If anyone is interested in the big cycle races like The Tour de France, Spain have their own big cycle race, called La Vuelta a Espana.
2010, La Vuelta celebrates its 75th anniversary.
The race takes place between 28th August and 19th September. It is normally televised on the popular Spanish TV channels of TVE1, TVE2 or Teledeportes.
This year there are stages that travel through the Murcia and Alicante provinces.
For the past 2 years, we have travelled to nearby locations to watch this ‘spectacle’ pass through the neighbourhood.
There are of course in the region of 150 or more cyclists, a huge amount of team cars, support vehicles, Police outriders, motorcycle camera crews, TV helicopters, and so on.
It may only take 10 to 15 minutes for all of these to pass through the location where you are watching, but if you have not seen an event like this, it is well worth picking a location to watch from and enjoy the live action.
In 2009 we were in the Pinoso area to watch a stage, we arrived earlier than the scheduled time to pick a good spot to watch from, took a few snacks and drinks, and along with a good number of other (mainly Spanish) spectators, enjoyed a good time viewing the event.
Stage 6 on the 2nd September, travels from Caravaca de la Cruz to Murcia.
Stage 7 on the 3rd September, travels from Murcia to Orihuela.
The complete route and times are all listed on the official website.
www.lavuelta.com is where you will find all the information you need.
We took a few photo’s as the race passed by: http://picasaweb.google.co.uk/desanddave/LaVueltaAEspana2009#