Remember the routes can be tailor made and is completely flexible. This itinerary is simply a suggestion.
The best airport to arrive into is Tenerife South. From there we will pick you up in a private transfer and take you all to your 4* hotel. The location of your hotel will be optimal for reaching Tenerife’s favourite cycling routes, and discovering some of Tenerife’s best towns to eat, relax and explore in.
Tenerife is dominated by Mount Teide and so much of the island involves a lot climbing. We recommend an acclimatisation day and to head up the west coast towards Los Gigantes Valley. You can hug the coast through Adeje and head north before climbing from Tamaimo to Arguayo. The climb is relatively steady and you will pass up over lava fields before topping out and enjoying a lovely descent back towards the coast. A climb back up to the quieter roads of Tenerife gives you fantastic views over La Gomera before you descend back to your hotel. We love this ride as it’s a short 50km ride with 1,200m of climbing and a great introduction to the island.
If you’re in Tenerife, it’s likely you’re there for Teide. The looming peak of the volcano can be seen from nearly every point on the island and it dominates Tenerife’s landscape. Today, we recommend the beautiful climb through Vilaflor. You will head out from your hotel towards Granadilla before turning up towards the volcano. You will ride through Vilaflor, a sleepy and typically Canarian village on the slopes of the volcano. The climb from Vilaflor is relentless and a great test of your abilities. As you head into the national park, the slopes become darker with black volcanic rock, with vibrant green trees springing up from the hillsides. You have a choice of skirting the crater and descending, or making your way all the way to the cable car station at Teide. The ride home is an exhilarating descent zipping all the way down on almost perfect tarmac. The ride can be anything from 75km to 100km with between 1,400m – 2,000m of climbing depending on your preference.
Depending on what you achieved yesterday, you can ascend Teide from a different side or take on the Masca Valley.
If you choose Teide, we recommend heading up through the banana plantations just below Guia de Isora. Ride up towards Chio and enjoy an espresso in the cafe which has beautiful views over La Gomera. Then head straight up for an intense 40km of climbing into the crater. You can choose to skirt the crater’s edges or ride all the way to the centre of the national park where Teide’s peak proudly sits.
If you prefer an alternative route, the climb to Masca Valley is sensational. You can follow the road from Guia de Isora towards Masca or approach Santiago del Teide via the lower roads. We recommend riding up as early as possible as in the hieght of the season, Masca’s incredible views attract tourists from all over the island.
Today we will provide a private return transfer back to the airport.
The island is perfect for cycling clubs and groups who want to soak up some sunshine. The weather stays pretty consistent through the year and normally has a fresh breeze blowing through it, hence why it is often referred to as the island of Eternal Spring. the The volcanic island offers some spectacular views across the glistening Atlantic, especially from Mount Teide.