Cycling Gran Canaria - Colconquerors Holidays

Cycling Gran Canaria - A 7 Night Winter Holiday With Great Training Terrain.

— 10th to 17th November 2018
— 19th to 26th January 2019
—26th Jan to 2nd Feb 2019
— 2nd to 9th March 2019

Nights: 7, Max Group Size: 12, Difficulty: 3.5/5
Distance: 440 to 560km, Climbing: 10,000m to 13,000m

Trip Price : 1290.00€

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

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 climate. It’s ideal for training throughout winter.

The centre of the Island Pico las Nievas reaches just under 2000 meters in altitude and there are many diverse routes and climbs that provide a cycling challenge equal to those in the Alps (sometimes greater!). During our holidays in Gran Canaria we have found roads being looked after and drivers that love cyclists making this a great destination for training.

Daytime temperatures are usually around the mid 20’s during winter months with low levels of precipitation making it just perfect for riding in full summer kit. You’ll be based in Puerto de Mogan for the week, a very scenic port with a marina and beach well away from the larger resorts.

This holiday has an exciting itinerary that allows you to see the island and many of its stunning locations from a single base in the south west. The island is a cyclists dream with a blend of high rugged mountains, stunning tight gorges and coastal roads with some of the best views we’ve seen. You’ll climb to Pico las Nievas the high point of the island, view the Roque Nublo and challenge yourself against the Valley of the Tears (VOTT). If you’re looking for a place to improve your riding ahead of next season or just ride in the sun this is it.

Our friends at GCN created a short film on the island last season. We met them during filming and if you’re new to the island it’s a great watch.

Detailed Trip Information :

Our accommodation is located in Puerto Mogan. 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.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Cordial Mogan Valle Pool

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.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Cordial Mogan Valle Apartments

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.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Cordial Mogan Valle Terrace

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.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Cordial Mogan Restaurant

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.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Cordial Mogan Valle Pools

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.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Puerto Mogan Holiday

Cycling Gran Canaria - Puerto Mogan

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.

Day 1 – Serenity and Pico las Nievas

Distance & Climb : 92km / 2100 meters

Climb to Pico las Nievas the highest point on the Island from Puerto de Mogan. Once you’ve passed through Mogan you’ll begin the Serenity climb that twists and turns relentlessly as you make your way to Ayacata a place you’ll get to know well during the holiday. The gradients on the climb are varied and the views nothing short of spectacular with the initial glimpses of the coast giving way to the lush green interior of the island. After coffee at Ayacata you’ll climb for a further 11km to Pico las Nievas through the pine forests to admire the panorama across the south of the island and Tenerife to the north west. Finally you’ll descend back to Puerto de Mogan and we challenge you not to have a grin on arrival back at the hotel. You’ll be fully motivated for the rest of the week after today.

If you’d like an easier start to the week having an early lunch at Ayacata before heading back to the coast is a great option and will reduce the amount climbed today by around 700 meters.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Pico las Nievas and the Serenity climb are highlights of day 1

Day 2 – L’Aldea, Mirador del Molina & Artenara

Distance & Climb : 117km / 2650 meters

Head west via the first climb of the day towards the look out point of Mirador de Tasartico. Gradients are pleasing and the views across the Aldea region are worthy of your efforts. Descend for coffee in La Aldea de San Nicolas before heading towards the second and main climb of the day to Artenara. The first half of the climb towards the Mirador del Molina sees you traversing a tight gorge that includes a magical section of short steep hairpins, a climb along the side of a damn and and a glimpse of the entrance to the Valley of the Tears but that’s not for today.

Instead you turn left past the lookout point of Mirador de Molina (photos highly recommended), through the plantations and on towards Artenara and an excellent lunch at one of our favourite spots. After lunch there’s a little climbing left to do as you navigate the road back around to Ayacata before descending back to the hotel. The challenge is a little greater today but you’ll be rewarded by some magnificent climbing and scenery.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Day 2 takes you to the Aldea and Artenara and there's a couple of challenging climbs

Day 3 – Maspalomas, Fataga & Ayacata

Distance & Climb : 101km / 2350 meters

Today starts along the coast in the direction of Maspalomas where the main climb of the day begins. Once climbing you’ll head towards the Degollada de La Yegua viewpoint which gives a superb view in our direction of travel, the mountains really do look spectacular from here. Swoop down the small descent before continuing to climb past the aboriginal centre and on to Fataga for a great Leche e Leche coffee.

From Fataga we take a small loop in the direction of Risco Blanco that starts with a beautiful flowing descent into what can only be described as a scene straight from Jurasic Park, it’s quite remarkable. The descent of course means there’s a climb back up to the road to Ayacata and it’s certainly been described as ‘punchy’ more often than not in the past. Once the main route is rejoined just above San Bartolome there’s a much more gentile climb to Ayacata and lunch before making our way back to Puerto de Mogan.

If you’d like an easier version of the day you can continue straight through San Bartolome after coffee in Fataga and this will remove around 450 meters of climbing from your day and get you to lunch earlier.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Day 3 takes us along the coast to Maspalomas and then onto San Bartolome and Ayacata

Day 4 – Recovery Day

Distance & Climb : 30km / 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. We’ll recommend places for lunch the evening before recovery day and also help you plan your day. If there’s anything you’d like to chat about re your cycling today’s also the day to put our coaching and bike fit skills to work.

Day 5 – Valley of The Tears (VOTT)

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’s riding. 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 we always love to challenge ourselves against. It is generally acknowledged as one of the toughest climbs on Gran Canaria.

Once you’ve entered the main valley there are two challenging sections of hairpins the first of which is just under 3km in length and has gradients approaching 17%. Once you’ve overcome this first ‘ramp’ there’s a further short series of bends of similar gradient before the road relents a little for the final 8km with gradients more in the 9-11% range.

Today is certainly a day that will test you both mentally and physically but rarely do we see so many guests so elated at the top of a climb.

If you find the sound of today daunting don’t worry because we are with you all the way and will give as much advice and support as you need. If you would like to skip the final 11km there’s always the option to use the support vehicle and save your legs for another day.

Cycling Gran Canaria - Day 5 is all about overcoming the Valley of the Tears.

Day 6 – Pico las Nievas via Cruz de Tejeda

Distance & Climb : 127km / 2925 meters

Sometimes once just isn’t enough. Today we re-visit the Serenity climb on the way back to Pico las Nievas however today is different. Once you’ve reached Ayacata you head west towards Artenara in the opposite direction that we rode on day 2, it feels like a very different road in this direction! After another lunch in Artenara (we love the food here) we head further north on a road that provides a mix of climb and undulation towards La Hoya. If you look left at times Tenerife and Mont Teide can often be seen in the distance and it’s quite a view. The road climbs steadily to Cruz Tejeda and from here there’s a further 8km of climbing to reach Pico las Nievas for the second time this week and admire the view once more before swooping back to Puerto de Mogan for dinner and well earned celebratory drinks.

There are several easier options for today depending on how you feel. It’s been a big week of riding so important that you end on a high!

Cycling Gran Canaria - Day 6 takes us once more to Pico las Nievas but this time via Cruz de Tejeda

Saturday – Departure

Sadly the holiday is over but the fitness and memories you’ll take away from Gran Canaria will last for quite some time. After breakfast we leave the hotel at 9am and return you to Las Palmas airport for your return flights.

Sitting at the airport fresh from a superb week with Rob and Karen of ColConquerors. Having found the company on google and read their terrific reviews I was impressed from the first contact.
The communication pre departure was swift, concise and welcoming. On arrival I had clear direction on transport arrangements – an individual transfer with Karen which made for a great start to the week.
The hotel accommodation in Gran Canaria was first class with excellent room and hotel facilities and an enormous choice and freshness at the inclusive breakfast and dinner. Located in a quieter resort it makes for a relaxing break and there is a lovely marina and beach to explore during the rest day. The thoroughness of Rob’s approach to the entire experience is evident at every stage.
The riding was varied, challenging and thoroughly enjoyable…even the Valley of the Tears! Again Rob and Karen excel at providing a product which meets every requirement of the variety of guests they look after. Their complete support throughout the week coupled with a flexible approach and willingness to adapt makes for truly tailored week.
This was my first experience of this type of holiday. Having not ridden a whole week before nor attempted the kind of challenge the roads of Gran Canaria present it was as part of a great group of like minded individuals that I had such and enjoyable time.
I hired a bike locally and was impressed by receiving a brand new 2018 bike at a very reasonable price. A slight technical niggle on the first day and the bike was replaced by the hire company immediately with their apologies. A 1st class service.
I would wholeheartedly recommend ColConquerors to anyone considering this type of holiday. The vast number of return customers speaks for itself!
Hoping to be back soon, next time for a trip to the Alps! –

Gavin S / November 2017

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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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The week includes:

— 7 Nights Half Board accommodation
— 5 days guided and vehicle supported cycling
— Daily fresh fruit and top up nutrition in support vehicle
— 1 recovery day ride with coaching advice
GPX files for bike computers
— Private airport transfers
— Access to British Cycling Level 3 coaching

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)

If you need any help or further information please check our helpful FAQ section or contact us via info@colconquerors.com or call + 33 6 85 12 18 29

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