2019 Day 1 – Saturday 22 Aug.
ARRIVAL DAY: Welome Ride – Getting settled
Stage 8. Huesca – Sabiñánigo 185.8km
La Vuelta visits the French Pyrenees briefly, it’s your chance to combine the Vuelta and Le Tour to experience the incredible Pyrnees.
Welcome to the 2020 Vuelta which will start on the French side of the Pyrenees.
As always we definitely recommend arriving at our Team Hotel a day or two prior to your tour start, it’ll reduce travel stress and you’ll adjust to the local time zone far better. If you are already in Spain or France navigate to our Team Hotel or alternatively we can pick you up at:
10:00am Tarbes Airport
11:00am Lourdes TGV Trainstation.
Once we have all convened at out Tour start hotel we will set up and fit our bikes, readying them for the rigours of the Vuelta a Espania.
We start our tour with the now tradition welcome ride, an easy 45km with sufficient bumps to get the heart pumping and set the theme for the days to come.
Tonight’s meal is on the house, a time to celebrate in style with a classic French welcome meal and drinks at our superb 4 star Hotel. It’s a great chance to catch up with new friends and old and talk about our sojourn into La Vuelta.
Our Ride: Welcome Ride 45km / 650m climbing
We’ll show you one of our favourite local Pyrenees Training Loops. This afternoon we head straight out of the door from our Team Hotel along some small lesser know, yet lovely and quiet roads of the region.
Todays ride is a nice way to make sure your bike and body are all working well for the following days ahead.
Explore our beautiful Pyrenean village, there’s plenty to explore and see, take some time to settle in or relax in the spacious grounds of our historic hotel. If you fancy being active, we have plenty of great walks or hikes we can suggest.
Alternatively ask us for some options based on your personal interests, we have some great recommendations.
Vuelta Race: Huesca – Sabiñánigo 185.8km
We’ll catch the last hour of the race live on TV as the Vuelta heads north toward us in the French Pyrenees.
Après Ride: 3 Course Welcome Dinner and Drinks.
Tonight we gather in the superb restaurant at our hotel for our welcome dinner and drinks. Our hotel and restuarant showcase a bygone era of opulent travel, the elegant restaurant is complete with wood floors, chandeliers, great local food, wine and service with an abundance of character
French Pyrnees – Luxury 4 Star, Spa and Bike Hotel.