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74th Edition of Vuelta a España Bike Race

The trio of the world’s most exciting professional bicycle competitions wraps up for the 2019 season with the 74th edition of Vuelta a España spinning through three, late-summer weeks. This third Grand Tour scheduled Aug. 24-Sept. 15 in Spain follows the season starter, Giro d ’Italia, and the series grand dame, Tour de France.

“The line-up is looking good including World Champion Alejandro Valverde, Nairo Quintana, Miguel Ángel López and Steven Kruijswijk, the first riders to voice their ambition to succeed title defender Simon Yates. Also riding are Primoz Roglic and Richard Carapaz, who won this year’s Giro d ’Italia. After winning the Tour de France with Egan Bernalr, Team Ineos cannot be ruled out with a joint leadership of Wout Poels and Tao Geoghegan Hart,” said Ross Litherland, Sports Marketing Manager for Sports Tours International, a UK-based, officially sanctioned tour operator for this event. This is the international company that specializes in creating opportunities for visitors to vacation in the midst of the excitement of world-class cycling and running events.

This year Sports Tours International is the only company to offer stage-viewing privileges from the start to the predictably exciting finish of the tour. Following are examples of three pre-arranged vacations with a competitive cycling focus.

All programs include hotels accommodations in the most race-accessible locations, transport to watch the innovative, ground-breaking and colorful stages and ride support with airport, luggage and transfers. Exclusive VIP Vuelta stage access is included in all of its Vuelta tours.

* Sept. 4-Sept. 10: 2019 Vuelta a España – Basque Country and Asturias is a seven-day vacation complete with the excitement of the Basque onlookers who are focused on the exciting mountain stages of the tour in northern Spain. The gateway city is Bilbao, with overnights (andbreakfasts) here and in Oviedo. Airport transfers, daily guided bike rides and three dinners are included. The rate is £1199 per person double (£400 single supplement).

* Sept. 4-Sept. 16: 2019 Vuelta a España – Basque Country to Madrid over 13 days includes rowdy, passionate cyclists entering the final stages of the race with exclusive and ringside VIP hospitality experiences including at the finish line. Hotel accommodations with breakfasts are in Bilbao, Oviedo, Segovia and Madrid. Seven dinners are included. The rate is £1699 per person double (£690 single supplement).

* Sept. 10-Sept. 16: 2019 Vuelta a España – The Final Week is a seven-day vacation leading to the final decisive stages of the 2019 Vuelta from Segovia to Madrid. Guests lodge in beautiful Segovia at the foot of the famous aqueduct and in the center of Madrid for the tour’s final week. During this program guests arrive on the final rest day at Madrid airport for transfer to Segovia for a four-night stay. The following day, stage 17 from Aranda de Duero will most likely end up in a sprint finish in Guadalajara, just north of Madrid. Stage 18 will take place in the Sierra de Guadarrama, a mountain range close to Madrid, where Fabio Aru left it late to beat Tom Dumoulin and take the 2015 Vuelta title. This tough stage features climbs up the Puerto Navacerrada, Puerto de la Morcuera (twice) and Puerto de Cotos. Stage 19 travels from Ávila to Toledo and is made for the sprinters or fast finishers and the penultimate stage takes in hilly terrain between Arenas de San Pedro and Plataforma de Gredos. The final ceremonial procession into Madrid starts in Fuenlabrada and there will be a sprint finish on the traditional circuit in Madrid. Guests will enjoy VIP start Village and Finish line hospitality. The rate is £999 per person double (£360 single supplement). 

Must-See Performances 2018

6 OF THIS SUMMER’S MUST-SEE MUSIC PERFORMANCES

From the biggest Ibiza opening parties to the summer’s most hotly-anticipated festival shows, here’s 6 unmissable music performances for 2018.

CHILDISH GAMBINO AT BILBAO BBK LIVE

Childish Gambino‘s “This Is America” video amassed close to one million views in the first hour on YouTube and has now racked up more than 115 million views, becoming one of the most watched videos on YouTube this year. Donald Glover’s alter-ego will be making one of only two scheduled European performances at Bilbao BBK Live festival in Spain this July.

Taking place from 12-14 July on Bilbao’s Kobetamendi Mountain in the heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao BBK Live’s 2018 roster also include Gorillaz, My Bloody Valentine, The xx, Florence & The Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Jungle, Sophie, James, Friendly Fires, Mount Kimbie, Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO and many more. Find out more at bilbaobbklive.com

PEGGY GOU AT OASIS FESTIVAL

There are many, many gems on Oasis festival’s 2018 line-up, but one in particular that stands out as one of this year’s most-anticipated performances is rising Korean selector Peggy Gou. The name on everybody’s lips this year, Gou has impressed with performances at Berghain and London’s XOYO, releases on Ninja Tune and Phonica, and a killer Essential Mix which dropped earlier this year.

Taking place from 14-16 September at luxury music resort, the Fellah Hotel in Marrakech, at the foot of the Atlas Mountains, this boutique music festival features today’s top electronic music talent, including Ben Klock, Carl Cox, DJ Koze, George Fiztgerald, Honey Dijon, Jessy Lanza, La Fleur, Octo Octa, The Black Madonna and more. Add in tropical gardens, palm trees, cacti and sun soaked swimming pools all backed by breath-taking vistas and you have one of this year’s must-visit festivals. Find out more at theoasisfest.com.

ERIC PRYDZ AT HÏ IBIZA

Eric Prydz is a giant of the contemporary dance scene thanks to his immaculate productions and rare understanding of dance floor dynamics. The Platinum selling producer responsible for some of the biggest progressive house and techno tracks in the last decade and he continues to innovate the boundaries of live performance, nowhere more so that Hï Ibiza, where he launched his debut Ibiza residency in 2017.

Returning for Year 2, Eric Prydz and guests will be taking over Tuesdays at Hï Ibiza from 10 July – 25 September. Expect more of the same immersive spectaculars as Prydz treats crowds to a blistering and inimitable blend of house and techno along with a visual and audio experience like no other. Find out more at hiibiza.com.

JAMIE XX AT BILBAO’S GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

The xx bring their acclaimed Night + Day festival to Bilbao BBK Live this year, curating a week of music, cinema, radio and afterparties in the city streets and cultural hotspots. From 6 to 11 July, the city of Bilbao will be host to a diverse range of cultural activities, including a performance by Jamie xx and special guests from the world of electronica on two stages outside the city’s most iconic background: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The xx will also headline Bilbao BBK Live during the festivities. Taking place from 12-14 July on Bilbao’s Kobetamendi Mountain in the heart of the Basque Country, Bilbao BBK Live’s 2018 roster also include Gorillaz, My Bloody Valentine, Childish Gambino, Florence & The Machine, The Chemical Brothers, Jungle, Sophie, James, Friendly Fires, Mount Kimbie, Avalon Emerson, Ben UFO and many more. Find out more at bilbaobbklive.com

CHARLOTTE DE WITTE AT SÓNAR

Belgian DJ-producer Charlotte de Witte is one of the biggest names in techno right now, thanks to her thundering DJ sets and productions on labels such as Novamute, Turbo and Suara. With an Essential Mix and Resident Advisor mix already under her belt this year, as well as a packed tour schedule with stops at Awakenings, Pukkelpop and Bestival to name just a few, this summer is shaping up to be her busiest to date.

Don’t miss her debut appearance at Sónar by Night on Saturday 16th June, which has the makings of something special indeed, with the Brussels native stepping up after Richie Hawtin for the closing set of SonarClub.

HONEY DIJON AT GLITTERBOX IBIZA

Glitterbox’s 21st century disco, with its extravagant production, flamboyant performers, and dancefloor hedonism has made it one of Ibiza’s most talked-about parties. This season’s roster is another disco and house-fuelled delight, with Chicago native Honey Dijon stepping up to work her magic on Friday 6th July. A regular at many of the best nightlife spots around the globe including, Panorama Bar, The Block and Smart Bar, Honey’s meteoric rise over the last few years is a result of her unique DJ and production style that has captivated dancefloors around the world.

Returning to its home at Hï Ibiza this summer, Glitterbox Ibiza’s Friday night residency will host acts including Armand Van Helden, Groove Armada, DJ Harvey, Greg Wilson, Horse Meat Disco, Nightmares On Wax, Derrick Carter, Kenny Dope and many more. Find out more at hiibiza.com.