Available Months 23rd June - 25th June
Nights 2 Nights
Price From £499pp
2023 Tour de France - Grand Depart Challenge Spain

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Join us for the 2023 Tour de France Grand Depart Challenge with Sportive Breaks.

The Grand Départ of the 110th edition of the Tour de France will take place in Bilbao. The race for yellow will start with 3 days in the cycling mecca of the Basque Country in northern Spain. The first takes place on Saturday 1 July 2023 and will be a hilly loop around Bilbao. Stage 2 starts in Vitoria-Gasteiz and finishes in San Sebastian. Stage 3 starts near Bilbao and will finish in France in Bayonne.

The 2023 Tour de France Grand Depart Challenge with Sportive Breaks is once in a lifetime challenge to ride Stage 1 of the 2023 Tour de France. We ride the full route the week before the riders of the 2023 Tour de France. We will stay in Bilbao at a 4 star hotel with breakfasts and dinners included. Our local team will support you with mechanical assistance plus assistance on the road with support vehicle and feed stops. Airport transfers from Bilbao Airport are included. Bike rental is also available.

Tour Highlights

Tour Highlights

  • Spread your payments: Our payment plan is an interest-free payment method where you will have the opportunity to spread payment for your booking.

  • Ride Stage One of the Tour de France: Ride stage one of the 2023 Tour de France. This is a circular 185km long medium mountain stage with start and finish in Bilbao.

  • Premium 4* accommodation: Stay in the centre of Bilbao with breakfast and dinner included.

  • Full support included: Our local team looks after you with mechanical support, feed stops, support vehicle and ride captains on the ride.

Avg Daily Distance Avg Daily Elevation Difficulty
Main Bunch 185km 3300m 5/5

What's Included


4* hotel in Bilbao

Included Meals

Daily breakfast and dinner included


Return transfers from Bilbao


Mechanic and vehicle support

Private Feed Stop

During the ride

Additional Extras

Bike Rental

various options availiable

How we support you

Our team are local to the area so we can provide you with the best possible support. Our hotel is in Bilbao and you will have breakfasts and dinners included. Bike rental is available and if you bring your own bike, mechanical assistance is available throughout the weekend. Please note that the challenge will take place on roads that are open to traffic. As well as providing you with the GPX file for the stage, we also provide you with a fully supported experience. We have ride leaders on the road with you plus we offer feed and assistance points every 30km. Our support vehicles will be on hand throughout the day to support you on this epic challenge.

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2023 Tour de France - Grand Depart Challenge Cycling Holiday


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Day 1: Friday 23 June : Arrive Bilbao

Arrive Bilbao, transfer to hotel, meet and greet in the afternoon at hotel.

HotelMercure Bilbao on half board

Meals: Dinner at Hotel

Daily Highlights:

  • Transfer from Bilbao Airport to Hotel
  • Ride preparation

Today’s Activity: Bike building and rental bike fitting at hotel

Day 2: Saturday 24 June : 2023 Tour de France Grand Depart Challenge 

Distance Elevation Difficulty
Main Bunch 185km 3300 5/5

Following breakfast, we will depart the hotel and ride Stage 1 of the 2023 Tour de France. During the ride we will support you on the road with mechanical and emergency assistance if required. We will set up feed stations every 30km. A support vehicle is following the group.

Hotel: Mercure Bilbao  half board

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner at Hotel

Daily Highlights:

  • Ride stage 1 of the 2023 Tour de France
  • Group dinner

Today’s Ride: Ride Stage 1 of the 2023 Tour de France

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Day 3: Sunday 25 June : Departure day

After breakfast we say goodbye, your transfer will take you to Bilbao Airport

Sportive Options

Stage 1 – 2023 Tour de France – Bilbao – Bilbao

On Saturday 1 July 2023 the Tour de France starts with a medium mountain stage in and around Bilbao in the Basque country. The stage is 185 kilometres long and it includes 5 classified climbs. Highlights of the stage include a succession of medium mountains plus a double passage through Guernica, a place of remembrance made famous by Picasso’s painting.

Climb 1 – Cote de Laukiz

After just 15km the first climb is the Côte de Laukiz. The climb is 2km long with an average of 6.6%.

Climb 2 – Côte de San Juan de Gaztelungaxte

After a flat section of 30km the second difficulty of the day is 4.4km long with an average of 5.2% which is not classified before the Côte de San Juan de Gaztelungaxte which is a 3.6km climb at 7.7%.

Climb 3 – Côte de Morga

After a long section with rolling terrain plus a descent into Gernika-Lungo, the Côte de Morga is 3.8 km at 4.8%.

Climb 4 – Côte de Vivero

Straight after descending the Morga, the Côte de Vivero is 4.3km at 6.9%.

Climb 5 – Cote de Pike

A flat section of 10 kilometres gives the last bit of respite before the final challenge. The Côte de Pike is 2 kilometres long, averages 10%, and the summit comes at 10 kilometres before the finish. After a descent into Bilbao the last kilometre goes up at 5.4%.

Distance Elevation Difficulty
Long Route 185km 3300m 5/5
Long Route


Mercure Bilbao Jardines De Albia

Located in Bilbao’s main business district, this contemporary hotel and spa is a short walk from the Guggenheim Museum, Convention Centre and the old town. It also has a permanent modern art exhibition. The hotel has a spa with a wide range of treatments available, for an extra charge. The elegant rooms at the Jardines de Albia feature modern décor with bright tones. Each one has a private bathroom.

Airport Transfers

Bilbao’s airport (BIO) is located 12 km north of the city centre. As the largest airport in the Basque Country, it is the easiest way to arrive not only to Bilbao, but to the whole region. We offer return airport transfers from Bilbao Airport to the hotel.

Arrival Times
Departure Times
Bilbao (BIO)
Arrive on Friday and take one of our regular airport shuttles to the hotel
Depart on Sunday and take one of our regular airport shuttles to the airport

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