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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 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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Cycling Guides & Support Vehicle

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

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Premium Tour:
3* Hotel Accommodation AUD $3951 pp
2* Hotel Accommodation AUD $3744 pp

One Hotel Cycling

Colunga, Spain

Dates

15 -20 Aug 2024 (3 stages)

Duration

5 Nights / 6 Days

Small Group

6 Guests

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Single Room – AUD $524
Bike Hire – AUD $500
Non-Cycling Partner – AUD $3547

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

Unique small group Tour of Spain cycling vacation, join the tour click on the ‘Enquire’ button.

6 DAY TOUR
2024
  • 15 August — 20 August Enquire

Tour of Spain Itinerary

The best of the Vuelta Espana don’t miss the action on the roads of Spain.
Sunday 10th Sept - Arrival Day in Asturias Spain
Welcome to Asturias and the La Vuelta a Espana 2023
Arrival Time: Midday
Ride Distance 28km/17mi Ascent 350m/1100ft route Tazones
Ride Distance 56km/35mi Ascent 520m/1700ft route Villaviciosa
Includes: Asturias Airport (Spain) Airport Transfer, Asturias Welcome Drinks & Dinner
Welcome to Asturias and the La Vuelta a Espana 2023, 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 – 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 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.

*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.

Monday 11th 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
Includes: Breakfast, Restaurant Dinner
With the Vuelta route heading towards Asturias from the Pyrenees we have a relaxing day 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 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.
Tuesday 12th Sept – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 16 Liencres Playa > Bejes (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
Includes: Breakfast, Vuelta Restaurant Lunch
With decisive mountain stages looming, this could be the day a break will make it to the finish line in Bejes, although the general classification contenders may have other ideas. With the final explosive 5km category 2 climb to the stage finish line the perfect opportunity to gain valuable seconds! It’s a short 120km stage for the professionals and will be full of super-fast racing as they wind between Cantabria and the Asturias border with the stage route entering 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 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 2023 live from the roadside.
Wednesday 13th Sept – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 17 Ribadesella > Altu de L'Angliru (Mountains)
*Ride options:
Distance 43km/27mi Ascent 475m/1500ft route Mieres del Camino
Distance 60km/37mi Ascent 1100m/3600ft route Alto de la Colladiella
Distance 78km/48mi Ascent 1670m/5500ft route Altu de L’Angliru
Includes: Breakfast, Vuelta Espana Mountain Restaurant Lunch
This is the Asturian double header that everybody has been waiting for, today it’s the 122.6km critical Mountain stage with 2 category one climbs before the feared HC climb of the Altu de L’Angliru! 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 17 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 to 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) and Alto del Cordal (790m Cat 1) climbs or take the L’Angliru challenge! the Practice Bicycle team ensure the perfect day at the Tour of Spain in 2023.
Thursday 14th Sept – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 18 Pola de Allande > La Cruz de Linares (Mountains)
*Ride options:
Distance 36km/22mi Ascent 370m/1200ft route Tunon
Distance 60km/37mi Ascent 800m/2600ft route Alto de Tenebredo
Distance 85km/53mi Ascent 1400m/460000ft route Mirador de la Cruz de Linares
Includes: Breakfast, Vuelta Espana Celebration Dinner
After Stage 17 finishing on the top of the L’Angliru, the fatigued peloton have one huge final mountain stage before they head south to the finish of the Vuelta Espana in Madrid. Stage 18 of the Tour of Spain is the second Asturian mountain stage with a further 5 categorised climbs. These climbs of Asturias may not be considered high in altitude, with all of today’s 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!
Today the Vuelta stage route passes over the finish line of the La Cruz de Linares on two occasions, giving you a multitude of ride options. 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 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 2023 Vuelta Espana.
Friday 15th Sept – Departure Day from Asturias Spain
Departure Time: Midday
Includes: Breakfast, Asturias Airport (Spain) Airport Transfer
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.

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

The premium Tour of Spain cycling vacation package includes an Asturias Oviedo Airport (Spain) pick-up and drop-off service to your hotel, arrival and departure days.

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

‘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 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 available German Cube Road Bikes or Austrian KTM carbon road bikes in rim brake/disc 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
  • 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
  • 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 (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 16 Liencres Playa > Bejes (Mountains), Stage 17 Ribadesella > Altu de L’Angliru (Mountains), Stage 18 Pola de Allande > La Cruz de Linares (Mountains).
  • Asturias Challenges waiting for you, Bejes (529m), Altu de L’Angliru (1558m), Alto de la Colladiella (848m), Alto del Cordal (790m), Mirador de la Cruz de Linares (845m), Alto de Tenebredo (507m) & Alto de la Llama (428m).
  • 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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