La Vuelta a Espana 2020 (Tourmalet to l'Angliru)
La Vuelta a Espana celebrates its 75th edition in 2020 will be made up of 21 stages and will cover a total distance of 3245 kilometres.
The 75th edition will feature 8 flat stages, 6 hilly stages, 5 mountain stages, 1 individual time-trial
1 team time-trial stage and 3 rest days
In 2020, La Vuelta a Espana will visit one of the most iconic peaks in world cycling, the Col du Tourmalet 2,115 meters
Our location in Argelès-Gazost is excellent for accessing the Col d’Aubisque or Col du Tourmalet.
Our location in Bilbao is excellent for accessing the next 4 stages of La Vuelta a Espana.
Our final location in Oviedo is excellent for accessing the next two stages of La Vuelta a Espana including the iconic Alto de l'Angliru (1,557 meters) with it's steepest section of 23.5%
Friday 21st August: Arrival day
Arrange your own flight to Toulouse . On arrival you will be met by our representative for the event(Jonathan Baxter) who has more than 25 years experience of organising rides in Europe.
We will operate transfers from Toulouse airport 12:00hrs & 16:00hrs to our hotel in Argelès-Gazost, Alternatively you can travel to Lourdes by TGV.
We spend the next 3 nights on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis at the Hotel du Gabizos.
You can check flight times to Toulouse with Skyscanner:
When you arrive you can assemble your bikes, (for those on the first transfer will have an opportunity for a gentle ride, at tonight’s evening meal we will have a welcome meeting so you can get to know the rest of the group.
Hotel du Gabizos
33, av des Pyrénées
Tel: 05 62 97 01 36
Saturday 22nd August: Col d’Aubisque or Col du Tourmalet riding day
After an early breakfast will shall take to you to the town of Laruns, bottom of the Col d’Aubisque where you can ride along the last 83.3km of tomorrow’s Vuelta a Espana stage 9.
After you have finished your ride we will take you back to our hotel in Argelès-Gazost or you can descend back down the Col du Tourmalet to Pierrefitte-Nestalas where you can take the purpose make bike path back to our hotel in Argelès-Gazost which will make a beautiful ride.
Sunday 23rd August: Stage 9 (Biescas to Col du Tourmalet 135.6km)
Today sees the first mountain stage of the 75th La Vuelta Espana with a summit finish on the
Col du Tourmalet at 2115 meters.
Our location is ideal for seeing the stage on the Col du Tormalet 2115 meters,
Col d’Aubisque 1,709 meters or the Col du Soulor 1474 meters.
For the non-bike riders we will travel to see the stage in Luz-Saint-Sauveur the base of the
Col du Tormalet. Alternatively you can have a relaxing breakfast and see the stage pass through the town of Argeles Gazost
Monday 24th August: Transfer Day
As La Vuelta a Espana takes a well deserved rest day after yesterdays hard stage over the
Col d’Aubisque and the finish on the Col du Tormalet.
After a relaxing breakfast you have the opertunity to spend the morning and visit the beautiful town of Argelès-Gazoste before we transfer to our next destination in Bilbao, where we shall spend the next 3 nights on Bed & Breakfast at the Hotel Ibis located in the center of Bilbao.
Tuesday 25th August: Stage 10 (Vitoria-Gasteiz to Villanueva de Valdegovia 160.4km)
The day includes two climbs of the Alto de Orduña (902 meters) the only category climb of today's stage, with a gradient of up to 14%. The final climb will take place 18 km from the finish-line so the differences obtained on the summit will be key.
Our location in Bilbao is excellent for accessing today's stage on the 1st category of Alto de Orduña (902 meters) where you can see the stage pass twice.
This is a 100km return ride, alternatively you can return in Baxter's Cycling Trips vehicle .
For the non-bike riders we will travel to see the stage on the 1st category of Alto de Orduña
(902 meters) where you can see the stage pass twice. We’ll see the riders come past twice from our vantage point on the climb.
Wednesday 26th August: Stage 11 (Logroño to Alto de Moncalvillo 164.5km)
The first half of today's stage is relative flat along the Logroño vineyards the La Rioja wine region. Before the 2nd category climb of La Rasa of 21km (1,385 meters) This will wear the riders down before they have the unprecedented final climb of Alto de Moncalvillo, an impressive, demanding mountain pass that is much harder than it looks:
With an average gradient between 8-9% and three final kilometres between 13-14%. At this point in
La Vuelta any time lost could be crucial in the general classification.
After breakfast we shall travel to see today's stage start in Logroño immediately after the start we shall travel to see the stage on the Puerto de Rasa, for the riders when we arrive in Logroño you will
be able to ride along to stage route to Puerto de Rasa.
This is a 45km ride and return to our hotel in Bilbao in Baxter's Cycling Trips vehicle .
Thursday 27th August: Stage 12 (Castrillo del Val to Aguilar de Campoo 163.6km)
Today's stage is a completely flat stage with a final circuit around Aguilar de Campoo. All signs point to a sprint to the finish-line which will put the sprinter teams in control of the day’s pace. Those teams that have yet to obtain a victory will have the opportunity to try and do so.
After breakfast we shall travel to see today's stage on the finishing circuit around Aguilar de Campoo.
Those with bikes will get dropped off en-route beside the lake Ebro on the edge of Sierra de Escodo
This is a 65km ride and return to our hotel in Bilbao in Baxter's Cycling Trips vehicle .
Friday 28th August: Stage 13 (Castro Urdiales to Suances 187.4km)
Today the Vuelta see another flat stage with a 3rd category climb that will add some excitement to the day. The peloton will ride through a spectacular area, bordering the Cantabrian coast.
Strong riders are expected to break away so the sprinter’s team won’t be able to easily control the stage to the final sprint.
The finish-line has a final slope of less than 2 km with a 5% gradient that will add some excitement to the end of the stage.
After a relaxing breakfast we shall travel the short distance to see today's stage start in Castro Urdialeson.
Those with bikes can ride from the hotel in Bilbao to see today's stage start in Castro Urdialeson.
This is a 40km ride after we have see today's start we shall load up the bikes and travel to Oviedo wher we shall spend the 3 nights on Bed & Breakfast at the Hotel NH Oviedo Principado in the centre
Our Hotel in Oviedo is excellent location for accessing the next two stages of the Vuelta.
Saturday 29th August: Stage 14 (Villaviciosa to Alto de La Farrapona. Lagos de Somiedo 170.2km)
Today the stage will feature four 1st category climbs and one 3rd category climb. These will include La Colladona mountain pass, La Cobertoria and San Lorenzo before the final climb of the Alto de La Farrapona.
The race leaders will do their best to defend their positions in preparation for the decisive next day at the Alto de L’Angliru.
After breakfast we shall travel to see today's stage on the final climb of Alto de La Farrapona
(1,710 meters) when in 2014 Contador beat Froome to win the stage.
Those with bikes will get dropped off en-route to Alto de La Farrapona and return to our hotel in Oviedo in Baxter's Cycling Trips vehicle.
Sunday 30th August: Stage 15 (La Pola Llaviana/Pola de Laviana to Alto de l'Angliru 109.2km)
Today's stage is the shortest stage of the Vuelta excluding the time trial's, but an absolute brutal stage which will feature three 1st category climbs and two 3rd category climb.
The second half of today's stage will sort the men out from the boys.
With the first of three 1st category climbs is Alto La Mozqueta (850 meters) followed by Alto del Cordal (780) before tackling the iconic Alto de l'Angliru (1,557 meters) which is 12.5km with an average gradient of 10.13% with the steepest section of 23.5%.
After breakfast we shall travel the short distance to see today's stage on the final climb of Alto de l'Angliru (1,557 meters)
Those with bikes can ride from the hotel in Oviedo to see today's stage on the final climb of Alto de l'Angliru (1,557 meters)
This is a 62km return ride.
Monday 31sth August: Departure Day
We shall be operating two transfers from our hotel in Oviedo to Bilbao airport, The first transfer at 06:00hrs arriving at Bilbao airport approximately 09:00hrs, second transfer at 12:00hrs Bilbao airport approximately 15:00hrs.
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