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29
October
2013

Lanzarote MTB Routes

The warm weather between September/October and March/April makes the island an attractive location for a winter training camp. It is not unusual to see Pro Teams training in groups putting in their distance training, using the strong winds and steep climbs to enhance their fitness levels.

If you wanted to go on your own cycling training camp, where should you stay and what are the options in hiring a bike and best routes to ride. Links have been provided to Strava the data base.


Plenty of rugged, dry trails and thrilling descents, many of which follow the old shepherds’ paths across central Lanzarote or along coastal routes.

Enduro Lanzarote - David Cachon Mountain Bike Trip

Lanzarote is the first of the Canary Islands to be certified by the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA). The island has 6 mountain bike routes which connect to each other, all having a variation of terrain and difficulty. These 6 routes have been organised so the cyclist can stop at a different location every night and complete the routes within a week’s holiday. The routes known as the “Plan de Rutas Cicloturisticas” can been seen on the Lanzarote on a Bike web site.

The routes are signposted with markers on the road (when the route is over tarmac) and on posts (when the route is over dirt tracks). The signposts are 120x120 mm white squares with an equilateral triangle and two circles.

The symbols are painted red when the route will take more than a day to complete, yellow if possible in a day and brown when in a restricted zone such as a National Park. Times will depend on individual fitness and ability.

The signs will also show a number of the route. This will correspond to the difficulty level: green is easy, blue is average to difficult, red is difficult and black is very difficult.

    

Away from these 6 routes Puerto del Carmen is one of the best starting places on Lanzarote.

La Geria and Timanfaya

Puerto del Carmen – La Asomada - Uga - Timanfaya – Islote de los Camellos - Mancha Bl. – Tinguaton - Masdache – Montaña Blanca – Tias - Puerto del Carmen

Distance: between 43 and 62 km, Accumulated altitude: between 680 and 1100 m

This route contains two of the best descents on the island. The landscape takes in the heart of the Timanfaya National Park, across the Nature Park of the Volcanoes and the unique wine growing area La Geria.

 

La Geria and Ajaches

Puerto del Carmen -La Asomada - Yaiza - Playa del Pozo - Montaña Blanca

Distance: between 31 and 65 km, Accumulated altitude: between 530 and 1200 m

This ride goes through the La Geria vineyards and touches the north end of the Ajaches mountains. It includes 3 downhill rides totalling 14 km.

 

El Golfo, Papagayo and Ajaches

Puerto del Carmen - Yaiza - El Golfo - Playa Blanca – Ajaches - Yaiza - Puerto del Carmen

Distance: between 45 and 80 km, Accumulated altitude: between 600 and 1150 m

The ride heads towards south Timanfaya’s lava field, along the volcanic coast to the salt flats of Janubio. From there the ride continues to the beaches at Papagayo. The return track which goes through the Ajaches mountains is remote. There are some technically challenging short climbs.

 

The top of the Island

Costa Teguise – Teguise – Peñas del Chache – Guatiza – Costa Teguise

Distance: between 40 and 53 km, Accumulated altitude: between 570 and 1065 m

Starting point is Costa Teguise and includes a ride on a volcano rim just 9 km downhill from the highest point of the island, the Peñas del Chache.

 

Recommendations

Take a cheap map; hire car companies usually offer these free of charge at the airport.

Ride only on permitted roads; be aware of private property and keep updated of the current bye laws about access.

Good Planning; plan your route in advance, ensuring that you can complete the ride. Tell someone your planned route.

Helmets & Safety; wear appropriate clothing including a helmet. Take a fully charged phone (and GPS system if applicable). Take sufficient food and water for the ride.

Control your bike; adjust your speed according to visibility and road conditions.

Don’t harm the surfaces; control braking so as not to leave tracks or cause damage that would lead to surface erosion.

Be mindful of weather conditions; although Lanzarote is warm weather training, the weather could deteriorate whilst on a ride. Take adequate clothing.

Accidents; stay calm and call the emergency services – 112. Be aware of your surroundings and any land marks that allow the service to reach you.

Be respectful of animals; they may not be used to cyclists.

Treat other cyclists as you’d like to be treated.

Insurance; take out your insurance cover. Lanzarote Inter Island Council does not take responsibility for any damage a cyclist or his/her bike may experience.

 

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