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    Regular readers of this blog will realise I love cycling in Spain :-)  So much so I rode the length of Spain in 2012 - an epic experience.See the Vuelta in Marbella

    So I could not be happier that Spain’s famous La Vuelta cycling race is coming to Marbella.  La Vuelta de España 2015, a little like the Tour de France only in better weather!, takes place in 2015 from 22nd August until the 13th September.  

    The great news for the many cycling fans living in, and visiting, Marbella is the fact that the race kicks off from this epic resort, and then sticks around with several stages (etapas not to be confused with tapas!) starting from many local venues before the race heads north.

    The opening time trail will see the world’s greatest cyclists competing in a short 7.4km time trail sprint race starting from the glamorous marina of Puerto Banus and ending in Marbella.

    For those wanting to see a little more racing in the local mountains the second stage will see riders heading out from Alhaurin de la Torre, just in the hills inland from Malaga Airport before heading into the mountains passing through Coin (just inland from Marbella), Pizarra, Alora and El Chorro.  El Chorro is a personal favourite destination of mine and it will be a superb place to watch the race.

    And there’s more!  The race continues in the area, the next day.  Stage 3 sees riders head out from the beautiful mountainside whitewashed village of Mijas (just inland from Fuengirola – about a 30 minute drive from Marbella) and head through Alhaurin el Grande (I hope they resurface that road as its dire!), Cartama, Campanillos, Colmenar, dropping down to Velez-Malaga on the coast before flat-ish ride into Malaga.  Another great place to enjoy a great night out and a stay over!

    And then one last local stage before the race heads off to cover the rest of this splendid country. Stage 4 starts in Estepona and heads out west to Vejer de la Frontera via Cadiz (yet another great place to visit and spend the night!).

    Real devotees may want to chase the race for one more day as stage 5 starts in Cordoba (pack the cases its another great destination!) and heads out into the achingly pretty Alpujarras region.

    Bring it on - Can’t wait!  

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