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highlights

 
Vuelta a España 2017 route revealed, with nine summit finishes and an Angliru finale. Our race viewing area will be set up exactly at the top of the Angliru. You will climb it just hours before the peloton and witness the race LIVE up there. Are you keen to join on this tour?
 
Highlights of the tour
  • Ride the key segments of the Vuelta a España 2017 route just hours before the peloton and watch the race LIVE in HC Bike Tours’ race viewing area with a large tent, LIVE TV, a grill party and drinks:
    • Stage 20 => LIVE at L’Angliru
  • Climb many legendary Tour of Spain climbs: Lagos de Cavadonga, La Farrapona, Los Machucos, La Cobertoria L’Angliru and many more!
  • Stay in specially selected hotels and spoil yourself after the ride with amazing gastronomic pleasures of Asturias & Cantabria & Basque country
  • Visit historic towns Oviedo and Bilbao, and many charming villages
  • It is 7-day / 6-night all-inclusive, guided and a SAG van supported cycling tour, accompanied by the founder of HC Bike Tours and including access to HC Bike Tours’ special dedicated race viewing area. This cycling tour is open to anyone, but the number of spots is limited to only a maximum of 7 guests.

Book your trip right now! To reserve your spot fill in the Booking form.
 
A special group discount is available for groups of 4 persons or more. Email us at info@hcbiketours.com to get a quote. You are welcome also to contact us on +1 650 319 8824 (US) or +371 26306180 (Europe).
 
You can make this tour Private or go Custom with personalized and tailored to fit your schedule, interests and budget. Start planning today! Go to Custom & Private cycling tour and fill in the Booking form.
 
Check out our guest Testimonials & Galleries from previous years. 
WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • 7-day / 6-night the founder of HC Bike Tours guided and a SAG van supported tour
  • LIVE stage 20 at L’Angliru in HC Bike Tours special dedicated race viewing area with a large tent, LIVE TV, grill lunch and drinks
  • All transfers from/to the airport and all ground transportation
  • All luggage and bike transportation
  • All accommodation fees for selected hotels (double occupancy)
  • All breakfasts
  • Two picnic lunches (on the arrival and LIVE race viewing day)
  • All dinners (except one, we will let you to explore local restaurants on your own)
  • On-road picnic lunches and supplements including fresh bread, cheese, meet, fruit, snacks, energy bars and drinks
  • Ride Leader (the founder) + SAG van during every ride
  • Services of our professional English speaking staff
  • Mechanic assistance
  • Welcome pack including the maps for the tour and an HC Bike Tours s/s cycling jersey
  • Pre-tour training and holiday preparation advice
  • HC Bike Tours staff evenings experience exchange – Pro experience sharing, nutrition advice, bike fitting, coaching
  • Photos of your tour
  • We welcome non-riders and family members of riders
 
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance (recommended)
  • Additional personal expenses, i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, drinks, gratuities, laundry, coffee stops
  • Lunches (however two picnic lunches and on-road picnic lunches are included)
  • Rental bike (available for an additional fee)
 
Day 1 - Thursday, September 7

Welcome to Asturias, Spain

Warm-up loop

HC Bike Tours’ founder and the rest of the team will meet you at the airport in the morning. From there, you will be provided with a transfer to the hotel Castillo Del Bosque La Zoreda in Asturias. A bit later, our team will help you to set up your bicycle. An enjoyable picnic lunch will be served, after which, we will take off for a warm-up ride. In the evening, you will be invited on welcome dinner in a selected restaurant in the capital city of Asturias – Oviedo.
 
 Strava map - To be confirmed

meals
meals
Picnic lunch
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
5-star luxury hotel Castillo Del Bosque La Zoreda
tour
accomplished
Distance 30-45 miles / 50-80 km
To be confirmed
Day 2 - Friday, September 8

Exploring Asturias

La Cobertoria => San Lorenzo => La Farrapona => Puerta de Ventana

Welcome to Northern Spain – playground for hard-core cyclists. This part of Spain is fantastic green, scenic, sometimes wild and unexplored and hard! Most of the climbs have long sections with ramps over 15% and even 20%!!! Be ready for hard-core cycling every day. Today, we will head into the mountains to climb four climbs – all popular and visited by the Vuelta in the past years. Tonight, we will have dinner in the hotel`s restaurant and we are sure the chief will surprise us with something tasty and Asturian.

 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
5-star luxury hotel Castillo Del Bosque La Zoreda
hills
climbs
La Cobertoria
San Lorenzo
La Farrapona
Puerta de Ventana
tour
accomplished
Distance 73 miles / 117 km
Elevation gain 13 100 ft / 4,000 m
Day 3 - Saturday, September 9

Vuelta a España LIVE at L’Angliru!!!

El Cordal => L’Angliru (Vuelta LIVE)

It is the day you came for – you are going to watch the Vuelta LIVE. And nothing can be better to do it at the hardest climb in Europe – L’Angliru:
Altitude: 5,160 ft / 1,573 m
Length: 7,6 miles / 12,2 km
Vertical climb: 4,085 ft / 1,245 m
Average gradient: 10.1 %
The steepest part, the Cueña les Cabres: 23.6 % !!! 

 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
5-star luxury hotel Castillo Del Bosque La Zoreda
hills
climbs
El Cordal
L’Angliru (Vuelta LIVE)
tour
accomplished
Distance 50 miles / 80 km
Elevation gain 9,500 ft / 2,900 m
Day 4 - Sunday, September 10

Picos de Europe – most scenic national park in Spain

La Campa => El Fitu => Lagos de Cavadonga

Get ready for three more climbs today. We will start with scenic La Campa climb following by El Fitu and its splendid panoramic view of the Picos de Europa. Lagos de Cavadonga we will ride as a last one of today. It is very often visited by the Vuelta and it is simply gorgeous – definitely must-ride climb in Spain. 

 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Cangas de Onis area
hills
climbs
La Campa
El Fitu
Lagos de Cavadonga
tour
accomplished
Distance 76 miles / 122 km
Elevation gain 12,500 ft / 3,800 m
Day 5 - Monday, September 11

Two gorges and more…

Gorges del Cares => Alto de Sotres => La Hermida => Potes

Today it is supposed to be a recovery day – no steep and long climbs. We will ride through two scenic gorges to a delightful village of Potes. Optional – we can take a detour and ride the dead end road to Alto de Sotres which is going to be the summit finish of one of the 2017 Vuelta Stages.

 Strava map here

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Potes
hills
climbs
Alto de Sotres
tour
accomplished
Distance 72 miles / 115 km
Elevation gain 8,800 ft / 2,700 m
Day 6 - Tuesday, September 12

Complete the 2017 Vuelta Espana Stage 18

Potes => Los Machucos (Collado de la Espina)

The plan is to ride complete Stage 18. So far we know the Stage is going to start in Potes and finish at Los Machucos (Collado de la Espina) – one more brutal climb for hard-core cyclists. It is only 13 km / 8 miles long but with a section of just 7 km / 4,3 miles at average 10-15% with ramps up to 28%!!! Are you keen to ride it?
You will be provided with a transfer to Bilbao at the end of the day. You will be invited to have farewell dinner in a selected restaurant in Bilbao.

 Strava map - To be confirmed

meals
meals
Breakfast
On road supplements
Dinner
house
accomondation
Selected hotel in Bilbao
hills
climbs
Los Machucos (Collado de la Espina)
tour
accomplished
Distance 70-90 miles / 110 -150 km
To be confirmed
Day 7 - Wednesday, September 13

So hard to leave it all behind

Breakfast will be served before we transport you back to the airport. Goodbyes and off you go. Let us know if you need any help with arranging your further travel plans in Spain or elsewhere in Europe, or if you wish to be transported to another location.
See you on our tours next year again!

meals
meals
Breakfast

HC Bike Tours support


We know what the best ride support is. Get on your bike and enjoy the ride! We do the rest:
  • We are ex-Pro riders, professional coaches, mechanics, experienced Ride Leaders. We will provide you with professional support, guide and encourage you through every ride, even make photos, be your coaches and make sure you have the best picnic stops in the world
  • We ride in small ride-groups of up to 7 riders per group, which allows us to keep the group together and provide full support with less waiting time
  • Each ride-group is led by an HC Bike Tours Ride Leader and one SAG van per ride-group is provided
  • If you become tired at any point, you have an option to use van transfer
  • An experienced mechanic will be available to assist in case of trouble with your bike
  • We will provide you with on-road supplements including local fresh bread, cheese, meet, fruit, snacks, energy bars, and drinks will be available any time

Bike Rental
Pro level bikes are available for rent. For availability and full details on our rental bike options please email us at info@hcbiketours.com or indicate the request for the bike rental in the Booking form and we will get back to you with the details.
WHAT'S INCLUDED?
  • 7-day / 6-night the founder of HC Bike Tours guided and a SAG van supported tour
  • LIVE stage 20 at L’Angliru in HC Bike Tours special dedicated race viewing area with a large tent, LIVE TV, grill lunch and drinks
  • All transfers from/to the airport and all ground transportation
  • All luggage and bike transportation
  • All accommodation fees for selected hotels (double occupancy)
  • All breakfasts
  • Two picnic lunches (on the arrival and LIVE race viewing day)
  • All dinners (except one, we will let you to explore local restaurants on your own)
  • On-road picnic lunches and supplements including fresh bread, cheese, meet, fruit, snacks, energy bars and drinks
  • Ride Leader (the founder) + SAG van during every ride
  • Services of our professional English speaking staff
  • Mechanic assistance
  • Welcome pack including the maps for the tour and an HC Bike Tours s/s cycling jersey
  • Pre-tour training and holiday preparation advice
  • HC Bike Tours staff evenings experience exchange – Pro experience sharing, nutrition advice, bike fitting, coaching
  • Photos of your tour
  • We welcome non-riders and family members of riders
 
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED?
  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance (recommended)
  • Additional personal expenses, i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, drinks, gratuities, laundry, coffee stops
  • Lunches (however two picnic lunches and on-road picnic lunches are included)
  • Rental bike (available for an additional fee)
 

Let's talk when it's best for you

Calls need to be scheduled at least 4 hours in advance of the scheduled call time and will be confirmed via email. HC Bike Tours uses time zone GMT/UTC+1 and welcomes your call in early mornings, late evenings and on the weekends as well.

Any questions?