Vuelta a Espana VIP Cycling & Non Cycling Tour
4-11 September, 2013
Maximum guest numbers: 14,
In 2012 the Vuelta was the most exciting and action packed race of the cycling season. The tough parcours, the stunning countryside and culture, along with the attacking riding, makes the Vuelta a must for any cycling enthusiast.
The race route for 2013 has continued on the theme of combining incredible climbing with tactical nous. Our program is designed to take you in to the heart of the race across some of the key stages through exclusive Pro Tour team access, riding on the race route only hours before the pros and also give you the opportunity to fully engage this beautiful country and its cultures with fantastic sightseeing and dining throughout.
As part of our Vuelta program you will enjoy 24 hours as the VIP guest of a competing UCI Pro Tour team with incredible access to the riders and staff, hosted team dinners and the chance to experience a stage from an official team vehicle with VIP access at the finish.
Due to the exclusive nature of our program, the tour is limited to just 14 guests.
4 September 2013
Vuelta stage: 11, Tarazona > Tarazona 38 km TT
Overnight: Hotel Bel Air, Castelldefels
Our tour starts in the stunning seaside village of Castelldefels (25km from Barcelona). Our beautiful beach front hotel will be your home for the first two nights. We invite you to meet us directly at the hotel or
alternatively we will be offering complimentary transfers from the airport and Barcelona city during the day.
In the afternoon we will be arranging bike fitting for our cycling guests and a short ride along the coast to get accustomed to your bike. For the non-cycling guests, it will offer you the chance to relax by the beach
or at the hotel or explore the local township. For those wishing to catch some Vuelta action, the TT will be live on television during the afternoon from Tarazona.
During the evening we will be hosting the group for a beautiful 3 course dinner at our hotel overlooking the beach. Here you will hear from your guide team about the week ahead, along with enjoying an update on the status of the race as it reaches some of the most decisive stages of the 2013 race.
05 September 2013
Vuelta stage: 12, Maella > Tarragona 157 km
Overnight: Hotel Bel Air, Castelldefels
Following breakfast at the hotel, our cycling guests will ride directly hotel along one of Spain's most beautiful coast roads in the Costa Brava region to the finish village of the 12th stage in Tarragona. The 75km ride involves a steady climb as we traverse the Garrif Massif before a flat ride alongside the coast through to our finish. For those wishing to enjoy a shorter ride, our support vehicle will be on hand throughout.
For our non-cycling guests, you will have the choice of a half day guided tour of historic Barcelona followed by time at leisure to enjoy the city or joining our riding group at the race's finish in Tarragona. On the
private tour you will explore La Rambla, Boqueria Markets, the Gothic Quarter and more with our local expert and accredited guide.
In Tarragona, all guests will get to witness the excitement of the sprint finish. As it will be the first chance for the sprinters to win a stage in nearly a week of racing, it is sure to be an action packed event. It is also the first foray in to the North East of Spain for the Vuelta so the local crowds will be out to welcome the race.
Here our group will enjoy hospitality near the finish complete with cocktail food and open bar. A fantastic introduction to the Vuelta a Espana.
Following the conclusion of the stage, we will transfer to our hotel before we then take you for dinner to one of the best restaurants in the region. You will enjoy a selection of the chef's favourites based on the local
produce of the season along with accompanying wines to match.
06 September 2013
Vuelta stage: 13, September Valls > Castelldefels 165 km
Overnight: Parador Cardona, Cardona
As the race will come though Castelldefels twice on this day, our hotel is perfectly located for the race.
In the morning, our cycling group will have the chance to ride the same final 56km of the stage route as the professionals. Leaving directly from our hotel we will challenge ourselves on the short but steep climb of the
Port del Rat Penat which provides incredible views out to the Mediterranean Sea. From here we will ride through the beautiful Garraf National Park as we loop back to our hotel in Castelldefels.
Our non-cycling guests will be free to enjoy a relaxed start to the day before all guests are together for the race's first pass of the town and the race's conclusion in the centre of Castelldefels.
Following the conclusion of the day's racing we will transfer to our new hotel located in a beautiful village 100km North of Barcelona, the Parador de Cardona. The Hotel is located on a headland in a 9th century
fortified enclosure, alongside the 11th century Minyona tower and an 11th century church with characteristic features from the surrounding Catalan Romanesque. Its location provides exceptional panoramic views over the city and the fertile lands by the River Cardoner.
In the evening we will enjoy a sumptuous dinner of local Catalan cuisine prepared by the hotels acclaimed chef. The bulk of the produce used in the hotel is sourced from local farms and is rich in flavours.
07 September 2013
Vuelta stage: 14, Bagà > Andorra. Collada de la Gallina 164 km
Overnight: Hotel President, Andorra
Following breakfast at the hotel we will take a short transfer to our ride start point in the Cadi Moixéro National Park. Here you will enjoy riding quiet undulating roads flanked by beautiful forest, lakes and rivers
before we intercept with the race route closer to Andorra.
Shortly after crossing in to Andorra we will set up our base of the afternoon where we will enjoy a picnic lunch. Our viewing spot located close to the base of the day's final climb will give us the chance to watch the race pass twice as the riders take an extended loop before the finish. Those wishing to ride to the summit finish will have this opportunity.
In the evening we will then transfer you to what will be one of the highlights of the program. You will be invited in to the inner sanctum of a UCI Pro Tour team in the middle of a Grand Tour! The group will be welcomed in to the team hotel where they will spend the next 24 hours as a guest of the team. Your evening will give you the chance to watch as the mechanics service and prepare the bikes for the following day's tough ride, the team regroup after what will have been an intense day of racing and then have dinner with your hosts in the evening.
Please note: as team hotels are controlled by race organisers, there is the possibility that you may be located in a nearby hotel due to hotel space limitations. Should this be the case we apologise for any inconvenience and the team will ensure that your overall experience will not be affected as they will have you in place at the team hotel for all activities as previously outlined.
8 September 2013
Vuelta stage: 15, Andorra > Peyragudes 232,5 km
Overnight: Barcelo Golf & Spa, Barcelo
In the morning you will start your day with breakfast at the hotel before joining the team for coffee before they head off to the start village. You too will then head to the start village where you will be part of the team as the riders warm up and prepare. From this point you will join your host from the team who will take you in an official team race vehicle on the race route itself. Along the way you will take numerous stops to watch the race plus hear all the race action first hand.
On arriving at the finish zone, you will enjoy the excitement of the finish with staff from the team before welcoming the riders in. Following final farewells to your hosts you will then be transferred to meet with the
staff from Sports Pulsions Pro Cycling Experiences and onward to your new hotel.
Our new hotel is located at the base of the final climb of the following day's stage. In the evening we will enjoy dinner with a local flavour. Being close to the Basque region and the French border plus high in the Pyrenees brings excellent cuisine to the menu.
09 September 2013
Vuelta stage: 16, Graus > Sallent de Gállego. Aramón Formigal 147,7 km
Overnight: Barcelo Golf & Spa, Barcelo
Given our location close to the race conclusion allows us a more relaxed start to the day. After breakfast our ride program will start directly from the hotel. We will take a loop that will allow you to ride on the stunning
race route before we take on the final climb of the day to Sallent de Gallego. This challenging climb will be a fantastic conclusion to your weeks riding.
For the non-cyclists, following a leisurely morning and the chance to explore the nearby mountain village, you will be transferred to the race viewing location by our private transfer. Close to the summit finish we
will await the race, enjoying lunch on our restaurant's terrace overlooking the race route, and the atmosphere that only the Spanish crowd in the heart of the Pyrenees can bring.
At the conclusion of racing, guests will travel back to our hotel at the base of the climb either by bike or support vehicle. Here you will have the chance to relax by the pool or enjoy the surrounds prior to our final dinner amongst the Pyrenées mountains.
10 September 2013
Vuelta stage: Rest day
Overnight: Hotel Ohla, Barcelona
Following breakfast at the hotel we will make our way back to Barcelona. The transfer time is approximately 3.5 - 4 hours. In the afternoon we will check in to our 5 star Hotel Ohla in central Barcelona (rated the number one hotel in Barcelona details here). From here you will have the afternoon at leisure to explore Barcelona and all this incredible city has to offer. Explore Las Ramblas, take in some shopping in the Gràcia district or just relax at a Spanish café and watch the world go by!
Our final evening will be shared in a traditional Spanish restaurant off the tourist trail. A favourite with the locals, the restaurant specialises in local Spanish dishes and with its relaxed atmosphere will be a fantastic conclusion to our week in Spain.
11 September 2013
Our tour concludes following breakfast at the hotel with scheduled check-out at 11am. Complimentary transfers will be offered to the airport or train station at a time to suit your connections. Should you wish to
extend your stay in Barcelona please let us know and we can arrange this with the hotel.
Price per person: 3650€
Single supplement: 550€
Deposit of 900€ required on booking, balance due 2 months prior to the event.
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7 nights 4 and 5 star luxury accommodation with breakfast daily
7 gourmet 3 course dinners and 4 lunches
Private guided touring as listed in the program
Private transfers throughout, including to/from Barcelona Airport
5 guided rides + complimentary use of a custom fitted Trek Madone 5.2 for the duration of the tour
Overstim.s Nutrition bars, energy gels and isotonic powders for all rides + fruit, cake, etc
Exclusive race experience with a UCI Pro Tour team as outlined in the program
VIP race viewing with hospitality as outlined in the program
Tour road book including ride routes, gradients and race information
Tour jersey/polo, musette and casquette
Experienced and accredited bilingual guides
Transport to/from the tour start and finish point
Personal travel insurance
Incidentals such as phone calls, laundry, tips, etc
Lunches and other dining not outlined in the program
Drinks not included with meals
All the stages of the 2013 Vuelta:
1Teams time-trial Saturday 24 August Vilanova de Arousa > Sanxenxo 27 km
2 Sunday 25 August Pontevedra > Baiona. Alto Do Monte Da Groba 176,8 km
3 Monday 26 August Vigo > Mirador de Lobeira / Vilagarcía de Arousa 172,5 km
4 Tuesday 27 August Lalín/a Estrada > Finisterra. Etapa Fin del Mundo 186,4 km
5 Wednesday 28 August Sober > Lago de Sanabria 168,4 km
6 Thursday 29 August GuiThulo > Cáceres 177,3 km
7 Saturday 30 August Almendralejo > Mairena de Aljarafe 195,5 km
8 Saturday 31 August Jerez de la Frontera > Estepona. Alto Peñas Blancas 170 km
9 Sunday 01 September Antequera > Valdepeñas de Jaén 174,3 km
Rest Day Tuesday 03 September
11 Time-trial Wednesday 04 September Tarazona > Tarazona 38 km
12 Thursday 05 September Maella > Tarragona 157 km
13 Saturday 06 September Valls > Castelldefels 165 km
14 Saturday 7 September Bagà > Andorra. Collada de la Gallina 164 km
15 Sunday 8 September Andorra > Peyragudes 232,5 km
16 Mountains Monday 9 September Graus > Sallent de Gállego. Aramón Formigal 147,7 km
Rest Day Tuesday 10 September
17 Plain Wednesday - 11 September Calahorra > Burgos 184,5 km
18 Thursday 12 September Burgos > Peña Cabarga 186 km
19 Saturday 13 September S. Vicente Barquera > Oviedo.Alto Naranco 177,5 km
20 Saturday 14 September Avilés > Alto de L´Angliru 144,1 km
21 Sunday 15 September Leganés / Parquesur > Madrid 99,1 km
Dates: 04-11 September 2013
Tour type: Cycling & Non-cycling VIP
Stage viewings: 5
Start point: Barcelona
Finish point: Barcelona
Price per person: 3650€
Single Supplement: 550€