Gran Canaria
Cycling Camp

Gran Canaria Cycling Camp

Sublime rides and perfect weather: Gran Canaria should be on the bucket-list of every cyclist

Gran Canaria has it all: big mountains, endless sunshine, perfect temperatures and wonderful 4-star hotels to rest and recharge at the end of the day. Little wonder that so many pro riders spend the early winter months training here.

Overview

Details

Next Departure

November 4th 2023

From

USD $3,195

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Non-Rider Friendly

Yes

Rental Bike

USD $500

Ride Program

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Overview

Trust Thomson to deliver a camp that goes above and beyond. This cycling paradise, just a short flight from Barcelona or Madrid, reaches 2,000m (6,500ft) in elevation and the island’s big climbs are up there with the hardest climbs in the Alps and Dolomites.

Join our expert ride leaders for a week of intensive riding that includes all the iconic climbs on the island including Valley of the Tears, Cruz San Antonio and Pico de las Nieves.

The perfect temperatures and constant sunshine guarantee you’ll return home with fantastic fitness and a killer cycling tan.


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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, ...

Brian Payne, USA — 2017

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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 ...

Joe Claxton, USA — 2015

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Gran Canaria Cycling Camp
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 ...

Scott Witthoff, USA — 2015

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Itinerary

Day Description Distance Elevation Hotel
01 Welcome to Gran Canaria! Hotel Occidental Roca Negra
02 The Coast & La Ruta de las Presas Hotel Occidental Roca Negra
03 The Infamous Valley of the Tears Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa
04 Ayacata & Fataga Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa
05 Tauropass Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa
06 Cruz de Tejeda Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa
07 Pico de las Nieves Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa
08 Adios!
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Day 1

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Welcome to Gran Canaria!

Your Cycling Camp starts at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport where our staff will meet you before the short transfer to your hotel in Agaete.

After lunch, orientation meeting and bike build-up, you’ll head out for your first ride in Gran Canaria, up the magnificent climb to El Sao.

Day 2

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The Coast & La Ruta de las Presas

A beautiful ride today with a mix of coastal cliff scenery and high mountains on the Ruta de las Presas.

From Agaete you’ll head south-west for 30km (19 miles) through the Tamadaba Natural Park along a spectacular road that clings to the cliffs, high above the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll want to stop at every corner for another photo – the views are that stunning! La Aldea signals the end of the coastal road and the beginning of the long climb to the central part of the island. The top lies 26km (16 miles) ahead at an altitude of 1,100m (3,600ft) – through some of the most incredible scenery on the island. From the top enjoy 20km (12 miles) of rolling terrain through forests and green fields before the long descent back to the hotel.

Day 3

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The Infamous Valley of the Tears

This is one of the most remarkable and 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!

From the hotel in Agaete you’ll head inland to Fagajesto where you’ll join yesterday’s ride (in the opposite direction). At the Paralillo Reservoir a sharp left turn signals the start of the Valley of the Tears climb with initial ramps of over 15%. 10km (6 miles) of hurt lie ahead – but the views are amazing!

Just over the top of the climb you’ll be rewarded with a well deserved lunch stop in the cycling cafe in Ayacata – then a 35km (22 miles) descent to your next hotel in Puerto de Mogan.

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Climbs

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Climbs

Category Climb Day Difficulty Length Ele. Gain Av. Grade
2 El Sao (from Agaete) 01 54 6.1%
2 Presa del Paralillo (from La Aldea de San Nicolas) 02 52 5.4%
HC Pinos de Galdar (from Presa del Paralillo) 02 90 5.4%
1 Caideros (from Cueva de las Cruces) 03 65 5.8%
HC Valley of the Tears (from Presa del Paralillo) 03 132 9.4%
1 Cruz San Antonio (from Pie de la Cuesta) 04 74 6.9%
2 Ayacata (from Cruz San Antonio) 04 35 3.8%
3 Degollada de las Yeguas (from Camel Park) 04 23 4.1%
HC Tauropass (from Lomo Galeon) 05 65 4.5%
2 Degollada de La Aldea (from Pie de la Cuesta) 05 40 4.2%
2 Degollada de La Aldea (from La Aldea & Hoyo) 05 74 7.5%
1 Cruz San Antonio (from Pie de la Cuesta) 06 74 6.9%
2 Ayacata (from Cruz San Antonio) 06 35 3.8%
2 Cruz de Tejeda (from Tejeda) 06 50 5.9%
3 Llanos de la Pez (from Cruz de Tejeda) 06 37 5.6%
1 Alto de Fataga (from San Fernando) 07 77 5.1%
HC Pico de las Nieves (from Ingenio) 07 150 7.2%
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Dates & Prices



Date Booking Status Availability Price / Per Person Single Supplement Non-rider Discount
2023
Nov 4 - 11
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USD $3,195
USD $700
USD $920
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    Trip Hotels

    Hotel Occidental Roca Negra

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    Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa

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    What's Included

    What's Included What's Not Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts (buffet)
    • All dinners (buffet)
    • 1 lunch (on arrival day)
    • Transportation arrow
    • Arrival: Transfer from Las Palmas Airport to the Hotel Cordial in Agaete (approx. 45 minutes)
    • Departure: Transfer from the Hotel Cordial Puerto Mogan to Las Palmas airport (approx. 35 minutes)
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • Minimum of 1 Support Van & 1 Ride Leader
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Fresh fruit
    • Bottled water
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    • Please note: this trip is not eligible for our Frequent Rider Program
    What's Included
      Accommodations & Meals arrow
    • 8 days / 7 nights fully accompanied trip
    • All accommodations
    • All breakfasts (buffet)
    • All dinners (buffet)
    • 1 lunch (on arrival day)
    • Transportation arrow
    • Arrival: Transfer from Las Palmas Airport to the Hotel Cordial in Agaete (approx. 45 minutes)
    • Departure: Transfer from the Hotel Cordial Puerto Mogan to Las Palmas airport (approx. 35 minutes)
    • Cycling Support arrow
    • Minimum of 1 Support Van & 1 Ride Leader
    • Experienced bike mechanic
    • Park Tools Toolkit
    • Daily ride gpx files provided
    • Nutrition during the ride arrow
    • Energy bars, gels and sports drink
    • Fresh fruit
    • Bottled water
    What's Not Included
    • Airfare
    • Travel and personal insurance
    • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar, gratuities
    • Staff gratuities
    • Please note: this trip is not eligible for our Frequent Rider Program

    Travel details - airport departures

    Pick-up/Drop-off Info

    Arrival

    Pickup Location Time

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport

    11:30am

    Departure

    Drop Off Location Time

    Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport

    8:00am


    Rental Bikes

    Frame

    Felt FR Advanced

    Groupset

    2023 SRAM Force AXS 12-speed

    Weight

    7.7kg (size 53)

    Wheels

    Reynolds AR46 DB Custom

    Chainrings

    48x35

    Cassette

    10-33

    Sizes

    47, 51, 54, 56, 58, 61

    Price

    USD $500

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    Gran Canaria Cycling Camp

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