Colconquerors - Cycling Holidays French Alps

Gran Canaria Winter Break - Spectacular terrain and warm weather.

— 4th to 11th & 11th to 18th November 2017

— 20th to 27th January 2018

— 27th January to 3rd February 2018

— 3rd to 10th & 10th to 17th March 2018

Nights: 7, Max Group Size: 12, Difficulty: 4/5
Max Distance: 600km, Max Climb: 13,000m

Trip Price : £1250.00 GBP

Why Cycle Gran Canaria? With warm temperatures year round the Island provides a great opportunity to escape for some warm weather winter cycle training and escape the cold of winter further north.

Gran Canaria offers excellent cycling with long climbs of varying gradients, spectacular scenery and quiet roads. The island is used by several pro teams with some riders having property here to benefit from the terrain and weather. It’s ideal for riding and training early winter as the pros do or heading into spring.

The center of the Island reaches just under 2000 meters in altitude and there are many diverse routes and climbs that provide a cycling challenge equal to those here in the Alps (sometimes greater!). During our weeks in Gran Canaria we have found continual investment in both the roads and facilities to make this a great destination for cycling.

Daytime temperatures are usually around the mid 20’s during winter months with low levels of precipitation making it just perfect for cycling in full summer kit.

The week includes:

— 7 Nights Half Board accommodation in our Puerto de Mogan based hotel
— 5 days guided and vehicle supported cycling
— 1 recovery day with advice on recovery plus GPX file for recovery ride
GPX files for use with Garmin cycle computers
— Private airport transfers
— Access to British Cycling Level 3 coaching advice to discuss any aspect of your cycling

Detailed Trip Information :

  • Riding Videos & Pictures

    Cycling & Training in the Alps & Gran Canaria

    Cycling & Training in the Alps & Gran Canaria winter cycle training camps

    Cycling & Training in the Alps & Gran Canaria during winter months

    Colconquerors Cycling & Training in the Alps & Gran Canaria

    Gran Canaria winter cycling group March 2016

    Cycling & Training in the Alps & Winter training is Gran Canaria

    Open roads of Gran Canaria

    The hardest climb? Pico de las Nievas is a big challenge from this direction

    Nearly there - what a climb

    Coffee and food time on the biggest of days.

    Cycling & Training in the Alps & warm weather training and cycling in Gran Canaria

    Cycling & Training in the Alps & Gran Canaria

    Cycling & Training in the Alps & Gran Canaria

    Colconquerors Cycling & Training in the Alps & Gran Canaria

    Gran Canaria Descent

    Gran Canaria the way home

    Gran Canaria - Climbing!

    Gran Canaria Cycling - Endless Possibilities

    Gran Canaria - Stunning Scenery and Terrain

    Gran Canaria - Astonishing Reward at the end of the climb

    The coast line of Gran Canaria offers stunning views from the bike

    Perfect!

    The valley of the tears offers a fearsome challenge

    Quiet roads on route to the centre of the island

    Gran Canaria on the way to Pico de las Nievas

    Sea level to 1946m in a singe 47.5km climb

    Warm tempertures and summer kit year round in Gran Canaria on the bike - Perfect for cycling

  • Trip Itinerary

    Saturday – Arrival

    You will be met at the airport in person by ourselves ready for the short 45 minute private transfer to your accommodation in Puerto Mogan.

    We aim to leave the airport at Las Palmas between 3 and 3.30pm if you choose to use our included private transfer service. For flights outside of these times we can easily help you arrange an alternative transfer.

    On arrival at the accommodation the welcome meeting outlines the plan for the week and there’s then plenty of time to put the bikes together and take an easy spin to make sure everything is ready for day 1.

    In the evening we have a team dinner which is a great opportunity to get to know each other and discus the plans for the following day.

    Sunday – Day 1

    Distance & Climb : 64km / 1200 meters

    Being the first day it’s important to start of gently but at the same time getting a feel for the riding and climbing that’s on offer. A great day to get orientated with the layout of the island and begin to appreciate the diversity of cycling available in Gran Canaria.

    Gran Canaria Cycle Training & Cycling Holidays - Colconquerors

    Gran Canaria Cycling - Day 1

    Monday – Day 2

    Distance & Climb : 112km / 2350 meters

    The ride runs initially for 30km along the coast before turning in land and tackling a long climb towards the oasis of Fataga before heading on into the center of the Island and Ayacata for a well earned lunch. The main climb certainly gives you the opportunity to test the legs. Once refreshed it’s the first opportunity to make the 35knm descent back to Puerto de Mogan via a road offering magnificent views of the mountains and coastline.

    Gran Canaria Cycle Training & Cycling Holidays - Colconquerors

    Gran Canaria Cycling - Day 2

    Tuesday – Day 3

    Distance & Climb : 123km / 2650 meters

    Today we head from our base Puerto de Mogan at sea level and climb to Pico de las Nievas at 1946 meters in a single climb. A great day on the bike and it’s not every day you wake up with the opportunity to climb 47.5km in one hit! The views on route today are some of the finest going and the changes in scenery once heading from Ayacata to the summit are well worth your efforts.

    Pico de las Nievas Gran Canaria Cycling

    Gran Canaria Cycling - Day 3 Pico de Las Nievas

    Wednesday – Day 4

    Distance & Climb : 35km / 400 meters

    The recovery day gives you an opportunity to take a short active recovery ride to provide the correct type of stimulus to promote recovery from previous training sessions to ensure you are in good shape for the rest of the week. Massages are available at the spa as an option and will further enhance the recovery process.

    Gran Canaria Cycle Training & Cycling Holidays - Colconquerors

    Thursday – Day 5

    Distance & Climb : 95km / 2700 meters

    Today we ride the Valley of the Tears (VOTT) safe in the knowledge that you’ve found your climbing legs after the first half of the week cycling. This is a challenging day to say the least and one made up primarily of two climbs, the second of which at 25km in length with sections of steep gradient is one that the we always love to challenge ourselves against and is generally acknowledged as one of the toughest climb on Gran Canaria. You’ll certainly return from this ride mentally tougher!

    Gran Canaria Cycle Training & Cycling Holidays - Colconquerors

    Gran Canaria - Day 5 The Valley of the Tears

    Friday – Day 6

    Distance & Climb : 151km / 3500 meters

    A challenging final ride with the highlight of the day being the arrival at the high point of the island, Pico de las Nieves from the most challenging side offering stunning views across to Tenerife. With a 5km section with an average gradient approaching 11% this is not only a great ride but a real challenge.

    Gran Canaria Cycle Training & Cycling Holidays - Colconquerors

    Gran Canaria - Day 6

    Saturday – Departure

    After breakfast we leave the hotel at 9am and return you to Las Palmas airport for your return flights.

  • Accommodation

    Our accommodation is located in Puerto Mogan with easy access to both mountainous and coastal terrain. We have specifically chosen this accommodation as they are easily accessible by bike, provide plenty of space to allow you to relax and recover at the end of each days riding as opposed to having a smaller hotel style room.

    Accommodation is half board (including drinks with evening meals) on a twin share basis. The additional kitchen facilities in your apartment will prove useful for preparation of additional food outside of breakfast and dinner included with the package. We’ve found that at our base in the alps having these additional facilities has been welcome over the years to allow preparation of personalized energy drinks and food. We have chosen these apartments specifically to provide you with as many facilities as possible during your stay.

    Each apartment has a spacious terrace providing further opportunity to relax and recover post ride. The terrace also provides plenty of space for bike maintenance and storage. The hotel are more than happy for us to take bikes to the rooms.

    Nutrition has an essential role to play during any cycling trip. The food in the restaurant is varied and well suited to sustain your riding throughout your stay.

    The complex has 3 pools and a spa. The spa provides massage facilities, sauna, jacuzzi, steam room and has ice bucket cubicles all of which can be enjoyed as an option during your stay and be especially welcome on recovery day.

    Puerto Mogan is located on the quieter west side of Gran Canaria and after a day of riding the center is an easy 5 minute stroll from the hotel with a selection of really great little cafes and bars to relax in before dinner.

  • Reviews

    Just returned from an awesome week of high-altitude training in Gran Canaria with Col Conquerors. I have to say it was probably the best week I have spent on the bike in years. Great company from friends accompanied by hour upon hour of expert guidance, tuition, encouragement, support and plentiful nuggets of cycling goodness from the expert coach that is Rob Hawkins, the mastermind behind Col Conquerors. Erudite, knowledgeable and quick with a cycling anecdote, qualified level 3 coach Rob made the week very special with his carefully planned routes, structured progress and meal-time banter. Talk of power, FTP, training zones and the like over dinner were fascinating, and when put into practice the progress made over just a week was quite incredible. Would I go back? Absolutely – in a (quite high) heartbeat. Thank you Rob and Karen for a truly memorable and valuable week.

    Ian Bond / March 2017

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    I have just returned from a weeks awesome riding in Gran Canaria with Col Conquerors, Rob is so helpful, enthusiastic and informative when it comes to all aspects of riding, if your looking for a fantastic place to ride in the winter and to better your training, I would highly recommend going with the CC! You will not be disappointed.

    Thomas J / March 2017

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    Just had a week in Gran Canaria with Colconquerors. First bumped into Rob in a cafe a couple of days before the trip officially started and by the time I’d finished my lunch my bike had had its gears completely re-indexed. This set the tone for the rest of the week – nothing too much trouble and clearly the only thing that is important to Rob, Mike and Karen is that you have a fantastic time both on and off the bike. Which we did! As for Gran Canaria: 20-25 degrees every day, sunshine and beautiful scenery.

    Kirsty A / November 2016

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    I have just returned from a week cycling in Gran Canaria with Rob and Karen. This was my third trip with Col Conquerors which have all been excellent. The Gran Canaria trip was a fantastic opportunity to test yourself after a winters training and to get some early season sun. If you want to do a 45km climb to the top of the island or test yourself in the Valley of the tears this is the trip for you.

    Rob successfully ensures that the rides are suitable and have the right challenges for every level of rider and the hotel has everything you need at the start and end of the ride.

    Highly recommended and I hope to ride with them again in the future.

    Alex – London Phoenix CC / March 2016

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    What a superbly organised week by Rob and Karen, riding was as challenging as anywhere in the Alps/Pyrenees and the climate is great. A training week in November is also a great time to build motivation and review your goals for the Winters training when you return.
    Excellent! Already looking forward to the 2016 trip.

    Ray S / November 2015

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    Our Gran Canaria week with Rob and Karen was nothing short of excellent. The riding was challenging, stunning, rewarding and exhilarating. Rob has done some thorough reconnaissance and found some great routes. Karen is a great support because being able to top up drinks and swap kit around was essential. The hotel is well located at the bottom of the valley which makes the home run a blast. The apartment was fine and their is loads of food and choice at breakfast and dinner. Rob offers his usual doses of encouragement and cycling tips which all adds to the experience. GC was perfect for a warm and sunny November cycling break. Go on, you know you want to!

    Niall S / November 2015

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Reserve Place

Not Included in the trip:

— Your Flights
— Travel insurance
— Lunches or any tips
— Massage / Spa on recovery days
— Bike hire (available on request)
— Single occupancy (on request)

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