La Vuelta highlights
Watching La Vuelta on TV reminds us of the joy of cycling in Spain and many of the reasons we set up Vuelta Cyling – fantastic roads, breath-taking scenery, hugely varied landscapes and great climate (although admittedly 40 degrees is a bit too hot!). You could of course add to these a number of reasons not available to the pros – namely fantastic food, wine and stops for a nice cold cerveza!
We set up Vuelta last year, when we organised a charity ride from London to Valencia, riding 1,100km through San Sebastián, Pamplona, Logroño, Soria and Teruel. Not only did we raise £35,000 for Cardiac Risk in the Young, we had the journey of a lifetime and well and truly caught the Spanish cycling bug. We kind of had it anyway to be honest – the three partners in Vuelta all have strong connections with Spain; Ash has a house near Girona (cycling heaven), James lives and cycles in Javea and I lived and took up cycling in Valencia.
This year’s race is heating up nicely, with lots of attacking riding, unpredicted breakaways and dramatic finishes already, and it’s only going to get better.
The stage we're really looking forward to is Stage 17 (on Wednesday 12th) to Monte Oíz (otherwise known as the Basque Balcony, for its stunning views of the region). Monte Oíz features for the first time in La Vuelta and is on one of our Vuelta a San Sebastián routes. We rode it on a reccy visit last year and it’s a beauty, as you’ll see below (excuse the amateur photos, but you get the idea!).
Our next San Sebastián trip is 21-23 June, and features beautiful green Basque Country routes, empty roads, amazing food and a day’s riding with Abraham Olano, winner of La Vuelta itself in 1995. You’ll find more details at www.vueltacycling.com/vuelta-basque-country.
The other big stage for us is Stage 19 to Col de la Rabassa in Andorra. The stage starts near our Girona base and ends with a 17.5km climb, at an average gradient of 6.3%. It doesn’t feature in our Vuelta a Girona routes yet, but it could do if there’s popular demand! Make sure to watch the stage on Friday 14thand let us know if you fancy it…
We hope you enjoy watching the rest of the race and that it tempts you to ride your own Vuelta next year. If you're interested, please do get in touch.