Grand Tour Spain: ”Ride Every Kilometre" - Week 2 Pyrenees to Asturias

  • Location

    Jurançon to Alto de La Cubilla. Lena

  • Duration

    9 days | 8 nights

  • Length

    36 -189km daily

  • Climb

    1,000-3,500 daily

2 Sep 2019 - 10 Sep 2019

Asturias… Cantabria... Basque Country… tackle the biggest, most challenging and beautiful mountain stages of the third and final Grand Tour of the year in Spain. Ride the high-speed individual time-trial circuit ahead of the pros and cross international borders to experience the best of España Verde along Spain’s northern Atlantic coastline and the Picos Europa.

After riding over the verdant mid-mountain Pyrenean stage, we wind along the Atlantic coastline through rustic Spanish towns and mountain villages. With no shortage of challenging climbs, we'll enjoy endless long sweeping roads and agile mountain riding through the region of Cantabria, where a sprinkling of exhilarating fast downhill finishes await us. We'll be surrounded by the incredible spirit of crowds in the Basque country with their unrivalled love of cycling as we pass by the Atlantic ocean and the Spain's impressive Picos Europa mountain range.

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 7 stages sounds a bit much, then you can choose to join the exhilarating 5 stage final leg that finishes in Madrid, or one of our more relaxing "Experience" tours that enjoy the best 60-100 km whilst riding at our own pace. Alternatively, set yourself the challenge of a lifetime and ride through all 21 stages to join the highly 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 10 to 16 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 - Monday, 2 September

    Bienvenido a Pau

    Welcome to Pau, where those who have just completed the first 9 stages are taking a well earned rest day. For those of you arriving, we will collect you from the airport with smiling faces, eager with excitement for the incredible experience ahead of us. The day will be a chance for our mechanic to help set up your new bikes or check over the trusty steed that has brought you this far. After discussing the week's programme, we'll enjoy a hearty dinner in the city centre while enjoying the buzzing atmosphere.

  • Day 2 - Tuesday, 3 September

    Stage 10 : Jurançon - Pau

    36,1 km - Individual time-trial

    After breakfast we'll ride out and ride the 36.1 km flat Individual Time Trial. The course will have some hills and favours the specialists, with a number of short, winding, steep slopes that allow some flat and downhill sections. After riding the course we'll stop and grab some coffee in Pau before heading back to the hotel to change. In the afternoon we'll return to the course to enjoy the energy and crowds during the fast-paced Individual Time Trial. It will be an incredible atmosphere so soak up the energy as fuel for the incredible mountain stages ahead! Tonight we transfer to our next hotel in Saint Palais, France.

  • Day 3 - Wednesday, 4 September

    Stage 11 : Saint Palais - Urdax-Dantxarinea

    169 km - Mountain

    An early start to the day for in order to smash out this mid-mountain stage where three 3rd category and one 2nd category climbs are waiting to be vanquished. We'll cross international borders twice in our verdant Pyrenean mountain adventure today, finally finishing up in Urdax. From here we will transfer to Navarra for what promises to be one heck of a day tomorrow.

  • Day 4 - Thursday, 5 September

    Stage 12 : Circuito de Navarra - Bilbao

    175 km - Mountain

    Starting at 500 metres above sea level we begin the course at Circuito de Navarra with undulating and increasing incline towards the first 3rd category climb of four today - Alto de Azázeta (890m). The small local roads offer agile riding as this picturesque stage takes us through national parks and past lakes before descending into Dima for the three 3rd category climbs in the final 35 km. A fast descent to the finish line in Bilbao will let us lap up the attention of the gathering crowds. After checking into our Bilbao hotel we'll return to watch the pros in a dramatic downhill race to the finish line. This is a unique chance to get immersed in the Basque Country's unrivalled love of cycling as the crowds and excitiement will surround us throughout the evening in Bilbao city.

  • Day 5 - Friday, 6 September

    Stage 13 : Bilbao - Los Machucos. Monumento Vaca Pasiega

    167,3 km - Mountain

    Today we'll ride out from the hotel after a big breakfast for an extremely challenging mountain stage with seven significant mountain passes: four 3rd category climbs, two 2nd category and an HC finale at the top of the famous Los Machucos. Riding through the vibrant mountains surrounding Bilbao, today features the some of the most beautiful climbs located in the heart of the Cantabria region; Collado de Asón and Puerto Alisas. After conquering the final climb of the day we will drive to the rustic port town of San Vicente de la Barquera, nestled away in the rocky Atlantic coastline.

  • Day 6 - Saturday, 7 September

    Stage 14 : San Vicente de la Barquera - Oviedo

    189 km - Flat

    Today is a truly beautiful stage that follows Spain's stunning northern coastline through the heart of Cantabria. There will be plenty of time to soak up the panoramic views that see the amazing Picos Europa on one side of us and the wild Atlantic ocean along side on the other. A welcome and largely flat course we'll have the chance to regain some energy and set the pace with our teammates. With incredible views all around us we'll hit the only notable climb of the day, Alto La Madera - 3rd category, just before rolling downhill for the final 30 km into Oviedo. We'll take the opportunity to take lots of photos before transferring onto our hotel in Tineo - the start of the next stage.

  • Day 7 - Sunday, 8 September

    Stage 15 : Tineo - Santuario del Acebo

    159 km - Mountain

    A perfect day for the climbers. With no less than four significant ascents of 700m+ at 1st and 2nd category. Make sure to catch a breath when you visit the two most famous passes in western Asturias: Puerto del Conio and Puerto del Pozo de las Mujeres Muertas, and take in the spectacular views across the valleys and hills. We'll stop for lunch on the third climb of the day, recharging our energy for the last climb up the demanding HC category "Puerto del Acebo" and ending at the challenging " Santuario del Acebo". Once arrived we'll drive to our hotel in Pravia.

  • Day 8 - Monday, 9 September

    Stage 16 : Pravia - Alto de La Cubilla. Lena

    155 km - Mountain

    A true mountain stage for the final course of this region. With five progressively hard climbs that build towards the stunning and demanding finalé: Alto de La Cubilla - a climb of 28km that averages 10% gradient whilst winding 1400m up long sweeping switchbacks that overlook a spectacular mountainous landscape. Expect to pass through amazing places full of cheering crowds. Take time to enjoy the fast-paced descent to the penultimate pass of Alto de la Coberteria. Once over the finish line we will transfer to Oviedo where we you can enjoy a beer or just relax and celebrate the final day on this section of the tour.

  • Day 9 - Tuesday, 10 September


    Farewell to those leaving us here in the journey. After having a great final breakfast and helping you to pack up your bikes, we will transfer you to Asturias airport. For those moving on to tackle the final stages the Tour, we'll be driving down to Aranda del Duero in the morning for an afternoon of relaxation before the final assault.