteban Chaves finishing 3rd, is was a real Colombian Party!
2015 saw one of the most exciting finishes in years as Fabio Aru won on the penultimate mountain stage from the revelation of Tom Domoulin, after Chris Froome retired with a foot injury and Vincenzo Nibali was disqualified from taking a tow from a team car! Nairo Quintana, Alejandro Valverde, Peter Sagan, Fabian Cancellera and Purito Rodriguez made for an all star cast, with the new kid on the block Esteban Chaves showing his grand tour winning potential.
The 2014 edition saw Alberto Contador on top of the podium, after a nail biting race against Froome, Valverde and Rodriguez after Quintana unfortunately crashed out. This was the duel everyone wanted to see and it was spectacular.
The year before we witnessed Chris Horner of the USA taking the honours against Nibali in a hard fought and incredible race with the finale playing out on the feared Angliru mountain, again living up to it's billing as the most exciting Grand Tour of the year.
Chris Horner in red, the first American to win La Vuelta. Photo from our viewing point - last day in Madrid
Maggi meets Oscar Pereiro, TdFrance winner
With fewer crowds than the TdFrance, VIP race access, our expert local knowledge, TREK Emonda and Madone bike hire, 4 star hotels (including opportunities to stay with the teams), experienced cycling guides (including an ex Vuelta masters rider), fully supported with vans accredited to drive the race route, great food and camaraderie, you are guaranteed an exciting and fun packed tour! A trip of a lifetime?...just ask us to put you in contact with any previous guests.
Our 2 tours this year are aimed at anybody who wants to see this grand race up close and personal. We are cyclists and cycling fans at heart and want to offer you some first class riding, but also the excitement of getting inside a pro race. The challenge is there for experienced riders, but we also take away the worry of making all the climbs for less experienced riders with our support vans. We stay in top class accommodation, enjoy local cuisine and wines, and see the beautiful sights of Spain, but our main focus is this special race and for you to ride the best parts. That´s what makes us different.
VUELTA 1 TOUR - Summits Of The South - 2nd week of race - 7 Days
Granada, Almeria, Cabo de Gato Park, Spain's Wild West, Calar Alto Summit, Mediterranean Coast, Malaga, Olive Country, Pandera Climb, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Granada
A 7 day adventure that will take you to the famous climbs and best stages in Southern Spain. We cram in all the classic sights and also the best cycling of the area. From the desert landscape of Spain's Wild West with the Calar Alto observatory climb, to the Mediterranean Beaches, the Malaga mountains, the tough Pandera summit and the majestic Sierra Nevada finale on the highest road in Europe, the route is certainly magical and diverse. Throw in some tapas lunches, fine olive oil and coffee stops to get us up those cat climbs, the 2nd week of La Vuelta has never looked so exciting with all the summit finishes.
VUELTA 2 TOUR - Last 8 Days
To Madrid - The Northern Showdown
Madrid, Logroño (La Rioja), Time Trial, Cantabria (Machucos Climb), Picos De Europa Mountains, Asturias, Cangas de Onis, Redes Natural Park, Angliru, Oviedo, Madrid Finale
This fantastic journey will take you along some of the most famous cycling roads in Europe with an amazing opportunity to see La Vuelta live. This tour offers first class mountain stages, fine scenery through the high peaks and coastline of Northern Spain, and of course the much anticipated showdown on the Angliru. With your chance to ride the 42km Time Trial circuit from a Moto GP circuit with VIP access all the way to Madrid, the is a incredible experience for any cycling and race enthusiast!
La Vuelta 2017 can only be described as stunning. With this year`s route focusing on the East, South and North of the country, the cyclists (and us!) will be faced with ever changing terrain from deserts to the highest mountain in mainland Spain.
With limited places and full support with guides and SAG vans (fully accredited to drive the race route), this trip is for anybody who wants to enjoy the live spectacle of this Spanish race from an unique perspective.
With unrivalled access, we rode the climbs and sat back with complimentary hospitality in the VIP areas to watch the pros attack the finish. From celebrating with the teams at the end in Madrid to riding through some beautiful mountain scenery on crowd lined roads, we fully soaked up the special atmosphere. We provided a trip that will live long in the memory of all those who came.
"Trip of a lifetime! Perfect."
"Brilliant, Brilliant, Brilliant. Hasta La Proxima."
"Fantastic time!! Keep up the great work."
“Thanks for a wonderful holiday, ..your generosity and thoughtfulness was brilliant, Cheers."
Andrew - Australia
Christine of New Zealand celebrates with the final stage winner John Degenkolb of Team Argos Shimano in our VIP area 2012
"Wonderful experience with Geoff and Dean who did everything and more to make this an especially great holiday. Riding at your own pace was part of the deal. Food accommodation and riding were great and the finale in Madrid in the VIP tent a huge bonus. Great value for money. We're looking forward to coming back next year for more."
This is a different experience! With less crowds than the Tour de France, our Vuelta tours enable you the opportunity to ride the famous climbs on race day and give you unrivalled access to the incredible buzz inside and surrounding a Grand Tour. We work closely with La Vuelta organisers to ensure you have a great time.
How close? We get to hear Alberto Contador being interviewed with our access
Our days will include a ride in the morning, usually along the race route, a break for lunch and then we ride up the big climb of the day to our viewing point or privileged stage finish access, enjoying the building atmosphere. Come and join us!
Denise and Terry, family of team MTN Qhubeka (now Dimension Data)
Ride at your own pace or with others
Cindy, Michael and Jeremy enjoy some beers
Meet the original Radio Shack crew
"Great tour - I had a fantastic time - many, many thanks for putting on such a well designed trip".