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Gran Canaria Training Camp - 2015


 
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THE TOP 50 COLS
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Duration
8 days / 7 nights

2015 Trip dates
February 22 to March 1
March 1 to March 8
March 8 to March 15
March 15 to March 22

Start location
Gran Canaria Airport

Ending location
Gran Canaria Airport

Accommodations
Hotel 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 our Frequent Rider Program

Non-riders
Open to non-riders
10% Discount


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This winter....go PRO!

In 2014, we introduced winter training in the hottest new cycling destination: the island of Gran Canaria. It was a raging success. As advertised, guests enjoyed perfect temperatures, epic climbs and superior accommodations. The camps were so popular we've extended our offerings to 4 weeks in 2015. Move fast - these will fill up!!

Discover the climber's paradise that has become a pro peloton mainstay in the off-season. Team Tinkoff-Saxo are island regulars, Fabian Cancellara bought property and Ryder Hesjedal couldn't contain his excitement about the climbs on Twitter

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 20 to 23ºC (70 to 75ºF) 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 Cordial Mogan Playa resort - rated Number 2 out of over 700 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 40 minutes from Gran Canaria Airport.

See for yourself! View our album of photos from our 2014 camps.

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 Cordial Mogan Playa on the south coast of the island, in the picturesque town of Puerto de Mogan.


The 4-star Hotel 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.

Sunday Ride
64km, 1100m / 40 miles, 3642 ft


 

Monday Ride
114km, 2190m / 71 miles, 7185 ft


 

Tuesday Ride
94km, 2076m / 58 miles, 6811 ft


 

Wednesday Ride
88km, 837m / 55 miles, 2746 ft


 

Thursday Ride
140km, 2461m / 87 miles, 8074 ft


 

Friday Ride
100km, 1845m / 62 miles, 6053 ft


 

Saturday Ride
116km, 2756m / 72 miles, 9042 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 Cordial Mogan Playa)
  • All breakfasts (buffet)
  • All dinners (buffet)
  • Lunch on the arrival day
  • Arrival: Transfer from Las Palmas airport to the Hotel Cordial.
  • Departure: Transfer from the Hotel Cordial to Las Palmas airport.
  • Services of our expert guides
  • Experienced mechanic
  • Support vehicle
  • Thomson Bike Tours maps, cue sheets and elevation profiles

    Please note: Journey time between the Airport and the Hotel is approximately 40 minutes.

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 our Frequent Rider Program

Bike Rental

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