Cycling Champions Tour of Madrid
This is a cycling tour which allows you to experience the routes used by the four Spanish winners of the Tour de France. Not far from Spain’s capital, north of Madrid we have spectacular roads with very little traffic, mountains – and although they are not at the height of the Pyrenees or the Alps – they provide us with various first and second category climbs in the first day.
Nestled amongst them, you’ll find enchanting or medieval villages such as Pedraza, breathtaking historical sites, heritage protected cities such as Segovia and Toledo and monuments like the El Escorial’s Monastery.
Discover the territory of Alberto Contador and his home town of Pintor, Carlos Sastre and his foundation in Avila, Pedro Delgado and his love for Segovia, Bahamontes and his treasured Toledo. In one week you will understand why this part of Spain is the cyclists’ favourite, we’ll combine mountainous routes with more relaxed terrain, cycle along small and well paved roads, see ever-changing landscapes and stay in charming hotels.
The tour finishes in Madrid with a Spanish ‘fiesta’ and flamenco and a cultural tour of the city. You’ll have the assurance of a support van, mechanical assistance and expert guides who have a great knowledge of the terrain. This is a fantastic tour to do in Spring or Autumn (in summer on request) Specialised tours can be organised for events, incentives and professionals for training camps
- Return flights (UK)
- 7 nights luxury accommodation (full board)
- Return private transfers
**Above price is per person and is based on a twin share
* Single supplements apply
Available Dates: March 2016 – Nov 2016
- The heritage listed cities of Segovia and Toledo
- The Sephardic museum and the Arab legacy in Toledo
- A stay in the cultural Spanish capital, Madrid
- The impressive Spanish Renaissance monastery of El Escorial
- Scenic and quiet biking routes in the mountains
- Fine examples of modern and traditional Spanish cuisine
- 5 carefully designed guided routes
- Luggage transfers to each hotel
- Pre tour briefings
- On the road experienced (English speaking) guides
- Expert Mechanic on route
- On the road vehicle support, including drinks, snacks and supplies
- Free cycling jersey
- An amazing experience!
What's Not Included
- Travel Insurance (can be purchased
- Helmets, shoes & cycling apparel
- Rental bikes (available to hire, please enquire)
- Bike and luggage allowance on your flight (can be added)
Friday Ride: Pinto
Pinto is the home town of Alberto Contador (www.albertocontador.com) and the town’s bars, restaurants, and locals all adore Alberto, which you’ll quickly come to see.
After a quick van transfer we’ll head to the town of Chinchón, which has one of the prettiest town squares in the region. From there, we’ll ride through the rolling countryside to the town of Aranjuez, going by wineries, olive groves and melon farms. We’ll pass by Tielmes, Morata de Tajuña and Colmenar de Oreja, the towns where Alberto Contador uses to ride on a daily basis. We will go by van to see the town of Pinto, adorned with Contador memorabilia.
Saturday - Discover Madrid
The final day of the tour gives you the chance to discover beautiful Madrid on your own time, either on foot or by city bike.
There’s so much to do that it almost seems unfair to list all the possibilities, but favorites include; the Big Three museums (the Prado, the Thyssen-Bornemisza and the Reina Sofía), the beauty of the Retiro Park or the wide open spaces of the Casa de Campo Park (perfect for those who’d like a spin on a mountain bike!)
In the evening, you’re free to go on your own tapas tour, take in a flamenco show or see something cultural at the Teatro Real or the Teatro Nacional (we’ll be happy to make the reservations for you).
UK Flight: 2.5 (Hrs) Transfer: approx 40 minutes
As with all our inclusive tours you will be greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel via a private transfer. The journey time to the hotel will take approx 40 minutes. Depending on your flight arrival time, you can then spend the rest of the day enjoying the many facilities the hotel has to offer in preparation for your start of the tour the next day.
Your Accommodation - 7 Nights
A hand-picked selection of the finest individual hotels offering superb accommodation, excellent food and ideally situated amongst some beautiful locations.
Sunday: Hotel Petit Palace Lealtad, Madrid
Monday: Hotel La Muñequilla, Miraflores de la Sierra
Tuesday: Hotel San Antonio el Real, Segovia
Wednesday: Hotel Los Lanceros, El Escorial
Thursday: Hotel Pintor El Greco, Toledo
Friday & Saturday: Hotel Petit Palace Lealtad, Madrid
Monday Ride: Miraflores de la Sierra (Madrid)
We start with transportation to the town of Soto de Real from where we will bike to Miraflores de la Sierra, passing before by the beautiful medieval castle of Manzanares.
Once we have the bikes all ready to go, we’ll take a ride to get acquainted with the terrain. Soto and Miraflores are the preferred location for cyclists, since it combines flat, medium and high mountain passes. The cycling path which starts in Madrid, ends in Soto, so it is always busy with cyclists; most professionals come here to start their training programs.
Tuesday Ride: Segovia
Segovia is the city of Pedro delgado (www.pedrodelgado.com), now a presenter on Spanish television. He won the Tour of France in 1988.
After breakfast, we’ll drive to the top of the Morcuera Pass, ride down and through the beautiful Lozoya Valley.
We also visit the El Paular monastery and ride along the edges of the Pinilla Reservoir. Our journey continues to Lozoya, along the valley as we start to climb the Navafría Pass. From here we ride along the northern flank of the Guadarrama Mountains, travelling through oak and pine forests on back country roads to the town of Pedraza - a perfectly preserved medieval town, complete with castle.
We’ll have lunch in Pedraza and then continue riding along the picturesque roads towards Segovia, where we’ll stay the night in the historic hotel, Hotel San Antonio el Real which is located close to the roman aqueduct. After check in we have a chance to visit Segovia’s Cathedral and Alcázar.
Wednesday Ride: El Escorial
Todays riding brings us closer to the territory of Carlos Sastre (www.carlossastre.com) winner of Tour of France in 2008. Segovia’s ancient streets and medieval neighbourhoods provide a great place to start today’s riding.
We’ll pass along the ancient city walls, under the world-famous Roman aqueduct and go by some marvellously old monasteries as we travel around the city. We head towards the town of San Ildefonso de la Granja, built by the first Bourbon monarchs of Spain, who were determined to re-create a little piece of Versailles in the dry plains of Spain. From there, we’ll continue by the pass of Navacerrada, a classic in the Vuelta Spain.
There is a fantastic downhill where you can reach 80 km/h descending into the town of El Escorial. Here you’ll visit the Monastery of San Lorenzo. Built between 1563 and 1584, the Monastery was the biggest building of the Renaissance period.
Thursday Ride: Toledo
Toledo is the city of Federico Bahamontes (www.bahamontes.com), the eagle of Toledo and winner of the Tour de France in 1959. The mountainside setting of El Escorial is a favourite location for cycle tourists and road bikers alike.
Once we’ve had the chance to explore the area surrounding the San Lorenzo Monastery, we’ll cycle along the roads used by Carlos Sastre - medium mountainous terrain, very pleasant and quiet with some reservoirs, cow farms and pine trees.
After lunch, we jump in the van and go further back in time, to the world-famous city of Toledo, which was the capital of the country in the 15th century and was once the most famous seat of learning in the peninsula. It sits on a rocky mound isolated on three sides by a looping gorge of the river Tagus. Every available inch of this outcrop has been built on: houses, synagogues, churches and mosques are heaped upon one another in a haphazard spiral.
Toledo is the most significant of all cities with a strong Jewish, arab and Christian heritage at same time.Take the afternoon to discover the narrow alleys and hillside staircases that have inspired everyone from artist El Greco to novelist Noah Gordon.