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29
October
2013

Lanzarote Road Cycling

The warm weather between September/October and March/April makes the island an attractive location for a winter cycling and triathlon 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.


Lanzarote is becoming increasingly popular for those seeking warm weather training camps across a range of sports; swimming, running, cycling, triathlon and cross-training.

There is more vegetation in the north, it rains more here. In the south, the roads are more exposed and more barren looking as the surfaces both sides of the road are covered in a layer of volcanic dust.

The roads are usually quiet, but do ride close to the kerb. The climbing is steep.

TABAYESCO

The Tabayesco can be found in the northern tip of the island on the road between Arrieta and Teguise. This is a 10 km climb and runs at a steady 5-6% most of the way. The Pro Teams train here regularly probably taking about 30’. A very good ride will take close to 25’.

Descending the "Tabayesco" by bike in Lanzarote.

Lanzarote - Descending Tabayesco (north side)

 

FEMES

The Femes climb is on the south side of the island. The climb is about 6 km long but kicks up to just over 9% towards the end.

 

FIRE MOUNTAIN

Found in the Timanfaya National Park, Fire Mountain offers spectacular views. This figure of 8 route begins and finishes in Costa Teguise on the East coast

The Fire Mountain route starting and finishing on the West.

 

For more routes check out Stava or Map My Ride

El Golfo and Femes

Puerto del Carmen - Conil - Yaiza - El Golfo - Playa Blanca - Femes - Puerto del Carmen

Distance: 64 km Elevation difference: 1100 m

This route begins in Puerto del Carmen heading away from the coast on a good tarmac surfaced road to the La Geria wine region at an altitude of 350 metres. It then continues across to the other side of the island heading for the volcanic crater of El Golfo. Take the old road LZ-701 to Playa Blanca and up to Femes. The gradients are over 20% slope before arriving back in Puerto del Carmen. The steep climbs makes this tour suitable for endurance training.

 

Ride around Timanfaya

Puerto del Carmen - Yaiza - Timanfaya - Mancha Blanca - La Vegueta - La Geria -  (El Golfo) - Puerto del Carmen

Distance: between 60 and 110 km Elevation difference: between 600 and 1250 metres

Begin the ride in either Playa Blanca or Janubio. This gives you the opportunity to warm up before the 250 m climb between Yaiza and the National Park. Before nine o’clock, the road very quiet. In Mancha Blanca the ride splits, either heading for La Santa and Famara at sea level and then climbing again up to Teguise or back via La Vegueta and La Geria..

 

Timanfaya, Jable, La Geria bigger view.

Puerto del Carmen - Arrecife - Costa Teguise - Teguise - Famara - Tinajo - Puerto del Carmen

Distance: 95 km Elevation difference: 900 m

This ride is based around the central part of the island. The 12 km ride along the beach promenade hasta Arrecife will give the rider an opportunity to warm up. The route includes the foothills of the Famara massif, climbing about 350 m. The return route takes you through the Nature Park of the Volcanoes, La Geria and back to Puerto del Carmen.

 

El Jable

Puerto del Carmen - Arrecife - Costa Teguise - Orzola and zurück bzw.Tahiche - Nazaret - La Geria - Puerto del Carmen

Distance: between 80 and 100 km Elevation difference: between 370 and 620 m

Starting in Puerto del Carmen and heading towards Orzola via Costa Teguise on the east coast. Taking the old road between Tahice and Arrieta means less traffic although the road surface is not as good. For a flatter finish take the same road to return from Orzola to Puerto del Carmen. For a climbing finish ride back over Teguise and through the vineyards of La Geria.

 

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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