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Vuelta a Espana Cycling Tours Asturias

The third of the annual Grand Tours is waiting for you at the Vuelta a Espana cycling tours in Asturias Spain.
Ride the roads, feel the atmosphere, watch all the live action with your Tour of Spain cycling vacation with this quality bike tour from Practice Bicycle Tours.

The challenging Vuelta a Espana route takes on the roads of Asturias with intense Vuelta mountains.  Escape the norm and immerse yourself in authentic Spain with this premium quality small group bike tour experience.

The Vuelta a Espana along with the Giro and Tour is the pinnacle of the season for cycling fans and the Practice Bicycle team, who have a special passion for cycling and international racing ready to share with you. You want to feel like you belong and you’re not just another tourist in the group… in fact you want to totally escape, both on your bike and whilst relaxing…. a real cycling holiday!

Vuelta a Espana Cycling Tours

Climbs, Action and the Very unexpected it must be the Vuelta a Espana bike race on the changing landscape of Asturias in sunny Spain!  This year will be the 77th edition of the Spanish grand tour starting in the Netherlands followed by a route that encompasses both the North and South of Spain with many difficult summit finishes before the traditional finish in the capital of Madrid.
Join all the excitement with great cycling and race viewing in the Asturias mountains with 4 Vuelta stages and all the decisive action at the Tour of Spain.
This proven Practice Bicycle formula of the ideal balance between quality rides, race viewing and relaxing is enjoyed by all our discerning bike riders and non-cycling guests.

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Bike Race Tour

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Experienced Cycling Guides & Support Vehicle

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Flexible – 40km/25mi – 100km/62mi
We offer a choice of 2-3 ride distances each day as per our itineraries i.e 40km,75km or 100km

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Rides Only:
Without Accommodation AUD $2260 pp
Premium Tour:
2* Hotel Accommodation AUD $2883 pp
3* Hotel Accommodation AUD $3140 pp

One Hotel Cycling

Asturias, Spain

Dates

Aug 2023 TBC

Duration

6 Days / 5 Nights

Small Group Size

4 to 6 people

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Single room – AUD $664
Bike hire – AUD $500
Non-cycling partner – AUD $2617

Unpack Once, Ride Everyday

The Perfect Vuelta Cycling Destination Asturias Spain.

Asturias, the region of northwest Spain, full of rugged coast, mountains, religious sites, and medieval architecture. The coastline of Asturias is 401km in length, with 18 fishing villages, and over 200 beaches.   With the interior full of Natural Parks, spectacular scenery and great for cycling adventures!
Enjoy your stay in the Asturian town of Colunga, unique and welcoming with a wide range of tourist attractions, including their local drink of Cider.  Surrounded by greenness Asturias is a collection of Spain in one area everything from sandy beaches to high mountains the humble tapas bar to chic restaurants, and from raucous local fiestas to silent valleys.
The perfect destination for your Tour of Spain cycling vacation.

We really love cycle racing in Europe and Practice Bicycle know bike racing!. Our Vuelta experience was perfect, it was the first time visiting Spain and we rode, watched the Pro's and our hosts new all about what's going on within the race. It was so relaxed, yet organised just how we like it. You guys are the best! The Vuelta a Espana was brilliant looking forward to the next tour!
Testimonial by M & R Bailey – Australia
M & R Bailey – Australia

Dates

Premium Tour
2023
  • 19 August — 10 September Enquire
Rides Only
2023
  • 19 August — 10 September Enquire

Tour of Spain Itinerary

The best of the Vuelta Espana don’t miss the action on the roads of Spain.
Wednesday 24th August - Arrival Day in Asturias Spain
Welcome to Asturias and the La Vuelta a Espana 2022
Arrival Time: Midday
Ride Distance 28km/17mi Ascent 350m/1100ft route Tazones
Ride Distance 56km/35mi Ascent 520m/1700ft route Villaviciosa
Welcome to Asturias and the La Vuelta a Espana 2022, a short transfer from the Asturias Airport in Oviedo takes you into the heart of the region and the town of Colunga, your Unpack once – Cycle Everyday location for your Spanish cycling adventures. Colunga is a beautiful and relaxing town surrounded by green fields and apple orchards used for the famous local favourite the Asturian Sidra (Cider). Should time permit today we will enjoy a welcome ride over to the breath-taking coast and the fishing village of Tazones with its painted colored houses on the hill side.
This evening we’ll get together for welcome drinks & dinner of classical recipes of Asturias.
Thursday 25th August – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 6 Bilbao - Pico Jano. San Miguel de Aguayo (Mountains)
*Ride options:
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 400m/1300ft route Villanueva de la Pena
Distance 74km/45mi Ascent 1139m/3700ft route Collada de Brenes
Distance 95km/59mi Ascent 1570m/5000ft route Puente Viesgo
Non-Cycling Guest: Share the day at the Vuelta in Cantabria
Today we join the spectacle of the Vuelta on stage 6 as the route joins us in Cantabria having spent the previous two stages in the Basque country. This years’ Vuelta start was on the flat roads of the Netherlands after which the race organisation transferred directly to the challenging roads of Northern Spain. Today’s stage continues to make this first week of the Vuelta very difficult, with 3 categorised climbs and several others that deserve to be categorised the race will be explosive all the way. As always at the Tour of Spain expect the unexpected with its intriguing route and the stage finish at the summit of the Pico Jano.
Our selection of ride options is the perfect opportunity to experience this great cycling destination and feel the roads of Spain where we join the race action on the slopes of the Collada de Brenas (761m).
With all this action-packed day we’ll find the time to relax and enjoy our leisurely lunch together of fish or the fabada Asturian, Fabada is made with beans and one of the most well-known Asturian dishes.
Friday 26th August – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 7 Camargo - Cistierna (Mountains)
*Ride options:
Distance 36km/22mi Ascent 400m/1300ft route La Vega
Distance 74km/46mi Ascent 1570m/5000ft route San Glorio
Distance 118km/73mi Ascent 2080m/6800ft route Picos de Europa
Non-Cycling Guest: Share the atmosphere of the Vuelta in the Picos de Europa National Park
With a decisive weekend of mountain stages looming, this could be the day a break will make it to the finish line in Cistierna, as the race leaders save their legs for the big challenge ahead. It’s a long 200km stage for the professionals as they wind between Cantabria and Asturias with a mid-race long climb of the Puerto de San Gloria (1603m) on route as the stage enters the Picos de Europa National Park.
We may not be professional Vuelta cyclists, but we can have lots of fun on these same great roads with a variety of ride options to suit all legs, take the comfortable ride option or challenge the legs with a long climb in the Picos de Europa. Recover with traditional local cuisine in the heart of the Asturias mountains and immerse yourself in Spain and all the atmosphere of the Vuelta 2022 live from the roadside.
Saturday 27th August – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 8 Pola de Laviana - Collau Fancuaya (Mountains)
*Ride options:
Distance 43km/27mi Ascent 475m/1500ft route Santo Emiliano
Distance 60km/37mi Ascent 1100m/3600ft route Alto de la Mozqueta
Distance 78km/48mi Ascent 1670m/5500ft route Mieres del Camino
Non-Cycling Guest: Vuelta day in the Asturian Natural Park
This is the Asturian weekend that everybody as been waiting for, today its the 154.5km critical Mountain stage with 5 categorised climbs totaling 3300m for the day! Could this be the day that the General Classification riders must show their very best performance and fight for the race leaders Red Jersey?
The stage 8 race route bounces up and down across the Asturian Mountains today, we will transfer by vehicle from the hotel to the middle of this rugged mountain landscape. Your choice of spectacular ride options show case the region at its best with a variety of distance and climbing for your live viewing action mid stage. Enjoy the valley roads and the Alto Santo Emiliano (520m Cat 3) climb or test the legs with the Alto Mozqueta (848m Cat 2), the Practice Bicycle team ensure the perfect day at the Tour of Spain in 2022.
Sunday 28th August – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 9 Villaviciosa - Les Praeres. Nava (Mountains)
*Ride options:
Distance 36km/22mi Ascent 370m/1200ft route Villaviciosa
Distance 60km/37mi Ascent 800m/2600ft route Alto de la Llama
Distance 85km/53mi Ascent 1400m/460000ft route Mirador del Fitu
Non Cycling Guest: Vuelta day in the towns of Asturias

The first week of the 2022 Tour of Spain will be very difficult for the professional peloton, ending with stage 9 the second Asturian mountain stage with a further 5 categorised climbs. The climbs of Asturias may not be considered high in altitude, with all of todays climbs around 500m, although what they lack in height, they make up for with testing gradients. With a world of cycling experience at Practice Bicycle, we like to define the roads of Asturias not by kilometers, but by spectacular time in the saddle!
Today the Vuelta stage route passes by your hotel, given you a multitude of ride options, including the opportunity to be up close with your favourite cycling stars at the stage start, followed by action live from the roadside. After a great Vuelta cycling tour, take your pick on this classic Spanish cycling day from a selection of great ride options, the perfect way to end your Vuelta cycling adventures in the mountains of Asturias just one more time!
This evening we will celebrate in style this wonderful Spanish cycling holiday experience together with great food and stories of your 2022 Vuelta Espana.

Monday 29th August – Departure Day from Asturias Spain
Departure Time: Midday
Departure Day and It’s unfortunately time for your Vuelta a Espana to draw to an end and your relaxed Spanish cycling adventure as we transfer you to the Airport and your homeward travel, ‘ adiós’ from Practice Bicycle until the next time.
*As with all the Practice Bicycle Tours planned rides you always have the option of taking it easy and enjoying the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace.

*As with all the Practice Bicycle Tours planned rides you always have the option of taking it easy and enjoying the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bike, if you are excited by the best cycle racing in the world, this trip is for you!

Each cycling route during your Vuelta a Espana bike tour will be tailored specifically to your bike riding ability and experience, including the opportunity of riding on parts of the stage route.  So, you can have a challenging ride or a comfortable ride – the choice is yours.

Practice Bicycle choose hand-picked, quality, 2* and 3* Hotel accommodation located in the heart of Asturias. The ideal central location to make your Vuelta a Espana the perfect Spanish cycling holiday. From modern to traditional, bar and restaurant facilities, dependent on your preference you will enjoy your surrounds in the town of Colunga.
2 Star Hotel Las Vegas Centre Colunga Asturias Spain      2 Star Hotel Las Vegas Double Room centre ville Colunga Asturais Spain     3 Star Hotel Mar del Sueve Colunga Asturias Spain    3 Star Hotel Mar del Sueve Double Room Colunga Asturias Spain

We have the ideal package for any fan of world class cycling who does not wish to ride and prefers to spectate during our Vuelta a Espana cycling tours.
The perfect solution for a non-cycling wife/husband/partner to accompany the bike tour rider on their spectacular Vuelta a Espana cycling holiday whilst in Asturias Spain.

As a Vuelta a Espana Non-Cycling guest and bike race fan you experience all the spectacle, excitement, and action up close and personal of the bike race live. Our support team will share with you culture and villages on route whilst catching up with the cycling group at our ‘Unique live viewing spots’ and handpicked restaurant lunch together.

We enjoy a challenge as much as we love cycling. The team at Practice Bicycle has a history in professional bike racing and coaching. Your host Bridget Evans spent many years racing professionally including participating in the Giro d’Italia Donna & Grand Boucle Femmine (Women’s Tour de France).
So if it’s a challenge you are looking for, we can definitely find just the right rides for you at this years Vuelta Espana.

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Yes, absolutely! For complete flexibility with your cycling holiday, we offer our ‘Rides Only’ (Aug 25 – 28) package to be a part of the Vuelta without any add-ons or accommodation for your perfect flexible stay bike tour.
Each day you will join the Practice Bicycle Team at a convenient meeting point in the town of Colunga. Fully escorted and supported on superb fully guided rides to 4 stages of the Vuelta live. Look at the Itinerary above for further details.
Whats included:
4 guided rides to unique ‘live viewing spots’ of the Asturias stages.
4 restaurant lunches with local Spanish flavours.
Support vehicle & ‘on the go’ mechanical assistance.
Sports drinks & bike food for each day’s riding.

We offer a choice of fully guided tailored rides to meet the experience of our cycling guests, including actual sections of the Vuelta a Espana race routes.

The Practice Bicycle team have a world of cycling experience in developing great routes for cyclists of all levels with over 20 years cycling on the roads of Europe. To get an idea of what sort of rides you will be doing, take a look at the Asturias Spain Itinerary above.

‘Unpack Once, Ride Everyday’
The one location bike tour experience is the brainchild of Bridget (Owner/Operator).  On retiring from professional cycling, it was the pure pleasure of cycling that evolved the proven PB Tours formula of one location.  Including everything enjoyable and removing the less pleasurable is our goal of your perfect cycling holiday experience.

Packing and Unpacking each day is tiring, stressful and time consuming. With insufficient time to relax, enjoy and experience the place before it was time to move on again.
With a life spent discovering the very best destinations to Practice Bicycle, including the discovery of endless ride options exploring in every direction from the one perfect location.
Experience the very best cycling of your life when you Unpack Once, Ride Everyday!

For your added convenience we have quality carbon road bikes as an optional extra available to you with your Vuelta Espana cycling tour.
Many of our guests prefer their own bikes for maximum cycling pleasure. Should logistics and travel arrangements make this too difficult then our bike hire is the perfect solution.

Depending on availability and size we have several brands available including Focus, Sensa and Giant carbon bikes are recent models with Shimano Ultegra or 105 componentry.

Focus Izalco Max Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50, 34 x 11-29          Sensa Guilia Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50, 34 x 11-29          Giant TCR 2 Quality Carbon Road Bike Hire Shimano compact 50, 34 x 11-30

Asturias Oviedo Airport (Spain) is the closest and most convenient airport to your one location Vuelta Espana bike race tour in the town of Colunga.
For your convenience the premium Vuelta vacation packages include a Asturias Airport pick-up and drop-off service to your hotel.

If you are travelling in Europe, you can arrive at the Vuelta Espana bike tour in the charming Asturian town of Colunga by the following methods:

Air Travel: Asturias Oviedo Airport (Spain) has connecting flights from both Madrid Barajas Airport and Barcelona Airports (Spain), which are serviced by many International and low-cost European airlines including, American Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Iberia, and Air France.

Train Travel: The Rail Europe train network operates between Madrid and Oviedo Asturias.

Car Travel: The Spanish autoroute/toll motorway is a quick and convenient method of travelling around Spain by hire car. Arriving from the East via AP-68 & A-8 and from the South via A-6 & A-66

Premium Vuelta a Espana package includes:

  • 5 nights of quality 2* or 3*Hotel Accommodation in the heart of Asturias, Northern Spain
  • Spanish Breakfast each morning to start the day
  • 5 superb, tailored guided rides with the highest level of safety including Vuelta Espana race routes
  • A Choice of daily ride options, comfortable or challenging
  • 4 stages of the Vuelta a Espana with “unique live viewing spots” show casing Spain’s Grand Tour!
  • Welcome drinks & dinner and Farewell Celebration dinner of local Spanish flavours of the area.
  • 3 Spanish restaurant lunch experiences at the stages of the Vuelta a Espana
  • Support vehicle & ‘on the go’ mechanical assistance, Sports drinks & nutritional bars
  • Transfers from Asturias Airport (Spain) to your hotel (midday tour arrival & departure days)

Vuelta a Espana tour Highlights:

  • The historic town of Colunga, Asturias a beautiful and relaxing location to relax in Spain after the excitement of the Vuelta each day
  • Experience for yourself riding the roads of Spain, including parts of the Vuelta Espana race route.
  • Vuelta Espana spectacular live roadside action, Stage 6 Pico Jano (Mountains), Stage 7 Cistierna (Mountains), Stage 8 Collau Fancuaya (Mountains), Stage 9 Les Praeres (Start/Mountains).
  • Sights and delights during your Vuelta cycling adventures, Natural Parks of Northern Spain, including the Picos de Europa. Fishing village of Tazones, Asturian towns of Villaviciosa & Pola de Lena.
  • The best tastes of local Spanish dishes, show casing the Asturias region with a variety of restaurant pleasures including Fabada Asturiana, Cachopo, Cabrales Cheese and the popular drink of Cider.
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