Spain's Biggest Cycle Race La Vuelta

Preparation

On Sunday the 21st of August, the La Vuelta Cyclists came speeding through Villajoyosa on the first stage of this important Cycling race.

The La Vuelta is the Spanish equivalent of the Tour de France, and I invite you to enjoy the race as it speeds through Villa via my photographs.

About an hour or so, before the cyclists arrived preparations began in the town. People began to gather in little groups along the route and the Guardia and Policia Locale closed the roads that intersected the race's route.

I felt the excitement and expectation building as I made my way past the groups of spectators claiming their vantage point from where they were to watch the race. Soon I arrived at the spot that I had picked out the day before.

About an hour or so, before the cyclists arrived in Villajoyosa preparations began in the town.

In Preparation

A Guardia officer checks that the road is closed properly
A Guardia officer checks that the road is closed properly
Stewards begin to take up their positiion en route and spectators start to arrive
Stewards begin to take up their positiion en route and spectators start to arrive
Spectators begin to line the route
Spectators begin to line the route
A Steward watching for the leaders of the race to come in sight. He looks like he has his head on back to front
A Steward watching for the leaders of the race to come in sight. He looks like he has his head on back to front
Spectators begin to line the route
Spectators begin to line the route

Temperature in the mid 90's


This Guardia officer, like all the Guardia motorcyclist Officers, has on his full uniform and on this day, the temperature must have been in the mid nineties. I took this photograph wearing lightweight cotton cut-offs and a light cotton tee shirt and I had real difficulty with the heat that day. I do not know how those officers or the cyclists in the race coped with the heat.

First on the scene were the Guardia Civil and they arrived in great numbers. Some arrived in their 4x4’s others on their motorbikes.

Here Come the Guardia

It is an hour before the race comes into Villa when all these Guardia come down this part of the race route.
It is an hour before the race comes into Villa when all these Guardia come down this part of the race route.
The Guardia moteorcyclist were closely followed by Guardia in their 4 x 4 vehicles
The Guardia moteorcyclist were closely followed by Guardia in their 4 x 4 vehicles
Riding the route
Riding the route

Local Cyclists


Cycling is a very popular sport in Spain and most weekends local clubs are out on the roads especially the roads leading up into the mountains.

In the middle of all the race preparations that were going on some of these local cyclists decided to take the opportunity to try out the route for themselves. It must have been quite an experience for the local cyclists, riding along a route lined with enthusiastic spectators. The spectators cheered and clapped as these local cyclists raced along the route.

Local Cyclists

Local Cyclists come into view
Local Cyclists come into view
Local Cyclists
Local Cyclists

Press, support Cars and Helicopters

The press came next riding pillion along with dozens of support cars with spare cycles on their car roofs. It was quite a sight to see, so many support cars with so many spare cycles, evidence of what a rugged race the La Vuelta is. Overhead flew two helicopters which I think contained TV film crews.

Press, Support Cars and Helicopters

Press
Press
Press
Press
Support Cars
Support Cars
Support Cars
Support Cars
Support Cars
Support Cars
Race Officials
Race Officials
Helicopter
Helicopter
Helicopter
Helicopter
Helicopter
Helicopter

The Cyclists


The heat that day was tremendous but in spite of that, the Cyclists came powering through the town, moving swiftly along the race’s route. How those cyclists managed to expend so much energy I will never know, the heat got the better of me and I was only standing and taking photographs. I drank copious amounts of water to stave off dehydration and yet the heat was still getting the better of me.

Cyclists

Cyclist
Cyclist
Cyclist
Cyclist
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists
Cyclists

The Race is over

This section of the race was over very quickly because it started out from Benidorm, which is only a few kilometres away from Villajoyosa. The riders were still very fresh when they arrive in Villajoyosa and because of this; the field was still fairly tightly packed.

There were a few stragglers but even they were not that far behind the main pack at this stage.

More Support cars and Guardia Civil brought up the rear and within a few minutes of the cyclists passing through the town, the stewards and Guardia Civil removed the roadblocks. Very soon, there was no sign that the race had happened.

The last photograph in the Hub is of the corner that I stood on to take the photographs during the race, as you can see it was very quickly back to normal.

The crowds dispersed very quickly mainly seeking out the local bars and cafés to enjoy a cool drink out of the heat, as for me I headed for home to see how my photographs had turned out.

The Race is over

A Straggler
A Straggler
Bringing up the rear
Bringing up the rear
This is the corner I took the photographs from
This is the corner I took the photographs from


I hope that you have enjoyed seeing this small part of the La Vuelta thank you for your visit.

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Snurre 5 years ago

That's some event! Great images, Maggie!


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Thank you Lizzy I am glad that you liked the images and I really appreciate your kind words :)


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Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

Hi, this was lovely, I felt the heat of summer, and thats got to be a good thing! lol! what a great race, I would imagine that the locals have got used to that sort of heat, I remember going to Cyprus, and after coming back down from Mount Olympus, we took a wrong turn and ended up on the very long road, at least 20 miles stretch to Nycosia the capital, mountains on the left and fields to the right. Half way along there was a small cafe' and we got out to get a drink! well, the heat hit me like a ton of bricks, I couldn't breath, but the locals were walking around and even cleaning their cars! I had to get back in the car after buying my drink! that would take a lot of adapting too! this sounded like a great fun day, thanks for sharing, nell


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maggs224 5 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Nell, thank you so much for your lovely comments, it is so nice to see your cheerful face beaming out at me from my comments.

I must admit that this time of year through to Spring is my favourite time as the heat of summer is often too much for this Brit to cope with lol...

Apart from the heat though it was a fun day and seeing all those fit young men on their bicycles in their colourful lycra costumes made it a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours that day. Most of that time was spent waiting as all the cyclist came speeding through in about ten minutes :)


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baygirl33 4 years ago from Hamilton On.

Maggs,thanks for sharing.I loved the colors and the photos of life in the streets. I wanted some of that heat too.It's around -13 here tonight. Very nice story of the event


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maggs224 4 years ago from Sunny Spain Author

Hi Baygirl, the heat at that time of year can be pretty intense and I must admit that my favourite time of year is now when it is around 18-22c during the day but it does drop to about 13-15 at night but I don't mind that.

Thank you for stopping by and being so kind as to leave a comment it is much appreciated :)

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