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. You will get together as a group once everyone has arrived, checked in and have started to relax and anticipate the week ahead.
Most people will choose to hire bikes and these will be picked up this morning, you’ll spend as much time as necessary to ensure everyone is properly fitted to their bike and prepared to start. Today is a local ride from the hotel, giving you a chance to stretch your legs and check out your bike before the tour ahead. You’ll make your way along the glittering coastline, following an undulating road that overlooks the Atlantic.
After 12 kilometres, you’ll turn inland on a quiet road that bisects a deep valley of lava cliffs. As buzzards circle above you, it’s time to zone out and find your 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. You’ll have lunch at the popular mountain restaurant of Casa Fernando, renowned for its wholesome food. After soaking up the sunshine, you head back the same way with a glorious descent to the coast.
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. You 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 you’ll 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% average from 600 to 950m to the Pipeline, the surface is excellent, no wind and great scenery.
Water will be replenish here before you descend 300m to Santa Lucia with a short 3km climb up into a village. From here it’s a 40km loop down to Era de Cardon, a fast, twisty road, which drops further down to Aguimes, then you’ll turn back up to your right to Temisas. The wind will be blowing quite strong for an energy sapping 16km back to the top, from there, a descent back to Santa Lucia for lunch, your 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.
Today’s stage starts with a 300m, 23% descent before the road climbs persistently up past Risco Blanco with an 11% average. It then settles into the climb to Cruz Grande, 4km average at 6%. Once you past there you are into the NW climatic zone, so expect tumbling clouds, fresh breezes and lots of greenery. you’ll follow a rare flat to Ayacata where you can 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. You’ll have lunch in Tejeda, just outside the village, after which you’ll have a 12km climb to above Ayacata, before descending fast through Ayacata, Cruz Grande and then then home. Book a massage for tonight!
Technically this is one long descent down to Agaete, but there’s 2 x 500m climbs to get over. You begin by repeating the route up to Ayacata and then down the 12km to Tejeda at 1030m. You’ll get together again in Tejeda, replenish and start the second of today’s climbs all the way to Artenara through very different scenery that you would have 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 with a tail wind and usually zero traffic. You can have your lunch in the harbour before riding 2km to your hotel and checking into Roca Negra, a 4* accommodation. 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.
Today marks the high point of the week in terms of what you’ll see. You have 2 x 600m climbs to get over and both are sharper in profile than anything so far this week, the 2nd is harder than the first. You leave Agaete and head 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 you 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 you’ll replenish, you then ride 10km up to 700m again at an average of 8/9% to reach the Juice Bar, from there you head down steeply through very open landscape to reach Mogan where you’ll have a late lunch. You’ll then have to get used to the rise in temperature all over again as you race down the last section of very good but narrow road to our hotel.
The ride today takes you on a climb straight from the hotel 10m back up to Mogan at 400m. Then you head onto the famous Serenity Climb. Serenity starts hard with a 16% kick up before settling down into a consistent 7% all the way to Barranquillo at 980m. Here you’ll replenish and continue another 16km up to Ayacata where you’ll stop for lunch. You’ll then head for a long descent back to the south before hitting the final climb of the week. The consistent 8% ascent zig zags for 250m to the Mirador de Fataga. From there, it’s downhill and your cycling for the week is over.
Today you will be transferred 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.