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The Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) 2015

The Final Week

With or without bikes

8th to 14th September 2015

This week we will take you to watch the final stages of the 2015 Vuelta a Espana from the second and final rest day, all the way until the final day and the evening finish in Madrid.

We have chosen to stay at various different towns to ensure we have the very best access to all of the final 5 stages of the 2015 Vuelta.

Daily transport will be provided by our experienced bike guides and our bike carrying minibus. The group size is limited to only 8 so we expect this trip to fill up fast.

There is plenty on the programme for riders and non-riders alike. We are staying at hotels in Burgos, Segovia and of course Madrid. Daily breakfasts, four packed lunches and evening meals are all taken care off.

Vuelts 2015 Route

Tuesday September 8th:
Today is the second and final rest day of the 2015 Vuelta. An ideal day for us to arrive in Burgos. You can either make your own way to Burgos and choose to meet us at our hotel this evening or we can collect you from Madrid International airport (MAD). There are lots of options to fly into Madrid. We will run one transfer today at 15.00.

On arrival at the hotel, our bike guides will assist you with sorting out your bikes before we have a welcome meeting with a complimentary welcome drink and snacks. The meeting will be your opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and bike guides a bit better.

We will enjoy the evening meal together at the hotel Almirante Bonifaz which is ideally located in the centre of town.

Wednesday September 9th - Stage 17: Burgos - Burgos – “Flat” ITT stage - 39km

Stage 17: Burgos - Burgos – “Flat” ITT stage - 39km

On paper today's individual time trial is flat but the town is situated at an elevation of around 900m. Burgos is on a plateau and the city itself is located at 859 metres above sea level.

The highest point of today’s route (Carceda de Burgos) is 130 metres higher. There is no real climbing today however.

Today we will simply walk out of the hotel and into the action. Following the finish we will return to our hotel and have the evening meal.

Thursday September 10th Stage 18: Roa - Riaza – 204km Mountain Stage

Stage 18: Roa - Riaza – 204km Mountain Stage

Today we will move onto the next hotel so please ensure you come down to reception with your bags so we can deliver them to the next hotel.

Today the riders of the 2015 Vuelta will start with a gradual ascent for the first 70km. With 100 kilometres on the clock the riders will summit the Alto del Campanario which is a 3rd category climb.
Next comes a rolling section of around 80 kilometres and then they are at the foot of the Puerto de la Quesera. In 10 kilometres riders climb 509 vertical meters with an average 5.1%.

The descent down to Riazza is not steep. In the first kilometres the road goes down at 6% to 7% on average but with sections at 10%. With 5 kilometres left a short 500 metres climb at 5.7% might shake things up a bit.

Left after this is the slight descent into the finish area. One for the sprinters today if they can haul themselves over the climbs.

Options for the day are:

  • Travel to start in Roa by minibus Then travel to finish in minibus
  • Ride to stage finish. Then ride the finishing circuit
  • Return to hotel. Either ride or in minibus.

After the stage we will go to the hotel in Segovia for the evening meal.

Click here for more information on Segovia

Friday September 11th - Stage 19 - Medina del Campo - Avila – 185km Hilly Stage

Stage 19 - Medina del Campo - Avila – 185km Hilly Stage

At an elevation of 1,127 meters Avila it is the highest city in Spain. It is enclosed by a 2.5 kilometres medieval city wall with nine gates and 88 towers. This is one special stage to win. Winners in the past have been Joop Zoetemelk and Laurent Fignon.

Being part of a break away will be on many riders minds in stage 19. With 87 kilometres done they pass through Avila for the first time. No time for celebrations yet, they have to make a detour of nearly 100 kilometres culminating in the ascent of the Puerto de la Paramera – 2nd category, 17 kilometres. With an average grade of 4% the Paramera is a long and gradual ascent.

The Alto de Paramera peaks at 1,420 metres and after scaling this there are 20 kilometres left, mainly downhill. In 2009, the Irishman Philip Deignan was the last stage-winner in Avila.

Options for the day are:

  • Travel to start in minibus. Then travel in minbus to view riders pass over 1 or both climbs
  • Travel in minibus to El Barraco and ride the last 30km of the race route
  • Meet at stage finish and return in minibus
  • Ride to Tiñosillos then join the route. Ride last 30km of race route. Approx 170km

After the stage we will go to return to Segovia for the evening meal

Saturday September 12th - Stage 20: San Lorenzo de El Escorial Cercedilla – 181km Mountain Stage

Stage 20: San Lorenzo de El Escorial Cercedilla – 181km Mountain Stage

The final stage of the 2012 Vuelta left from today’s arrival-town Cercedilla. John Degenkolb outsprinted the pack in Madrid for the fifth time that race, making him by far the strongest sprinter in that edition.

The German sprinter will not be as successful today as the stage simply offers too many climbs. The uphill-party starts with Puerto Navacerrada. Peaking at 1,860 metres, the mountain is crested with 31 kilometres done. At the Navacerrada Levi Leipheimer won the 20th stage of the 2008 Vuelta – a mountain time trial -, but it was not enough to threaten Alberto Contador. The American finished second in the overall that year.

After a 12 kilometres descent the riders reach the foot of the Puerto de la Morcuera. The climb is 14 kilometres at 4.7%, followed by a regular descent in 9.2 kilometres at 6.6%.

After a fairly flat interval of around 30 kilometres, the Puerto de la Morcuera is to be climbed again. This time the riders go up at the side they earlier came down, so that’s a 9.2 kilometres climb at 6.6%. After this they drop across the flanks of the first ascent of the Morcuera.

The last uphill sector of the 2015 Vuelta is the Puerto de Cotos. In 13 kilometres the riders climb 645 height-metres to an elevation of 1,835 meters, meaning an average grade of 5%. Upon cresting and a few flat kilometres a 10 kilometres drop closes the chapter ‘mountains’ in La Vuelta Ciclista a España

Options for the day are:

  • Travel in minibus to the race route approx. 160km – 1hr 30mins. Ride the final 90 km of the race route
  • Travel in the minibus to the stage finish approx. 250km in total
  • Following stage return in minibus approx. 230km.

After stage return to the hotel in Segovia for the evening meal

Sunday September 13th - Stage 21 - Alcala de Henares - Madrid - 93.7km flat stage

Stage 21 - Alcala de Henares - Madrid - 93.7km flat stage

Madrid “The journey’s end”. Today's stage is a 93.7 kilometre flat stage that will end in Madrid and is sure to be spectacular.

The 2015 Vuelta is almost done. Last year the race ended with a short time trial in Santiago de Compostela, but now an old tradition is restored with a criterium in Madrid and finish on Paseo de la Cast Elana.

The last stage is a short one – 93.7 kilometres with hardly any elevation.

After 35 kilometres the riders arrive at the 4.8 kilometres round through the city-centre of Madrid. The riders will pass the finish-line twelve times, so the sprinters have ample opportunities to explore the arrival.

After the stage we are staying in Madrid

Monday September 14th:
After breakfast we will run an airport transfer back to Madrid airport.
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£899 per person, based on two people sharing a double room or twin room
Single supplement for the sole occupancy of one of these rooms: £199 per person

What's Included:
  • 6 nights at various hotels
  • 6 breakfasts and evening meals
  • 4 packed lunches
  • Water, coffee and after dinner drink included with evening meal
  • A Sports Tours Int Cycling jersey
  • Daily Minibus transport
  • Bike storage at the hotel
  • Daily transport to watch the different stages
  • Airport transfers
  • Various pre-mapped riding options with GPX files and maps
  • The services of our Sports Tours representatives, driver and bike guide
What's not Included:
  • Your flights to and from Madrid airport
  • Any other meals and drinks to what is included above
  • Travel insurance (Very important) - More info here

Twin to share:
If you would like to join us as a single traveller but you want to avoid the single supplement then you can make use of our 'twin to share' option. We will pair you up with another rider (of the same sex) and you can enjoy the event without having to pay extra. Simply click on the green button and select the twin to share option.

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For 2015 we have teamed up with Veloce Bike Rental, one of Lonely Planet's "Top 5 of all Things to Do in Europe", to offer you bike hire in Italy.  Veloce offers a range of bike categories to suit every need, from the top end road bikes through to E-Bikes and hybrids. Not only does this make it easier for you to take part in some of the worlds best Gran Fondos and sightseeing trips (eg: Giro d'Italia), but it gives you a great opportunity to bring along your husbands, wives and children, who can hire a bike and discover the towns and countryside of Italy, while you are off competing.

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