Combine the Gran Canaria Camp & the Tenerife & La Gomera Camp into an incredible 2-week experience featuring the best of the Canary Islands.
Not sure whether to choose the Gran Canaria week or the Tenerife & La Gomera week? Then why not do both!
Join us in both Gran Canaria & Tenerife, we’ll take care of all the transfers between the islands - you just need to provide the legs for 2 weeks of intensive riding.
Included in the 2-week price are the following complimentary items:
- complimentary rental bike for the second week in Tenerife
- complimentary flight from Gran Canaria to Tenerife
- complimentary night at La Laguna Gran Hotel
- complimentary dinner and breakfast at La Laguna Gran Hotel
In addition to all the rides on both of the individual weeks, we’ve thrown in an extra epic ride through some of Tenerife’s most spectacular terrain in the Anaga Natural Park at the start of the Tenerife & La Gomera week.
Get your season off to the best possible start with 2 weeks in cycling paradise!
Welcome to Gran Canaria!
Our staff will welcome you at the airport before a short transfer to the Hote Cordial in Agaete. After check-in we’ll have our usual Orientation Meeting then our mechanics will be on hand to help with setting up the bikes. Following the bike build we’ll have lunch - then it’s time for our first ride on Tenerife.
Our warm-up ride takes us up the spectacular climb to El Sao. It’s a 10k climb and the road is a dead-end so we’ll have to do an out-and-back - but the road to El Sao is well worth it.
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 11:30am - at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport (LPA).
The Coast & La Ruta de las Presas
A beautiful ride today with a mix of coastal cliff scenery and high mountains on the Ruta de las Presas.
From Agaete we head south-west for 30km through the Tamadaba Natural Park along a spectauclar road that clings to the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll want to stop at every corner for another photo - the views are that stunning! La Aldea signals the end of the coastal road and the beginning of the long climb to the central part of the island. The top lies 26km ahead at an altitude of 1100m - through some of the most incredible scenery on the island. From the top enjoy 20km of rolling terrain through forests and green fields before the long descent back to our hotel.
The Infamous Valley of the Tears
This is one of the most spectacular, challenging days you will ever spend on a bike. The Valley of the Tears route is one of the hardest rides on the island. This is epic Thomson terrain!
From our hotel in Agaete we head inland to Fagajesto where we join yesterday’s ride (in the opposite direction). We follow the same route for 20km before arriving at the Paralillo Reservoir. A sharp left turn - and ramps of over 15% - signal the start of the Valley of the Tears climb. 10km of pure hurt lie ahead - but the views are amazing!
Just over the top of the climb you’ll be rewarded with a well deserved lunch stop in the cycling cafe in Ayacata - then a 35km descent to our next hotel in Puerto de Mogan.
Ayacata & Fataga
Remember that 35km descent we came down yesterday, well our ride today starts with the same 35km - but uphill. The climb is simply spectacular - switchbacks galore, a perfect road surface, no traffic and a forest of pine trees to ride through. The first top comes at just under 1000m in Cruz San Antonio, then it’s another 15km to the final summit at 1300m in Ayacata.
We’ll stop for a snack in Ayacata then descend through San Bartolome and Fataga to the coast. Beware of the few short, ambush climbs on the descent, especially the final climb to Degollada de las Yeguas. A final 30km along the coast to Taurito closes off the ride. We’d normally continue on to the hotel but a landslide has closed the road just 2km from the hotel so we’ll jump in the vans for a short 5-minute transfer to the hotel.
We’ll start the day off with a short van transfer (10 minutes) to get around the Taurito road closure and start the ride in Tauro.From Tauro we head along the coast for 10km then head inland on a false flat for another 15k. At the 25km point we start the climb to Baranquillo Andres and then continue on to the Tauropass. Keep you eyes open as this is the road most frequented by the many pros who train on the island. The climb itself is pretty steady until you reach Barranquillo where we take a narrow road with pitches between 10 and 15%. Our route continues with the great descent to Pie de la Cuesta then it’s out and back from La Aldea, over the Degollada de la Aldea climb. A tough day in the saddle with almost 3000m of elevation!
Cruz de Tejeda
Today’s ride takes us right into the centre of the island. The first 60km are just stunning with the climb to Cruz San Antonio followed by the climb to Ayacata. We’ll stop in Ayacata for a quick snack then continue climbing to the beautiful village of Tejeda which is classified in the list of “pueblos mas bonitos de Espana” (the most beautiful villages in Spain). From Tejeda we continue on our staff’s favourite climb in Gran Canaria, the climb to Cruz de Tejeda and on to Los Llanos. From Los Llanos enjoy the 40km descent back to the hotel!
Pico de las Nieves
What better way to end the trip than to conquer the infamous Pico de las Nieves from Ingenio. The highest point on Gran Canaria tops out at 1900 m. It’s over 20 km of climbing with some exceptionally steep ramps. At the top, you are rewarded with a stunning view of Tenerife’s El Tiede in the distance. Keep your eyes out at the summit, we often meet pros training on this great climb.
This evening we’ll meet at the hotel bar where beers and mojitos are in order to toast a fantastic week of riding!
Note: we’ll have a shorter ride option today which will also climb Pico de las Nieves, but from the Ayacata side which is much easier than the climb from Ingenio. Ride distance = 94km with 2574m elevation gain.
Transfer to Tenerife
Our Canary Island experience has come to an end but we still have 1 more week to enjoy on the neighbouring islands of Tenerife and La Gomera.
In the morning we’ll transfer to Las Palmas Airport then hop on the flight from Gran Canaria to Tenerife (30 minutes).Transport will be waiting for us at Tenerife Airport for the transfer to the La Laguna Gran Hotel.
After check-in we’ll have lunch by the hotel pool - then get out for a short ride in the afternoon.
Anaga Natural Park
We start our Tenerife experience with an incredibly beautiful ride through the remote Anaga Natural Park. Many local riders will argue that this is the most beautiful ride in Tenerife - we’ll let you be the judge.
Riding from the hotel we head to San Andres on the south coast. In San Andres we start the 1st of 4 climbs. From this point until the end of the ride enjoy the mix of sea and mountain scenery as we ride throiugh vast forests, high cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, craggy peaks and remote mountain villages. The ride eventually pops out of the rural park just a few km from the hotel. After the ride we’ll transfer to our hotel for the next week - the 5-star Hotel Palaciao de Isora.
Teide from Los Gigantes
The first of our long rides and no better way to kick things off than with the climb to Mount Teide. On todays climb to Teide we’ll take the western approach from Los Gigantes. From the hotel we have a 4.5km “warm-up” before arriving in Los Gigantes and the start of the climb to Teide. The summit lies 50km ahead at just over 2300m. We’ll continue on for a coffee in Las Canadas through 7km of lava fields that lie in the shadow of the 3700m volcano. Spectacular! Then it’s time to head back to the hotel and enjoy one of the longest descents ever!
We head for the north shore of the island today. The ride starts the same as yesterday’s warm-up, with the climb to Guia de Isora but then continues climbing to the Alto de Arguayo and eventually the Puerto de Erjos.
Enjoy the stunning views from the switchbacks on the descent from El Tanque which takes us to the North Shore of the island. We’ll ride along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to Buenavista del Norte where the spectacular cliff road takes us through Masca to Santiago del Teide. See how your time to Masca compares to ex World Champion Michal Kwiatkowski’s best time of 1:07:40. From Santiago we have 20km back to the hotel - all downhill!
Teide from Granadilla
Most riders would agree that the best approach to Mount Teide is from the south-east through Granadilla and Vilaflor. To avoid the busy roads around Los Cristianos we’ll take a short van transfer (25 minutes) to La Camella where we’ll start the ride. We start with a 10km climb to La Escalona then head back down to Granadilla and the bottom of the climb to Teide. The summit lies 25km ahead at 2200m!
After the long rides of the past 3 days, we’ll have a shorter ride today so we can relax in the afternoon by the hotel pool and rest up for the final 2 big days of riding.
It may be a short ride but it’s definitely not an easy ride. Close to the hotel is the climb through El Chirche, one of the steepest segments in Tenerife and we just couldn’t resist giving it a shot. The KOM list on the Strava segment is quite impressive: Jani Brajkovic has the KOM in 11:49 and Steven Kruijswijk, Chris Froome, Joe Dombrowski, Thibaut Pinot, Alberto Contador all appear in the Top 20. It’s also worth mentioning that our ride leader, Llibert Sendros, is in 8th position just 40 seconds behind Chris Froome!
Previous guests have listed this ride as one of their top rides ever. It really is a spectacularly beautiful ride: great climbs, stunning views, charming villages, perfect road surface and no traffic!
In the morning we’ll take the 50 minute ferry crossing to San Sebastian de La Gomera where we’ll jump on the bikes and head striaght up to 800m and our first of 4 summits. From the top we’ll ride through the National Park down to the north coast along some of the most beautiful roads in the Canary Islands. From the north coast we start climbing again, eventually reaching the high point of the island at just under 1400m. A stunning descent to San Sebastian, with amazing views of Mount Teide in the distance, closes off an exceptional ride!
The North Coast
Today we’ll head back towards the cliff roads in Masca - but from the opposite side. From Los Gigantes we’ll climb all the way to Santiago del Teide then enjoy the stuning descent through Masca and all the way doen to the North shore of the island in Buenavista del Norte. A short, steep surprise awaits in the form of the climb to Tierra del Trigo before we head back up the Puerto de Erjos, this time from La Vega. The descent to the hotel will take us through Chio and the Playa San Juan.
Unfortunately, our Canary Island experience has come to an end.
Our shuttle will take you to Tenerife South Airport, arriving at approximately 8:00am.