Ruta del Sol: A Close Look at Early Season's Favourite Race
Better known as Vuelta a Andalucía, the Ruta del Sol (Route of the Sun) is an early season stage race that attracts world-class cyclists eager to shake off their winter blues. By showcasing Spain's Andalusian region's captivating beauty, the Ruta del Sol shapes an intriguing blend of competitive cycling and cultural immersion.

Birth of the Ruta del Sol

The Ruta del Sol first graced the cycling calendar in 1925 and soon, it established itself as an unmissable event for professional cycling outfits. Ever since, it has been held annually as part of the UCI Europe Tour, gaining traction with its manageable course and mild winter climate.

Course Deconstruction

The race typically comprises five stages, coursing through picturesque landscapes, vineyards, olive groves, and along azure coastlines of Andalusia, stretching from the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic Ocean. The diversity of the terrain featuring hilly routes, time trials, and sprint stages becomes an excellent proving ground for all-round riders.

Highlights of the Ruta del Sol

  • Team Time Trial: This event encourages teams to work synchronously and is an early objective for many participating squads.

  • Swing Through History: The race threads through culturally rich Andalusian cities, offering glimpses of Spain's architectural gems like the Alhambra in Granada.

Cycling Jargon to Understand

  • Peloton: The main group of riders in a bicycle race.

Interesting Facts

  • A multiple Tour de France winner, Belgian cyclist Freddy Maertens, holds the record for most overall wins at the Ruta del Sol with three victories.

  • Andalusia's beautiful weather, hence "Ruta del Sol," makes it a perfect setting for winter racing.


Bathed in the glorious Andalusian sunshine, the Ruta del Sol provides a scintillating start to the European cycling season. Its quaint towns, stunning beachfronts, and challenging but rewarding courses offer an inviting platform for both cyclists and spectators. The Ruta del Sol is more than just a race; it is a vibrant celebration of Spain’s Andalusian charm. By providing racers with a balanced mix of challenging climbs and high-speed sprints, it remains a beloved early season fixture that sets the tone for the cycling year ahead.

Ruta Del Sol | Vuelta Andalucía 2020 Stage 1 Highlights | Alhaurín De La Torre - Grazalema

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