Meet the SFIDA Cycling staff at Oviedo/Asturias airport (OVD) or at a designated hotel nearby. We will travel by van to our accommodation in Las Caldas.
After checking at our hotel in Las Caldas we will proceed with our orientation meeting and bike set up. Then we will be heading up to the hills to test our legs. There are a good number of riding options around Las Caldas.
We plan to speed up our program today so to have the chance to travel to nearby Oviedo in the early afternoon.
Stage 14 of La Vuelta ends in Oviedo, this will be our first chance to see the pros in action.
RIDE INFO: DAY 1
31km / 825m
HOTEL: Hotel Las Caldas Villa Termal
Today we will ride the last 115km of Stage 15, one of the most challenging stages of La Vuelta 2019.
Starting in Cangas del Narcea after one hour transfer from our hotel. The first climb of the day is the first category climb of Puerto del Connio, follow by a great descend to San Antolin de Ibias, where the riders doing the shorter route will start riding.
The second climb for us is the Puerto del Pozo de las Mujeres Muertas, a very long and strange name…
Finally, we will arrive back to Cangas del Narcea and climb up to the Santuario del Acebo, where there will be the finish line for today’s stage. This is a tough finale for a tough ride, with 9km at a consistent 9-10% gradient, we can expect to see some action when the peloton reaches this point.
Transfer back to our hotel after the stage is over.
RIDE INFO: DAY 2
121km / 3,350m shorter option: 68km/2,300m
CLIMBS: Puerto del Connio 1,315m, Puerto del Pozo de las Mujeres Muertas 1,098m, Santuario del Acebo 1,178m.
HOTEL: Hotel Las Caldas Villa Termal
Today we will start our ride from our hotel, our aim is to connect with the La Vuelta route with 65 km to go on stage 16.
Our first climb will be the Alto de Tenebredo, starting near our hotel. At our km 20, we will join with La Vuelta route, our next climb is the Alto de la Cobertoria a long climb with the last 8km at a constant 8-9% gradient.
A steep descent will take us to Pola de Lena, where the Puerto de la Cubilla starts, this is a long climb, from Campomanes it is 28km to reach the Summit. At this point is where the shorter ride will start.
This can be one of the most exciting finishes of La Vuelta. We will watch the race from the official VIP area close to the finish line.
After the race, we will transfer back to our hotel by van.
Rest day for La Vuelta riders, but not for us, instead, we propose you one most challenging climbs Asturias has to offer.
L’Angliru has been climbed a good number of times during other editions of La Vuelta, now is your time to conquer this already mythical road up to nowhere.
Starting from our hotel, we have chosen a nice route to arrive at La Vega, where this climb starts with an easy 6km section before starting the second half of the climb.
Here is where the gradient varies between 13% to 25%, the 600m section of Cuena les Cabres, with its 25% maximum gradient, will be in your memory for a long time; lucky there’s some rest at 14% afterwards!
The descent of L’Angliru is another test, brakes on all the way down!
The views over the Atlantic coast are tremendous.
Today we are moving to Segovia, leaving Asturias region behind. After a short transfer, we will climb the Puerto de Tarna and then cross into the vast Castilla and Leon region. A short descent will take us to a plateau where we will be riding until we reach Riano, end of our riding for today.
After a nice local lunch, we will transfer by van to our hotel near Segovia. We will visit this UNESCO city in the evening, the Old town and its Aqueduct are worth it.
With four first category climbs, stage 18 can be decisive for the final GC of La Vuelta 2019.
The Puertos stage has been very important in many editions of the race, the last time was in 2015 when Fabio Aru took the red jersey from Tom Dumolin on the penultimate stage.
We will start riding up to the Puerto de Navacerrada from our hotel, this is not the route the pros will ride later but convenient for us. From the top of Navacerrada we will descent to Rascafria, where the riders doing the short distance will turn around and climb back what is called Puerto de Cotos.
After Rascafria, for the ones doing the long ride, we will climb up to Puerto de la Morcuera. From the top, we will turn back and retrace our ride back to Navacerrada where we will be watching the stage.
After the race, an easy descent will take us back to our hotel.
RIDE INFO: DAY 6
109km / 2,375m. shorter option 80km / 1,520m.
CLIMBS: Puerto de Navacerrada 1,860m, Puerto de Morcuera 1,784m, Puerto de los Cotos 1,830m.
HOTEL: Parador de la Granja de San Ildefonso
After seven days of consecutive riding and exciting pro racing viewing, today we plan to have a leisure day watching the start of Stage 19 in Avila.
Avila is another spectacular UNESCO town, its medieval walls and Old town are one of the most amazing places in Castilla y Leon region.
What a great place to see the pro riders get prepared for the stage!
HOTEL: Parador de Avila
Last ride of the trip, and with the Stage 20 riding through the rarely visited Sierra de Gredos, what a way to do our final kilometres in this area. We plan to cover the last 95 km of the stage.
After a short transfer to the start of our ride, we will climb up to the Alto de Barajas, the pros, like us, will ride up here twice, being the second time also the end of the stage.
Our descent will take us to Piedrahita where the 15km long Puerto de la Pena Negra starts, with an average gradient of 6% it is not a complicated climb.
We will return to the Alto de Barajas – Plataforma de Gredos to see the end of the stage.
After the race, we have a two and a half hours transfer to our hotel in Madrid.
After a long day the day before, today you can have a leisure start of the day at your hotel in Madrid.
Take your time and enjoy Sunday like the locals, try the “Chocolate con churros” and late morning “aperitivo”.
We will meet you for lunch and later on we will head to our allocated spot in the VIP area, way to see the last pedal strokes of this La Vuelta 2019.
Dinner will be at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, morning transfer to MADRID AIRPORT (MAD). Expect to arrive there by 10:00, plan your flights accordingly.
Alternatively stay a couple of days more in Madrid, check with us if you want to extend your stay at the hotel.
TWIN room: $6,150 AUD
SINGLE Supplement: $950 AUD
Rental bike: $700 AUD
$1000 AUD when making the booking. Balance to be paid 90 days before the trip starts.
9 nights accommodation between 3 – 4 Stars
9 lunches with a combination of picnic during rides and restaurant meals.
9 dinners, including wine.
1 VIP pass on STAGE 16 at Puerto de la Cubilla summit.
1 VIP pass on STAGE 21 in Madrid.
Hotel extras: mini-bar, spa, massage.
Tips for the staff.
We will have ride leaders and at least one mechanic on our trip.
Our staff/client ratio is 1:4 staff.
Our passenger vans come fully equipped with all necessary to give the best support during the rides.
We carry gels, energy bars, powder mix, water, fruit, riding food, tools, pumps, spare tubes and tyres to make sure our first class support helps you through the trip.
Professional first aid kit.
91 days before the trip starts – the return of deposit less $300 AUD cancellation fee.
61 days before the trip starts – the return of the full amount of the trip less $300 AUD cancellation fee, plus any amount that we can’t recover from our hotel and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.
31 days before the trip starts- the return of 50% of the full amount paid.
Less than 30 days before the trip starts – no amount will be refunded. We will, however, try to credit as much as possible towards a future trip. This depends on the amount that we can get back from the hotels and other costs that we have already incurred in the trip preparation.