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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 action live with your Tour of Spain premium quality small group bike tour experience from Practice Bicycle Tours.
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.

About the Vuelta Espana:
The La Vuelta as it is traditionally known is an annual men’s multiple-stage bike race primarily held in Spain. It is the final of the three Grand Tours (Tour de France, the Giro d’Italia and the Vuelta a Espana) held each cycling season. Traditionally, the race is held in the last weeks of August and early September to fit in with the European Summer holiday season. While the route changes each year, the format of the race stays the same, and includes time trials, passage through the many mountain ranges, and a finish on the streets of Madrid.
The editions of La Vuelta Espana consist of 21 day-long stages over a 23-day period and cover approximately 3,500 kilometres (2,200 mi) total, with 24 World Tour Teams competing.
For 2024, Practice Bicycle has selected three amazing Tour of Spain stages for incorporation into our exciting range of Bike Race Tour cycling packages. These include – Stages 15, 16 and 17 of the La Vuelta.
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 Espana bike tours are more enjoyable when you Unpack Once, Ride Everyday with this small group cycling vacation. With an exciting variety of 3 contrasting Vuelta stages on offer this year, join the action live and enjoy a selection of superb, tailored rides to suit all abilities, escape the norm and immerse yourself in authentic Spain.

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 78th edition of the Spanish grand tour starting in Portugal before crossing into Spain 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 3 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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PB Cycling Guides & Support Vehicle

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Comfortable / Challenging
40-100km / 25mi-62mi
Various ride distances each day

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Premium Tour:
3* Hotel Accommodation AUD $4173 pp
2* Hotel Accommodation AUD $3988 pp

One Hotel Cycling

Asturias, Spain

Dates

31 Aug – 5 Sep 2024 (3 stages)

Duration

5 Nights / 6 Days

Small Group

6 Guests

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Single Room – AUD $410
Bike Hire – AUD $500
Non-Cycling Partner – AUD $3921

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 did the Vuelta with Practice Bicycle, it was great! To not move hotels between the stages, the ride support was incredible, great spots on race route they put us a local restaurants to eat & drink whilst enjoying the atmosphere, the small group allowed flexibility and a personal touch to our cycling vacation,
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Mike – USA

Dates

Unique small group Tour of Spain cycling vacation, join the tour click on the ‘Book Now’ button or enquire today.

6 DAY TOUR
2024
  • 31 August — 05 September Book Now Enquire

Tour of Spain Itinerary

The best of the Vuelta Espana don’t miss the action live on the roads of Spain.
Vuelta Espana Bike Tour
Saturday 31st Aug - Arrival Day in Asturias Spain
Welcome to Asturias and the La Vuelta a Espana 2024
Today is arrival day with a short transfer from the Asturias Airport in Oviedo to the town of Colunga, your Unpack Once – Ride 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 and plentiful local favourite the Asturian Sidra (Cider). You’re in the heart of this fascinating region of Spain, from the coastline to the mountains full of lush vegetation the reason Asturias is known as Green Spain.
This evening enjoy classical recipes of Asturias together with welcome drinks & dinner at your Vuelta Espana bike tour.

*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.

Vuelta Espana Bike Tour
Sunday 1st Sept – View La Vuelta Espana Live Stage 15 Infiesto > Valgrande -Pajares. Cuitu Negru (Mountains)
*Ride options:
Distance 20km/12mi Ascent 600m/2000ft route San Martín del Rey Aurelio
Distance 55km/34mi Ascent 960m/3100ft route Mieres
Distance 115km/72mi Ascent 1850m/6000ft route Altu La Colladiella (848m)
Your first spectacular live race action is waiting in the central part of Asturias on the Cantabrian Mountains. This is the end of the second week for the Vuelta peloton and a tough Asturian Mountain stage is waiting, including a double ascent of the Altu la Cordiadella (848m) before the vertical ski slopes at the finish line of Cuitu Negru!
Could this be the day that the General Classification riders must show their very best performance and fight for the race leaders Red Jersey before Madrid?
The stage 15 race route bounces up and down across the Asturian Mountains, 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 race viewing action. Enjoy the valley roads and test the legs with the options of the Alto de la Colladiella (848m Cat 1) with all the support on and off the bike with the Practice Bicycle team ensuring the perfect day at the Tour of Spain in 2024.
Vuelta Espana Bike Tour
Monday 2nd Sept - Camino de Santiago
*Ride options:
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 400m/1300ft route Lastres
Distance 45km/28mi Ascent 1040m/3400ft route San Feliz
Distance 70km/44mi Ascent 890m/2900ft route Migoya
With the Vuelta Spanish Grand Tour taking a well-deserved rest day we have a relaxing day planned to explore these fantastic roads and glorious countryside, our own small taste like the pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago. Undulating interior or spectacular coast this is an amazing ride day all the way, kilometers are not so important today as the views will take your breath away!
Our selection of ride options is the perfect opportunity to experience this great cycling destination and feel the roads of Spain before we catch up with all the live Vuelta Espana action tomorrow.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon before a hearty dinner together to ensure we’re all ready for great PB cycling adventures to follow. The menu of local fish or the fabada Asturian, Fabada is made with beans and one of the most well-known Asturian dishes, perfect for cycling.

Vuelta Espana Bike Tour
Tuesday 3rd Sept – View La Vuelta Espana Live Stage 16 Luanco > Lagos de Covadonga (Mountains)
*Ride options:
Distance 25km/16mi Ascent 680m/2200ft route Mirador del Fito (584m)
Distance 65km/40mi Ascent 970m/3200ft route Santillan
Distance 105km/65mi Ascent 2060m/6700ft route Lagos da Covadonga (1085)
The infamous Lagos de Covadonga with its formidable cycling reputation is waiting for the best professional climbers in the world, in true Vuelta style the legs will be tested earlier in the stage to ensure only the very best can win at this prestigious Spanish grand tour.
Add into the mix the unpredictable effects of a rest day on the legs of the peloton and a surprise or too could be waiting for the Vuelta Espana today!
With the first climb of the race route close to your Hotel this morning a great cycling opportunity is waiting.
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 the final 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 2024 live from the roadside.

Vuelta Espana Bike Tour
Wednesday 4th Sept – View La Vuelta Espana Live Stage 17 Monumento Juan de Castillo. Arnuero > Santander (Mountains)
*Ride options:
Distance 40km/25mi Ascent 360m/1200ft route Villafufre
Distance 65km/40mi Ascent 970m/3200ft route Alto del Caracol (822m)
Distance 96km/60mi Ascent 1420m/4600ft route Villanueva de la Pena
Stage 17 could be the last opportunity for the sprinters at the Vuelta 2024 with the stage finishing on the streets of Santander. Then of course this is the Vuelta Espana and even the sprinters must climb the two categorised climbs in the middle of the stage route if they want a chance for stage victory.
These climbs of Asturias may not be considered high in altitude, with many of the climbs between 700m – 1300m, 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!
After a great Vuelta cycling tour, take your pick on this classic Spanish cycling day from a selection of great rides, the perfect way to end your Vuelta cycling adventures on the roads 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 2024 Vuelta Espana.

Vuelta Espana Bike Tour
Thursday 5th Sept – Departure Day from Asturias Spain
Today is your departure day from the Vuelta Espana Bike Tour. Your team will say goodbye this morning and transfer you to Asturias Airport for your midday departure. Practice Bicycle Tours wish you “adios”, safe cycling until we ride together again.

*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.

Tour Arrival & Departure Meet Point: Asturias Oviedo Airport (Spain).

The premium Tour of Spain cycling vacation package includes a 5:00pm pick-up & 12:00 midday drop-off at Asturias Oviedo Airport (Spain)

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), also London Gatwick Airport (UK) which are serviced by many International and low-cost European airlines including, American Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Iberia, Air France and British Airways.

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

‘Asturias Spain the Culinary Landscape’…

Bike/Travel/Cuisine/New Destination 7 Asturian tastes you must try during your Vuelta Espana cycling visit…

Welcome to your La Vuelta Espana Dinner & Drinks in our favourite Colunga ‘locals’ restaurant. The Spanish love to eat, sit back, enjoy the various flavours that just keep coming…an exciting week of ‘pedalling the green landscapes’ of Asturias.

Let’s drink the Asturian Trabanco Cider and eat the great Cabrales blue cheese. A must try is fabada, local dry-cured Jamon (ham), chorizo, and morcilla are simmered with fabes beans in a rich broth with seasonings and savories until the beans take on a melt in your mouth buttery consistency. The Pitu Caleya, is a PB favourite a paella pan of braised chicken in sidra and then sautéing it in brown butter tastes alot like part risotto, part paella, long slow home cooked flavours.
If you love seafood mussels and scallops of Asturias are fabulous.
Finally, you have to taste cachopo and the cream of rice pudding!

Your Vuelta Espana ride/race viewing days will be facilitated with a pasteleria stop en-route for our favourite, a casadielles and cafe to keep the blood sugar levels up.
Once at our roadside live viewing spot each day, time to savour the moment, be amongst the locals, relax, enjoy the ‘Asturian atmosphere’ with our premium restaurant lunches in varying, stunning different landscapes on-route, you will thoroughly enjoy the Asturian feast…Buen provecho!
(Drinks are not included in the daily lunches on offer)

For your convenience, your Asturian accommodation provides home cooked dinners nightly, or feel free to dine in the local centre of Colunga tabernas each evening for a true asturian feel.

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.

Practice Bicycle choose hand-picked, quality, 3* and 2* 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.

Los Caspios 3 Star Asturian Manor House Colunga Asturias

Los Caspios 3 Star Hotel Asturian Manor House Colunga          Los Caspios 3 Star Hotel Colunga Asturias          Los Caspios 3 Star Hotel Double Room

3 Star Hotel Mar Del Sueve Centre Colunga Asturias

3 Star Hotel Mar Del Sueve Colunga Asturias          3 Star Hotel Mar Del Sueve Double Room Colunga Asturias          3 Star Hotel Mar Del Sueve Breakfast Bar Restaurant

2 Star Hotel Las Vegas Centre Colunga Asturias

2 Star Hotel Las Vegas Centre Colunga Asturias          2 Star Hotel Las Vegas Colunga Asturias Double Room          2 Star Hotel Las Vegas Colunga Asturias Restaurant

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.

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 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.

For many a challenge is part of the perfect cycling vacation. 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 (Womens Tour of Italy) & 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.

If you are looking for a challenge with your next cycling vacation take a look at our Challenging Bike Tours category, with fantastic cycling opportunities in superb destinations including, Australia, Portugal, Italy, Switzerland and the French Alps.

‘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 destination before it is 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 all from the one perfect location.
Experience the very best cycling of your life with your Vuelta Espana cycling holiday when you Unpack Once, Ride Everyday!

For your added convenience we offer quality carbon road bikes as an optional extra available to you with your Vuelta Espana cycling tour.

Depending on availability and size we have available German Cube carbon road bikes or Austrian KTM carbon road bikes in both rim brake and disc brake latest models with Shimano 105 or Ultegra 11speed groupsets.

Cube Attain GTC Disc Carbon Road Bike Shimano 11s 50x34 11-32              KTM Revelator 3500 105 Carbon Shimano 105 11s Rim Brakes 50x34 11-32              KTM Alto Elite Carbon Shimano Ultegra 11s Hydraulic Disc Brakes Mechanical Groupset 50x34 11-32 Mavic Aksium Wheelset

Premium Vuelta a Espana package includes:

  • 5 nights of quality 3* or 2*Hotel Accommodation in the heart of Asturias, Northern Spain
  • Spanish Breakfast each morning to start the day
  • 4 superb, tailored guided rides with the highest level of safety including Vuelta Espana race routes
  • A Choice of daily ride options, comfortable or challenging
  • 3 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/dinner experiences including 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 (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 15 Infiesto > Valgrande-Pajares (Mountains), Stage 16 Luanco > Lagos de Covadonga (Mountains), Stage 17 Arnuero > Santander (Mountains).
  • Asturias Challenges waiting for you, Alto de Santo Emiliano (525m), Alto de la Colladiella (848m), Mirador del Fito (584m), Lagos da Covadonga (1085m), Collada Llomena (1003m) & Alto del Caracol (822m).
  • Sights and delights during your Vuelta cycling adventures, Natural Parks of Northern Spain, including the Picos de Europa, Toranzo Valley & Puente Viesgo Spa Resort, Nalón Valley & San Martín del Rey Aurelio and the Asturian towns of Colunga, Villaviciosa & Cangas de Onís.
  • 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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