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2024 Vuelta a Espana - Final Week Tour

Sunday, September 1 – Monday, September 9, 2024

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8 Nights

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$120

2024 Vuelta a Espana with Sportive Breaks

2024 Vuelta a Espana Tour that covers the final week from the mountain stages to Madrid. Sunday, September 1 until Monday, September 9.

The 2024 Vuelta a Espana is the 79th edition of this Grand Tour. The 2024 dates of the are:  Saturday, August 17 – Sunday, September 8, 2024. 

Pre-register for our 2024 Vuelta Tour 

We expect our fully supported tour to the final week of the 2024 Vuelta a Espana to sell out like in 2023. Not to worry as you can already book your 2024 place now with Sportive Breaks. Buy your spot by paying a pre-registration fee of $120 per person.

We go on sale in December after the route announcement. If you don’t like the route or our tour then we will give you a refund.

To give you an idea of what to expect in 2024, the 2023 itinerary is below. 

Sportive Breaks take you to all the grand tours. We are an official tour operator for the 2024 Vuelta a Espana. Our final tour of the 2024 Vuelta a España (Tour of Spain) starts and finishes in Madrid, Spain’s classical capital. The tour is divided between central Spain and the location of the final mountain stages. In 2023 this was Asturias in the north where during the middle stages of the tour you can test yourself on some of Europe’s most challenging climbs. In no time at all climbs such as Lagos de Covadonga, La Cobertoria and El Angliru have become household names. 

The tour kicks off in Madrid before this Vuelta cycling adventure moves north to follow Stages 16 to 21. The tour stays 6 nights in a location near the final mountains stages, before a final 2 nights in central Madrid.

Highlights based on our 2023 tour

  • Cycle the Picos de Europa National Park – Spain’s version of the Dolomites with its alpine limestone peaks, pristine forests, lakes and deep canyon roads!
  • Ride the beautiful Lagos de Cavodonga (not featured on the race route in 2023)
  • Enjoy our ‘Balneario’ (spa resort) in the Asturian mountain landscape
  • Test yourself on L’Angliru one of Europe’s toughest road cycling climbs. We think it is harder than the Mortirolo & Zoncolan in Italy, so that is saying something!
  • 6 distinct live encounters with the Vuelta; 3 summit finishes, 1 stage start, 1 mid-stage viewing and 1 sprint finish. Get up close and personal to all the Vuelta action with our VIP inside race access!
  • Watch the 2023 Vuelta celebration ceremony from Cibeles in the heart of Madrid

Spread your payments: Our interest free payment system allows you to spread out your payments for the tour

Watch the Race for Red from up close: Be with us for the exciting final stage of the 2024 Vuelta a Espana. See the peloton ride through the Capital city then watch the winner being crowned on the final day in Madrid.

Live race viewing from Vuelta Hospitality Areas: Witness the excitement of live racing in comfort from official Vuelta hospitality areas: VIP Finish, Cross the Finish Experience and Finish VIP, Start Village and Neptuno hospitality on the final stage in Madrid

Ride the Lagos de Cavodonga: Not on the race route in 2023 but maybe in 2024?. This stunning climb is a must do as we are in the area

Cycle the Picos de Europa National Park: Spain’s version of the Dolomites with its alpine limestone peaks, pristine forests, lakes and deep canyon roads! TBC pending 2024 route

Excellent hotels included: Enjoy our hotels including Balnearios’ (spa resorts) and Madrid city center hotel

LIVE race viewing: 6 distinct live encounters with the 2024 Vuelta; 3 summit finishes, 1 stage start, 1 mid-stage viewing and 1 sprint finish. Get up close and personal to all the Vuelta action with our VIP inside race access!

Ride the Angliru: Test yourself on L’Angliru one of Europe’s toughest road cycling climbs. We think it is harder than the Mortirolo & Zoncolan in Italy, so that is saying something! TBC pending race route

The final showdown in Madrid: Watch the 2024 Vuelta celebration ceremony from Cibeles in the heart of Madrid

What's Included?

Accommodation

6 nights in excellent hotels

Included Meals

Breakfasts and dinners (no dinners in Madrid)

Accommodation

2 nights in Madrid City Center within walking distance of the finish of the final stage

Transfer

Airport transfers from Madrid plus transport throughout the tour

Official Vuelta Hospitality included

Hospitality included

Mechanic

Available throughout

Guided Rides

Supported rides every day

Bike Rental

Available at additional cost – $TBC

Accommodation

1 optional night pre-tour in Madrid

Highlights from the Past Event

Itinerary

Day To Day

We understand that some of you may arrive from further afield than Europe, so we offer an optional pre-tour arrival today. You can arrive throughout the day and be in situ in the morning to start our tour.

Arrive to Madrid at your own leisure. If you would like a complimentary airport pick-up, we can organise this at approximately 2pm. Check-in to your central Madrid hotel and join the guides as they help you with your bike-build or bike-fit if you opt to hire one of our carbon road bikes. This evening over dinner listen-in to the amazing week of Vuelta cycling we have in store for you!

Bike boxes

Please note that we have planned for bike boxes and bags to be left in Madrid for the duration of the tour to avoid them taking up space in our tour vehicles.

Sleep: H10 Puerto de Alcala Madrid or similar

Transfer to our first hotel

This morning please join our tour in Madrid. If you would like a complimentary airport pick-up, we can organise this at 11.00. We will depart Madrid from hotel H10 Puerto de Alcala Madrid at 14.00. Please ensure that you are on time as we will not be able to delay our departure.

If you are travelling with a bike box, please leave enough time to build your bike as we will store your bike box in Madrid for the duration of the tour. Our staff are happy to assist.

Bike boxes

Please note that we have planned for bike boxes and bags to be left in Madrid for the duration of the tour to avoid them taking up space in our tour vehicles.

Bike rental

If you have rented a bike with us then we will fit your bike this afternoon.

Highlights:

  • Transfer from Madrid to TBC
  • Rental Bike fitting
  • Relax at the hotel pool or Spa
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • 2023 Hotel (2024 TBC): Balneario Las Caldas

Itinerary based on 2023

Today is all about taking advantage of the Vuelta rest day. Whether you are a photographer, nature lover, hiker, or cyclist everyone must visit Lagos de Covadonga (lago = lake). The majestic lakes which are found at the summit are not featured in the 2023 race edition. Don’t worry though we will get you there by bike!

In the morning there will be a 45min transfer towards the Cantabrian Sea. The first climb on the cards is the impressive Mirador del Fito (Mirador = Lookout). Get the legs going with this 4.3 mile climb at 7.9% average grade. The work needs to be done when the double-digit grades strike between 1.5-3 miles in. With green vegetation all around and a snaking road up to the lookout, the Asturian coastline views will be sure to impress!

The descent now delivers you to the base of the Picos de Europa National Park. These mountains are commonly referred to as ‘Pequeño Dolomiti’ (Little Dolomites). 8.7 miles of constant climbing (7% average) takes you up to the towering limestone peaks. There is a testing 1.8 mile stretch during the mid-section which constantly hovers around 11% average. Make sure you are ready to cover any stage defining attacks! Lagos de Covadonga was first included during the 1983 Vuelta race. During the last 40 years there have been no less than 21 epic stage finishes. It is one of the most loved climbs with the ‘aficionado’ and Spanish and French champions Pedro Delgado and Laurent Jalabert respectively are the only riders to have taken out multiple stage wins.

After completing the Fito / Covadonga double you might just be granted Asturian citizenship! Jokes aside, this double was last used during Stage 15 of the 2018 Vuelta when Thibaut Pinot took line honours over Miguel Angel Lopez and Simon Yates. Some pretty good company there!

Highlights:

  • Ride Lagos de Cavodonga: 47 miles / 7218 feet elevation gain
  • Evening meal at the hotel
  • 2023 Hotel: Balneario Las Caldas

Itinerary based on 2023

Picos de Europa

In 1936 La Vuelta arrived in Asturias for the first time. Now you too are here to ride and watch as the 2023 race moves into Asturias. Today the pro peloton has a date with destiny, and it goes by the name Bejes! We thought we would never see the day with a stage finish up to Bejes. It is a narrow mountain road up to a remote landscape which is well known in the Asturian mountain bike scene. Logistically it will be a mission for La Vuelta organizers to set-up the finish line and it will be a 100% unique experience for everyone who is passionate about this great race.

To kick-off our ride though, today we will begin from Llanes, a coastal township with plenty of charm. A quick coffee and we’ll be off in search of quiet roads up to ‘Alto de la Torneria’. This 8.75km climb with 5% average grade hides its nasty secrets until the final 2km (a constant 10% grind). Be sure to take in and enjoy the coastal views in the first 6km as the finish is likely to involve plenty of head down, bum up.

Special sites along the route continue with big mountain views over to the ‘Naranjo de Bulnes’ peak and a scintillating 10km stretch of deep canyon road called Desfiladero de la Hermida. The desfiladero (gorge/canyon) brings you all the way to the base of Bejes and this new Vuelta climb will be sure to see some explosive attacks. A short 6km climb with 8.5% average grade and a non-stop 12-15% section between KM3 – 4.5. We will be roadside to watch Vuelta history before a 2hr transfer back to our hotel on the outskirts of Oviedo.

Highlights:

  • Ride: 85km / 2000m elevation gain
  • Watch: Bejes climb
  • Evening meal at the hotel
  • 2023 hotel: Balneario Las Caldas

Itinerary based on 2023

Angliru

Are you ready? Having cycled this monster several times we can honestly say that you are never really ready for L’Angliru. If your bike has the right gearing – compact cranks with at least a 32-rear cassette, you have some training in the legs and strong willpower this should be enough to get you to the top. This will probably be your greatest road cycling achievement to date and for all times for that matter.

To get things started we will transfer 30min east to Nava to intersect with the Stage 17 race route. From here you can ride the challenging final 50 miles of the race route, all the way to the L’Angliru summit finish.

Our official VIP race passes will get you to a strategic position on the Angliru climb. For those who want to ride to the summit then let’s go. For others your goal should be to reach the halfway point and ride straight into the VIP area. Grab a cold drink, snack, and sit back and watch all the race action on the big screen. Due to its extreme difficulty, reaching the Angliru summit is not for everyone, but being here to watch the Stage 17 LIVE is what it is all about!

El Alto del Angliru was first introduced by La Vuelta organisers during 1999. The 7.7 mile climb with 10.2% average grade we think puts it in the top 3 of all European road cycling climbs. Sounds tough right! But wait for it, the final 4 miles average 13.5% with half a dozen extended ramps ranging between 19% to 23.5%. ‘Un autentico infierno’ as the locals would say! As soon as L’Angliru made race news, it spread like a wildfire across the cycling world. There have now been 8 stage finishes since 1999 and Alberto Contador is the only rider with multiple stage wins.

Our hotel is only a 15 mile drive from the VIP access area! Tonight, the local ‘cachopo’ could be the perfect meal to return some muscle protein for the following days. Two pieces of prime Asturian beef, crumbed and filled with ham and cheese should do the trick! For the vegetarians in the group don’t worry as Asturias is home to some hearty beans and vegetables dishes. Asturias is synonymous with the term ‘comer de cuchara’ (eat with a spoon) and its stews are famous Spain-wide.

Highlights:

  • Ride: 34 miles / 6234 ft elevation gain or 50 miles / 8202 ft elevation gain
  • Watch: Finish Hospitality on the Angliru climb
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • 2023 hotel: Balneario Las Caldas

2023 itinerary

La Cruz de Linares

Today we will roll-out from the front door of the hotel. After 12 miles our ride encounters the famous ‘El Cordal’ climb which in La Vuelta typically precedes any Angliru assault. After a tough day yesterday the climb to ‘El Cordal’ summit will be a good warm-up. It is a constant 5 mile climb with an 6% average grade.

As you have probably now guessed, Asturias is full of climbs and from El Cordal we have the chance to link-up with ‘La Cobertoria’ and ‘El Gamoniteiru’. La Cobertoria is a modern classic which has been used as a stage summit finish during the 2006 and 2010 Vuelta editions. We will intersect La Cobertoria with 2.2 miles to the summit. However, for those with good legs, why not also add the ‘El Gamoniteiru’ climb by turning off just prior to La Cobertoria summit. In 2021 Miguel Angel ‘Superman’ Lopez won the only ever edition on El Gamoniteiru. 4.6 miles and 1969ft elevation gain speaks of a solid workout, but wait for it, the final half mile to the summit averages 13.5%. El Gamoniteiru finishes up to a dead-end so this will be treated as an optional extra.

Now that we’ve got your heart rate up we continue towards the edge of the Las Ubiñas-La Mesa Natural Park. This cycling route follows the valley directly west and behind the massive l’Angliru massif in search of ‘La Cruz de Linares’ climb. This Stage 18 summit finish will be rolled-out for the first time in Vuelta history. La Cruz de Linares is a 4.3 mile climb with 8.9% average grade. The first 2.5 miles average 11% and watching the finish live here will be race defining.

With the finish line being so close to our hotel you can decide to take a van transfer or ride a further 15 miles (mostly downhill and flat) to round out an epic hotel loop ride.

Highlights:

  • Ride: 43 miles / 6562ft elevation gain or 53 miles / 8530ft elevation gain
  • Watch: Finish at Cruz de Linares
  • Dinner at the hotel
  • 2023 Hotel: Balneario Las Caldas

Based on 2023 itinerary

Avila

This morning we will depart Asturias. We will break up the journey to Madrid with a one-night stay in Avila. With all the big Asturian mountains now conquered and a distant silhouette, a gentle ride through the plains of Castille & Leon will be a nice reprieve. You will start in Astorga which is famous for its strategic position along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route. Pedal past ‘Palacio Episcopal’ which was designed by Gaudi himself (yes the famous architect from Barcelona). The 30 mile cycling route will finish in La Bañeza with time to watch the Stage 19 start from the VIP enclosure. After the finish we will drive 2h from La Bañeza to Avila which is a beautiful walled town.

Highlights

Based on 2023 itinerary

Guadarrama mountains

The Guadarrama mountains immediately north of Madrid historically shape the final Vuelta podium positions. This year will be no different, with a stage of intense racing planned which includes ten Category 3 climbs over a parcours exceeding 125 miles. Expect breakaways, plenty of attacks and riders who excel in medium mountains to take it to the General Classification contenders. We will base ourselves near Robledo de Chavela where the race happens to pass by on three occasions. It will be a fun day with plenty of Vuelta action to keep things interesting. Post-stage there will be a 1hr drive back to Madrid.

In Madrid your bike and bike box will be reunited and we will assist you with putting your bike back so it’s ready for travel.

Highlights:

  • Ride: 62 miles / 4920ft elevation gain
  • Watch: 3 LIVE race viewings
  • 2023 Hotel: H10 Puerto de Alcala Madrid
  • Dinner: Free to make your own arrangements in Madrid

Madrid

This morning you will enjoy a 2.5hr leisurely city bike tour through the heart of Madrid. With its many small interconnecting one-way lanes, it is a fantastic city for commuting providing you know your way around of course! The route will include the Royal Palace, Plaza Mayor, Puerto del Sol and the Retiro park. Post-ride we would like to invite you all for a Tapas lunch in the heart of the city center. Rental of a hybrid bike is included today.

As the sun starts to set over Paseo de la Castellana (Spain’s version of the Champs Elysees) the wizz of the wheels will return to Madrid. After many difficult mountain stages, the surviving sprinters will have the final say. The post-race celebrations around the Cibeles fountain are spectacular. Remco Evenepoel was a somewhat surprise winner of the 2022 edition. Will he be back to defend his title in 2023? This evening will be a fitting celebration of a great time spent on the bikes.

Neptuno Hospitality

Three weeks of intense, emotional racing come to an end in Madrid. This final, spectacular stage takes place on an urban circuit that allows us to discover the many wonders and the festive atmosphere that the Spanish capital has to offer. Come and celebrate the final miles of this mythical race with the cyclists in ideally placed areas.

This year, the riders will cross the finish-line for the first time at around 4.00 pm and again for the last time at around 5.30 pm

  • Ideal location next to the finish line
  • Great view over the race
  • Race broadcast live on plasma TV screens
  • Gourmet cocktail
  • Open bar all afternoon
  • Exclusive “La Vuelta” gift

Highlights

  • Ride: City bike tour
  • Watch: Neptuno Finish Hospitality
  • Meals: Tapas Lunch, Neptuno hospitality (snacks) and free to make your own dinner arrangements
  • Hotel: H10 Puerto de Alcala Madrid

Madrid

Following breakfast our guides will be available to transfer you to Madrid Airport. We can have you at the airport by 10:30am so please keep that in mind when organizing any onwards flights. We trust you have enjoyed your Vuelta cycling experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

More About the 2024 Vuelta a Espana

The 2024 Vuelta a Espana is the 79th edition of this Grand Tour. The 2024 dates of the are:  Saturday, August 17, 2024 – Sunday, September 8, 2024.

Sportive Breaks take you to all the grand tours. We are an official tour operator for the 2024 Vuelta a Espana. The 2024 Vuelta a Espana route presentation will take place in December 2023. Our tours will be available shortly afterwards.

The venues on our 2023 Vuelta Tour

Las Caldas near Oviedo

The Hotel Las Caldas is a delightful hotel near Oviedo, where you can find the thermal waters of Las Caldas, internationally renowned for their healthy properties. The Hotel Las Caldas is perfectly connected for all kinds of day trips and excursions and ideally located to discover the Asturian pre-Romanesque works of art including the Santa María del Naranco and San Miguel de Lillo, the Cueva de las Caldas, San Pedro del Priorio, Mieres, Bandujo. Las Caldas is also the starting point for more than 1000 miles of cycling and mountain bike routes that pass through the beautiful surroundings such as the National Park of Las Ubiñas, the Senda del Oso or even the Fuso de la Reina pedestrian path which features 15 miles of route with 8 tunnels and 3 bridges, whilst in close proximity to the nature reserves of the Redes Park.

Avila

Ávila is a World Heritage Site. Its impressive city walls, the beautiful 12th century Cathedral, the Saint Peter church, or the Saint Vincent Basilica are excellent examples of this mystic and fortified city. Come and discover its streets, people, and traditions.

Palacio de Los Velada Hotel is next to the Cathedral of San Salvador and is the ideal place to enjoy the centre of Ávila. This historical Castilian city is surrounded by incredible 12th century walls and is home of numerous churches, cloisters, and convents, which host centuries of history and art.

Asturias

We hope you are ready to climb as the tour hits the high peaks of the Somiedo, Ubiñas-Mesa, Picos de Europa (our favourite!) and Guadarrama National Parks. Sportive Breaks are an Official Tour Operator for the Vuelta so we included access to 5 VIP Vuelta experiences! On this tour you will see high altitude finishes from Stage 16 in Bejes, the monster Stage 17 L’Angliru climb as well as the Stage 18 finish atop La Cruz de Linares. Did you know that two of these 3 summit finishes will be rolled out for the first-time? La Vuelta organizers don’t cease to innovate!

Guadarrama

As we head back towards the Spanish capital you will watch the peloton at the Stage 19 start-line before the penultimate stage on the undulating roads between Avila and Madrid in the Guadarrama mountains. Stage 20 is going to be a dramatic and classic stage with an extraordinary ten! Category 3 climbs and 208km in one stage.

Madrid

Except in special occasions, Madrid is the classic location for La Vuelta’s grand finale. Cibeles, Neptuno, Colón, Gran Vía, the Prado… all of these form a part of the history of La Vuelta’s final stage, which is a tribute to the winner of La Roja, and provides the setting for the final winners’ podium. Madrid holds a very special place in the history of the race and will continue to do so in 2023.

To cap things off, enjoy the twilight Stage 21 race finish in the boulevards of Madrid from the Neptuno hospitality venue as we wait to see who will be crowned the 2023 Vuelta champion. What a week of cycling watching Spain’s premiere road cycling race!

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