Anecdotal evidence suggests that at any given moment between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00, on every Alto in Basque Country, there are at least 23 male cycling fans between the ages 20-30 smoking Phat Blunt$.
Let's be perfectly clear, totes candid-style!!!! So far, as in up until like 14:09 today somewhere just outside the mountain village of Ezkoriatza, this race has been extraordinarily boring. The scenery, the villages, the landscapes, the crowds, the Racing & the Pacing, all of it, the whole vibe, was pleasant-but-unremarkable. And but then we went to Alto de Ixua which Alto de Ixua was proper legit.
Vuelta al País Vasco is chill. I mean it’s fast, and it’s probably the hardest race—according to Tom-Jelte Slagter—in the world except for a Grand Tour (i.e. the Vuelta, that French one and the Giro), and the spectator turnout is a solid B+, but all and all it’s kinda laid back.