The Vuelta a España is an annual road cycling race that takes place in Spain. It is one of the three Grand Tours of cycling, along with the Tour de France and the Giro d’Italia, and is considered to be one of the most prestigious and challenging events in the sport. The Vuelta a España, which was first held in 1935, is a multi-stage race that takes place over the course of three weeks in August and September. The race covers a distance of approximately 3,000 kilometers (1,864 miles) and features a mix of individual time trials and mass-start stages. The route of the Vuelta a España changes each year, but typically includes a mix of flat and mountainous terrain. The race is known for its tough climbing stages in the mountains of Spain, which often decide the overall winner of the race. Past winners of the Vuelta a España include cycling greats such as Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault, and Chris Froome.