01/31/2024 - STAGE 1 - DEPARTURE - 166 KM - MID-MOUNTAIN
In the VCV

Benicàssim has hosted the VCV in eight editions, the first being the most special. In 1969, Eddy Merckx secured his third stage victory in a row and sealed the general classification win. Horst Schutz, Sean Kelly or Mario Cipollini are other cyclists who have won in Benicàssim. In 1976 and 2016 it hosted the official start of the VCV, like this year.


Benicàssim has a multitude of cycling routes and a great love for the sport. The Peña Ciclista Benicàssim has more than 50 years of tradition training young cyclists and promoting cycling in the town.


Benicàssim is an eminently touristic town. In the summer months, its population triples to almost 60,000 inhabitants. It has seven kilometres of beaches, a green lung such as the Desert de les Palmes and a wide range of sports, cultural and leisure activities.


Benicàssim is known worldwide for hosting international music festivals such as the FIB and the Rototom Sunsplash. San Antonio Abad and Santa Águeda are the patron saints of the city, and in their honour the patron saint festivities are celebrated on 17th January with the traditional blessing of domestic animals.


The Peña Ciclista Benicàssim has celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2023 as one of the reference sports entities in the city. It received a special mention together with the heptathlete Carmen Ramos, Spanish champion in 2018, at the Gala del Deporte de Benicàssim 2023.


Benicàssim has a traditional Mediterranean diet with its famous paella or fish market products as exponents. It is also the origin of the famous Licor Carmelitano, made by the monks of the Desert de les Palmes.

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