Gran Canaria Spring Explorer

14-21 March 2020

Gran Canaria Spring Explorer
8 days | 7 nights
Up to 8 people
€995/person
Non-riding partners welcome
H10 Playa Meloneras Palace
All abilities

Our 7 day island tours are designed to suit every rider whether you are here to escape the winter and enjoy the sun or have a specific training goal in mind. Each day we adapt the routes subject to weather as well as group and individual rider request. We’ll have a minimum of 2 guides on the road split into groups and on occasion they’ll be a following support car enabling all riders to enjoy the wild and exquisitely beautiful North West coast.

Day to Day

Ride, eat, sleep, repeat.

Today's ride

  • 30km
  • 400m

Transfer to the hotel, build bikes and settle into island life with a short spin along the coast to wake up the travel legs and test the bikes.

Today's ride

  • 45km-120km
  • 700m-2700m

Starting the day along the coastline before heading into the Soria valley. Enjoy a 14km warmup before we take the sinewy switchbacks of the Soria Climb and up to the cyclists rest stop in Ayacata. Enjoy a coffee and snack before either heading back down to the coast on the fabulous GC-60 or onwards and upwards towards the centre of the island. After enjoying the views at Roque Nublo, we head up to Cruz de Tejeda then into the Canarian town of Tejeda to enjoy the delights of the Almond bakery.

Today's ride

  • 45km-125km
  • 1000m-2700m

Since you’re here it would be rude not to take a short ride on the sea ? We hop on a short boat ride to the fishing village of Mogán. Once docked, we start climbing up towards the Mogán lookout point, take a fresh juice along the way and wind our way down through the fruit farms to the rugged coastline of Tasarte. We’ll take a coffee break before climbing back out of town tracing our wheels back the way we came heading towards the crazy switchbacks of a climb known locally as Serenity, we have two options for home depending on how adventurous you’re feeling.

Today's ride

  • 30km
  • 500m

After a couple of days learning the island, we take an easier day to let the legs recover. Climbing the popular climb of Ayagaures from Maspalomas. Rolling out along the valley before the climb up through the canyon, giving you a birdseye view on the world below. We make this a loop descending over the top through Montaña la Data and back to the hotel pool and spa. For those wanting more, we have the option of riding along the coastline to Santa Lucia and San Bartolomé la Tirajana and back home.

Today's ride

  • 90km
  • 2500m

Snow? On GC? Only sometimes and only waaaay up high. In reality the island’s highest point rarely sees any snow despite it’s name - Pico de las Nieves. Taking the classic route this time ascending the GC-60, the 44km climb from sea level up to 1951m is one of many contrasts. From the sand dunes of Maspalomas, through rugged ocre rock formations and pine forests, this climb has it all. The summit exposing rewarding views out across to Mount Teide on Tenerife.

Today's ride

  • 125km
  • 300m

It’s all the name. Today is the penultimate day for those riders wanting to take on the challenge. The Valley of the Tears is not for the feint of heart. The single toughest mainstream climb on the island starts with a 1.7km section known quite simply as ‘The Wall’ averaging 13% gradient. The climb itself is a touch over 12km with regular pitches of 17-19%. The alternative option here will be to take a rest day, or we’ll take you into the beautiful valley of Temesas.

Today's ride

  • 50km-190km
  • 1500m-4000m

Gran Canaria’s West Side coastline is quite possibly one of our favourite roads on the island. We’ll aim for every rider to experience this little slice of ocean side paradise either by riding out or taking a shuttle. Since it’s on the North West side of the island we have the option to take a challenging but beautiful ride out or we can hop in the car for a transfer. Either way you’re sure to feel this road is highlight.

It’s time to say farewell - for now! There is so much to see and experience on the island and all though we try to show you everything, there is always more to see. Even more reason to come back ?

What's included

and what's not

Included

5* Accommodation

Breakfast and Evening Meals

Daily cycling kit washing

Airport Transfers and ride shuttles (if required)

7 Days guided riding to suit your ability

Professional photos on selected days

Not included

Flights to Gran Canaria

Coffee/snacks on lunch stops

Other services available
(additional fee applies)

Bike Hire can be arranged (approximately €250 per week subject to bike specification).

Massage by Maria Lundin professional medical masseuse from Sweden. Maria is an expert in professional massage and dealing with problems as well as recovery treatment.

Excursion to Tenerife to climb Mt Teide and Masca.

Email: deborah@gccycling.cc for more details

Accommodation

Where you'll be staying

H10 Playa Meloneras Palace

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Kit list

What to bring

Gran Canaria is a warm to hot cycling destination, we recommend that you pack for warm conditions bringing with you some light weight garments for when you’re descending and for early starts when it may be shady in the valleys.

CYCLING CLOTHING
Cycle Helmet (can be hired)
3 x Light weight cycling jerseys
2 x Bib shorts
(we will wash kit each night and aim to have it ready for you the next day, in the event of a delay, we advise bringing at least 2 ideally 3 cycling jerseys and 2 pairs of bib shorts)
Base layer for summer riding
Lightweight jacket for cool starts and descending
Cycling socks
Cycling shoes
Mits
Long fingered gloves for descending
Lightweight buff for descending
Lightweight arm warmers
Knee warmers

OFF THE BIKE CLOTHING
Pack as you would for a relaxed summer holiday
The H10 Meloneras hotel requires men to dress in full length trousers at dinner

A full kit check list including what to bring for the bike will be sent to you on booking.

CYCLING IN GRAN CANARIA

Located just off the coast of West Africa, Gran Canaria boasts favourable weather all year round. Cycling here is a real paradise, ocean roads, canyons and lush green mountains all accessible on impeccable roads make this island a cyclist’s playground.

We show you all the secret spots as well as the more popular routes, take you to the best back street bakeries and ride stops and tailor each day to accomodate every need. So whether you are training for a 2020 goal, or wanting to mix the business of cycling with some beach side pleasure, we have it all.

BESPOKE TOURS

If you don’t see a date that fits your calendar, we are located here on the island and can offer bespoke weeks to suit any budget.

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