La Vuelta "Ride Every Kilometre" - Málaga to Madrid

  • Location

    From Málaga to La Covatilla, Salamanca to Asturias, Pyrenees to Madrid

  • Duration

    25 days | 24 nights

  • Length

    150 - 210km daily (ave. 155km)

  • Climb

    1,000 - 3,500m daily

24 Aug 2018 - 17 Sep 2018

At Grand Tours Project, we simply love La Vuelta! And after the 2017 edition which was such an exciting race, we can't wait to be there again in 2018. We'll be riding every kilometre of this amazing race, just a few hours ahead of the pros, and the small group of cyclists who join us will experience for themselves why this event is as grand as the other two Grand Tours.

"In 2013 I rode every kilometre of La Vuelta, and I enjoyed this event just as much as the Tour de France and Giro d'Italia. I was very pleasantly surprised." Keith Tuffley, Founder - Grand Tours Project

We're offering the opportunity to ride the entire route - all 21 stages - every, single kilometre. Not for the faint hearted!

You will need to be a strong cyclist to achieve this challenge, but you don't need to be an elite athlete. Ours is a journey, not a race, and we'll leave enough time on each day to enjoy our lunch breaks and photo stops. Once we cross the finish line each day, we'll sit back and watch the race as the "fight for red" takes place only a couple of hours after us.

There are very limited spaces on this tour - with the ratio of 7 riders : 1 guide. This small group will ride together and will always have the support van close by – with drinks, snacks and dry clothing.

Riding on the race course just a few hours before the pros, with the support of the crowds and our team, makes this an unforgettable experience.

If riding every kilometre of La Vuelta sounds a bit much, then you can choose to ride every kilometre of just one week (6-9 stages), or an easier option is our Vuelta Experience option.

Total price: From €8,990

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of La Vuelta, the entire distance, all 21 stages, on the race route, just a few hours before the pros
  • The challenge of a lifetime, a genuine "bucket-list" achievement
  • Watch La Vuelta stars fight for the red jersey
  • Enjoy the passionate and vocal Spanish supporters wherever we cycle
  • Relish the local Spanish food and wine, and relax in the lovely villa's
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Maximum group size: 14 (with 2 guides)
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra or equivalent) available
  • Week 1 - 24 August to 3 September

    Málaga to La Covatilla

    11 Days | 10 Nights (9 stages)

    The 73rd edition of the Vuelta a España will depart from Málaga, one of the oldest cities in the world and birthplace of Pablo Picasso. This will be the third time in Vuelta history (2000 & 2006) that this Andalucian coastal town has hosted the Gran Salida. Starting with a Individual Time Trial, we then complete 4 more stages in beautiful Andalucia, passing through Granada, and then head inland with 3 undulating / flat stages, finishing with a tough mountain stage at an altitude of 1,980m.

    These regions of Spain are some of our favourite, and the riding will be sheer delight with the passionate crowds, innumerable olive trees, and lovely landscapes.

  • Week 2 - 3 to 10 September

    Salamanca to Asturias

    8 Days | 7 Nights (6 stages)

    We'll enjoy our rest day in the ancient and beautiful city of Salamanca, site of the third oldest university in the world (celebrating its 800th anniversary in 2018). We'll need the rest, as this week of the Vuelta is the toughest, with 2 hilly stages and 3 big mountain stages. We travel north, passing through Galicia, and then enjoy 4 days along the Bay of Biscay coast, in the regions of Cantabria and Asturia.

    This week of La Vuelta is of different character to the traditional formula of the race, so it will be a fascinating race to watch as it develops. And we'll be feeling every hill and every mountain as the pros, as we "break wind" for them, just a few hours ahead of the peloton.

  • Week 3 - 10 to 17 September

    Santillana del Mar to Madrid

    8 Days | 7 Nights (6 stages)

    The 3rd week of la Vuelta starts with the second Individual Time Trial, a 33km flat course. A good easy warm-up after our rest day! We then enjoy two hilly / flat stages, before entering the Pyrenees where we face a big climb up Col de la Rabasa. The penultimate stage has a continual climb-and-descend profile, with a total of 6 climbs (including 4 x cat 1 passes), albeit over a short distance of 106km.

    As usual, the race will finish in Madrid, where we'll savour our achievement in the streets of this magnificent city, with the crowds cheering us on. Once you have completed these final kilometres, you will have joined a very select group of amateurs who have cycled every kilometre of La Vuelta on the same day as the race!