2022 Tour of Spain
Diverse Spain awaits with extreme landscapes, epic rides and irresistible culture.
Join our 2022 Tour of Spain trip featuring picturesque coastlines, grand accommodation and fabulous food.
Valencia (Airport) to Madrid (Hotel)
High DemandAT A GLANCE
- 15 Days
- 8 Stages LIVE
- Intermediate to Experienced
- 7 Dinners, 1 Gourmet Lunch
- Quality Hotels
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- Support Vehicle
- Air Conditioned Transport
- Mechanical Assistance
- Navigational Guidance
Valencia (Airport), August 29, 2022
Madrid (Hotel), September 12, 2022
Group Size: 30 guests (6 staff)
Rides: Guests are amazed by the quality of the roads in Spain. They are often very smooth surfaces and cities cater for cyclists. We aim for between 80km and 100km a day, but where climbing is involved we may shorten the rides. We always have shorter ride options available for guests.
Challenge Rating: We target seeing the important mountain stages, so our rides reflect riding in the mountains. We offer epic ride extensions for guests wanting more miles and vertical metres.
Accommodation: We stay at 4-star hotels, and Spanish hotels typically have larger than normal rooms. We vary the accommodation throughout to include modern to new hotels as well as refurbished historical buildings.
Social Riding and Leisure: We understand that your cycling holiday is a HOLIDAY! We understand that you don’t normally ride everyday at home. Our ride routes cherry-pick the best areas.
Experienced Riders: Your cycling holiday is all actually about the bike! Our epic and challenge ride options seek more vertical metres and longer miles.
All breakfasts are included and meals are included on 7 evenings. We have a farewell lunch at a restaurant before finishing our tour in Madrid.
- Professional and experienced cycling guides
- Travel in air-conditioned vehicles
- Transfers from designated collection and drop-off locations
- All meals (as listed on itineraries)
- Mechanical assistance with your bike
- Ride nutrition (including drinking water, sport powders and bars / muffins and fruit)
- Tour ride jersey and bib-shorts
- Ride files and detailed tour itinerary
Why we Love this Tour
- Travelling with a group of cyclists on carefully designed ride routes that maximise your safety, enjoyment and challenge
- Fabulous Spanish cuisine, including tapas, wine, olives and the famous Serano Jamon
- Mechanical and vehicle support for peace of mind
- Fabulous ride routes that explore diverse regions of Spain
- Combines seeing the best moments of the grand tour and riding the same roads ourselves
- Minimum number of transfers so that you have more time to ride your bike, watch the race and explore the culture
- Staying at amazing hotels, often riding in and out of the hotel
- An extended stay in Granada at the base of Sierra Nevada where the professional perform pre-season testing
- Choose from the challenging ride option or the easier ride option each day
- Off-bike activities include exploring Costa Blanca, and cities through Andalucia. Be astonished by the architecture and wander the narrow winding streets of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Price: AUD$8,790 (USD$6,150) (twin share)
Single Supplement: AUD$1,300 (USD($910)
Note: All trip costs are per person, not including airfare and based on two persons per room. If travelling alone we will match you with a person to share. Alternatively, you may choose to have a room of your own by paying a single supplement.
Price: AUD$924 (USD$650) (premium bike hire available on request)
Note: It is a requirement of Bikestyle Tours that you have Travel Insurance for your trip
Cycling Tour following the 2022 Vuelta a Espana
The city of Utrecht, Netherlands was set to host the Grand Depart of the 2020 Vuelta a España, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Netherlands will now see the Spanish Grand Tour in 2022.
Vuelta a España will begin with a team time trial in Utrecht and two flat stages. Stage 1 will be a flat TTT (23.7km) Utrecht to Utrecht. Stage 2 will be a fast and flat 183km stage from Hertogenbosch back to Utrecht. The final of 3 stages in the Netherlands with be from Breda to Breda and cover 193km and should be another chance for the fast men to shine.
From Netherlands the teams will travel to the northern part of Spain where they will endure several mountain stages in the challenging Basque, Asturias, and Picos. They are often steep gradient and suit the purest climbers.
During what is normally the first rest day, teams have a second long transfer to the southern part of Spain. The temperature will ramp up and that will test riders as they have to quickly acclimatise. We will pick up the racing from the South and follow the race to the finale in Madrid.
An Individual Time Trial will commence the proceedings of the middle week where cross-winds and hot days will fatigue riders before they reach the highest point of the tour.
Riders will climb Sierra Nevada in the Queen Stage, a week away from arriving in Madrid. The back-to-back mountain stages in Andalucia will provide some of the most exciting racing throughout the staged race. We will ride through wine-growing areas and watch the mountain stages.
Andalucia has outstanding cities with incredible buildings that have been influenced by the Roman, Islamic, Jewish, and Christian occupations. Spaniards celebrate through food, and tapas is a wonderful way to enjoy a huge variety of Spanish cuisine.
Our final stretch takes us to the foothills of Sierra de Gredos, an impressive mountain range that has been shaped through the various ice ages where we will see the last opportunities to contend for overall victory.
We will finish our tour in Madrid, in a 4-star hotel close to the finishing circuit around the famous Arts District.
Join us for 2 full-weeks of cycling, and following the last Grand Tour of 2022.
2022 Vuelta a Espana Bike Tour – Daily Itinerary
Our cycling tour of Spain begins in Costa Blanca. The popular destination is enjoyed by many Europeans throughout the year, with a mild temperature in the cooler months of the year. It can get hot in July and early August, but the Mediterranean provides perfect relief to cool off. Staff will meet you at Valencia Aiport at 10 am and transport you the short distance to Alicante.
Arrive earlier in Spain and adjust your travel clocks so that you’re ready to go for your European cycling adventure. Contact our team at the time of booking to arrange pre-trip accommodation in Valencia. It is a great way to take the worry out of making the connecting flights and travelling with your bike.
We will drive to our hotel not far from the beaches in Alicante, where our mechanics will be spinning the spanners to assist any guest with assembling their bike. We will then head out on a short ride to get our bearings, meet fellow guests and make sure our bodies and bikes are as ready for some challenging rides ahead of us.
Tonight, we will enjoy a welcome dinner to meet staff and fellow guests. We will help lubricate and hydrate all guests with wine provided tonight with your meal.
- Departure from pre-trip hotel (9:30 am)
- Collection from Valencia Airport (10 am)
- Warm-up ride
- Welcome Dinner (including drinks)
Our warm-up follow the coast of Costa Blanca to the east before heading for some elevated locations on the outskirts of Alicante. We return via some cycling networks that provide the locals and tourists alike an easy way to get about. It is a steady pace today, about checking ourselves, our bikes and being comfortable with those others that you are riding with. Our professional guides will never be far away to help with any issues that you’re having and help you with navigation.
Alicante Individual Time Trial
Today is the race of truth for professionals. As is customary the leaders on general classification will head off last in the ultimate race against the clock. Expect to see a rider well down on classification to have a long spell in the hot seat after posting an early fastest time. The course today is a fast 30km, with little undulations. You could see some records broken, but the winds may be up and spice up the race.
We will set off this morning and check out the course on our bikes, before the professionals. We will watch some of the riders prepare at their team buses on their rollers, before heading off to the starter’s ramp. It is a dangerous stage for a general classification rider whose forte is hill climbing. We will follow parallel with the course and see the riders on the course at different stages and finish up in Alicante for the fastest riders to cross the finish line.
- Individual Time Trial
- Watch riders prepare
- See riders on course
- See line honours and stage victory presentation
Our ride head through Alicante to the stage start, where we will see key sections of the course. We will then stop in the starting village an watch riders prepare. We ride back to Alicante as the stage is in progress and see many riders on course. We will finish the ride in Alicante, just up the road from our hotel and see the riders that will contend for the stage honours and the winners and losers on general classification.
Stage Start and Welcome to Andalucia
Today is the longest stage of the 2022 Vuelta a Espana, at nearly 200 km in length. There are also a few mountains to contend with, and riders will most likely have trade winds to remain alert all day. With the change in temperature and a demanding time trial yesterday, it will be a tougher stage than what it looks on paper.
We have a few hours to transfer today ourselves, so we will take the opportunity to see the stage start, have a ride ourselves and travel in the air-conditioning with the race updates in the heat of the day.
Our next 2 nights are in Cordoba, which is the third-largest city in Andalucia after Seville and Malaga. Andalucia has historical influence from Roman, Islamic, Jewish and Christian occupations. Andalucia has incredible buildings and parks to explore. We will have time to wander through some of the impressive sites as we ride our bikes.
- Stage start in Alhama de Murcia
- Ride through Sierra Espuna
- Transfer to Andalucia
Today’s ride follows a quiet and winding road through the regional parklands in Murcia. A short section of under 2km has a total of 19 switchbacks. The area is full of contrasts with everything from forests, gorges, and high-mountain scenery. You must see Spain and appreciate the contrasting landscape. We can freshen up at the end of our ride and jump into the air-conditioned comfort of our transport and take a siesta as we transfer to Andalucia.
UNESCO World Heritage Cordoba and Andalucia
We have no time pressures today and we have a long ride planned for the morning, through the regional parks to the North of Cordoba. We will catch up with the live racing for the next 3-days, so today is about enjoying riding in Spain and immersing into some of the cultural aspects of a regional Spanish city.
Córdoba has a historic town that is a World Heritage site. There are many little streets to explore. Each May they have a courtyard festival, where the architectural and flora characteristics are on display. The courtyards can be explored year-round. There are inviting squares, taverns with fabulous tapas and flamenco performances are throughout the city. Córdoba is most famous around the world for its Great Mosque.
After our ride this morning, you are free to explore the city through the afternoon. Keep in mind though, that everything shuts for a siesta in the afternoon. There is a reason why the Spanish have a long-life expectancy – and their food helps. Take a siesta this afternoon and then hit town toward dusk and enjoy a fun night out in Spanish culture.
- Explore the Spanish city of Cordoba
- Tavernas and Famous Tapas
- Spectacular architecture
- UNESCO World Heritage Old City
Our ride is up and down all day and explores the mountain range on the northern border of Andalucia, Sierra Morena. The scenery of moderate mountains, and forests was an important territory through the Spanish civil war. We have a shorter ride option that stays closer to Cordoba today, which will give you more time to explore the city.
Wine Route Stage Finish for the Sprinters
We’ll rejoin watching the 2022 Vuelta a Espana live today. Our focus will be the stage finish where it should be a bunch sprint. Every day at a Grand Tour is different, with competitions within competitions. Today’s stage is a final transfer stage before two tough mountain stages. But for general classification riders, they can easily be caught out with some cross-wind or a stage that looks simple on paper.
This morning we will travel to the stage finish town and set off on a ride through the local wine-growing region and ride along the rail trail. After the ride, you can take a shower at our bus and freshen up ready for the professional races to arrive. It will be a fast finish and good fun to watch. Find a local taverna to keep cool and lubricated for the afternoon.
The range of wines produced in the Montilla-Moriles area is wide, from young wines to the sherries: Fino, Amontillado, Oloroso and Palo Cortado, and the dessert wines: Muscatel and Pedro Ximénez (one of the most famous).
- Montilla Wine Region
We will set off from the stage finish area making our way through the Montilla-Moriles wine-growing region. One of the features of today’s ride will be some gravel following the rail trail that connects major centres of the Andalucia region. There is some gravel, but it is heavily compacted so it should be smooth sailing. Besides, it will take out a few undulations for us as we cross roman bridges, and shoot through illuminated tunnels.
Challenging Mountain Finish
We depart from Cordoba this morning making our way to one of the most exciting stages of this year’s tour. The stage finish to Sierra de La Pandera will be tough, and separate riders in the closing stretches. We will drive to near the base of the climb and give you the opportunity to climb it yourself, before the race comes through. Return to the base and you can relax before the race comes through.
As the race approaches, make your way a little bit up the climb to cheer the riders along the steep sections. The racing will be frenetic and you’ll be amazed at the speed the lead riders take the climb. You’ll also be amazed at the pace that the ‘autobus’ (the group of sprinters) head up the climb. Being a short stage today, staying ahead of the time-cut is very important to make the finish in Madrid.
After the race, we have a short transfer to our next hotel in Granada, where we will ride in and out of our hotel for the next few days.
- See the High Mountain Stage
- Ride the climb before the race comes through
- Transfer to Granada
Our ride today is the final climb of the stage to Sierra de La Pandera. You will see lots of Pandera signs throughout Spain, it is even on the menu board at cafes. This one is the mountain range. The summit of the climb peaks out at about 1800m in elevation, equivalent to several climbs in the French Alps and Pyrenees.
Stage finish to Sierra Nevada – Queen Stage
Today is the Queen Stage of the 2022 Vuelta a Espana. As is often the case, the stage before the final rest day is an opportunity for the climbers to leave everything they have on the mountain. In today’s challenge, it will also have the aspect of high altitude. Sierra Nevada is a high mountain range, visible from many parts of Southern Spain.
Teams often have their early-season team camp on Sierra Nevada, especially to do high altitude testing. We can ride from our hotel and go as far up the climb as you like to watch today’s race. The race route has a preliminary climb before descending to a point quarter way up the main climb to Sierra Nevada. We will take a look at this preliminary climb tomorrow, and concentrate on the main climb to Sierra Nevada.
Tonight you are free to explore Granada and enjoy seeing a Grand Tour in one of the most spectacular locations.
- See Queen Stage of Vuelta
- Ride Sierra Nevada
- Evening exploring Granada
There are multiple ways up to Sierra Nevada, as mid-way up there is a dam to provide controlled water supply to the region and alternative roads go around the dam. We will stick to the main road on the way up, and join onto the race route about 15km into our ride. The entire climb is over 30km in length, so pace yourself. Being that long, it has a low average gradient, but the changing gradients will have you seeking gears all of the time.
Watch the race from a preferred location and you can return to the hotel at your leisure.
Ride where the professionals train
It is a rest day for the race, a much-needed rest for riders participating in the final Grand Tour of the season. For many of the riders, yesterday would have brought back painful memories of their team testing camps. For us, we can cherry-pick the roads that the professionals will have built the foundations for their season on.
We have two more days Granada to enjoy the riding that it has to offer, and explore one of Spain’s famous cities. This afternoon, you may like to visit Alhambra Palace, a beautiful complex of buildings and gardens. As you return, call in for a tapas dinner at one of the local Tavernas and be able to walk-off what you’ve eaten before turning in for the night.
- Explore The Alhambra Palace
- Climb a steep climb of the Vuelta a Espana
- Enjoy Tapas in Granada
Our ride today starts on the penultimate climb of yesterday’s stage. It is nowhere near as long as to Sierra Nevada. However, for any distance that is lacking, the steepness ensures that we will reach a high altitude. It may be more wrenching than the climb you did yesterday. It gives you increased respect that riders took to Sierra Nevada at the speeds they did a day earlier.
Our short ride can skip this climb or return after this climb. There are many options over the next 2-days for getting as much or as little riding in as you wish.
Final day in Andalucia
Today is our final day in Andalucia, a region that we have loved exploring on our bikes and by foot in the evenings.
We will enjoy a final ride on the roads used by the professionals during their training camps to Sierra Nevada. Athletes aim in coming to altitude camps, besides the testing, are to sleep high and train low, giving an optimum altitude effect on their bodies. After our ride this morning, you have the afternoon to relax and catch up with the tour in air-conditioning before heading out on the town for some great Spanish cuisine. Granada has a modern influence, so if you’d like to eat something more international, then Granada is a good opportunity for you to do this. Although, tapas is hard to go past.
Our ride will keep to low altitudes today, but we still have some climbing along quiet country roads. Our ride head for the hills that rise from the ocean to our south. With the climbing complete in our first 55km today, we can enjoy a long downhill back to Granada – possible with a tail wind. Hopefully, you’ll feel strong today on the smooth Spanish roads and gentle gradients.
Transfer Valles de Gredos
Today is our main transfer day. We will travel from Grenada to the north, connecting with the race tomorrow.
We will have a short ride from our hotel this morning, and meet our transport along the road. You can relax in the air-conditioned comfort and enjoy the ever-changing scenery as we navigate our way from Andalucia to the foothill of Gredos, an impressive mountain range a short distance from Madrid.
Sierra de Gredos has been shaped by the various ice ages and is adorned with spectacular lakes, glacial cirques and many gorges. Our hotel for the next 3 nights is situated on a private golf course that has an incredible aspect of the Gredos mountain range.
- Transfer in air-conditioned comfort
- Modern 4-star hotel with impressive outlook
We have a short ride this morning from our hotel and we will meet our bus along the journey to our next hotel.
See it twice on the mountain stage
The race passes close to our hotel today. We can ride from our hotel and test ourselves on one or two of the climbs and watch the race twice.
Today’s stage is the first mountain stage after the Sierra Nevada stage. So the lead riders will have kept themselves hidden in the bunch saving their effort for the last few days of the Grand Tour. Today has some challenging climbs, as they navigate the terrain that has been gouged through the various ice ages.
- See Stage 18 mountain stage
- Mountain stage finish
- Ride the course
We have multiple ride options today that will give you the opportunity to ride along the race route before the professionals and see the race twice. We can return to our hotel after the stage presentations and enjoy a well-earned dinner together with the Gredos mountain in view.
Spectator friendly stage and outstanding architecture
Today’s stage is built for spectators, is only a couple of hours from Madrid. It starts and finishes in Talavera de la Reina, a city with outstanding monuments. Modern and ancient architecture are fused to make this a very attractive city on the fertile plains. There are great examples of Roman, Baroque and Renaissance architecture throughout the city.
We will travel to Talavera de la Reina this morning and give you time to ride all or some of the 65km circuit that the professional riders will do twice this afternoon.
- Visit Talavera de la Reina
- Explore periods of architecture
- Ride the entire stage
- See the race twice
Our ride today follows entirely today’s circuit. It is a 65km circuit done twice. There is a single climb on each circuit and very few flat sections throughout.
Farewell Lunch, arrival in Madrid
We have our last ride this morning as we ride from our hotel to a fine dining restaurant for lunch. We will enjoy celebrating our 2 weeks travelling together and firmly etch our memories into our minds.
Over lunch, we can share our stories of achievement, laughter, absurdity, and friendship. All our guests come to enjoy a cycling holiday, follow some racing in varying capacities. But all guests depart with memories, that last their lifetime. We a joyed to share help make those memories for every guest.
After lunch, we will travel to Madrid, where our hotel is situated on the final circuit of the Arts District and within walking distance of many of the attractions in Madrid. You are free to use the next evening to explore Madrid yourself.
- Fine dining lunch
- Transfer to Madrid
- Hotel in the famous Arts District
Our easy ride traverses the foothills of Gredos mountains and finishes with a descent into the fertile valleys below. We will arrive at our restaurant for a farewell lunch together with accompanying wines before setting off to Madrid in our transport.
Final Stage in Madrid
We rise this morning and can enjoy a long breakfast to fuel us up for the day ahead. You may like to explore an art gallery or find a gift shop to buy some presents for your friends and family. It is nice to find a cafe and watch the energy of plazas come to life.
The teams will be arriving at our doorsteps and will complete an intense kermesse style finale to the Grand Tour. Traditionally finishing in front of the biggest monuments of Madrid, the high paced circuit at twilight is a great festival. Walk around the circuit in a clockwise direction and you will experience all the different parts of the circuit and see the riders and extra time.
After the team presentations, you don’t have far to walk to some of the nicest dining experiences in Europe. Madrid is a fun city.
- Final team presentations
- Explore the Arts District
- Retail therapy or seeking monuments
Adios, Farewell from Spain
Today is our last day together. This morning we say farewell at the hotel and you are free to make your own way to either the airport or the nearby train station. We are within walking distance of the Atocha train station where suburban and intercity trains depart from. The hotel will be able to arrange for you a shuttle to the airport or another hotel if you prefer.
Each year it is a pleasure to host guests at the biggest cycling races in the world. In 2022, it is particularly special to welcome back our guests who have waited patiently to return to travel. Your loyalty matters to us, and we look forward to hosting you again very soon in Australia or Europe.
- Farewell from Madrid
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Grand Tours for 28 years
2022 will proudly be our 26th year of organising trips to the Grand tours, making us amongst the most experienced tour operators at Le Veluta.
Scheduled at the back of the season, the Spanish grand tour fosters new talent and gives opportunity to riders seeking retribution from an indifferent season. Mountain stages in every week of the tour often favours the climber. Recently, the Vuelta has created the best racing moments of all grand tours.
The Spanish are fanatical, and fanatical about their cycling. Quiet villages awaken for the passage of the professional peloton.
Our trip finishes in the famous Arts district of Madrid for the final stage.
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