Cycling Gran Canaria, Week Long Supported Cycling In Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria Island Challenge

The Ultimate Winter Road Cycling Tour

Five enticing Gran Canaria Island Challenge trip highlights.

  • Climb some serious mountains including the islands signature climbs Pico las Nievas and the Valley of the Tears.
  • Enjoy six unique days of riding that are guaranteed to give you a great training boost.
  • Experience the warm weather & ideal winter training conditions unrivalled anywhere in mainland Europe.
  • Benefit from experienced guides, coaches and vehicle support every day.
  • Relax and enjoy the cuisine in two coastal hotels and one situated high in the mountains.
March 2019
Fenton & Rob climbing to Pico las Nievas
photo of Fenton Curley

Such service and support do not happen by accident, this is a well oiled machine which has been very well researched with all contingencies planned for - incredibly thorough and a very hospitable team.

Fenton Curley
 

Road Cycling Gran Canaria Island Challenge Tour

Cycling Gran Canaria Holiday Summary:

Cycling Gran Canaria has remained a firm favourite in our road cycling schedule for the past four years. With a growing reputation for incredible weather, challenging climbs and breath-taking scenery, Gran Canaria is the perfect destination for winter cycling training and tours, during the winter months.

This 7-night, 6-stage multi-centre winter road cycling tour allows you to embrace the fantastic scenery that only cycling on Gran Canaria can offer at this time of the year, including Pico las Nievas, the high point of the island at just under 2000 meters, and the Valley of the Tears where you’ll face a real challenge on the Islands signature road cycling climb. However, the island has so much more to offer than these 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 by the end of this week.

It’s a challenging week of riding but as always, we consider that you might want a lighter option depending on where you are with your training. On several days there are choices for an intense or lighter ride, so you can decide based on your personal goals.  As with all our holidays, you will have a support vehicle, high-quality guides and coaches riding with you every day. There’s always flexibility, so you can choose how relaxing or intense you want your holiday to be.

After each day of riding, you’ll get to retire to an incredibly comfortable 4* hotel. We have hand-picked three amazing hotels, each of which is located in a quiet area around the island, not least including Puerto de Mogan, Agaete and Cruz de Tejeda. Each hotel boasts stunning surroundings, providing you the opportunity to truly get a feel for the varied terrain and training opportunities that cycling Gran Canaria can offer in the winter months. Whether you want to enjoy the winter sun, luxury amenities or rest up for another ride, our hotels are perfect.

Typically, daytime temperatures reach the high teens to the mid twenties during winter months, so you can comfortably wear your full summer kit throughout the week.

 

Cycling Gran Canaria Itinerary:

Puerto de Mogan to Agaete

The climb to Artenara
An exciting start to the week with two great climbs
  • Climbing from the Aldea through the tight gorge running beneath the Valley of the Tears to Artenara.
  • The descent to Agaete and glimpses of the Atlantic late afternoon.

On the morning of day 1, we’ll head out of Puerto de Mogan, taking a northerly road towards the village of Mogan. It’s a gentle start, offering you the chance to warm up before we start the first climb of the day.

This first climb is just over 7km long, looking down on the charming Aldea region and the fruit plantations below. After reaching the summit, we then descend via a pristine road to La Aldea de San Nicolas. Setting off after coffee in the sublime village square, we’ll climb gently into the Barranco des los Juncos where we will soon face a few short but steep hairpin sections. Along this ravine, we’ll pass the glittering reservoirs of Presa de caidero de la Nina and del Parrailio, where we’ll then be presented with the main climb of the day.
This climb is just over 17km in length and takes us to Artenara, starting steeply past the Mirador del Molino – a lookout point that allows a glimpse at the entrance to the Valley of the Tears. The climb then relents a little, though still features several short, steep sections until the final 5km, where the gradient reduces to around 5%. Here at Artenara, we’ll stop for lunch to give our legs and lungs a well-earned rest, after all it’s still the first day of our cycling Gran Canaria challenge.

After lunch at our favourite spot in Artenara, the road begins to climb gently again to the north, offering views of Mont Teide on neighboring Tenerife. We end the day with an amazing descent to Agaete, enjoying many sweeping bends until we reach the coast and Puerto las Nievas where the Hotel Roca Negra awaits.

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Agaete to Cruz de Tejeda

View from Pico las Nievas
From sea level to nearly 2000 meters
  • The super climb to Pico las Nievas at 1924 m above sea level from the coast on the north west of the Island.
  • The views across the south of the Island from Pico las Nieves will make your effort well worth while.

On Day 2 of the tour, we’ll climb to Pico las Nievas, the highest point Gran Canaria has to offer cyclists at 1924 meters in altitude. We leave Agaete, passing through the town of Galdar and onto the road leading into the mountains, heading first towards the Reserva Natural Especial de El Brexal and Azuaje. On this road, you’ll be faced with 60km of terrain full of seemingly never-ending undulations, where we’ll need to pace ourselves to prevent early fatigue. This northern side of the island is much greener, and you’ll pass through stunning valleys that are in true contrast to the scenery of the south during the first day of our cycling Gran Canaria island challenge.

After the 60km mark, the day becomes steadier and we can enjoy more consistent climbing as we head towards Cruz de Tejeda before making the final push to Pico las Nievas and your first opportunity 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 back to Cruz de Tejeda and an evening spent relaxing

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Cruz de Tejeda to Cruz de Tejeda

Duncan climbs from Ingenio
Possibly the most challenging climb on the Island
  • The challenging climb to Pico las Nievas from Ingenio in the South East.
  • The views from the terrace at the hotel in Cruz Tejeda are worth the journey alone.

Gran Canaria is full of wonderful descents and today starts with a fantastic smooth road as we leave the mountain village of Cruz de Tejeda, before heading around the GC 60 to Ayacata. The scenery during this first 25km certainly doesn’t disappoint with miles of unsurpassed mountain views. From Ayacata, the route heads down to San Bartolomé de Tirajana and the southeasterly quarter of Gran Canaria.

From Ingenio, the climbing really gets going and you’ll start the ascent to Pico las Nievas from its toughest side and really get the cycling Gran Canaria challenge going! Throughout our time spent riding on the island, we’ve always thought of this climb as one of the most challenging we’ve taken on! There’s one especially steep section of just over 5km in length that requires you to delve deep both mentally and physically – the average gradient of around 11% doesn’t do it justice! Once over the summit, it’s an easy ride back for your second night in the hotel at Cruz de Tejeda, where you will appreciate the panoramic views and reflect on a great day in the mountains.

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Cruz Tejeda to Agaete

Ross climbing through the Valley of the Tears
Gran Canaria’s signature climb
  • The sense of achievement you’ll feel as you reach the summit of the Valley of the Tears (VOTT)
  • The swooping descent back to Agaete and the coast late afternoon is a fine way to end the day.

Leaving Cruz de Tejeda after the second night to stay up the mountain, for day 4 we’ll take on another one of Gran Canaria’s biggest challenges – the Valley of the Tears (VOTT), before heading back to Agaete on the North-West coast. One of the signature climbs when cycling Gran Canaria, the VOTT presents a great test and certainly provides plenty of discussion over dinner at the end of the day.

The main climb is around 12km in length and you’ll gain 1000 meters in altitude over this distance. The real challenge comes with several very steep hair pinned sections of between 1 and 3 km in length, with gradients reaching a heart pounding 18%. There are rolling sections of 9-10% for the chance to relax a little in the second half of the climb!

After conquering the VOTT, however, there’s still a beautiful steady 7km climb before we head back to Agaete. Once we arrive at the hotel, however, you’ll be able to kick back and relax for a good night’s rest ahead of a truly spectacular coastal ride on Day 5.

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Agaete to Puerto de Mogan

The stunning west coast of Gran Canaria
The most stunning coastal road
  • Riding the most amazing section of coast road between Agaete and Aldea.
  • Taking lunch right on the ocean at Playa de la Aldea, plus the climb alongside the Barranco de Tasarte as you head back to the south west.

Heading out of Puerto las Nievas and Agaete, we’ll ride 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 exciting challenge.

If you do find yourself wishing for just a little bit more, there’s the 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

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Puerto de Mogan to Puerto de Mogan

The Serenity climb
It’s all about the Serenity & Soria Climbs
  • The Serenity climb above Mogan. Possibly the most visually stunning mountain road anywhere plus a huge amount of fun to climb.
  • The silky smooth road as you climb to Soria from Arguineguin followed by the descent of the Serenity hairpins.

On Day 6, you have the choice between two different options – an intense ride, and a lighter version. The ride you choose is entirely up to you depending on how you are feeling after a challenging week of cycling Gran Canaria.

Both routes first see us ride the Serenity climb above Puerto de Mogan to Ayacata. This climb is one of the most scenic of the entire week, showcasing the type of challenging cycling Gran Canaria is famous for, along with its superb views. In our opinion, this climb is a fitting end to a great week of riding in Gran Canaria, as it winds its way up the mountainside on a seemingly endless stream of tightly packed hairpins.

The views up and down the climb are equally as good, so be sure to take some time to have a look around on the way up. If you’ve chosen to stick to the lighter route, you’ll turn around at Ayacata after lunch, returning to Puerto de Mogan for the opportunity to relax. Those on the intense route continue the ride, descending towards Maspalomas, heading along the coast before tackling a final 650 meter climb to Soria. From here we’ll descend to Puerto de Mogan for the final time during our cycling Gran Canaria winter challenge.

At this point, our week of cycling is over, but we’ll head over to our favourite bar for a beer or cocktail to celebrate the week’s achievements. Cycling Gran Canaria is challenging, but very rewarding, the memories of this week’s challenges will linger long into the summer months

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Cycling Gran Canaria Trip Accommodation:

Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa

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Location: Puerto de Mogan

Why chosen: Great staff, large rooms and an excellent choice of food to meet all tastes. Nothing is too much trouble for anyone.

Located in Puerto de Mogan, the 4* Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa offers a great location, comfortable rooms and exceptional service. This luxurious hotel provides fantastic facilities and is a stunning space to relax. The grand décor extends throughout the hotel, featuring plenty of traditional Canarian art, enabling you to get a feel for the Canarian heritage.

In the evenings, you can enjoy a refreshing drink at the cocktail bar, before heading to the dining hall for the chance to sample delicious dishes from across the world. Following dinner, you can choose to relax in the atrium or take a short stroll to the marina.

Cordial Mogan Playa Outside
Cordial Mogan Playa Pool
Cordial Mogan Playa Bedroom

Hotel & Spa Cordial Roca Negra

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Location: Agaete

Why chosen: Super location just above the coast, very large and comfortable rooms and the usual friendly welcome every time.

The Hotel Roca Negra, located in Ageate, is the perfect oasis for cyclists at the end of a day taking on the challenge of cycling Gran Canaria’s mountains. The hotel is friendly and comfortable  with a relaxed atmosphere, so you can rest assured you’ll be ready to ride again the following day.

The inviting rooms feature a large balcony or terrace where you can sit back and watch the sun go down while listening to the sounds of the ocean nearby. There’s an outdoor swimming pool for an afternoon dip and a jacuzzi available to rest tired muscles ready for the next day’s cycling.

Hotel Roca Negra
Roof bar
Roca Negra Room

Parador Cruz de Tejeda

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Location: Cruz de Tejeda

Why chosen: It’s stylish, has some of the best views on the island from it’s up mountain location plus has superb cuisine and a great breakfast. The staff are nice as well!

Right in the heart of the Gran Canarian landscape, sits a serene escape 1,560m up in the mountains. The Parador Cruz de Tejeda plays host to panoramic views, spreading miles around and capturing the volcanic landscape of Gran Canaria. After a superb day of cycling Gran Canaria, we retire here on nights 3 and 4, giving you the chance to enjoy the scenery and enjoy the hotel’s plentiful facilities. 

With a modern spa offering heated indoor and outdoor pool, a gym on site, a sauna and even Turkish baths to enjoy, you can truly rejuvenate or relax stiff or aching limbs before the next day’s cycling. The rooms offer a traditional design with a modern twist, allowing you to sit back and rest in the midst of your winter road cycling tour.

Parador Cruz de Tejeda
Comfortable rooms
Great views from the spa
The Parador Spa

Duncan Carrier

The weather was again fantastic in Gran Canaria as was the whole trip. The cycling routes are very well designed with quantity and quality.

Fenton Curley

Such service and support to not happen by accident, this is a well oiled machine which has been very well researched with all contingencies planned for - incredibly thorough and a very hospitable team

The Holiday Includes

  • 7 Nights half board accommodation on a twin share basis in 4* hotels.
  • 6 days guided and vehicle supported cycling with a passionate & experienced team.
  • GPX files for each ride & detailed daily ride road books.
  • Airport transfer to and from Las Palmas airport.
  • Fresh fruit every ride day and top up sports nutrition.
  • Luggage transportation between hotels.
  • Client to staff ratio of 4-1 for a personal experience.
  • Access to British Cycling Level 3 coaching throughout to help improve any aspect of your cycling.
  • Daily photos shared post trip.

Not Included

  • Flights.
  • Lunches.
  • Travel or bike Insurance.
  • Any drinks or incidentals at the hotel.
  • Spa or Massage services (Available as extra).
  • Bike Hire.
  • Single occupancy (on request & subject to room availability).

Trip Cost

Double Occupancy Single Supplement Deposit
2nd Nov, 2019 1390.00€ 450.00€ 400.00€
7th March, 2020 1390.00€ 450.00€ 400.00€
31st Oct, 2020 1390.00€ 450.00€ 400.00€

Bike Rental

Prices from : 35.00€ / per day

Bike hire is available for this trip from our established local partner on the coast at Puerto de Mogan. A wide selection of current models are available depending on your requirements. Bikes are always set upready for the terrain you'll experience during this Gran Canaria Island Challenge holiday.

On arrival we’ll accompany you to the shop in Puerto de Mogan to collect your bike and make sure it’s set up for you. If you have a recent bike fit document bring this along to allow us to make the fit even better.

If you would like to rent a bike for your Gran Canaria Island Challenge just let us know and we’ll help ensure you get the right bike.

Bke rental in Mogan

3 Month Pre Trip

Prices from : 180.00€ per month

Investing time and energy in a private coach for 3 months is a great way to improve your form ready for this Gran Canaria Island Challenge holiday. There’s still lots of time for performance gains even if you’ve had to leave things late.

The British Cycling Level 3 coaching qualification is the highest recognised coaching certification in UK cycling and working with a Level 3 coach will:

  • Maximise fitness gains from the realistic time you have available to train ahead of your holiday to Gran Canaria
  • Focus on areas that will really improve your riding in the build up to the trip
  • Improve not only physical but also tactical and psychological awareness & strength to ensure you have a great holiday.

6 Month Pre Trip

Prices from : 180.00€ per month

If you are serious about making significant long term improvements to your on fitness, investing time and energy in a private coach for six months is the most effective way to increase your performance, stay motivated, and acheive your long term goals.

The British Cycling Level 3 coaching qualification is the highest recognised coaching certification in UK cycling and working with a Level 3 coach will:

  • Maximise performance benefits from the realistic training time you have available to you.
  • Help you identify and focus on areas that will really improve your cycling and be in great shape for the summer.

Before Trip

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria and has a mainland-Spain feel to it, spiced up with an eclectic mix of other cultures, including African, Chinese and Indian. 

Vegueta, the oldest quarter, is both atmospheric and fashionable, with great boutiques, bars, museums and galleries. At the other end of the city, Playa de las Canteras provides you with the possibility of spending time on the beach in between site seeing. Explore the spralling array of streets behind this historic area and you'll be treated to great restaurants serving a range of local Canarian cuisine.

Exciting Las Palmas
Elba Vecindario

Visit hotel
BULL REINA ISABEL

Visit hotel
Maresia Canteras

Visit hotel

After Trip

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria and has a mainland-Spain feel to it, spiced up with an eclectic mix of other cultures, including African, Chinese and Indian. 

Vegueta, the oldest quarter, is both atmospheric and fashionable, with great boutiques, bars, museums and galleries. At the other end of the city, Playa de las Canteras provides you with the possibility of spending time on the beach in between site seeing. Explore the spralling array of streets behind this historic area and you'll be treated to great restaurants serving a range of local Canarian cuisine.

Exciting Las Palmas
Elba Vecindario

Visit hotel
BULL REINA ISABEL

Visit hotel
Maresia Canteras

Visit hotel

Gran Canaria Island Challenge FAQ's

How will I be supported during this Island Challenge?

Every ride you will benefit from guide(s) on the road with you and a support vehicle. Each ride is also backed up with a GPX file and detailed road book to compliment the information and support provided every day. With a guest to staff ration of 4:1 help is never going to be far away. As this is a point to point tour we also transfer your bags between each hotel every day.

How strong do I need to be for this trip?

As a winter multi stage cycling tour so it’s only natural that you will want to have completed some preparation for this holiday so that you can really benefit from the training whilst in Gran Canaria. The island is mountainous and the climbs both long and at times challenging so riding regularly and having been consistently following a plan will have real benefits. We know it’s winter time and no one is ever in top form between November and March so most of all just come and enjoy the riding under sunny skies and let us help you be in great shape for the coming season.

We have British Cycling Level 3 coaching qualifications so can also provide you with advice pre and during your trip. We also offer optional custom coaching packages that will really help you get the best from your trip.

Is the itinerary flexible?

There is a degree of flexibility in this multi stage Island Challenge trip especially if you would like to take it easy on any given day. The support vehicle ensures that you can ride with confidence and our guides on the road will help you with pacing and nutrition to ensure you go the distance. 

We’ll always your personal needs into account so you have a great holiday. We are here to help you achieve things that you might have thought not possible.

Is the weather great in Gran Canaria?

The Gran Canaria weather pretty stable between November and March with temperatures usually around the low 20’s. Summer kit is normally par for the course. The island has its own micro-climate with the north of the island being much greener than the more arid south. It usually feels like riding in the mountains during summer!

Should I worry about being slower or faster than others?

No need to worry. We are experienced in managing cyclists of a varied ability so all you need to do is enjoy riding your bike. At Colconquerors you will always be encouraged to ride at your personal sustainable pace.

I’m planning to come alone, is this okay?

Yes it’s absolutely okay to join this trip Gran Canaria Island Challenge trip alone. Many guests travel solo and often return year on year with those they have met. You have the option of sharing a room with another guest (of the same sex) a similar situation or where available pay an additional supplement for sole occupancy.

How does a multi stage trip differ from a centre based trip?

The nature of a point to point trip means that there’s a fixed end point that needs to be reached at the end of the day. We transfer your luggage between each stage leaving you to enjoy the ride and scenery. 

The goal is to reach the end of the week and complete the challenge so sensible pacing and good nutrition throughout will help you to achieve this. There’s nothing worse than riding too hard on the first day and cycling with heavy legs for the rest of the week.

Can you help with further questions about the trip?

We are always able to help with anything further you need to know before, during or after your Gran Canaria Island Challenge trip. Just get in touch or take a look at our FAQ section.

Travel Information

All you need to know about getting in and out.

Arrival

Airport: Las Palmas Gran Canaria
Meeting Point: The Tropical Cafe (Arrivals)
Transfer Departure: 3.30PM

You will be met at the airport in person by ourselves ready for your private transfer to your hotel for the first night in Puerto de Mogan.

We aim to leave the airport at Las Palmas by 3.30PM. When planning your Gran Canaria Island Challange holiday please be sure that flights land well in advance of the transfer time and always check with us before booking any flights. The airport transfer is short for this trip so we are often able to make multiple airport transfers so please let us know if you need to use other flights.

If you are flying in from outside of Europe it’s best if you can arrive the day before the scheduled day to ensure any flight delays don’t impact the start of your holiday. It also means your first day of cycling is not impacted by travel fatigue.

After the transfer to your hotel in Puerto de Mogan for the first night a welcome meeting outlines the weeks plan and there’s then plenty of time build the bikes and make sure everything is ready for the first day of cycling.

Departure

Airport: Las Palmas Gran Canaria
Hotel Departure Time: 9am for flights after 11.30am
Airport Drop off: 10am

Unfortunately the Gran Canarian Island Challenge is over but you’ve had a superb week of riding and we’re sure your memories of the trip will keep you motivated for some time!

We will depart the hotel after breakfast at 9am for the transfer back to the airport at Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in plenty of time for your flights.