La Vuelta España
Harvest time’s number one cycling asset is a healthy turn-out by its fans. The third in the trio of pro cycling’s Grand Tours, La Vuelta gloriously tours through the remains of the season. As the motto of the Spanish flag declares in golden letters, the racers reach plus ultra, further beyond to complete the tour of its five kingdoms – Castile, León, Aragon, Navarre, and Granada and a golden number of provinces. Although Spain has flown its flag over Texas, no American has ever conquered this nation’s tour through an overall win, and stage wins have been few.
Spain on the other hand boasts victors to finish in Jersey de Oro three times more than any other cycling nation. Mucho más than a ride around a plain and homogenous state, the race visits a variety of Spanish subcultures on its sea-level to stratospheric routes. Inaugurated in 1935, the race is noted for its steepest grades and Spanish greatness.
Lasting three weeks, the event has held its autumn position on the calendar since 1995. Prior to this it was held in the spring but hopes to expand participation caused its date to move to a September start.
No matter when one rides in Spain, the nation boasts fabulous countryside and conditions to play gracious host. The race promoter – Unipublic – has done its part to promote a quality and epic event. From the Mediterranean to Madrid, the race sets a gold standard for its hospitable interested public.
Prayer for La Vuelta a España
“…when I go to Spain…I hope to visit you while passing through and to have you assist me on my journey there, after I have enjoyed your company for a while.” 50Romans 15:24
We are glad that a Spanish Grand Tour exists and succeeds. We recognize its place in great cycling, even while lesser but important tours happen concurrently. We ask blessing on La Vuelta.
Ponder What are the various ways that I resolve conflicts in scheduling? Affirm I prioritize and plan so that each important event can be included on my calendar. Watch the public reward a prioritized and planned agenda for cycling’s greatest spectacles.
49“Healthy turn-out at the finish line,” Route Summary 21st Stage S. Sebastian de los Reyes – Madrid posted September 21st on www.lavuelta.com
50The Bible, New International Version, Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society