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.
26 Guest Reviews
Guest Reviews for this trip
Great care and focus by staff throughout the week. Smaller size group gave staff the opportunity to relate and serve and they took advantage and were totally engaged.
Everything “fit” ...the rides, the hotel and location, the ability of staff to improvise key changes when necessary ... Excellence abounded at every circumstance and the pleasure and comfort of all participants was obvious throughout.
Despite some bad weather, overall a great trip and the guides were fantastic and professional and adjusted smoothly when the day’s route had to be modified on account of weather and/or road closures. I definitely look forward to my next Thomson trip!
I do think the food is disappointing at the Hotel Mogan and I think you should organise some nights out at good local restaurants.
For example I had lunch at a delicious asador one day, please ask Pere for the details.
Another great Thomson trip. Great rides, super support, fantastic staff.
What a great trip I had! I do not routinely get to ride in a group and really learned to enjoy that part of the experience. The organization and support staff were outstanding. Thank you to all! I am going to sign up for the Dolomites next fall and as long as I can meet the challenges, you will see me on Thomson Bike Tours.
Great way to kick off the cycling season with very challenging riding. Just what I needed.
Pushed me to my limits
The amazing roads and scenery on Gran Canaria, combined with the inclusion of the El Teide climb on Tenerife (over 7,000 ft climb) was a fantastic way to build some early-season fitness while enjoying incredible scenery and a really fun group of riders and ride leaders. I can’t think of a better way to spend a week riding this early in the year!
For kicking off your year, whether you’re racing, or just trying to get your fitness ready for doing centuries or gran fondos, there’s no more impactful way to spend a week than this climbing camp on Gran Canaria. No matter what your level of fitness, there is something to challenge everyone, and you’ll feel the improvement on your fitness the rest of the year.
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Loved the rides. Loved the staff and ride leaders. Would have liked to leave earlier each morning so had more time to relax or sight see or get massages in afternoon.
As I stated above this was an excellent way to motivate and start the season. When I returned to Colorado the weather was nice so I could ride outside. My power and endurance was much better with this camp under my belt than usual at this time of year.
I’ve been training and competing in ironman triathlons for several years, having attended many training camps aing the way. This camp was the perfect blend of challenging yet beautiful terrain that left me stronger and more confident than ever heading into racing season. Thank you!
The Gran Canaria camp was tough…not for the timid. The camp provided terrific, challenging, beautiful routes,and an escape from cold, snowy weather at home. The Thomson team is extraordinarily professional, friendly, and supportive. Completed 3 tours and this camp, and considering options for our next Thomson tour.
This trip probably represents the best value in the Thomson lineup. Gran Canaria is an amazing place to ride,rivaling anything on continental Europe. Combined with the excellent Thomson staff and superb accommodation and you have an experience beyond comparison.
With the harsh winter we were experiencing on the East Coast the trip to Gran Canaria was just the ticket to more than jump start the season. I couldn’t have asked for better weather, more challenging and scenic climbs with great riding partners. Ride just once with Thomson and you become part of an extended family that will keep you coming back year after year for the very best in cycling adventures!
The week was just amazing. Before leaving for GC, I doubted that I would be able to ride all the climbs every day. And thanks to our awesome group leaders and great group dynamic I did it. I am very grateful for that week!
Not into sales testimonials. The crew and the riders made the trip. We had a great crew and we had great riders and many of these are now newfound friends that I’ll be riding with again. Thanks for an enjoyable expereince
The ride leaders are amazing! Had a great time!
These trips are so “dialed in,” I know that I won’t have to worry about a thing. The piece of mind that provides allows me to reach my training goals. Heck, I think I have fewer concerns on these trips than I have at home!
Thomson Tours does a wonderful job of making everyone feel included! My overall experience was wonderful. Such a neat group of people to spend our cycling vacation with.
The 2015 Gran Canaria Training Camp exceeded our expectations in all areas. Adam, Kate, Peter and Sergei were terrific hosts and helped make the Valley of the Tears that little bit less painful! Next year I will definitely take Peter’s suggestions to heart and bring some lower gears as the island is the most challenging that I’ve ever ridden. We really enjoyed meeting some great people over our two weeks and hope to see them again next year!
The ultimate riding experience; incredible climbs with great weather!
Was very well organised and I was able to challenge myself in beautiful surroundings so now know I can do 5 tough rides running. Great new friends as well which is always important
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Great trip. As I mentioned, my one suggestion would be to make the warm-up ride leading to the climbs a slower pace. A conversational pace. On most mornings it seems we started out too fast.
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.