If you’ve ever watched the Tour de France and thought about how great it would be to be part of a peloton of skilled riders as you glide effortlessly through pristine countryside, you’re in luck.La Vuelta Puerto Rico is all about the peloton (and, yes, peloton riding is every bit as fun as it looks).At La Vuelta, riders divide themselves into three pelotons based on the pace they prefer to ride.
- Group A is for the hammerheads, and travels at sustained speeds of more than 25 to 30 mph (a pace very similar to professional stage racers).
- Group B rides between 20 to 25 mph averaging 18 mph.
- Group C rides at 18 to 20 mph and averages 15 mph.
Riders are expected to be able to maintain these speeds (Groups B & C) for the entirety of the event in order to keep up with the averages of 18 mph and 15 mph respectively.
Total elevation gain for all three days is approximately 12,000 feet. Expect all kinds of terrain, from flats to rolling hills to climbs. The majority of the climbs are slow and steady, but there are also a few short pitches that are quite steep (you’ll know them when you see them).
In winter, the average high temperature is 83°F. Rain showers are always possible, but are usually brief. Be prepared for sunshine and humidity most of the ride.
Staying hydrated is essential and for that we provide sports drinks from our sponsors. It is also important to use high-SPF sun block and wear appropriate clothing. Headbands, cycling caps and white “arm warmers” are extremely popular accessories among seasoned Vuelta veterans.
La Vuelta is a fully supported bike tour. Rest stops are spaced between 20 and 25 miles apart and stocked with water, sport drinks, fruit and other snacks. There are designated breakfast and lunch stops where riders will find delicious meals planned specifically for endurance athletes.
Support vehicles will be available for bicycle emergencies. Mechanical support will be offered on the course by professional bicycle mechanics. Services included in your registration are for “light” mechanical adjustments. Additional parts and services are available on a cash-only basis.Medical and EMS support will be available throughout the entire Vuelta. Cyclists will be provided with emergency contact numbers for medical or mechanical assistance before the tour begins.
In the unlikely event that you are unable to complete a particular day of the tour, you will be offered transportation to your hotel. Should you need to completely withdraw from the tour, our staff will assist you with arranging transportation for your return to San Juan.
Training for La Vuelta
La Vuelta is a challenging ride by design – that’s part of its appeal. The key is training. As a general rule, if you can complete a century – including rest stops – under seven hours, you are ready to ride La Vuelta.