There are a number of Spanish towns and cities with the words "de la Frontera" in their name. Why? That moniker is a reminder that, at one point, these towns were on the frontier between the Christian and Moorish kingdoms fighting for control of Spain during the Reconquista (ah ha! Got in a history reference).
Why is La Vuelta my favorite Grand Tour? Well. the stages are typically a little shorter than either the Giro or Tour de France and the climbs spectacular. This combination leads to more exciting and wide-open racing. Also, since this is the last major stage race of the season, riders with something to prove or those wishing to salvage their season target La Vuelta.
I was at the finish line in Madrid in the 2011 edition and it was a great spectacle. Even my wife enjoyed the exciting atmosphere in Madrid during the race. From our vantage point at the 150m line, we enjoyed front row action.
|Racers approach the finish 2011|
|Finish line in Madrid 2011|