Grand Tour Spain: "Ride Every Kilometre" Week 3 Castilla y Leon to Madrid

  • Location

    Aranda de Duero to Madrid

  • Duration

    7 days | 6 nights

  • Length

    105 - 199km daily

  • Climb

    1,000-3,000m daily

10 Sep 2019 - 16 Sep 2019

The final leg of the Spanish Grand Tour promises to be an action packed, exhilarating journey as we fly through medieval Spanish old towns, tackle the formidable mountain climbs of Navacerrada in stage 18 and criss-cross the incredible central mountain system of Sierra de Gredos.

Ride every kilometre of these final 5 stages of this years tour, including the longest stage at 200 km, two enormous mountain stages and the incredible high-speed finale that finishes with a closed circuit of the vibrant and spirited Spanish capital, Madrid. The crowds and atmosphere will be something to behold, as the city that truly knows how to live overflows with the life, passion and spirit of the Spanish nation and La Roja!

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 lunch breaks and photo stops with the support van and supplies always close by. Once we cross the finish line each day, we'll sit back and watch the race as the "fight for red" takes place right on our heels.

If riding every kilometre of 5 stages sounds a bit much, then you can choose to join one of our more relaxing "Experience" tours. Alternatively, join our Week 1 "Ride Every Kilometre" tour through Costa Blanca, Valencia & Andorra, our Week 2 "Ride Every Kilometre" tour through the Pyrenees, Cantabria and Asturias, or set yourself the challenge of a lifetime and ride through all 21 stages to join the exclusive amateur hall of fame!

This tour is being hosted in conjunction with the "Ride with Mike" project. After dealing with a number of life changing events such as kidney cancer and sustaining injuries that caused bleeding on the brain and serious neck injuries, Mike's goal is to raise awareness and money for a charity close to his heart - the National Institute of Integrative Medicine (NIIM). Mike has currently raised AUD$479,000 for NIIM, and he is aiming for $1 million. We are delighted to support Mike by donating all profits from our Grand Tours Project "Ride Every Kilometre" trips to NIIM.

Please note - Grand Tours Project is not an "Official Tour Operator" of La Vuelta. You can find these Official Tour Operators on the Vuelta website.

Total price: From €3,375

  • "Ride Every Kilometre" of stages 17 to 21 of the third and final Grand Tour in Spain
  • Watch the pros fight for the red jersey, from the best possible vantage points
  • Enjoy the passionate and vocal Spanish supporters wherever we cycle
  • Relish the local Spanish food and wine, and relax in the lovely hotels
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Bianchi bike rental available (Infinito CV disc + Ultegra di2 electronic)
  • Day 1 - Tuesday, 10 September

    Bienvenido a Aranda de Duero

    Get ready for the nail biting final stages of the Spanish Grand Tour, as we arrive in Aranda de Duero. After collecting you from the airport our mechanic will help set up your bikes and we'll have the chance for a short and easy ride to get your legs warmed up, before enjoying a great dinner together in preparation for tomorrow's 200km ride.

  • Day 2 - Wednesday, 11 September

    Stage 17 : Aranda de Duero - Guadalajara

    199,7 km - Flat

    Riding from our hotel in the early morning, we will begin our day immediately. Today we tackle the longest stage on of the tour, ticking off the only major climb of the day, the 3rd category "Puerto Grado del Pico" before racing south on fast and undulating roads towards the middle of Spain. Lap up the adulation and exhilaration as we dash through rolling hills and medieval villages to a huge and exuberant crowd in Guadalajara. At this stage in the race riders will be fighting hard to increase their lead in the rankings so we'll stay to enjoy the atmosphere and emotion for what could be an extremely fast-paced sprint finish. Once we the race is over we'll transfer to Colmenar Viejo and wind down for tomorrow's stage.

  • Day 3 - Thursday, 12 September

    Stage 18 : Comunidad de Madrid. Colmenar Viejo - Becerril de la Sierra

    180,9 km - Mountain

    A very early start for this formidable mountain stage that features four 1st category climbs, including the mythical passes of Navacerrada: made famous in the 1980s Sierra de Guadarrama and major time trials of 1993 and 2008. We will find a place on the route to cheer the pros past before continuing our last climb of Puerto de Cotos and the race downhill to Becerril de la Sierra. We will then transfer together to Ávila, a charming medieval walled city.

  • Day 4 - Friday, 13 September

    Stage 19 : Ávila - Toledo

    163,4 km - Flat

    Ticking off our only climb of the day straight after leaving Ávila city, this is a great day for sprinters and a relaxing stage for the remaining 150 km. We'll have chance to recover our energy and enjoy time with our teammates as we ride all the way down to Toledo. A fun surprise awaits us at the end of this ride where we'll have a gentle 1 km climb over cobblestones before a well earned drink! We will then drive to our hotel in Arenas de San Pedro.

  • Day 5 - Saturday, 14 September

    Stage 20 : Arenas de San Pedro - Plataforma de Gredos

    189 km - Mountain

    After an early breakfast we will tackle the last mountain stage. Lots of winding roads as this long and tough penultimate route serves up five mountain passes. Riding through the most extensive mountain range and five river valleys of the central system; Sierra de Gredos. It's a beautiful course with a spectacular route up to the final 1st category climb of Puerto de Peña Negra. The energy of the crowds will be fantastic and after crossing the finish line we'll take photos on the podium before watching the stage winners. Tonight we will transfer onto Madrid where our hotel sits right next to the final closed circuit in Paseo del Prado.

  • Day 6 - Sunday, 15 September

    Stage 21 - Fuenlabrada - Madrid

    105,6 km

    The big finale! Today we will have a relaxing breakfast before a short transfer to the start of this final stage! Riding from Fuenlabrada it is a short, leisurely route that joins a 12 lap circuit in Madrid to complete the the 105.6 km. Will you still have the energy to seek out glory and sprint for the finish? We will watch the grand finale together among the amassing crowds to cheer and celebrate the incredible efforts of our own and all the riders. Soak up the atmosphere as we watch the final sprint and closing ceremony. In the evening we will celebrate together and relive all the amazing moments we've shared over our incredible journey.

  • Day 7 - Monday, 16 September


    Congratulations - you have achieved one of the great cycling challenges: ridden every kilometer of a full week of the race, with the pros just hours behind you. You can't get closer to the action than this! After last night's celebratory dinner and this morning's sleep-in, a hearty breakfast, and good coffee, we'll help you with packing your bike and transport you to Madrid airport for your trip home. You'll be taking home memories, achievements, new friendships and bragging rights that you will never forget!