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Option times to visit Gran Canaria would be December, January and February.
Gran Canaria offers the perfect place to escape this winter. With its warm weather, challenging climbs, idyllic quiet roads and stunning coastal and mountain scenery it is no wonder Gran Canaria has become a favourite for the pros. Our base in Gran Canaria is a tried and tested warm weather training destination for cyclists looking to build their season's base or simply get-away and catch the early season tan-lines.
Gran Canaria, situated off of the west coast of Africa, is one of Europe’s best hidden gems as a riding destination. When compared to the Alps, Pyrenees and Dolomites it is often over-looked. With Mallorca being the default early season training getaway for the majority of cyclists, Gran Canaria travellers profit, with the island offering warmer weather, quieter, smoother roads and more challenging terrain.
Because of its location, the area where we are based in the south, is protected from the north-easterly winds by the mountains at the head of the valleys to give one of the best climates in the whole of the Canaries. Gran Canaria’s default setting is warm. Warmer than Mallorca and on average with less rain. Even in winter, daytime temperatures tend to average somewhere between 16˚C and 22˚C, which is perfect for riding in shorts and short sleeve jersey most of the time. Dubbed the ‘Island of Eternal Spring’, it’s rare to see temperatures dip below 20°C in winter.
With a highest point of almost 2,000 metres, a varied geology, and excellent beaches, the island has so much to offer the cyclist looking for the quintessential year round destination.
"Just wanted to say thanks for putting on such an enjoyable week in Gran Canaria. I’ve had some great trips with La Fuga but this one topped them all. Great guides, excellent group of people, brilliant weather, good routes and superb accommodation. I’m struggling to think how the week could be improved on."
- Giles B.
• 7 nights accommodation
• Breakfast and evening meals
• Airport pickup/dropoff
• Support van to follow ride and transport bike boxes
• Local language speaking guide
• Mechanic to take care of all mechanical needs
• Guided rides
• GPX files for use on Garmin navigational bike computers
• Complimentary sports nutrition
• La Fuga Welcome pack
What's Not Included?
• Lunchtime meals
• Travel Insurance
• Alcoholic Drinks/Minibar
• Drinks with meals
• Incidental expenses
Please note tour deposits are non-transferable and non-refundable. Therefore please ensure you have the appropriate travel insurance in place should you have to cancel at the last minute.
Saturday 24 February – ARRIVAL DAY
After arriving at Las Palmas Airport, you will be met by one of our guides in the arrivals hall. From Las Palmas it is approximately a 45 minute transfer to Hotel Cordial Mogan Playa. The remainder of the day will be spent getting settled, setting up bikes and possibly taking a gentle spin to check everything is running smoothly. A mechanic will be on hand to help and a welcome dinner will introduce the week ahead at the hotel in the evening.
Sunday 25 February – Day 1
*Distance: 65km *Elevation: 1206m
The first ride of the week is a gentle introduction to Gran Canaria. Beginning with spin along the coast to shake out the travel out of the legs and soak in the view out to sea. You’ll be able to get a good sense of the island’s variety, as we turn northwards away from the busier, built up coastal resorts and the road winds slowly up towards the mountains on the horizon. You expect a decent climb on any ride in Gran Canaria and today is no exception. You’ll get a taste for the week ahead, the switchbacks through the pines, stunning views across the valleys and mountainside hugging roads. A fast cruise down through the small town of Mogan takes us back to the coast and the hotel.
Monday 26 February – Day 2
*Distance: 75km *Elevation: 1699m
Monday’s ride is focused on building endurance, allowing the body to recover a little from the previous day’s efforts but being prepared for a tougher following day. The route will be 75km out and back, coast to coast route, featuring some of our favourite roads crossing over to the more remote western side of the island.
Tuesday 27 March – Day 3
*Distance: 120km *Elevation: 2798m
The Valley Of The Tears (VOTT) is probably the island’s most infamous climb and certainly regarded as the toughest. Other climbs on the island are longer but the varying gradient, switch backs and punchy nature of the VOTT has earned it a reputation as the main challenge of the island. The local’s refer to it as the island’s ‘Stelvio’. With some mountain climbing firmly in the legs now, today’s ride is all about the VOTT challenge. If you have big mountain goals later in the season, today’s ride will be perfect for building both the physical and mental strength needed.
Wednesday 28 February – Day 4 REST DAY
*Distance: 25km *Elevation: 639m
Wednesday is a rest day from group riding, allowing the body to recover and adapt. A short ride along the coast to a café is available to anyone who wants to keep their legs spinning.
Thursday 1 March – Day 5
Distance: 125km *Elevation: 2359m
A flatter start along the coast will be a welcome introduction after the rest day and should get the legs warmed up nicely before tackling the more gradual ascent from Maspalomas up to the little village of San Bartolome de Tirjana. There’s an inexhaustible network of inspiring roads here, winding through the river cut valleys of the national park and past some stunning natural monuments such as the Roque Nublo. After a quick coffee stop, it’s up and over the peak of our ride and time to enjoy the descent back to the coast.
Friday 2 March – Day 6
*Distance: 65km *Elevation: 1206m
To let you gauge how far you’ve progressed, today we will ride the same route as day 1, but in reverse
direction. It’s still early on in the season so recovery is just as important as training the body. With a big day yesterday, the aim today will be maintain mileage but keep to a lower intensity. Finish the week confident and feeling strong.
Saturday 3 March – DEPARTURE DAY
Departure day. Our mechanic will be on hand to help with bike packing. You will be taken by coach back to the airport for the journey home, legs weary but with plenty of stories to tell back home.
Our hotel, Cordial Mogan Playa, in the south west of the island, is the perfect place from which to explore Gran Canaria. Situated in Gran Canaria’s prettiest town, Puerto Mogan, the four star hotel consists of low rise apartments, furnished to the highest standards and allowing easy access by bike. The hotel offers a large spa & wellness centre, as well as two large adult swimming pools, both heated in the winter months and each with whirlpools. Free wi-fi is available throughout the hotel to allow you to stay in touch.