Greg Eden’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 11 Sep 2014

Location: Spain

MapDay 16 Sanxenxo
Late breakfast at 9 am and my ride of 85 km leaves at 11 and Ruth's of 45km at 12.30. Our ride goes along the coast for a while then into the hills with a ride up Monte Castrove which is the finish for the Vuelta today. The pros ride up it twice and finish at the top. It's a hard but manageable climb of about 7pm at average gradient of about 8%. Its a very nice and quite fast descent down the other side. We ride through the many towns dotted along the coast (it seems like one big city as they are all joined together) and go to the feed zone, 60km from the finish. I get a packet of gels discarded by a rider. Apart from the mountain climb, today's ride is somewhat non-descript. 
We get back to the hotel in time to watch the end of the race, which is won by Italian Fabio Aru, from Chris Froome from Sky. The Vuelta is a great race with the strongest riders battling it out on the slopes each day. It makes for a much greater spectacle than the tour de France of the past couple of years.Contador, Froome, Valverde and Rodriguez are the contenders and they all seem to be together on the mountains. Dinner is at a very nice restaurant in the town. Mal and I share a paella and we manage 1 bottle of wine between 4 of us. 85k on the bike here is like 150 back home. A lot of climbing!!