28 October - 4 November 2017
18 November - 25 November 2017
17 February- 24 February 2018
14 April- 21 April 2018
28 May - 05 May 2018
All riders will meet at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport and met to be taken to the team hotel at Cordial Green Golf.
The journey time to the hotel is about 25min. We get together as a group the first available opportunity that we have everyone arrived, checked in and have started to relax and anticipate the week ahead.
Stage 1 69 km (43 miles) with 1103 metres of ascent. Most people will choose to hire bikes and these will be picked up this morning, we’ll spend as much time as necessary to ensure everyone is properly fitted to their bike and preapred to start. Today is a local ride from the hotel, giving us chance to stretch our legs and check out our bikes before the tour ahead. We’ll make our way along the glittering coastline, following an undulating road that overlooks the Atlantic. After 12 kilometres, we turn inland on a quiet road that bisects a deep valley of lava cliffs. As buzzards circle above us, it’s time to zone out and find our own rhythm for the 9 kilometre climb into the brilliant mountain sunshine. The climb ends at the mountain village of Soria (600m), overlooking the deepest reservoir on the island. We’ll have lunch at the popular mountain restaurant of Casa Fernando, renowned for its wholesome food. After soaking up the sunshine, we head back the same way with a glorious descent to the coast.
Ride 2 Fataga Temisas 85km 2300m The ride today is long and throws a constant series of false flat uphill drags which will take their toll on riders who ride too hard in the early sections or don’t refuel adequately at the appropriate points. We start climbing directly from the start through the urban resort area and out onto the open climb to Mirador de Fataga, 10km in with 450m completed. From that point here we replenish the water, we descend sharply to 200m, plateau for 300m and start climbing up to Fataga for a coffee break. The climb thereafter is a 4km 10% at the start and comes down to 7% ave from 600 to 950m to the Pipeline, the surface is excellent, no wind and great scenery. Water replenish here and descend 300m fast road to Santa Lucia with short climb 3km up into village. From here it’s a 40km loop down to Era de Cardon, fast twisty road and the road drops further down to Aguimes, then we turn back up to our right to Temisas. The wind will be blowing quite strong from for an energy sapping 16km back to the top, from there a descent back to Santa Lucia for lunch, our hotel Las Tirajanas is visible above us, 6km away. This final section climbs consistently and steepens up at the end.The hotel has a heated outdoor pool with steam room and saunas included in the trip. Massages can be prebooked too.
Ride 3 Pico de las Nieves. 65km 1700m. Today’s stage starts with a 300m 23% descent before the road climbs persistently up past Risco Blanco with an 11% average before it settles into the climb to Cruz Grande, 4km average at 6%. Once past there we are into the NW climatic zone, so expect tumbling clouds, fresh breezes and lots of greenery, a rare flat to Ayacata where we replenish with coffee and water before the hard 3km up sharply to Roque Nublo. From there it’s 9km to the the summit Pico de las Nieves and then a descent to Cruz LLanos. We lunch in Tejeda just outside the village, after which we have a 12km climb to above Ayacata, before we descend fast through Ayacata, Cruz Grande and then then home. Book a massage for tonight!
Ride 4 Agaete 70km 1350m. Technically this is one long descent down to Agaete, but there’s 2 x 500m climbs to get over. We repeat the route to up to Ayacata and then down the 12km to Tejeda at 1030m. We get together again in Tejeda, replenish and start the second of today’s climbs all the way to Artenara through very different scenery that we’ve become used to so far this week. Once we ride past Fajajesto, you can start to see Galdar and Agaete and you get the feeling you’ve come some way. There’s some stunning views over to Tenerife at this point. The last 9km is an all out sprint to the finish at the entrance to Agaete, the road is perfect twisting with dips and pitches with a tail wind and usually zero traffic. We have our lunch in the harbour before riding to our hotel, 2km and checking to Roca Negra 4*. The coast below the hotel has some natural sea pools, so it’s a terrific experience to swim there in the relative calm only metres from 3m high raging waves.
Ride 5 Agaete to Mogan. 65km 1600m. Today marks the high point of the week in terms of what we see. We have 2 x 600m climbs to get over and both are sharper in profile than anything so far this week and the 2nd is harder than the first. We leave Agaete and straight onto one of the most visually exciting roads you will ever ride, clinging to the back cliffs and winding around the contours that make up this most desolate side of the island. Once we pass Risco Blanco the road settles down into a consistent 8% all the way to the top at Anden Verde. Dropping down to Aldea de San Nicolas at 10m where we replenish, we ride 10km up to 700m again at an average of 8/9% to reach the Juice Bar, from where we drop down steeply through very open landscape to reach Mogan where we have a late lunch. From there it’s getting used to the rise in temps all over again as we race down the last section of very good but a narrow road to our hotel.
Ride 6 Mogan Ayacata Maspalomas 70km 1900m. The ride today takes us on a climb straight from the hotel 10m back up to Mogan 400m and then onto the famous Serenity Climb after 10km of climbing. Serenity starts hard with a 16% kick up but settles down after into a consistent 7% all the way to 980m at Barranquillo. Here we replenish and continue another 16km up to Ayacata where we stop for lunch. We then head for a long descent back to the south. We then hit our final climb of the week, the consistent 8% 250m Zig zags to the Mirador de Fataga. From there, it's downhill and your cycling for the week is over.
Today we will transfer you back to the airport for your return flight home.
Home to the Valley of the Tears, Gran Canaria is a great option for some warm weather cycling or training. Like Tenerife, there’s plenty of climbing and with slick and well maintained roads, you can truly test yourself on the bike. We recommend basing yourself in the south. Maspalomas is home to a huge number of hotels but for a quieter more luxurious stay, head a few km east to Meloneras.
The Canary Islands and Gran Canaria in particular, enjoy year round sunshine with plenty of breeze. It is much less windy though than it's neighbour Lanzarote and therefore a better bet for cycling in our opinion. Head out in the UK's autumnal, winter or spring months for some great cycling weather.