Málaga, Almería Mountains, Granada, Córdoba
7 days − Fully Supported & Guided
4 STAR HOTELS AND RESORTS
The Mountains of Andalucía!
The 2nd week of La Vuelta 2021 is a truly beautiful route as it passes through our home of Andalucía. We have devised a trip that takes in the best parts of each stage, plus some additional famous Vuelta climbs to conquer. With VIP access at the finish lines, this tour encompasses everything La Vuelta stands for: passion, emotion and a great spectacle! A stunning itinerary awaits.
La Vuelta can never stay away from the mountains, and this year we have two feared hors category beasts, plus cat. 1s and 2 summits sprinkled throughout for good measure. Add in some great hotels, including staying with the teams some nights, and behind the scenes experiences, this adventure tops the list for any cycling fan. Your chance to bag some of those bucket list climbs on the roads we always cycle.
With the switchbacks of the Velefique, the iconic Calar Alto and the famous “wall” at Valdepeñas, we will pedal through deserts, along the coastline and into the high mountains. Vamos!
29 Aug 2022
100KM Daily Average
- Watch LIVE and Ride race stages of La Vuelta a España 2021
- VIP Access to stage finishes (drinks, tapas, big screen tvs at finish line), viewing areas and VIP Stage Depart Village
- Cycle the race route as a VIP, only hours before the Pros arrive
- Access to ride across the finish line on race day
- Tour of the media area, doping controls and technical areas
- Enjoy a drink with an ex-pro and understand what it takes to ride a Grand Tour
- Challenge yourself on famous category climbs – Velefique! Calar Alto! Cabra!
- Cycle a desert landscape – home of the spaghetti western films
- Enjoy the famous sights of Almeria, Granada & Cordoba. Options for non cyclists to explore
THE CC ADVANTAGE
Podium photos and behind the scenes access – VIP status
Fully supported riding by experienced guides who cycle with you, inc. Vuelta a Espana masters rider & mix of male / female guides
Andalucía is our home. The best route guaranteed.
1 guide for every 4 guests
Fantastic accommodation (luxury resort with pool and 4 star hotels with teams), food, scenery and fun on the roads of Spain
The itinerary has been planned to minimize long van transfers and enjoy more time riding/viewing La Vuelta
“I want to thank you for the fantastic experience you gave Alex and I.
It will be something we will always remember.
You and Geoff were excellent hosts and the riding and VIP experience was outstanding.
Thanks for all you did to make it so great.
Thanks again for everything.”
Day 1. Saturday 21 August – pickup in Málaga – Cabo de Gata Park (Almería)
40 km / 25 miles
Meet at our centrally located hotel in Málaga at 10:00am (options offered to book the same hotel the night before). Say hola to the crew and the other guests before transfering to Almería (2 hours) to our luxury 4 star resort beside the Mediterranean for the next 3 nights (option to meet at the hotel in Almería – please ask for transport options).
After lunch and an informal welcome meeting, we set the bikes up, making sure everyone is fitted correctly, and take a short warm up ride to the National Park of Cabo de Gata, heading towards the iconic lighthouse overlooking the windswept coastline. As we ride back to base, we will stop in a local café to see today’s stage finish.
Take a stroll alongside the sea front before settling down to enjoy a group welcome dinner in the dining room. A relaxing start to get the legs going and great way to set us up for our upcoming
Day 2. Sunday 22 August – Spain’s Wild West – VIP Finish Alto de Velefique – Mountain Stage (Almería)
up to 100 km / 63 miles
After a filling buffet breakfast, we head out from the hotel where we are perfectly based to pick up today’s race route and our first taste of La Vuelta.
We soon arrive in a desert landscape that the film maker Sergio Leone used to make many of the famous Spaghetti Westerns and now known as Spain’s Wild West. We cycle near to the mini Hollywood film studios before contemplating our own shoot out on the mountains high above!
The full stage route for the pros is incredibly tough with over 4500m of climbing. We will shorten this by cycling through a valley before heading over the penultimate cat 3 climb of the day. We brace ourselves for the challenge of the day – the hors category (especial) alto de Velefique.
The 15km Velefique is one of the most scenic climbs in Andaluía with switchbacks galore. It is has an average gradient of 6.4%, but with steeper sections well over 10%. This is an amazing first stage for us to feel the thrill of La Vuelta. Ride across the finish line with our special access and then enjoy the VIP viewing area and hospitality at the finish as we watch the pros fight for the finish on the same route we just cycled. La Vuelta and the GC race will certainly come alive today.
After the excitement of the race, descend and take a van transfer back to our hotel. Enjoy a night out in Almería.
To explain, the VIP Hospitality Area – This is an exclusive part of our La Vuelta tour packages, where each of our cyclists have access to the VIP zone, with a personalized accreditation given on a lanyard at the start of our tour. Here, just meters from the Meta Finish line, see the riders finish the race, preview the stats, and watch the ongoing race beforehand via large plasma TVs in the area before it arrives! Also included is an open bar and tapas tasters for a real Spanish experience. We have access to podiums, press areas, and doping controls.
Day 3. Monday 23 August – The famous Calar Alto – (Almería)
80 km / 50 miles
Today is a well deserved rest day for the Pros, but not for us! We have decided to ride the Calar Alto, an iconic Vuelta summit and classed as one of Europe’s great climbs.
This Hors Category ascent is a long (25km), but not steep, road high into the mountains. Reaching the top at 2160m, you will be greeted by an observatory housing one of the world’s most important telescopes, a sure sign you are nearing the stars. It is remote and peaceful. Calar Alto has featured 4 times in past Vueltas with the last summit winner being Miguel ‘Superman’ López from Chris Froome in 2017.
The descent back down to earth is stunning, with views across the desert landscape. Another legendary climb ticked off.
After transferring back to our resort in Almería, enjoy a group dinner tonight.
Day 4. Tuesday 24 August – VIP Stage Depart and Cabra Climb – (Granada)
up to 100 km / 65 miles
After breakfast, we will head to the outskirts of Almeria and to see today’s Stage 10 Depart as a VIP. We will access to the depart village.
Enjoy the buzz of the team buses arriving and walk around seeing the stars of cycling. This is the place to be to spot your favourite riders and teams and get some amazing snaps. Watch the daily sign on of the riders and be there at the start line to see them depart. A fascinating insight into the the world of pro cycling.
After depart, we transfer ahead of the race and start our ride. We will have the chance to see the peloton again for a second time today pass us roadside. As today’s stage route is not so interesting, we will detour off the race route and ride a much more exciting road – the ascent of the Cabra (goat) climb. A famous climb used in past Vueltas, this cat 1 is regarded as many as the most beautiful climb in Andalucía. As we ascend, the views from the top looking out to the Mediterranean are stunning. From here we ride onto Granada, our destination for tonight.
Take the evening to enjoy Granada, famous for flamenco, tapas and “the 8th wonder of the world”, the UNESCO heritage Alhambra Palace (evening visit can be arranged).
To Explain – The Vuelta Depart Village is an added perk of our VIP hospitality package. Each day the teams sign on to start the day in a presentation , but prior to this, the riders are warming up, giving interviews, signing autographs and prepping their bikes. With our VIP passes, we have access to an area of local businesses and patrons who have stands where we can get nibbles, drinks and gifts and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.
Day 5. Wednesday 25 August – Olive Country and VIP Stage Finish – The Wall (Córdoba)
up to 100 km / 62 miles
Another action packed day awaits us we enter the Olive Country of Spain, a place where olives grow for as far as the eye can see. This is the home of the famous liquid gold, the highest grade of olive oil. We will ride the last part of the stage.
We start at a place National Geographic named as one of the most beautiful town views in the world!
From here we are soon rolling over hills, before arriving at a town with a magnificient medieval castle high above. After we head over the cat 2 Puerto de Locubin, we descend down to Valdepeñas.
The final 1km of the stage is legendary, used many times in La Vuelta over the years, and is a steep ascent to the finish line. Known as “the wall”, it is over 20% in parts! We will ascend it slowly and cross the finish line happy. A stage like this in La Vuelta can often see the General Classification shift dramatically as attacks occur on this final km.
With VIP access at the finish line with tapas, drinks and the best views, we will also have a special insider’s tour of the behind the scenes working of the La Vuelta. Enjoy access to the doping control, press and tv commentary zones and the podiums. Stand on the podium and have your own La Vuelta photos, only hours before the stage winners and race leader will be there. An unforgettable experience.
After the race finishes, we transfer to Córdoba, our base for the next 2 nights in a pro team hotel.
Day 6. Thursday 26 August – Mountain Circuit – VIP Finish (Córdoba)
85 km / 52 miles
It’s our final live race stage day, and we are perfectly located in Córdoba to ride from our hotel and onto the route. Today’s route is again a popular Vuelta one, and one we know well.
After breakfast we will ride to the outskirts of Córdoba and head up the cat 2 Alto de San Jeronimo, to a white monastery high on the hillside overlooking the city far below. This is an area of forests and parkland, a surprise being so close to an urban area.
We then ride the cat 2 alto de 14%, where the name gives away the gradient (only a short bit at that grade!). From here we cruise down to the finish line and enter the VIP zone. Today’s stage is great for watching at the finish, as the peloton will pass us twice.
After the race has finished, we have a special treat lined up as we take a drink and have a chat with a famous ex-professional rider to learn about riding a Grand Tour. A question and answer session, this really is a unique insight into pro racing and a highlight of our special VIP connections
We will head out into Córdoba for a final farewell meal together in a fantastic local restaurant in the historic centre.
Day 7. Friday 27 August – Onward Travels to Málaga
After breakfast and being in Córdoba, we recommend a morning visit to the UNESCO heritage Mezquita, the extraordinary Mosque-Cathedral monument that captures the essence of Moorish Andalucia. Or take in the Royal Fortress, the Roman Bridge, or the medieval synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Córdoba is a fascinating place.
It’s time to say hasta luego as we depart for our onward journey back to Málaga (2 hour transfer – book Málaga flights departing after 16:00). Ask about extra nights in Cordoba or Malaga.
However, there is no need for a farewell, as choose to stay longer and carry on for the final week from Madrid to Santiago. Add on the all important final week tour and buy the Combined Jersey Package (a 10% discount on the two tours, including transfers in between – ask for details). A real Spanish Vuelta Fiesta!
Road Bike Tour : Premium Guided Vuelta Bike Tour
Bikes : Road Quality Carbon TREK bikes
Route: Málaga, Almería, Granada, Cordoba, Málaga
Group Size : 6-14
Guides : 1 guide for every 4 people
Challenging : distances are a daily average of 100km.
Please note this is hilly countryside with some longer and steeper climbs.
It is classed as Challenging as there are some tough climbs.
We offer van support so it is possible to opt out of some of the harder ascents, making it “Moderate”.
Luxury 4 star resort and hotels – All bedrooms en-suite
4 Dinners (with wine/ beer included)
All breakfasts – buffet
Complimentary organic MULEBAR gels and protein bars and we stop in cafés en-route to grab sandwiches/coffee etc (own cost).
- VIP access to stage finishes / depart villages. This includes a private race viewing area at the finish with complimentary drinks and tapas. We will also have access to the podium for your own photos, access to back stage areas. We work with La Vuelta organisers to make your experience unique.
- Stay in some of the hotels as the pro teams
- Ride the race route until the finish line (we have access that the public will not have)
- Enjoy an evening drink and Q&A session with an ex-pro
- Our vans are accredited to drive the race route – jump in for a rest if required
- Ride with experienced guides, including the sub champion of Andalucia and a Vuelta a Espana Masters rider. We have been running Vuelta tours for 13 years consecutively and have over 15 years experience in Spain as a Spanish company
- Complimentary full zip Cycling Country La Vuelta cycling jersey (choose your size when booking!)
- Complimentary Cycling Country gifts, bags, cycling caps, t-shirts, luggage tags and water bottles etc
- Tour guide book of your route and official Vuelta 2021 race book (great souvenir)
- Route notes, maps, profiles
- Transfers to / from Málaga
- Daily snacks and refreshments (organic MULEBAR protein bars & energy gels, granola bars, fruit etc and drinks)
3 to 5 leaders with full van support to pick up souvenirs, provide refreshments, act as guides, offer tips and insights throughout the day, provide directional signs where required, transfer luggage and provide on-road assistance. 1 or 2 guides cycle with the group. 1 guide at least for every 4 clients.
You can bring your own road bike (we have facilities to collect and store bike boxes for the duration of the trip) or we can arrange good quality road bike hire:
- TREK Emonda SL6 / S6 carbon frame, Shimano Ultegra, compact – 265 Euros extra (disc brake version 295 Euros)
- TREK Domane S5 carbon frame, compact – 220 Euros extra
- Wheelset upgrades to Ultegra or Dura Ace wheels offered, given availability – please ask. If bringing your own bike, we recommend a compact chainset.
Entrance to museums / monuments en-route
We do include a transfer if joining the Final Week Tour starting in Madrid. Add on the all important final week tour to this Middle week and buy the Combined Jersey Package (a 10% discount on the two tours, including transfers in between). A real Spanish Vuelta Fiesta!
Málaga is accessed by international airlines. Also has a fast train connection from Madrid and Cordoba. Please ask for information.
Just because you are on a bike trip doesn’t mean you have to suffer off the bikes too! We take this into mind on our Vuelta Bike Tour and have lined up some great hotels for this tour. We always plan to spend the night in hotels where you can relax and enjoy your down time from your Vuelta cycling.
A fantastic resort with pools beside the Mediterranean is our base for the first 3 nights in Almería. When then head to the historic cities of Granada and Córdoba for more 4 star hotels.
“Cycling Country’s 2019 Last Week to Madrid tour was the trip of a lifetime for my wife and me.
We are not cyclists ourselves but fell in love with the sport from watching the Tour de France on TV starting 20 years ago. For years we talked about attending a grand tour in person, and last year we finally did. We chose Cycling Country’s Vuelta because their promotional material sounded good, the price was reasonable, and my email correspondence with CC’s Maggi was always helpful and thoroughly delightful. CC promised VIP access and, if anything, they understated the case. Two examples: At the start of one day’s race, we stood at the back of the stage while the riders signed in. At the finish of another, we stood directly next to the TV camera at the finish line. Every day, we rode in one of the support vans while the other members of the group were riding the race route, so we got to know the fabulous staff- Geoff, Javier and Dean. They were consummate group leaders, always making sure we and the riders (and their bikes) were well taken care of. Our accommodations were incredible- centuries-old castles that had been converted to luxury hotels- and the food was fantastic. If you love cycling, or even if you just love to watch, you will love going on a Cycling Country tour. 💙❤️🖤💛💚.”
J. & L. Hickman, Minnesota, USA – La Vuelta Sept 2019 – Week 3 to Madrid
“Hi Geoff and Maggi
We just wanted to say a huge thank you for the fabulous three weeks we had with you both, Javi and Dean.
Looking back on the photos we packed so much into those three weeks. We love Spain and love seeing it on a bike with you. You run your business extremely professionally yet we all get very personal attention.
Thanks once again.”
J & T. De Vries & C. Lazenby, Vic, Australia – La Vuelta 2019 – All Three Tours!
“Thanks so much for an excellent trip. It was all (and more) that I had hoped for. Geoff you are an excellent guide – very helpful and great at managing expectations. I would be pleased to help you spread the word about your company and the excellent experience you provide. Thanks again – it was fabulous!”
J & R. Anderson & D. Grant – Ottawa, Ontario – La Vuelta 2019 – Tour 2 Northern Summits
“We returned to Andalucia for the 2018 La Vuelta having enjoyed the la Vuelta 2017 tour so much with Cycling Country.
We expected to repeat that enjoyment and we were not disappointed.
Great riding, great viewing, the best of hotels and food and an interesting and challenging group of cyclists.
Geoff and Maggi, our hosts, dedicated themselves 100% to our pleasure and comfort and were ably assisted by the two bike guides, Dean and Javi.
All participants have their own priorities. For some their own cycling, for others watching the professionals really close up and intimate.
For us it was a combination of those two, plus staying in such lovely hotels, you couldn’t find better, where we rubbed shoulders with the teams from Trek, Sky and Bahrain.
From the modern sophistication of our 4 star hotel in Malaga and the 5 star hotel in Granada to the stunning beauty of the Parador hotels in Ronda and Nerja.
The riding was hard and hot and, for the most part, great fun.
Anyone who says the last km of the 2540m Sierra Nevada climb is ‘fun’ doesn’t inhabit the same planet.
Nice climbs and even more spectacular descents, particularly the Puerto de Leon.
We look forward to next year’s tour with anticipation knowing that whatever the route, whatever the composition and size of the group, we will have fun.”
J & P. Sharman, London, UK – La Vuelta 2018
“La Vuelta’s epic climbs – a truly spectacular and special cycling week with Cycling Country. Even in a country blessed with great places to ride, Andalusia stands out as a truly spectacular region. La Vuelta offers climbs that legends are made of. It offers beauty, brutality, drama and this year a piece of cycling history with Contador’s Angliru ending I would like to thank Cycling Country (CC) for the enthusiasm and vision in creating an outstanding week, and for their impeccable support with logistics. I love the accessibility and closeness CC provides to La Vuelta. You are never too far away from the pros. Meeting a former road racing cyclist provided enormous insight in the running of La Vuelta. Having the group stay in the same hotels as the professional teams provided the opportunity to meet mechanics, support people and also the professionals. As an Italian supporting Vincenzo Nibali I was excited to know I was staying in the same hotel as the Bahrain-Merida team. Although following La Vuelta so closely I still managed to go out and enjoy the local custom. In Almeria I went really local by having a couple of drinks at Cafe Bar Nevada and dined at Cafe Puga. I think I was the only non-Spanish so you could not have found a more local place. I found similar places in Granada. Additionally the delightful place we stayed at in Zuheros was special – probably one of prettiest villages and scenery in Andalusia.The cycling was superb. Given that the whole area can become swamped by cyclists during the Vuelta I thought CC did a fantastic job to keep everyone on target. It is clear that this is a family run business with great knowledge of the area. The guides are all local and provide enormous support and valuable insight. A true pleasure to be able to spend time with them. Geoff and Maggie, the owners, should be immensely proud for how they contribute to La Vuelta and how they run CC. Their tours contribute towards establishing the Vuelta as one of the most dramatic tours. Hasta Luego!!!”
C. Salinardi, London, UK – La Vuelta 2017
“With Cycling Country we made our first cycling trip to Europe. Geoff, Dean, Javi and the rest of the crew made our rides and say really happy. Balbino took care of my mom and showed her Spain while me and my brothers went riding, then we met at the finish line of La Vuelta stages. It was a terrific Trip and we will for sure do it again!!!”
D. Botero, Medalin, Columbia – La Vuelta 2017
“Awesome Vuelta a España tour, amazing VIP access, up close & personal with the riders! We recently did a Vuelta a Espana tour with Cycling Country, and had an amazing time. The tour was well-organized and thought out, with rider enjoyment in mind, both from the perspective of riding and spectating. The Spanish-based company clearly has a very close relationship with the race organizers, which is to the benefit of Cycling Country’s clients. The VIP access to starts and finishes, as well as the podium, were unbelievable. Because the race is smaller, it is also much more intimate, enabling access to the riders. The behind-the-scenes access and perspective was very interesting, as was the talk from a retired rider. This was our third time doing a trip with Cycling Country, and the reason we chose them for our Vuelta shadow tour. Previously we have done self-guided tours or fixed-stay trips, and have been very impressed and pleased with the company and the service it provides. Geoff and Maggi are wonderful people and it shows in their dealings with clients. We would definitely recommend Cycling Country for any of its tours, but especially the Vuelta a Espana tour!”
A. Sauve & Tim, Coburg, Ontario – La Vuelta 2017
“The Vuelta tour was probably the best bike tour I have ever done. Ok the days were long, but your team gave us the best access I have ever had to a Grand Tour. The routes you designed to ride the best climbs and see the stage finishes were exceptional. Chapeau!” “
John, Ontario, Canada – La Vuelta 2016
“Let me write a few lines of thank you. I just can’t believe what a trip you gave us all! It was truly a cycling tour that I will never forget. Well done to all of the Cycling Country crew and thank you again for the good times. The Vuelta was the ride of my life.”
Steve, Sydney, Australia – La Vuelta 2015
“That was an amazing trip to the Vuelta! So much behind-the-scenes access and some fab riding too. Thanks for everything!”
L. Rice, London, UK – La Vuelta 2015 -Depart & Southern Climbs
“The Vuelta Tour 1 (Andalucia 2014) was memorable! The VIP access was exceptional, beyond my expectations. Cycling Country beautifully handled different levels of cycling abilities in the group in the smoothest way, the coordination among them was very professional and efficient, providing to the group an ongoing feeling of safety, support and fun. I will highly recommend them to all my friends and they honestly deserve to run such a successful business. Muchas Gracias for the extraordinary experience! “
L. Sullivan, Colorado, USA – La Vuelta 2014
“Rob and I would like to take the opportunity to send you a big thank you for everything you organized for the tour. We had an amazing time. The ride routes where spectacular and the VIP access was fantastic. Dean and Javi were both lovely, very helpful and encouraging. We had the best time and keep reminiscing about the week wishing we were still in Andalusia. It definitely exceeded all our expectations and hopefully will see you at next years tour. Thank you again”
K. and R. Garland, Australia – La Vuelta 2014
Testimonials from previous cyclists are always available and we enjoy receiving the feedback after tours. It helps us improve our services and offer you an even better experience. Please feel free to contact us if you would like a reference to talk to. Others have also posted reviews on the independent travel website .
DATES & RATES
LA VUELTA 2022 – WEEK 2
7 DAYS / 6 NIGHTS
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