It is now forty years since La Vuelta last had a start in Colmenar Viejo (1979). It is a city devoted to sport in everyday life, hosting numerous cycling events for young and amateur cyclists, such as the challenge involving the mountain passes in the Guadarrama range -Desafío de los Puertos de Guadarrama-, organised jointly by Unipublic and the Madrid Cycling Federation. Colmenar will hold the start for the final act of La Vuelta 19, where the main contenders will vie for victory along the roads running through the mountain ranges in central Spain - the Sistema Central.
Becerril de la Sierra shares its history with numerous other towns in the Community of Madrid. It is a cattle and sheep farming area that has evolved in recent decades to become more diverse and home to many more people. The town is surrounded by peaks within the mountain range Sierra de Guadarrama, and an obligatory mountain pass for cycling enthusiasts in Madrid.