Ride with Abraham olano
classic La Vuelta climbs
bodega visits & the odd glass of wine
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Our ‘Vuelta a La Rioja’ offers something for everyone; beautiful rolling roads through the vineyards, challenging climbs in the surprisingly mountainous areas surrounding Logroño, fantastic food and visits to some of Rioja’s finest bodegas. Our routes have been planned in collaboration with Abraham Olano and local cyclists, to make sure you experience the best of the Rioja region.
We'll pick you up at Bilbao airport on Wednesday evening and take you straight to our base in Logroño, the stylish boutique hotel Eurostar Ruavieja, right in the old centre of Logroño on the Camino de Santiago, with a spa and all the luxuries you'll need to to rest up and enjoy your long weekend in Rioja. Logroño is a lovely town with some great bars and restaurants, where you can enjoy some very fine wines at even better prices.
You'll be accompanied today by Abraham Olano, winner of La Vuelta in 1995 and the only man ever to win both the World Road Championship and the World Time Trial Championship. Abraham used to plan La Vuelta routes, so as well as being the perfect guide, he'll share with you his stories, technical tips and passion for Spanish cycling, to help make this a trip you won't forget.
You won't forget the two climbs on day 1 either. Abraham will give you his wheel for the climb to the Valdezcaray ski station and beyond (22km at 5.1% to an altitude of 1,972m). Following a thrilling descent on great road, we'll head straight for Cruz de la Demanda. This too has been the scene of many Vuelta summit finishes, won by the likes of Rominger and Zulle. Cruz de la Demanda fully deserves its rating as a Categoría Especial climb, rising for 895m at an average gradient of 5.7% with ramps of 14%. Our route descends back to Ezcaray where, having climbed almost 3,000m in 122km, you can choose to stop, or if you're still feeling strong you can ride the extra 50km back to Logroño.
In the evening, you can choose to have a bodega tour and dinner with Abraham in a famous Riojan winery, or just enjoy a tapas tour of the town.
Today's route covers just over 100km taking in a bodega visit or two. We'll climb just over 2,000m, including the famous Puerto Herrera. The ascent is over 10km at an average of 6%+, with ramps of 15% making you work for stunning views of the Rioja countryside. Most of the ride is in the beautiful rolling hills of the Basque Country and we cross into Castille and Leon before descending back into Logroño for an evening of tapas and Rioja.
Our third day takes us south again, to the beautiful Sierra de Cebollera. We start around 15km outside of Logroño, to make the day a more manageable 147km, although you might decide to start earlier and ride out through the vineyards. The first 25km is a steady climb above a impressive gorge, before a short descent and the challenging and beautiful Puerto la Rasa climb (10km at over 5%). The second climb of the day is Peña Hincada, similar in length and difficulty and with the significant upside of a thrilling 40km descent before another short climb and descent into Logroño.
On the Sunday morning you'll have the opportunity to join a group from a local club on their morning ride, stopping at their favourite café, before lunch in Logroño and heading back to the airport.
Dates: spring 2020 (tbc)
Bike courier service
Bike box hire
Expert planning and unique routes designed by local rider
Day's riding and dinner with Abraham Olano
Elite local guide rider Thursday - Saturday
Sunday morning ride with local club
Accommodation in luxury boutique hotel Eurostars Fuerte Ruavieja, Logroño
Breakfast and on the road nutrition
Support vehicle and mechanic
Overnight bike check and basic maintenance
Single room supplement £200.
Non-cycling partner supplement £200.
NB. Flights, lunches & dinners not included.
Banner image courtesy of Instituto de Turismo (Turespaña).