Cycling Gran Canaria - Colconquerors Holidays

Gran Canaria Island Challenge - 7 Night Multi Centre Cycling Tour

— 3rd to 10th November 2018
— 9th to 16th March 2019

Nights: 7, Max Group Size: 12, Difficulty: 3.5/5 to 4/5
Distance: 649km, Climbing: 15,690m (intense)
Distance: 548km, Climbing: 13,590m (light)

Trip Price : 1390.00€

Gran Canaria has been a firm favourite in our road cycling schedule for the past 4 years with a growing reputation for delivering on the weather, climbing and scenery making it the perfect location for cycle training and tours during the winter months especially if you want to stay away from the crowds and prepare for the season ahead.

This 7 night, 6 stage multi centre tour allows you to discover the fantastic cycling and scenery that Gran Canaria has to offer including Pico las Nievas the high point of the island at just under 2000 meters and the Valley of the Tears. The island has so much more to offer than the two big name climbs including stunning ravines, valleys and coastal roads that offer unsurpassed views of the coastline. You’ll be sure to have a few new favourite climbs at the end of this week. It’s a challenging week of riding but as always we take into account that you might want a lighter option depending on where you are with your training so on several days there are choices of an intense or light option that can be made based on your personal goals. As with all of our trips you will have a support vehicle and high quality guides and coaches riding with you every day.

We use three superb 4* hotels for this tour all of which are located in quiet areas of the island, Puerto de Mogan, Agaete and San Bartolome and each has been selected so that you are able to really get a feel for the varied terrain and scenery the island offers.

Daytime temperatures are usually around the high teens to mid 20’s during winter months making it just perfect for cycling in full summer kit.

The week includes:

— 7 Nights Half Board in 4* Hotels (twin share)
— 6 days guided and vehicle supported cycling
— Fresh fruit each day and top up sports nutrition in support vehicle
— Luggage transfers between stages
GPX route files
— Private airport transfers
— British Cycling Level 3 coaching advice

Detailed Trip Information :

Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa – Night 1, 6 & 7

A four star hotel located at the heart of Puerto de Mogan in Gran Canaria. The Cordial Mogan Playa Hotel although rated a four star establishment is considered a four star plus facility due to the standard it maintains and the great services it offers to its customers. An impressive atrium greets you on arrival with wooden bridges over streams and waterfalls in the surrounding grounds making for a perfect setting. The grand décor extends throughout the hotel using traditional Canarian art. The evenings offer you a chance to relax enjoying a refreshing drink in the cocktail bar either before or after dinner.

Cycling Gran Canaria | Colconquerors Cordial Mogan Playa

Cycling Gran Canaria | Colconquerors Cordial Mogan Playa Setting

Cycling Gran Canaria | Colconquerors Cordial Mogan Playa Rooms

Hotel Roca Negra – Nights 2 & 5

An oasis for us cyclists seeking retreat at the end of a day riding in the mountains. The entire hotel is focused on the relaxation and comfort of its guests. Rooms offer large balconies or terraces where you can sit and watch the sun go down or listen to the sounds of the sea. The elegant and warm design of the rooms will make you feel absolutely welcome. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool and jacuzzi. Comfortable sun loungers with pool towels invite you to enjoy the late afternoon sun and recover.

Cycling Gran Canaria | Colconquerors Hotel Roca Negra

Cycling Gran Canaria | Colconquerors Hotel Roca Negra Pool

Cycling Gran Canaria | Colconquerors Hotel Roca Negra Rooms

Hotel Las Tirajanas – Nights 3 & 4

Hotel Las Tirajanas is located in a stunning location at the heart of the island of Gran Canaria, almost 3,000 ft. above sea level. This colonial-style hotel with stunning panoramic views of the valleys and mountains of San Bartolome de Tirajana is the perfect place to enjoy a couple of nights of peace and quiet during a cycling tour. Relax in the spa and enjoy the best local cuisine at dinner time in a restaurant that offers a dramatic view of the surrounding mountains and ocean several thousand feet below.

Cycling Gran Canaria | Colconquerors Hotel Tirajanas

Cycling Gran Canaria | Colconquerors Hotel Tirajanas Dining

Cycling Gran Canaria | Colconquerors Hotel Tirajanas Rooms

Cycling Gran Canaria  | Hotel Tirajanas Pool

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 de 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.

Sunday – Day 1 / Puerto de Mogan to Agaete

Distance & Climb : 101km / 2640 meters

Cycling Gran Canaria | Day 1 - Puerto de Mogan to Agaete

Heading out of Puerto de Mogan the road leads north on a gentle warm up to the village of Mogan before starting the first climb of the day which at just over 7km long looks down to the Aldea region and fruit plantations below. Descending via a newly resurfaced road to La Aldea de San Nicolas for a coffee the route heads along the Barranco (ravine) des los Juncos where you’ll encounter a couple of short but steep hair pin sections that take you past the reservoirs of Presa de Caidero de la nina and del Parrailio and on to the main climb of the day. At just over 17km in length the climb to Artenara starts of steeply past the Mirador del Molino (lookout point) that allows you a glimpse at the entrance to the Valley of the Tears. The climb then becomes more consistent albeit punctuated with several short steep sections until the final 5km when the gradient is reduced to around 5% offering the legs and lungs some well earned rest. After lunch at our favourite spot in Artenara the road gently climbs again to the north offering views of Mont Tide on Tenerfife before ending the day with a spectacular descent to Agaete and Puerto las Nievas. A challenging day with plenty of Gran Canarias’ stunning scenery along the way.

Cycling Gran Canaria | Day 1 - Mirador de Molino

Monday – Day 2 / Agaete to San Bartolome de Tirajana

Distance & Climb : 110km / 3100 meters

Cycling Gran Canaria | Island Cycling Challenge - Day 2

Today is the first climb of the tour to Pico las Nievas the high point of Gran Canaria at 1924 metres in altitude. Once we’ve left Agaete and passed through the town of Galdar the road into the mountains heads towards the Reserva Natural Especial de El Brezal and Azuaje. The terrain is charactarised by its seemingly never-ending undulations for the first 60km so pacing is the key to prevent early fatigue, there’s a lot of climbing left in the day! The northern side of the island is much greener and the valleys you’ll pass through today are a real contrast to the scenery of yesterday. After the 60km mark the day becomes one of steadier more consistent climbing as we head towards Cruz de Tejeda before making the final push to Pico las Nievas and your first chance to look at the south of the island from above. Once the summit has been reached the day comes to a close with a descent to Ayacata before making a final swoop down to San Bartolome de Tirajana where the hotel is to be found in an amazing location.

Cycling Gran Canaria |  Green Valleys of the North of Gran Canaria and Pico las Nievas

Tuesday – Day 3 (intense or light option) / Pico las Nievas

Option 1 Intense – Distance & Climb : 125km / 2900 meters

Cycling Gran Canaria |  Day 3 with Colconquerors

Option 2 Light – Distance & Climb : 77km / 1800 meters (light version)

Cycling Gran Canaria |  Day 3 light with Colconquerors

Today you’ll be heading down to the south easterly quarter of Gran Canaria skirting the town of Ingenio from where you’ll start the epic ascent to Pico las Nievas from its toughest side. Since we’ve being riding here we’ve always thought of this climb as one of the toughest we’ve taken on and that’s anywhere! There’s one especially steep section of just over 5km in length that requires you to delve deep both mentally and physically and the average gradient of around 11% doesn’t to it justice! Once over the summit you descend down towards Ayacata through the reserve of Roque Nublo the focal point of the island before making a choice of route to complete your loop back to the hotel at San Bartolome Tirajana where you’ll spend your second night.

Cycling Gran Canaria | Day 3 - Pico las Nievas via Ingenio

Wednesday – Day 4 / Valley of the Tears (VOTT)

Distance & Climb : 120km / 2900 meters

Cycling Gran Canaria |  Day 4 Valley of the Tears VOTTwith Colconquerors

Leaving San Bartolome after the second night staying up mountain, today you’ll take on the Valley of the Tears before heading back down towards Agaete. One of the signature climbs on the island the VOTT presents a great challenge and certainly provides plenty of discussion over dinner at the end of the day. The main VOTT climb is around 12km in length and you’ll gain 1000 meters in this distance with the main challenge being several very steep hair pinned sections of between 1 & 3km in length with gradients reaching 18% which themselves are punctuated by rolling sections with lesser gradients of around 9-10% for recovery! Once you’ve conquered the VOTT and had a deserved lunch at Ayacata you’ll continue to climb back towards Cruz de Tejeda the main climb being of around 7km before heading back to Agaete for a good nights rest ahead of a truly spectacular coastal ride tomorrow.

Cycling Gran Canaria | Day 4 - The Valley of the Tears

Thursday – Day 5 / Agaete to Puerto de Mogan

Distance & Climb : 70km / 1450 meters

Cycling Gran Canaria |  Day 5 Agaete to Puerto de Mogan

Heading out of Puerto las Nievas and Agaete you’ll head south along a section of coastal road that in our opinion delivers a full 10/10 for scenery. The high cliff road through the Parque Natural de Tamadaba winds up and down with short sharp climbs and descents with a seemingly better view around every bend. It’s a shorter day that’s for sure but don’t underestimate the challenge. If you do find yourself wishing for just a little bit more there’s an option of a further 650 meters of climbing following the Barranco de Tasarte all the way to the coast before climbing back to join the main route to Puerto de Mogan, it’s a real challenge so be sure!

Cycling Gran Canaria | Day 5 - The view from the Midador del Balcon

Friday – Day 6 (intense or light option) / Serenity & Soria

Option 1 Intense – Distance & Climb : 123km / 2700 meters (Intense version)

Cycling Gran Canaria |  Day 6 - Serenity, Ayacata and Soria

Option 2 Light – Distance & Climb : 70km / 1700 meters (light version)

Cycling Gran Canaria |  Day 6 - Serenity out and back

Today there are two options depending on how you are feeling after a challenging week of cycling. Whichever option you decide upon you’ll be taking on the Serenity climb from Puerto de Mogan to Ayacata. The climb is in our opinion the most scenic of them all and a fitting end to a great week of riding as it winds its way up the mountain side on a seemingly endless stream of tightly packed hairpins. The view up and down are equally as good so be sure to take some time to have a look around on the way up, it’s truly memorable. Depending on your decision to take the intense or light option today you can either spin around at Ayacata and return to Puerto de Mogan after lunch for a relaxing afternoon or descend towards Maspalomas, head along the coast and tackle the climb to Soria adding another 1000 meters of climbing before heading back to Puerto de Mogan. Either way it’s a great end to the week. The riding is over but the week isn’t complete without a trip to our favourite bar for a beer or cocktail (or two!) to mull over the achievements of all.

Cycling Gran Canaria | Day 6 - Serenity Beauty

Saturday – Departure

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

Raid & Island Challenge weeks are point to point tours usually of 7 or more nights in duration staying in a different location on many nights during the trip. Routes have been extensively researched over several years to provide you with a blend of iconic climbs, exciting new challenges and stunning scenery that we are sure will amaze you. We have established relationships with all of the hotels used during these trips and all are of great quality and in strategic locations providing more than typical cycling hotels, each hotel has been carefully selected for a reason. As you pass through different regions you’ll find the accommodation and cuisine is usually typical for that particular area.

Who are these weeks aimed at?

Island Challenge weeks are challenging and will appeal to those of you with a sense of adventure and who want to get a feel for a wide range of a particular place. Trips include routes that are carefully planned to include varied terrain.

How challenging are these weeks?

Although challenging these weeks are accessible to all that are happy to commit to some high quality training before arrival to get the most from the experience.

How will I be supported when cycling?

Group sizes are never more than 12 and you’ll always have guides and or coaches riding with the group plus a dedicated support vehicle with a staff to guest ratio of 1 team member to every 4 riders. Cycling guides/coaches for these trips are experienced and usually have a recognised coaching or sports science background to ensure we can provide you with valuable assistance with any aspect of your riding as and when you would like it. A full logistics pack is provided for each Raid or Island Challenge trip that includes GPX files along with a very detailed route planning document to supplement on road support and guidance. For each stage during the week your luggage will be transported to the following nights hotel so it’s ready for your arrival (bike boxes are either transported or stored depending on the trip start and end location).

Cycling Gran Canaria | Valley of the Tears

Cycling Gran Canaria | Serenity Climb

Cycling Gran Canaria | Winter Training

Cycling Gran Canaria | Valley of the Tears in winter

Cycling Gran Canaria | The lush north to Agaete

Cycling Gran Canaria | Winter training terrain

Cycling Gran Canaria | Classic coastal roads

Cycling Gran Canaria | Las Tirajanas San Bartolome

Cycling Gran Canaria | Roque Nublo

Cycling Gran Canaria |  Island Tour in winter

Cycling Gran Canaria | Climb to Soria

Cycling Gran Canaria | Pico-las-Nievas

Cycling Gran Canaria | Exceptional Views


ENQUIRE / BOOK

Not Included in the trip:

— Your Flights
— Travel insurance
— Lunches or any tips
— Drinks with evening meals
— Massage / Spa
— Bike hire (available on request)
— Single occupancy (subject to availability)

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

Cycling Gran Canaria This Winter

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