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Head to Spain for your chance to ride with the pros

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28 Jan 2022
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Enjoy a new and unique luxury cycling holiday experience in 2022: a tour of Spain with the guidance, support and local knowledge of the UCI ProTeam Burgos Bh Pro Cycling Team

One of the true joys of cycling is that you can follow in the wheel tracks of the greats, taking in the same roads as the professionals. Still, it is hard to know what it’s like to actually be a pro cyclist unless you have the opportunity to meet them, share in their stories and even ride with them.

And now you can, thanks to a new and unique luxury guided cycling tour taking place in Spain from July through to September this year.

Meet Burgos Bh Team, a Spanish pro squad that has been competing around the world for more than 40 years. The team is from the city of Burgos, a stunning provincial capital in the Castile-León region that is lavished with medieval architecture and the breathtaking Cathedral of St Mary.

This is also a heartland of the Vuelta a España, close to the mythical climb of Lagos de Covadonga, and it was Spain’s Grand Tour that gave the team their greatest achievement to date when Ángel Madrazo took their first Vuelta stage win in 2019, leading home teammate Jetse Bol, just a year after the team started competing at ProTeam level.

This combination of Burgos Bh Team’s deep roots and stunning maiden success gave them an idea – to share their love of their home town and their pro racing experience with cycling fans by offering a luxury tour that also takes in the best of the region’s gastronomy and wine.

Thus the Burgos Bh Team Premium Experience 2022 is a seven-day tour of central and northern Spain that will give you a combination of exhilarating riding with pro-level support and top-quality accommodation and dining along the way.

You will share miles with ex-WorldTour riders who will give you a taste of the pro lifestyle and take you behind the scenes of the Grand Tours, and you will be supported by sports directors, masseurs and mechanics.

The tour has also been designed to show off the best of each region on each day, and includes access to places normally closed to the public, including the Valderiz Winery and Burgos Cathedral.

You will be provided with high-quality cycling kit but you don’t have to worry if you have a tough day in the saddle because e-bikes are available to rent, and the pace is relaxed enough that there will be free time for you to explore each city beyond your time on the bike.

And there is one last thing. We know these are uncertain times, so the package comes with insurance that will cover all charges in the event of any Covid-related cancellation, and all necessary safety measures against Covid will be taken during the trip.

You can find all the information you need at burgosproteam.com.

A very grand tour

Let’s look at the route in a little more detail. You fly to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport and transfer to Segovia for an overnight stay at a five-star hotel with time to explore this ancient city and its famous Roman Aqueduct.

Day Two starts with a 51km ride to Valderiz Winery for a tour, tasting session and lunch, while Day Three recreates Stage 3 of the 2021 Vuelta a España, with two mountain climbs and 1,080m of elevation on the 82km to Ezcaray and lunch at a two-Michelin-starred restaurant.

You will also have time to explore Burgos or rest before Day Four, which takes in 50km around Burgos and part of the opening stage of the 2021 Vuelta, as well as a tour of the city’s stunning cathedral.

That is followed by a transfer to Santander for the fifth day and the longest ride of the tour – 90km with 1,050m of climbing – to the Cantabrian Sea, including the Vuelta’s category three Alto el Churi climb.

Weather permitting there will be a tour by boat across the Bay of Santander, and once back on dry land your seafood dinner will be preceded by a talk from one of the team’s sports directors.

Day Six will take you into the heart of the Picos de Europa, including the option of tackling the Lagos de Covadonga climb – with a team car to support you.

You then head back towards Madrid for dinner and a stay in a 16th century palace, and Day Seven will begin with one last breakfast before you make your way home.

• For bookings or more information, email tours@burgosproteam.com, or find out more at burgosproteam.com