Tour of Gran Canaria Road Bike
Canary Islands, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from £895 (land only) - from €1,075 (land only) - from $1,475 (land only)
- A spectacular road cycling circuit of this mountainous island
- Climb Serenity - 9 kilometres of super smooth hairpins
- Pico de las Nieves, the highest point on Gran Canaria (1951m)
- Ride the `Dragon`s Tail` along the cliffs of the wild west coast
- Excellent Cannondale CAAD 10 and Super Six bike hire available
The sheer drama and joy of Gran Canaria's mountainous interior remains almost undiscovered by British cyclists. Challenging climbs, sweeping descents, quiet roads, weather to make you grin, stunning coastal and mountain scenery, plus excellent hotels, make this a real winter cycling gem. No wonder the top pro biking teams return here winter after winter! After a warm-up day from our hotel in Maspalomas, we set off on a 5-day journey that takes us on an anticlockwise circuit of the island, revealing some of its most spectacular landscapes. Our rides will include sections in the lusher, greener north of the island, as well as in the desert-like south and in the central mountains. Our first day's ride takes us to the remote village of Soria, overlooking the deepest reservoir on the island. Then, our journey begins for real and starts out with a 3-day traverse across the central massif, from the south-east coast across to tropical Agaete in the far north-west. Magnificent scenery unfolds as we ride inland, surrounded by the towering Barranco de Tirajana. Then, from the quiet mountain village of St Bartholome, we make the challenging ascent to the highest point on the island at Pico de las Nieves (1951m). We'll also admire the majestic panoramas at Cruz de Tejeda (1500m), the geographical centre of the island, with views to distant Mount Teide on Tenerife. A day of thrilling descents, passing through the quirky village of Artenara, leads to the relaxing seaside resort of Agaete, before we set out to tackle the Dragon's Tail, a magnificent stretch of rugged coastal road, with snaking climbs and switchbacks and 1000 metre drop-offs for most of the way, probably one of the best coastal rides in Europe. We end the tour with maybe the best climb on the island - 'Serenity', 9 kilometres of super-smooth tarmac, taking a series of hair-pins that culminate at the mountain village of Soria (900m). An adrenalin packed descent finally brings us back to Earth, sea level, mass tourism and a seafront café where we can bask in the afterglow of an exhilarating blast round GC!
Is this holiday for you?
On our circuit of Gran Canaria we ride on quiet mountain roads, through isolated villages and in pretty remote territory. Crossing the island's central massif and averaging 60+ kilometres (38 miles) a day, we'll accumulate a total of over 8000 metres of ascent and descent. On our 5-day journey around the island we are totally supported - at the start of the day when the group sets off biking, your kit will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight halt. We must stress that apart from the spares and tools you would take on any day ride you will not be required to carry any luggage. Awesome riding, characterful accommodation, and a sensational circular route make this an exhilarating experience away from the gloom of the British winter.