La Vuelta a España 2018
Official VIP Tour Operator
Ride and Watch La Vuelta a España 2018 LIVE!
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- 24 August to 30 or 31 September 2018
TOUR 1 - SUMMITS OF THE SOUTH, GRAND DEPART
Malaga, The Grand Depart, Time Trial, Inland Mountains, Lake District, El Chorro Gorge, Ronda, White Villages, Antequera, Granada, Alpujarras, Sierra Nevada Mountains, Highest Road in Europe, Malaga
7 or 8 Days • from 2495 Euros
Vuelta 2- 8 September to 17 September 2018
LAST 10 DAYS TO MADRID - SUMMITS OF THE NORTH & PYRENEES, THE SHOWDOWN!
Madrid, Asturias, Picos de Europa Mountains, Covadonga, Cantabria, Beaches of Llanes, Northern Coast, Time Trial, Bilbao, the Basque Country, Rioja Wine Capital, The Pyrenees, Andorra, Madrid Finale
10 Days • 2995 Euros
VIP Experiences- finish line access, race car, and more!
Ride the race route on race day with our special access Adam Hansen 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
Made it up the 20% Machucos ramps in 2017!
The exciting Showdown in the Pyrenees, 2016, Chaves & the late Scarponi
Another great Finale with 2016 winner, Nairo Quintana
Chris Froome races past in the final stage in Madrid 2017
We are proud, for the 11th year in a row, to offer you the chance to watch one of the world´s greatest bike races, La Vuelta a España 2018. As a local and official VIP tour operator of La Vuelta 2018, 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 our La Vuelta tour
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. We are the Vuelta specialists.
Plus, we personally reccie every stage and route beforehand to give you a first class adventure - an important feature. Our main difference from others is that being cyclists ourselves, we carefully select the best stages, routes and finishes for you to ride, as well as good hotels, food and camaraderie along the way to enjoy. We are happy to put you in contact with previous guests - just ask.
This year’s Vuelta route is another classic, making it once again the most exciting Grand Tour parcours of 2018 with category climbs featuring most days. It covers the whole of Spain from the beautiful and mountainous south of our home region of Andalucia in the first week, to the famous summits of the Picos, Green North Spain and the Pyrenees of Andorra. The top riders will be present again this year. We will take you to the most exciting stages with the best riding, the best climbs and the best atmosphere.
Places are limited this year and the tours will be run by the company owners and a team of guides.
This year we are offering two key parts of the race that both include mountains and time trials:
Tour 1 - 1st week (7 or 8 days) a beautiful week in sunshine filled Andalucia that takes in the best scenery our home area has to offer. Ride the Time Trial from the Grand Depart in Málaga, before heading inland to the stunning mountains overlooking the Mediterranean. Ride the magnificent Caminito del Rey cat 3 stage finale high above the Chorro Gorge and the Lake District, before heading to beloved Ronda. Stay in the prestigous Parador overlooking her famous bridge before heading East and pedaling the race route through the famed White Villages. Enjoy Antequera before passing our HQ and challenging yourself on race day on the new Cat 1 summit finish outside Royal Granada. A farewell stage depart, we follow the race into the spa towns of the Alpujarras Mountains to cap a memorable first week. (Or extend by one day and be ready to ride the Sierra Nevada's Pico Veleta, the highest road in Europe, upto a mind boggling 3390m!). With VIP stage finish access and riding our local roads, this is your chance to experience La Vuelta live, check off some famous climbs and enjoy a truly scenic week of riding (info below).
Tour 2 - the all important last week and a half (10 days) - a spectacular route in the North of Spain that starts off with the classic Picos de Europa, and the most famous cycling climb in Spain, the mighty Hors Cat Covadonga Lakes ascent! Spend another day riding the Picos, before heading to the verdant Northern Coast and beach towns. Then we take our places on the start ramp to ride the Time Trial under La Vuelta supervision. Hit Bilbao and attempt a new cat 1 stage finish in the Basque Country. Spend the night in the Rioja wine area, as we head east to the High Mountains. How about cycling two beautiful Pyrennean stages in another country....Andorra!? The penultimate one being full of cat climbs, the Queen stage, to ensure La Vuelta hangs on a knife edge until the last day - the showdown - all with stage finish access! Conclude with a trip to the grand finale back in Madrid with an upgraded VIP package included. (info below).
Or Join the 2 up for a VUELTA FIESTA tour to ride both the south and north of Spain and all the key stages!! (Discounts apply - please enquire). The adventure of a lifetime for any cyclist!
We also offer private tours for custom groups of 6 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's La Vuelta proved to be a contest made, as always, for the men of the mountains. It was Alberto Contador's send off into retirement in front of his home fans. And he certainly did not disappoint, attacking day after day until finally winning on the tough Angliru on the penultimate day - a real fairytale ending. As for the winner, Chris Froome rode a brilliant race, holding off Vincenzo Nibali, to claim a glorious Tour and Vuelta double. However, at the time of writing, this fairytale is turning into a nightmare as Froome tested positive with an Adverse Analytical Finding and could well be stripped of his title.
In 2016 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 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. There are of course van transfers on race days to get you to the most exciting parts, but we believe it is certainly worth the effort. 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 - Grand Depart - 7 or 8 Days
Malaga, Time Trial, Mediterranean Coast, Inland Mountains, Lake District, Ronda, White Villages, Costa Tropical, Cabra Climb, Natural Parks, Granada, Alpujarras, Pico Veleta climb, Sierra Nevada Mountains
A 7 or 8 day adventure that will take you to some of the famous climbs and best stages in Southern Spain. We cram in all the classic sights and also the best cycling of the area, including the Grand Depart and the chance to ride the Time Trial. From the White Villages to the Mediterranean Beaches, the Malaga and Ronda mountains, the tough but beautiful Cabra climb and an optional finale to ascend the highest road in Europe, the route is scenic and diverse. Throw in some coffee stops to get us up those cat climbs and cold beers on the beach to celebrate afterwards, the 1st week of La Vuelta will be memorable.
VUELTA 2 TOUR - Last 10 Days
To Madrid - Summits Of The North & Pyrenees - The Showdown
Madrid, Oviedo, Asturias, Picos de Europa Mountains, Covadonga climb, Sotres climb, Northern Coastline, Cantabria, Time Trial circuit, Bilbao, Basque Country Summit Finish, Rioja Wine Capital, Andorra, The Pyrenees, 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 Picos de Europa and coastline of Northern Spain, and of course the much anticipated showdown in the Pyrenees of Andorra! With your chance to ride the 33km Time Trial circuit with VIP access all the way to Madrid, the is a incredible experience for any cycling and race enthusiast!
La Vuelta 2018 can only be described as stunning. With this year`s route focusing on the South and North of the country, the cyclists (and us!) will be faced with ever changing terrain from the heat of Andalucia to the cooler Pyrennean weather in Andorra and the Picos of 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.
Ride the climbs and enjoy 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, fully soak up the special atmosphere. A trip that will live long in the memory of all those who come.
"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".