Cycling in Spain: Vuelta a España 2018 Preview

Written by Jonathan B on 22nd August, 2018

The Vuelta a España is just around the corner and, whilst defending champion Froome and Tour de France winner Thomas won’t be riding, we’re still anticipating an exciting 3 weeks or racing. Richie Porte heads into the final Grand Tour of 2018 as favourite with Simon Yates and 2016 GC Winner Quintana sitting closely behind. Let us know who you think will take the red jersey this year by sending us a message on social media!

At Love Velo we’re massive advocates for cycling in Spain. The famous climbs, incredible coastal riding and pristine roads make it the ideal cycling environment and that’s before you’ve visited the number of equally impressive Canary or Balearic Islands. Cycling in Spain is an experience unlike any other. Whether you’ve been cycling for years and want to replicate the routes featured in the Vuelta or you’ve seen the incredible Spanish landscape on TV and want to experience it yourself via bike, there’s something for everyone and we’re here to tailor make the perfect trip for you.

Chris Froome winning

Chris Froome doing a great impression of someone who has just booked a cycling holiday to Spain

The Vuelta is likely to be a much more open affair in comparison to the Tour last month. With Team Sky leaving their big names to ride the Tour of Britain, there’s a feeling that the 21 days will be considerably more competitive amongst the remaining riders. With this in mind, we’re tipping Stages 19 and 20 to provide us with the most exciting moments over the 3 weeks. As the peleton heads into Catalonia in the north east of Spain, the riders will encounter the formidable mountains of the area before heading into Andorra and riding the Coll de Ordino (1980m) and the Coll de Beixalis (1800m). Keep an eye on our website and social media accounts for some Andorra related news coming soon…!

Just a short journey east from here is Girona, one of the most notable and iconic cycling destinations in the world and the training ground for many of the Vuelta riders. With famous climbs, including Els Angels and the Rocacorba, and unique accommodation options in the medieval city, it’s not surprise that thousands of experienced riders flood to the Catalonia capital every year.

We have to admit that we are slightly upset that the 2018 Vuelta will not feature the Vallter 2000, the highest road climb in Catalonia and one of only four in the region which ascend to over 2,000m (hence the name). Those travelling to Catalonia frequently request to climb this iconic mountain and often do so on a holiday that takes you through other major climbs in the area such as Camprodon and Mare De Déu Del Mont. If you think you can handle these mountains, click here and take on the unique challenge yourself!

Cyclists ride on The Mare De Déu Del Mont

The Mare De Déu Del Mont: A relatively gradual ascent with amazing views from the top

Our Girona based Cycling Holidays are perfect for riders looking to explore the region and ride similar routes to the those featured in the penultimate stages of the Vuelta however, for an alternative experience, view our Dali Inspired Catalonia Cycling Holiday or the Catalonia for Foodies Trip. Both of these holidays introduce you to the rich culture of Catalonia and guide you along scenic coastal routes into picturesque, authentic Spanish towns. These trips are perfect for families and friends as your routes and accommodation can be tailored to suit the needs of all travellers, regardless of age or cycling ability.