Gran Canaria is the hot new winter training ground. The ideal temperatures, extreme altitude and cycling friendly roads have made the island a favorite destination for the top contenders in the pro peloton.
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Guest Reviews for this trip
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!
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.
It is difficult to imagine how the trip experience could have been better…
Another great Thomson trip. Great rides, super support, fantastic staff.
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.
This was my first experience with Thomson and I thought the overall package was excellent. Great guides (including Peter) who were always attentive to our needs both on the road and apres-cycling. Great hotel that had all the nutrition options and comfortable rooms. The spa and pool associated with the hotel was nice to have and I made use of both.
I love riding with the Thomson staff. I’m able to ride at a high fitness level and push the limits without fear of getting lost or not having support when needed. Jordi, Sergi and Pere are not only knowledgeable in the local areas, they have cycling knowledge that makes all of the guests ride at a higher level. These trips are the highlights of my cycling season.
Fantastic trip! Climbing was brutal and temps were unexpectedly warm but the team did a fantastic job in keeping us hydrated and motivated. Scenery was more amazing and ruff and than expected. Will definitely join Thomson again.
Riding with Thomson is easy. Book the trip, show up prepared, and ride to the best of your abilities! They take care of everything else, and ensure that you have the best time imaginable, overcoming rides/climbs that you might have never thought possible! The staff is excellent in every respect, and once you figure out what Peter means when he says, “Wee bumps”, you will be prepared for whatever the day brings!
With Thomson, all logistical details fade into the background and riding is all you need to focus on.
Traveling from CA to the Canary island is not obvious to go on a bike trip. I was hesitant at first because of the long travel and unknown terrain. My expectations of the Thomson organization were high (feedback from friend). And I have to say the trip was worth it. Absolutely an experience of a lifetime to ride these roads with fantastic support and great accommodations. Thank you
Best cycling trips out there!
It was great to get away from winter for a solid week of riding even if it was a bit more than I had bargained for or is that read as I let myself get too far out of shape in the winter months!!!!
If you want days on the bike where you might think your are dying, no riding in the van (unless you have to) and staff paying attention to all your needs then Thomson is the group for you!
This was my first Thomson trip. Peter and the staff were very organized and the logistics were impressive. Each day there was an opportunity to go to the max, no matter your cycling level. I could not do all of it, and the staff took care to watch us on the road and pick us up if we needed a break. The ride briefings were very important so we would know what to expect. The hotel accommodations in Gran Canaria were perfect for cyclists with good food and plenty of it without having to wait. I would definitely do it again.
The Gran Canaria/Tenerife trip offers a great cycling experience and terrific value for money. Perfect for someone looking to kick off the spring cycling season
This trip was awesome from start to finish. The riding was fantastic, even the one with wind and rain on the north side, and it was great to have a home base at the resort, which was friendly and comfortable. The overall experience greatly exceeded my expectations.
The riding was epic, the rides were really world class. The support was fantastic. 2 things. One, because I was with 2 guys that had experienced this trip the year prior (Ryan and Rich), I might have missed a few things that a regular first timer may have experienced. It was assumed that I knew what I was doing and where I was supposed to be etc. The other piece of feedback I would say is that the beds. That was really a downer for me. a 4 star hotel and the bed was not something that I would give even 1 star to. Really disappointed in the bed and sheets. If I had a comfy bed to retire to each night, I would’ve gotten better sleep and been more ready to take on the next day. Other than that, aces. Thank you so much!
A wonderful first experience with Thomson. Thank you!
We were looking forward to this trip and it didn’t disappoint. The weather was unexpectedly hot but the staff made sure everyone was kept hydrated. The option not to go to Tenerife meant we got to see a new part to the island. Changes to last years routes kept the trip interesting. I expect we will do this again next year.
The best staff in the business, a superb destination and truly memorable routes are why this was my 6th Thomson trip and why I’ll ride with you again this year. Many thanks for a great week.
great trip,thats all i have to say
This is not a beach vacation! Challenging, epic riding that will push your limits. Some of the hardest climbs I’ve ever done.
Absolutely outstanding riding and excellent support. The climbs were more challenging than I was expecting and the trip has broadened my sense of what I can accomplish. Has reinvigorated me on the trainer and am excited for the upcoming season on the road.
The Gran Canaria trip was excellent and exceeded my expectations.
Challenging rides and a fast group, but the ride leaders enabled me to make the most of my experience. Thanks!!
Pedal - pain- beer. Then do it again What else would you want to do for 7 days!!!
I’d looked forward to this trip all winter and had high expectations that were blown away. Gran Canaria is an amazing place to ride a bike, the El Teide trip was stunning and all in the company of a great bunch of people. Thomson do some job - I’ll be back.
I accompany my husband on these trips. He is a much stronger rider than me but the staff on the trip do not make this an issue. I was ill prepared for this trip after being ill so found the rides challenging at the start of the week. The staff helped me to achieve a lot during the trip without spoiling the trip for either of us. I left wishing I could stay longer and ready to start training again.
The guides made the trip! They were all such strong and motivating riders that always seemed to know just how hard to push us.
Grand Canarias Training Camp is a dream come true for cyclists looking for challenging terrain and spectacular views. It is well supported and managed. The headquarters at hotel Cordial are fantastic: good service and food. You can’t get a better cycling experience than this training camp.
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2018 Trip Details
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.
TENERIFE and EL TEIDE!
Only with Thomson Bike Tours - our TBT camp includes a extraordinary bonus day on the island of Tenerife to challenge yourself on the pro’s favorite training mountain.
The longest continuous climb in Europe at 50 km long, El Teide maintains an ideal endurance gradient of 5-7% as it rises from sea level to over 2100 m. El Teide is a mecca for top Tour de France contenders. We couldn’t resist a climb that Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome credit their Tour de France wins to. We’re going to fly you over to Tenerife from Gran Canaria for the day (30 min flight), where our staff awaits with your bikes. Don’t miss this exceptional opportunity to truly train like the pros!
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 before tomorrow’s massive ride on the island of Tenerife. 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 and get ready for El Teide!.
Tenerife and El Teide!
We couldn’t come all the way down to the Canary Islands without challenging ourselves on the pro rider’s favourite training ground - El Teide!
A 30-minute early-morning flight will take us over to the neighbouring island of Tenerife. The bikes will be waiting for us at the airport so we’ll waste no time in getting started on the climb to Spain’s highest mountain. Get ready for some of the most sensational scenery in all of Europe as we climb over 50km to reach the summit of this extraordinary inactive volcano. You’ll feel like you’re on another planet!
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. Beers and mojitos are in order to toast a perfect training week.
Unfortunately, our Canary Island experience has come to an end.