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Bienvenidos a España! This is the heart of Northern Spain during a week when the cycling world's attention is focused on the region, the race and the riding. Your Trek Travel guides will meet you the Oviedo Bus Station at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We'll take a short, private shuttle into the interior of Asturias, the traditional home of La Vuelta. Your guides will orient you to the area, the itinerary and what to expect before ensuring a comfortable fit on your on your award-winning Trek Domane. After a light lunch we will kick off the week with our first warm-up ride. You’ll start the trip off with a pilgrimage to the Queen Stage of the 2010 Vuelta - an epic climb ending in Cima Rubiera (or Alto de Cotobello), named in honor of Spanish pro José Luis “Chechu” Rubiera. This evening we'll gather for cocktails and learn about the week ahead before indulging a gourmet fresh seasonal menu in the hotel's restaurant. Get ready for the excitement of the live race action tomorrow!
Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
Buenos dias! Enjoy a hearty breakfast in anticipation of an epic day on the bike. We will start on green rolling hills before we join the official Vuelta course of stage 14. Are you getting excited for the race yet? We will stop in town of Nava – home of northern Spain's famous cider – and where the riders start the final climb of the stage, Las Praeres. It’s almost a Vuelta tradition to add new unknown, little forgotten roads; roads that remind the riders and spectators that this country has teeth, and Las Praeres is this year's new addition. Today you can experience that climb, with narrow, overgrown road going up to 24% at some switchbacks. Fortunately, you'll have Spanish cycling legend and US Postal Service domestique Chechu Rubiera riding with you and offering his counsel as you grind up together. Choose to either go all the way up or just get a feel for it, talk to the local cycling fans and come back to our base in Nava to wait for riders to pass by. Grab a glass of cider, beer or wine with your Trek Travel guests at a perfectly positioned viewing spot, and enjoy this special moment. This evening we will visit the Trek-Segafredo team hotel and you will have a chance to meet team representative, talk about the race strategy and have a tour in the team bus. Get your questions ready. It's a moment you won't forget. After the exciting day, we will shuttle to our next hotel La Cepada in anticipation of another great summit finish of tomorrow’s stage!
Pola de Lavia to Nava Loop
Approximately 46 miles with 4,900 feet of climbing
Live race viewing of Stage 14
Behind-the-scenes with Trek-Segafredo and cocktail hour
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
"Savor your morning cafe con leche and enjoy morning sunlight on the hotel's terrace before we will make our way to the climb of Mirador del Fito. The pros climb it two times but we will save our legs and climb it only once. The top offers a wide view over the Picos de Europa and the coastline of the Cantabrian Sea. Snap a few photos and congratulate yourself on the achievement, but then it's back on the bike for more adventure. We will ride through Cangas de Onis, hour home for next two nights and also the foot of the last climb. Today’s finish is at Lagos de Covadonga, a Vuelta classic, featured 20 times as a summit finish at Vuelta. It’s one of the Spanish classic climbs and no wonder - the scenery is spectacular and the pavement is smooth as butter. There is only one route to ascend Lagos de Covadonga, with a kicker at the end as the route ramps up to 17.5% in the last 200 meters.Two years ago Columbian climbing champion Nairo Quintana climbed to victory at the beautiful slopes with two blue lakes on the top, but it's also been the site of victories by Pedro Delgado, Laurent Jalabert and Luis Herrera. Today we will enjoy VIP official Vuelta viewing before we descend back to our hotel La Cepada.
Mirador del Fito with Lagos de Covadonga Loop
Approximately 40 miles with 6000 feet of climbing
Cangas de Onis to Lagos de Covadonga
Approximately 15 miles with 3400 feet of climbing
Ride on the Stage 15 Official Race Course | VIP race finish viewing
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Today is a rest day for the pros, which affords us time to enjoy the great riding this region offers. It is thought that the Picos de Europa, literally meaning “the Peaks of Europe," got their name because they were the first mountains seen by sailors returning from the Americas. You will have the opportunity to tackle a number of climbs in the Picos de Europa range, offering spectacular views and test your legs as much as you'd like. We will ride through Ponga Natural park and climb up to the Puerto del Pontón, before stopping for local lunch. Then you can choose to ride back to the hotel or go for some additional miles of adventure. This afternoon enjoy a glass of Rioja at the hotel terrace or explore the town. Tonight you can enjoy a dinner of your choice at one of the quaint local restaurants.
Picos de Europa Loop
Approximately 52 miles with 6,700 feet of climbing
Cangas de Onis to Ponga Natural Parque
Approximately 36 miles with 3,500 feet of climbing
Breakfast | Lunch
It's back to the heat of the race with a very special day of riding and viewing. This morning we will board a short shuttle to the coast and ride through the fishing village of San Vicente de Baraques on our way to a small road along unspoiled coastline and beaches leading us to the charming medieval village of Santillana del Mar, the start village of the individual time trial. After checking out the village we will join the official course ourselves just few hours before the pros and get a true insiders' view of the finish line and podium! In Trek Travel style, we'll go behind the velvet rope for an up-close experience with the race infrastructure, including the podium itself! We will then have a VIP viewing at the finish line in Torrevalega and witness this stage, which promises to make some interesting changes in the race. Afterward, we will shuttle toward Bilbao in anticipation of another great summit finish of tomorrow’s stage!
San Vicente de Barquera to Time trial course
Approximately 40 miles with 3,300 feet of climbing
Ride on the Official Time Trial Course | Live race viewing of Stage 16
Palacio Urgoiti Hotel & Golf
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner
Egun on! Good morning from Basque country and our last day of the race! As a grand finale we'll experience another new addition to the race - Monte Oiz - a steep and challenging climb in the heart of the Basque Country. We will ride on the course of Stage 17 to the town of Munitibar, where the riders goes by twice. From there we start this 8.5 mile ascent with a part asphalt, part concrete surface and gradients of up to 17%. It is one of the highest points in the region and was one of the historically important communication towers used by the local government. The road is also named The Balcony of Bizkaia, because it's considered the best spot to observe Basque Country. It's here that you'll enjoy another epic climb accompanied by cheering crowds and full-on race excitement. On the top, it’s time to relax, sit back and enjoy the accomplishments of all your riding achievements of this week. Tonight, we'll raise our glass once last time with our fellow travelers and recount the thrilling and challenging week of La Vuelta 2018!
Monte Oiz Loop
Approximately 37 miles with 4600 feet of climbing
Official VIP Race Access Passes - Exclusive hospitality zone at the finish line of Stage 17
Palacio Urgoiti Hotel & Golf
Breakfast | Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner
It's hard to imagine, but your Spanish race tour has come to a close. Choose to sleep in today or enjoy a relaxing breakfast at the hotel as you contemplate the lasting memories you've made during your La Vuelta vacation. You'll say adios to your guides at 10:00 AM at the hotel and then shuttle 45 minutes to Bilbao, arriving at approximately 11:00 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible delays.
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See itinerary for specific daily ride distances and elevation options. On all of our vacations, Trek Travel strives to find quiet, paved secondary roads or bike paths to experience a region; busy roads are avoided as much as possible. Our itineraries are an approximation of our trips. Trek Travel strives to offer every guest a vacation of a lifetime on every trip. At times routes, hotels, activities, etc. listed here may change at the discretion of the trip designer or guides to improve the trip experience.
Averages and totals are calculated from our "Avid Ride" options.
We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays.
We recommend flying into Madrid Barajas International Airport (MAD) and then taking a separate flight to the Asturias Airport of Santander (OVD), or you can also take a train from Madrid, which take around five hours. More information can be found on renfe.com. The Asturias Airport is located approximately 30 miles north of Oviedo and there are regular coach services between the two. The buses depart from the airport every hour between 7:00 AM-9:20 PM. The last bus leaves at 11:30 PM. More information can be found at www.alsa.es. Taxis leave from outside the terminal building and it takes approximately 45 minutes to Oviedo.
Your Trek Travel guides will meet you the Oviedo Bus Station (Pepe Cosmén, 33001 Oviedo, Spain) at 10:30 AM on the first day of the trip. We'll take a short, private shuttle into Asturias, the traditional home of La Vuelta. You'll arrive at our lunch location and your guides will ensure a comfortable fit on your on your Trek Domane before a light lunch. After lunch we will kick off the week with our first warm-up ride. Please have your first day’s riding gear handy and separate from your other luggage to facilitate the bike fitting and ride.
If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. You will receive an email a week before the trip start with their names and contact details. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Hotel Canzana (+34 985 60 03 20), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details.View our pre hotel recommendations
You will say farewell to your guides at 10:00 AM at Palacio Urgoiti Hotel & Golf. You’ll then travel by shuttle to Bilbao Train station, arriving at around 11:00 AM. Please allow adequate connection time for any ongoing travel to accommodate possible delays.View our post hotel recommendations
Northern Spain is greener and rainier than the typical Spanish description would have you believe. Average temperatures in August range between 60-80F. Our route will take us along the coast and into the mountains, drastically increasing the range of weather we could experience. Dress in layers, to be prepared for shifts between daytime and evening and make sure to bring wet-weather gear in order to best enjoy your vacation. Packing List»
Asturias is often referred to as “green Spain” due to its mountainous, lush terrain and breathtaking coastal scenery. Oviedo, Spain is the capital city and acts as the administrative and commercial hub of the region. The central area of the city is at a height of 227 meters above the sea-level and Mount Naranco acts as a shield for the region against the North winds. The Southern part is fenced by the Aramo Range. Since its inception the region it has been an integral part of the Asturian Monarchy, and is perhaps the best departure point for scrutinizing the pre-Romanesque style of art unique to the land. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre-trip hotel:
Bilbao is not only the largest city in the Basque country, it is also the most important one on an economic level and has the main port in the region. In recent years, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao has achieved such worldwide fame that a visit to this attractive city is frequently linked to this museum. However Bilbao has many attractions, like for example Mercado de la Ribera, popularly called "la Plaza", is the largest covered market in Europe. This beautiful building, which was built in 1929 on what had once been an open-air market is the heart and soul of the city. Stroll through its many stalls where we find the most delicious fish, vegetables and delicacies make us understand why the gastronomy of this city has such a reputation. While in Bilbao one can not miss the "pintxos go" or the "pintxopoteo", what the people of Bilbao call to drink wine. The Pintxos, are small tapas or snacks that usually come on bread and that are presented in the most imaginative and delicious combinations of flavors. Another not to miss attraction is Artxanda Funicular, which takes up to a hill where you can admire the beautiful views of the city. We recommend the following accommodations for your post trip hotel:
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