• Sun. Oct 1st, 2023

Race Preview: The 3rd Grand Excursion of the season, the Vuelta a España has introduced its number of mountain climbs and summit finishes for the 2023 version. Ed Hood has forged an informed eye over the ‘ruta’ for his ‘PEZ First Glance’.

The 2023 Vuelta a España direction

Marc Soler [UAE & Spain] is a person who is aware of so much about mountainous races having gained Paris-Great in 2018 and two Vuelta levels since then, he had this to mention concerning the direction of the 2023 Vuelta a Espana; ‘they’ve long past too a long way!’ He implies that of the 21 levels, of which two are in opposition to the watch, part of the rest 19 levels end atop or simply off the highest of hills or typically, mountains.

‘The Spanish hill climb championships’

Level One: Barcelona > Barcelona
A troublesome get started for the light-weight climbers with a flat, quick however technical group time trial blast across the streets of Barca – let’s simply hope it doesn’t rain.

Level 1 TTT in Barcelona

Level Two: Mataró > Barcelona
Finishes on Montjuich, scene of the overdue lamented ‘Escalada’ a race I used to wait yearly within the overdue 80’s and early 90’s – that is one for the Michael Matthews of this international.

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Level 2

Level 3: Súria > Arinsal. Andorra
Payback time for the climbers with a double first cat. ascent into Andorra, house to many a rider and the place the air is skinny. The jersey will exchange palms.

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Andorra for level 3

Level 4: Andorra los angeles Vella.Andorra > Tarragona
For the breakaway or MAYBE a dash however that the ‘viento’ – that’s ‘wind’ in English, Dude – would possibly simply form nowadays. The ones helicopter photographs of echelons are simply so gorgeous.

Go winds for level 4

Level 5: Morella > Burriana
see Level 4.

Level 5 – an afternoon for the destroy?

Level Six: L. a. Vall d’Uixó > Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre
Whilst you see the phrase ‘observatorio’ within the name of a race end you comprehend it’s now not going to complete someplace there’s now not a just right view of the celebrities. This one is atop a primary cat. monster on a level the place the rage of the overall 100K is UP.

Level 6 summit motion

Level Seven: Utiel > Oliva
For the sprinters, evidently however ‘viento’ would possibly simply be the phrase of the day, once more.

Dash level 7

Level 8: Dénia > Xorret de Catí. Costa Blanca Inside
3 2nd cats, a 3rd cat and a end simply off the highest off a primary cat. giving the ones ‘Bigs’ simply off the again the danger to get again in the event that they throw warning to the wind. Gruppetto!

Assaults at the Xorret de Catí

Level 9: Cartagena > Caravaca de los angeles Cruz
Any other phrase that sprinters don’t like to look, ‘alto.’ It’s ‘most effective’ a 2nd cat. to complete on however drags up for 30 kilometres.

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Tricky day for the fast-finishers

Leisure Day One:
David Miller and Ryder Hesjedal had been recognized to sit down via the pool with a lager or two on leisure days – however just like the track says; ‘the ones days are long past now . . .’

rest day
A day without work for the peloton

Level 10: Valladolid > Valladolid
Publish leisure day just right legs or blocked? In case you’re a GC man then you definitely’ll be hoping for the previous for this joust with the ‘reloj.’ A bit of of a ‘lump’ early however one for the consultants, 58 and 60 rings the order of the day.

Level 10 – A quick TT

Level 11: Lerma > L. a. Laguna Negra.Vinuesa
‘Laguna Negra,’ – the ‘Black Lake,’ appears like an American 50’s ‘B’ horror film – and for those who’re a sprinter then that’s what it’s – a HORROR, 18K to the primary cat. summit.

Level 11 summit end

Level 12: Ólvega > Zaragoza
See Phases 5 and Six however once more, it generally is a Viento day.

That wind once more

Level 13: Formigal. Huesca los angeles Magia > Col du Tourmalet
The ‘Queen Level’ of the Excursion of Spain finishes in France – however simply any previous little bit of France. Atop the mighty Tourmalet. There’s additionally the Aubisque, Soulor and Spandelles en direction the end beast but it surely’ll all come down to these ultimate 37 kilometres of unrelenting grind.

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The Queen level to the Tourmalet

Level 14: Sauveterre-de-Béarn > Larra-Belagua
The organisers give the riders a restoration day after the tension of the Tourmalet; simply the 2 HC and a 3rd cat. ascents ahead of the primary cat. end on Puerto de Belagua. With a complete race distance of 100 miles the time reduce is assured to catch out the ones weakened via the Tourmalet level.

Extra mountaineering

Level 15: Pamplona > Lekunberri
The breakaway artists will have to get their day within the solar in this one; leisure day the next day to come so you’ll be able to move deep.

An afternoon for the destroy

Leisure Day Two:
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Leisure day espresso

Level 16: Liencres Playa > Bejes
Is every other breakaway day for individuals who have recovered neatly however there simply could be a shoot-out with the Bigs on that ultimate cat. two climb to the road.

Level 16

Level 17: Ribadesella/Ribeseya > Altu de L’Angliru
The 2 first cats. alongside the way in which are as not anything in comparison to the end climb – the horrible Angliru. I’ve been up there a time or two and it’s each bit as savage as legend has it. DO NOT have your ‘jour sans’ as of late, gents.

Sure, L’Angliru

Level 18: Pola de Allande > L. a. Cruz de Linares
As Sen. Soler rightly mentioned, ‘they’ve long past too a long way!’ En direction the primary cat. end climb to Puerto de los angeles Cruz there’s a 2nd, a primary, a 3rd and every other first cat. climb. Why?

5 classified climbs on level 18

Level 19: L. a. Bañeza > Íscar
Nearly pan flat – however what number of sprinters will likely be left status via now? However don’t fail to remember previous guy, ‘Viento’ on nowadays.

Any power left of a dash?

Level 20: Manzanares El Actual > Guadarrama
There aren’t any fewer than 10 3rd cat. climbs as of late; it’s one for the breakaway but when the GC isn’t forged in stone via now it would neatly be carnage. Lacking the time reduce with sooner or later to move – center breaking.

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Level 20… What!

Level 21: Hipódromo de los angeles Zarzuela > Madrid. Paisaje de los angeles Luz
Pan flat and ceremonial, if speedy across the streets of Madrid.

Flat day in Madrid for the overall level 21

A neatly balanced direction it’s not – however Grand Excursion organisers appear hell bent on sending their races over as many laborious climbs as they are able to cram in. As PEZ mentor and soothsayer, Viktor say; “The Spanish Hill Climb Championships.”



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