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  • 8 DAY TOUR
    Monday 19th – Monday 26th August

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Join us on our Phil Anderson Signature Tours.

Vuelta a España 2019

We’ve teamed up with our longtime friend, Australian and Tour de France cycling legend Phil Anderson on a new series of signature, collaboration tours.

The Vuelta a España is the unheralded Grand Tour of cycling. It offers an explosive three weeks of mountaintop finishes raced under the afternoon Spanish sun and immersed in a culture of relaxed eating and drinking. The Vuelta a España is now on the bucket list of professional cyclists and weekend warriors alike.  No longer overlooked by those seeking cycling holiday experiences the Vuelta a España also features highly as a desired palmare for all the general classification contenders of the current era.

The 2019 Vuelta a España will be one of the hardest you will see as we follow the race across from the French Pyrenees across north western Spain. After a couple of weeks training at our Phil Anderson French Pyrenees camp, Phil has selected the middle week of the Vuelta to tap out some great rides across the lush, coastal regions of northern Spain.

It is in the Pyrenees that we join la Vuelta a España for the Individual Time Trial in Pau before heading towards the northwest coast through the mountains of Spain for a week that includes the best combination of riding, spectating, relaxing, cool drinks and pintxos.

TOUR INCLUSIONS

TOUR EXCLUSIONS

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS ITINERARY

Vuelta a España 2019

DAY 1 – TUESDAY 03 SEPT. 2019

ARRIVAL DAY – Spectating & getting settled

Stage 10: ITT 36.1km Jurancon – Pau

La Vuelta visits the Pyrenees briefly and for the first time in its history visits Pau for the ITT.

If you missed Le Tour now is your chance to catch a little bit of the action with a replication of the ITT in the same town, different month!

Preceded by a rest day the 36.1km time trial is very technical and is likely to upset the rhythm of many of the pro’s after a mountainous route in the first week of the Vuelta. The route will favour the specialists who may regain a strong footing on the general classification leader board after the day’s end.

Our tour starts in Pau and after spectating the tail end of the ITT we will transfer to San Sebastian and Spain for the start of our sojourn into La Vuelta. We will celebrate in style with a classic Spanish welcome meal.


Our Ride: Spectating & getting settled  

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 Après Bike:

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DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY 04 SEPT. 2019

Stage 11: 169km Saint Palias to Urdax

We plan on a classic Spanish start to the day, lazy enough allowing a little time to explore San Sebastian before we head out for a mid-morning ride that will have us arrive in Urdax with time for a late lunch and siesta before the stage finish. The ride is short enough to allow for 1600m of climbing on our first incursion into the Spanish mountains.

Stage 11 is a middle-mountain stage running over 4 intermediate climbs before a an exciting downhill finish in town. There are expectations of an attacker stealing the day but I would expect the stronger teams to control and dominate the stage, managing time bonuses before a strong finale in the streets of Urdax.

As the temperate cools we will drive back to San Sebastian for tapas, and a late dinner. Spanish already!


Our Ride: Not that far but lots of climbing.  

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DAY 3 – THURSDAY 05 SEPT. 2019

Stage 12: 175km Circuito de Navarra – Bilboa

Stage 12 involves three short but tough consecutive climbs, very close together through stunning country. The penultimate climb, the steep Alto El Vivero will precede the 7km descent to what will be a dramatic stage finish in Bilbao.

As La Vuelta heads East we will consequently extend our ride to take in the ascent of the Alto El Vivero to watch the race in its closing stages. We are likely to be in the mix of the cycling mad Basque. It will be unrivalled spectating after a  reasonably long ride to secure our positions.

We will return to San Sebastian with our feet up and spirits high for our last night in town before we chase the peloton along the coast to our next hotel.


Our Ride: 130km, pretty hilly  

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DAY 4 – FRIDAY 06 SEPT. 2019

Stage 13: 168km Bilboa – Los Machucos

A trip is designed around the riding and of course La Vuelta occasionally involves not just the obligatory transfer but a ride and a stage finish. We will have the luxury of a lazy start, typically Spanish followed by a race chase both by car and bike.

A mountain top finish is on our race card. This critical stage includes seven climbs before the final ascent to Los Machucos. This is the climb that Froome faltered on in 2017 and is one the Spanish refer to as ‘rampas inhumanas’. The Cantabrian mountain is a synonym for torture. The climb is only 7.3 kilometres at 8.7{31fb39d8a0b59746cb0a32d13e17edfe86875e478f5ddc12e038dfbb35b04c39}, but this average hides the initial 17.5{31fb39d8a0b59746cb0a32d13e17edfe86875e478f5ddc12e038dfbb35b04c39} ramp before it is followed by a steep descent. A km further and there is a 26{31fb39d8a0b59746cb0a32d13e17edfe86875e478f5ddc12e038dfbb35b04c39} gradient, which continues onto a small plateau and yet another ramp of 25{31fb39d8a0b59746cb0a32d13e17edfe86875e478f5ddc12e038dfbb35b04c39}.

Our ride may be difficult as well but will not be preceded by 6 climbs and we will tackle the mountain from behind.


Our Ride: 85km Hilly  

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DAY 5 – SATURDAY 07 SEPT. 2019

Stage 14: 189km San Vincente de la barquera – Oviedo

Stage 14 see’s a return of the sprinters on a flat stage which in finishes in Oviedo, reasonably close to home. Bearing that in mind we have planned a beautiful ride towards the Asturian coast, away from the race with a return planned to catch the stage finish in town.

A late breakfast is planned followed by a ride start time that the pro’s would envy. We will head out easy and have lunch en-route with time enough to have a post lunch siesta under a shady tree before we clip back onto the bike for the roll home and a race to catch.


Our Ride:  

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DAY 6 – SUNDAY 08 SEPT 2019

Stage 16: 155km Pravia – Alto de la Cubilla

A defining mountain stage presents today and it is one that could determine the outcome of the Vuelta. We do need to be at the finish to witness what could be the winner of the 2019 Vuelta take the stage at the end of a momentous 2nd week.

Our route to the stage finish on the Alto De la Cubilla is less circuitous and via small country lanes. There will be climbing, an inevitability but less so than yesterday and with time for a leisurely lunch en-route it should be a typically relaxing ride day in Spain.

Tonight we will celebrate the end of the middle segment of La Vuela 2019. The final week looks far less challenging and the winner could well be coasting home.


Our Ride: 80km 

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DAY 7 – MONDAY 09 SEPT 2019

Stage 16: 155km Pravia – Alto de la Cubilla

A defining mountain stage presents today and it is one that could determine the outcome of the Vuelta. We do need to be at the finish to witness what could be the winner of the 2019 Vuelta take the stage at the end of a momentous 2nd week.

Our route to the stage finish on the Alto De la Cubilla is less circuitous and via small country lanes. There will be climbing, an inevitability but less so than yesterday and with time for a leisurely lunch en-route it should be a typically relaxing ride day in Spain.

Tonight we will celebrate the end of the middle segment of La Vuela 2019. The final week looks far less challenging and the winner could well be coasting home.


Our Ride: 80km  

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 Après Bike:

DAY 7 – MONDAY 09 SEPT 2019

Today is the end of services by Phil Anderson Cycling.

We hope you enjoyed the ride.  We are off on our own next adventure.

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