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Gran Canaria Training Camp


 
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Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2014 Trip dates
February 23 to March 2
March 2 to March 9

Start location
Gran Canaria Airport

Ending location
Gran Canaria Airport

Accommodations
Hotel El Cordial Mogan Playa (4-star)

Rental Bikes Available
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Price per person
$1,995 (double occupancy)
Single supplement: $600

This trip is not eligible for the Frequent Rider Program

Non-riders
Open to non-riders
10% Discount


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2015 Advance Reservations Now OPEN

Full details of our 2015 camps
will be available this summer.

Don't miss out on this hugely popular winter destination!
Pre-book your spot with an advance reservation
Click here to pre-book!

Check out the Photo Album from our 2014 Camp:
2014 Gran Canaria Photo Album

 

This winter....go PRO!

Thomson Bike Tours is pleased to announce winter training camps in the hottest winter cycling destination: the island of Gran Canaria.

Discover the climber’s paradise that has become a pro peloton mainstay in the off-season. Team Saxo Bank are island regulars and Fabian Cancellara likes it so much he bought property!

Why do the pros flock to this Spanish Island?

Gran Canaria has all the elements for the ultimate winter training experience:

1. Weather
It simply doesn’t get any better. Enjoy 70-75 degree temperatures in the heart of winter with perpetual sunshine and virtually no rain.

2. Superior Training Terrain
The island reaches 2,000m (6,000ft) in altitude. There are over 25 distinct routes with climbs that rival the toughest of the Alps. It’s Thomson Terrain! Peter puts the island’s infamous Valley of the Tears and the climb to Pico de Las Nieves right up there with the Stelvio and the Mortirolo!

3. Bike Friendly Roads
There is low to almost non-existent traffic on endless, smooth mountain roads. The island has embraced its’ growing two-wheeled culture, offering ample bike resources and a positive attitude towards cyclists.

4. Optimal Rest and Recovery
We'll stay at the 4-star Hotel El Cordial Mogan Playa resort - rated Number 3 out of over 500 hotels on the island of Gran Canaria!
A full spa, sprawling pools, and outstanding cuisine will have you recharged and ready for more.

5. Easy Access
Gran Canaria is just a short flight from Barcelona or Madrid with several regular flights every day. Once on the island of Gran Canaria, our hotel is just 30 minutes from Gran Canaria Airport.


Gran Canaria: The Training paradise!

Gran Canaria is a natural wonder. It is the heart of the Canary Islands, a Spanish archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Spanish is the island’s language of the land and the Euro is the official currency. Volcanic in origin, the island boasts endless sandy beaches and a diverse landscape that alternates between lush valleys and forests to spectacular rock formations and deserts.


Sunshine, high mountains and traffic-free roads
The Training Paradise!


Accommodations

We’ll spend our days outside of our comfort zone and our nights well inside of it.

Our training camp is based at the 4-star Hotel El Cordial Mogan Playa on the south coast of the island, in the picturesque town of Puerto de Mogan.


The 4-star Hotel El Cordial Mogan Playa


THE RIDES

Each day we'll have a fully supported ride with our usual TBT experienced ride leaders and Support Van. Our weekly program of supported rides is highlighted below.

Day
Ride Distance
Elevation Gain
Elevation Profile
(click for larger view)
Sunday
64 km
(40 miles)
1,110 m
(3,642 ft)
Monday
100 km
(62 miles)
1,845 m
(6,053 ft)
Tuesday
98 km
(61 miles)
1,090 m
(3,576 ft)
Wednesday

94 km
(58 miles)

2,251 m
(7,385 ft)
Thursday
118 km
(73 miles)
1,834 m
(6,017 ft)
Friday
67 km
(42 miles)
1,671 m
(5,482 ft)
Saturday
130 km
(81 miles)
2,331 m
(7,648 ft)
TOTAL:
671 km
(417 miles)
12,132 m
(39,803 ft)
 


How does it compare to Mallorca?

It doesn't!

Gran Canaria shares the same latitude as Florida whereas Mallorca and New Jersey are on the same latitude... difficult to compare!

But if you really want some sort of comparison, check out these February/March average climate charts:

Gran Canaria
Mallorca
Average Daily Temperature
21C (70F) 11C (52F)
Average LOW Temperature
16C (61F) 7C (45F)
Average Number of Rainy Days
2 8
Average Rainfall
10mm 40mm


Still need a Final Push...

Here’s why you should ratchet up your winter training with a week in Gran Canaria with Thomson Bike Tours this winter:

  • It’s warmer than home and warmer than Mallorca. Much warmer!
  • If you're going to suffer, at least do it in paradise.
  • The view is better than the one from your trainer.
  • If it’s good enough for Spartacus, it’s good enough for you.
  • Because the Valley of the Tears sounds like a great vacation spot to you.


Enjoying the warm sunshine in the Gran Canaria Gran Fondo in December!


Thomson Bike Tours terrain!

 

The Top Support

Quite simply, we provide the best support in the industry - guaranteed!

  • The best staff in the industry - check out our testimonial page...
  • 2 x TBT experienced ride leaders on each ride
  • 1 x Support Van on each ride
  • Our head mechanic with full set of Park Tools, bike-stands, work benches etc
  • Our top-of-the-line Bianchi rental bikes

What's Included

  • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
  • All accommodations (at the 4-star hotel superior El Cordial Mogan Playa)
  • All breakfasts (buffet)
  • All dinners (buffet)
  • Lunch on the arrival day
  • Pick-up at Gran Canaria Airport
  • Transfer from the airport to the Hotel El Cordial (30 minutes)
  • Drop-off at Gran Canaria Airport
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicle
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

What's Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Travel and personal insurance
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
  • This trip is not eligible for the Frequent Rider Program

Bike Rental

The Bianchi Sempre Pro is available for rent on all our trips. Click here for full details of our rental bike program.