Ride in the tire tracks of Chris Froome and so many other Tour de France contenders on the famous slopes of Mount Teide!
Tenerife has become the preferred training destination of pro riders and this is your opportunity to discover just what is so special about this island.
A new destination to our portfolio of winter cycling camps, Tenerife is the ideal destination for those looking to escape the cold and enjoy some exceptional and challenging riding. Tenerife is of course famous for the climb to Mount Teide which serves as the training ground of choice for all of the GC contenders in the Tour de France.
But there’s a lot more to our camp than just Teide: ride the spectacular route through the cliffs to Masca and enjoy an incredible day of riding on the neighbouring island of La Gomera! Join us for a week of phenomenal riding and return home with fantastic early-season fitness - and a killer cycling tan that will make you the envy of your local grupetto!
Welcome to Tenerife!
Our staff will welcome you at the airport before a very short transfer to our 5-star Palacio de Isora Hotel. 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 head down to the pool for lunch in the pool-side restaurant - then it’s time for our first ride on Tenerife.
Our warm-up ride takes us a few km down the coast to Playa San Juan where we start the climb to Guia de Isora. The climb is just over 9km at a steady 6% so a nice and gentle intro to Tenerife…
Meeting Time and Place
Our guides will meet you at 10:00am - at Tenerife South Airport.
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 the warm-up ride, with the climb to Guia de Isora but then continues climbing to the Alto de Arguayo and eventually to 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 straight 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 down 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 Tenerife experience has come to an end.
Our shuttle will take you to Tenerife South Airport, arriving at approximately 8:00am.