In 1935 a total of 50 brave cyclist began in Madrid the first Tour of Spain. They ran with heavy iron bicycles and carried their own patches and tools to fix the breakdowns. The Belgian Gustaaf Deloor was the first winner. These brave first travelled a total of 3,425 kilometres in fourteen interminable stages, of which ten exceeded 250 kilometres. The civil war interrupted the celebration of the race. It was not raced again until 1941 with an especially Spanish participation, since the Second World War diminished the presence of foreign riders.
Since then the race has toured Spain and has caused the admiration of citizens for this popular sport that has created authentic myths. Anquetil, Pulidor, Jan Janssen, Gimondi, Ocaña, Merkx, Fuente, Hinault, Pedro Delgado, Tony Rominger, Abrahan Olano, Jan Ullrich, Alejandro Valverde and Alberto Contador are some of the winners of the Vuelta. Others like Bahamontes or Indurain did not win it, but they exhibited their qualities and took the podium.
In 2020 we will head to Northern spain and follow the riders as they compete in the normally arduous mountainous stages that make up the 2020, 21 stages of La Vuelta.
We will move from location to location following three stages of the event, cycling parts of the same route the riders will take, after the cycling comes the waiting.
We wait for the train of professional riders to move through our location, thus really taking in the atmosphere of this great spectacle.
We will then move by vehicle to the next location for an evening of relaxation and Spanish cuisine.
The route won’t be live until late 2019 but rest assured it will be mountainous and tough, however this is more about being part of the event and not a test of how good a rider you are.
Each day will be approx. 50 miles of cycling, and there is every possibility of riding the team time trial route, before watching the pro cyclists do the same.(TBC once the route is released).
You should have a general level of riding ability, and should be able to ride 50 miles comfortably at an average pace of 14/15 mph.