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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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!
Check out the highlights from our 2017 trip:
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.