Grand Tour Bike Race action in Southern Spain

The third of the annual Grand Tours is waiting for you at the Vuelta a Espana Bike Tour in Andalusia Southern Spain!
Ride amongst the action this August in tranquil Spain at the 2018 Vuelta a Espana in Malaga with the ultimate quality bike tour from Practice Bicycle Tours.

The challenging 2018 Vuelta a Espana route will open with 4 classic stages on the roads of Andalusia, 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 your 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!

2018 Vuelta a Espana Bike Tour

Climbs, Climbing and more Summit Finishes it has to be the Vuelta a Espana the third of the 2018 Grand Tours set amongst the unique atmosphere and landscape of Spain!  With the 21 stages covering 3,271km and a staggering 46 summits expect one of the most exciting Vuelta’s in 2018.  With a variety of contrasting stages and race viewing opportunities during the opening 4 days, join all the excitement and fun of this 2018 Vuelta Espana Bike Trip.
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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Flexible – from 40 km/day to 100 km/day
We offer a choice of 2-3 ride distances each day as per our itineraries i.e 50km.75km or 100km (Unique in the Industry for a Bike Race Tour)

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Premium: $3055 per person
includes 3* Hotel Accommodation

Dates

24 – 29 Aug 2018

Duration

6 Days / 5 Nights

Group Size

4 to 8 people

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Single room – $700
Bike hire – $500
Non-cycling partner – $2777

Non-cycling partner?

That’s ok, we cater to non-cyclists too!

Our Vuelta a Espana Non Cycling tour package is for any fan of world class cycling who does not wish to ride and prefers to spectate during our 2018 Vuelta a Espana Bike Tour. 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 Malaga, Andalusia.

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

2019
  • 24 August — 15 September Enquire

Itinerary

Below is the 2018 itinerary! Don’t miss out this August and register above.
Friday 24th August - Arrival Day in Ardales Andalusia
Welcome to Andalusia and the La Vuelta a Espana 2018
Arrival Time: Midday
Planned Ride Option:
Ride Distance 32km Ascent 500m route Guadalhorce Reservoir
Includes: Málaga–Costa del Sol (Spain) Airport Transfer, Welcome Drinks & Dinner
Non Cycling Guest: Share the spectacular tour day sights of Ardales

Welcome to Andalusia and the La Vuelta a Espana 2018, a short transfer from the Airport takes you into the heart of Southern Spain and the ‘white village’ of Ardales, a complete contrast to the popular tourist destination of the Costa de Sol. Ardales is a maze of narrow streets, little houses with terracotta roofs a great village to experience the authentic relaxed culture of Spain, whilst you ride amongst all the race action at the 2018 Vuelta. Should time permit enjoy your first Andalusian ride or relax with a cruzcampo (beer) or Rebujito (Sherry Cocktail) amongst the locals, over shadowed by the huge ‘Ardales’ rock and the castle.
This evening enjoy a welcome drink & dinner overlooking the stunning Guadalhorce Reservoir.

Saturday 25th August – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 1 Málaga / Málaga 8km (ITT)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 70km Ascent 400m route Malaga
Distance 31km Ascent 300m route Alora
Includes: Breakfast, Vuelta Costa del Sol Restaurant Lunch
Non Cycling Guest: Share the spectacular TT stage day of the Vuelta in Malaga

La Vuelta Espana begins today with a race against the clock and a 8km individual time trial around the landmarks of Malaga. This will be the third occasion that the Tour of Spain has started in this coastal town after 2000 and 2006, although more recently both Peter Sagan and Philippe Gilbert have won here.
Our ride route today is longer than the professionals and nearly all downhill as we head to the coast and our ‘unique live viewing spot’ to catch all the stars of cycling close up as they race the opening Time Trial on the streets of Malaga.
With the grand tour contenders and TT specialists riding at maximum speed they won’t have the same luxury as yourself to enjoy the highlights of Malaga, the start at the Pompidou Centre art gallery, the Mediterranean beach or the 10th century Castillo de Gibralfaro.
With this super-fast race day and glitz of the Costa del Sol, cap off the day with Spanish flavours of the coast and relaxing lunch together.

Sunday 26th August – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 2 Marbella / Caminito del Rey 163.9km (GPM Finish)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 80km Ascent 1550m route Valle de Abdalajis
Distance 55km Ascent 990m route Caminito del Rey GPM 3.4 km @ 7%
Distance 30km Ascent 600m route El Chorro
Includes: Breakfast, Andalusian Dinner
Non Cycling Guest: Share the atmosphere of the Vuelta GPM Finish at Caminito del Rey

It’s the GPM finish that we look forward to today and with the race route passing by Ardales a selection of superb ride options are available including sections of the race route to the finish line at Caminito del Rey all amongst the stunning landscapes of Andalusia.
La Vuelta a Espana 2018 route does not allow the peloton to ease into this third grand tour of the season with the second stage forcing the climbers into action all the way to the summit finish. In 2015 Esteban Chaves won on this climb by over 30 seconds to Quintana, Froome, Nibali and Aru. We can expect the red jersey contenders to be at maximum effort over the final 3.4 km climb at an average of 7%. With our own legs excited by the thrilling roadside action of the Vuelta, enjoy dinner together at one of the local restaurants in Ardales.

Monday 27th August – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 3 Mijas / Alhaurín de la Torre 182.5km (Hill Stage)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 80km Ascent 1250m route Sierra de las Nieve
Distance 53km Ascent 700m route Ronda
Distance 20km Ascent 420m route El Burgo
Includes: Breakfast, Restaurant Lunch in one of Spain’s most beautiful cities!
Non Cycling Guest: Enjoy the undulating landscape of the Vuelta and City of Ronda

Today, Stage 3 of the Vuelta a España shows how difficult this 3 week bike race really is, has it’s titled a ‘Hilly’ stage and also one of the few opportunities for a sprinter to win at this years Vuelta! Starting and finishing on the coast with a route through the spectacular Andalusia landscape offers you a great variety of race viewing opportunities during this opening week of the Vuelta 2018. Pick your ride distance and experience a great route around the Sierra de las Nieve natural park taking you to your ‘unique live viewing spot’ and all the race action.
What a perfect day in Spain, superb riding, live action of the Vuelta peloton and the mountaintop city of Ronda a day full of highlights deserves the perfect lunch to end the perfect day.

Tuesday 28th August – View La Vuelta Espana Stage 4 Vélez-Málaga / Sierra de la Alfaguara 162km (Start)
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 62km Ascent 1300m route Montes de Malaga
Distance 37km Ascent 870m route Embalse de la Viñuela
Includes: Breakfast, Vuelta Espana Celebration Dinner
Non Cycling Guest: Immerse in all the local culture of a Vuelta Stage Start

Today is your last Vuelta viewing day with the golden opportunity to see a stage start in Velez-Malaga, often a highlight for many of our guests as you explore amongst the world class teams of professional cycling. It’s a unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of a 3 week Grand Tour bike race and all the preparation required of both riders and equipment prior to their day in the saddle. Enjoy the presentation of the riders at the sign-on podium, grab that classic memento photo of your favourite stars or say hello to your heroes of the road!
This maybe the perfect way to end your 2018 Vuelta adventures or take the opportunity of one last ride together into the hinterland of the Costa del sol before we celebrate a wonderful Spanish cycling holiday experience together over dinner.

Wednesday May 29th – Departure Day from Andalusia
DEPARTURE TIME: Midday
INCLUSIONS: Breakfast, Málaga–Costa del Sol (Spain) Airport Transfer

Departure Day and It’s unfortunately time for your Vuelta a Espana 2018 to draw to an end and your relaxed Spanish cycling adventure as we transfer you to the Airport and your homeward travel, ‘ adiós’ from PRACTICEBICYCLE until the next time.

*As with all the PRACTICEBICYCLE 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.

Practice Bicycle choose hand picked, quality, 3* Hotel Mesón La Posada del Conde accommodation located in the heart of Andulacia. The ideal location to make your Vuelta a Espana 2018 a trip of a life time!

With all the excitement and energy during your bike race tour at the Vuelta Espana we include only the very best location for you to relax and get ready for another action packed day!

Should you have the additional energy to explore then Spanish culture is part of each day’s adventures, wander the villages, relax amongst the locals or explore some of Spain’s most famous landmarks.

Whether you have years of cycling experience or are just new to the bike, as long as 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.

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.

If you are looking for a challenge to improve your cycling and professional coaching advice during your vacation, then consider our winter and summer training camps.

We offer a choice of daily 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 Itinerary above.

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.

Our specialty bike race tour includes viewing the Vuelta a Espana bike race on 4 stages. in 2018.  With our proven formula of ‘Unpack once – Cycle everyday’ this is the perfect ratio of maximising your enjoyment of viewing the race action live, contrasting with your own variety of personally tailored rides and the opportunity of enough time to relax and experience your Spanish cycling vacation.

Your Vuelta a Espana 2018 bike tour package includes:

  • 5 nights of quality 3*Hotel Accommodation in the heart of Andulacia
  • 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 2018 Vuelta a Espana with “unique live viewing spots” show casing Spain’s Grand Tour!
  • Welcome drinks & dinner in the amazing location at the Guadalhorce Reservoir
  • 4 Spanish restaurant eating experiences Lunch/Dinner at the the stages of the Vuelta a Espana
  • Support vehicle & ‘on the go’ mechanical assistance
  • Sports drinks & nutritional bars available for all bike rides
  • A Practice Bicycle Premium Tour Exclusive Gift Pack & Cycling Jersey
  • The ultimate support of the professional team that live it!
  • Transfers from Málaga–Costa del Sol Airport (Spain) to your accommodation midday tour arrival & departure days

La Vuelta a Espana 2018 Bike Tour Highlights:

  • Stunning Andalusian location on the Guadalhorce Reservoir the ideal location to kick back after the excitement of the Vuelta
  • Experience for yourself riding the Andalusian roads of Spain, including parts of the 2018 Vuelta Espana race route.
  • Visit and explore two of the most contrasting cities of Spain, the popular coastal resort of Malaga and the dramatic breathtaking hilltop city of Ronda.
  • Stage 1 – Super speed of the Malaga TT, Stage 2 – Maximum effort on the slopes of Caminito del Rey, Stage 3 – Peloton power over the hills of Ronda, Stage 4 – Relaxation on the Vélez start line.
  • The spectacular Caminito del Rey cliff face gorge walkway, hanging 100 metres above the Guadalhorce River. Only for those with a head for heights!
  • 1st class service, small group camaraderie a unique experience & lots of fun