Gran Canaria is the top winter training ground. The ideal temperatures, extreme altitude and cycling friendly roads have made the island a favorite destination for the main contenders in the pro peloton.
Trust Thomson to deliver a camp that goes above and beyond. Gran Canaria has it all: Big mountains, endless sunshine, and a 4 star resort to rest and recharge at the end of each day. This cycling paradise, just a short flight from Barcelona or Madrid, reaches 2000 m in elevation (6,000ft). We put the island’s big climbs, Valley of the Tears and Pico de las Nieves, up there with the hardest climbs we’ve done in the Alps. The perfect temperatures guarantee you’ll return home with a killer cycling tan and superior fitness.
GCN Rides Gran Canaria
If you need convincing further, take a look at this video from Global Cycling Network (GCN), and see what Dan Lloyd and Simon Richardson think about riding in Gran Canaria.
Welcome to Gran Canaria!
Our staff will welcome you at the airport before a very short transfer to our hotel in Puerto Mogan. We’ll build up bikes, have lunch and an orientation meeting before heading off on a sunny warm-up ride.
Degollada de las Yeguas
Today we head out on a classic Gran Canaria route. We leave our hotel and climb up to Cruz San Antonio. We’ll stop at our favorite café in Ayacata before riding out to the beautiful panoramic views of Degollada de las Yeguas.
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! You will be rewarded with sensational views and a well deserved lunch stop in Ayacata.
Today’s ride is a simple route that will give your legs a much needed break. We’ll climb up to Cruz San Antonio then descend to Baranquillo Andres. Enjoy the sweeping descent to the ocean then a short ride along the coast road to our 4-star resort. Relax and recover at the pool this afternoon.
Our ride today heads for Gran Canaria’s iconic Roque Nublo, a huge free-standing rock situated in the centre of the island at 1813m. From Puerto de Mogan we head up to Cruz San Antonio then on to Ayacata. After a short stop in Ayacata the road continues upwards for another 8km, passing the famous Roque Nublo on our left. A 30km loop at over 1000m altitude loop takes us around the centre of the island before eventually making our way back to our favourite cafe in Ayacata.
Cruz de Tejeda
Today’s route will have you reaching for your camera at every turn. We wind back throught the start of the Valley of the Tears before circling around a lesser known corner of the island. Enjoy dramatic mountain views, lush forests, and one final stop at our favorite cafe before descending back to the resort.
Pico de las Nieves
What better way to end the trip than to conquer the infamous Pico de las Nieves. 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 perfect training week!
Unfortunately, our Canary Island experience has come to an end.