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8 Days Road Cycling Tour in Tenerife and La Gomera, Spain
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Road Cycling Tour in Spain

Following the success of the RAID Tenerife trip, have now decided to change the route for 2020 and include the beautiful island of La Gomera to this challenge. The route takes all the way around both islands in six days, focusing on the climbs in the North of Tenerife, over four days, including a stay at the famous Paradores hotel in the crater, before hopping on the ferry to La Gomera for two days riding. This trip could be a great cycling holiday in the warm or it could also be used as a late March training week with lots of great climbing.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Poin to point
  • Terrain: Mountainous with climbs
  • Starts and ends in: Tenerife
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day), Challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total distance: 600 kilometers / 372 miles
  • Type of bike: Road bike

Meet the instructors

Jen & Stuart
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Highlights

  • 6 amazing days of cycling
  • On-road personal coaching and advice
  • Cycle through stunning scenery and quiet roads
  • Ride the spectacular routes of Tenerife and La Gomera
  • Mechanical support and support vehicle
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Tenerife–South Airport (Reina Sofia Airport)
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Accommodation

During this cycling tour, you will be staying at four to five star accommodations in beautiful resorts and towns. Polka Dot Cycling aims to use hotels that are rated “fabulous” or higher on booking.com. Your first and last night will be spent at Sandos San Blas Nature Resort and Golf.

Sandos San Blas Nature Resort and Golf

Polka Dot Cycling have secured rooms at a new hotel for 2020 the Sandos San Blas Nature Resort & Golf. They are very excited to be using this hotel as it is away from the main tourist areas in the south and lends itself to lots of new routes. It is located in the South near Golf del Sur and opens up the opportunity for non-riding partners who play golf to also join you on one of these weeks or simply relax in the luxurious surroundings.

The all Inclusive hotel offers luxury accommodation with beautiful sea views and is only a three-minute walk to the beach. The hotel has eight swimming pools, free Wi-Fi, and a fitness center and mini-spa with Turkish baths for an extra charge. The resort includes attractive gardens and guests can enjoy easy access to a 800,000 square meters nature reserve. There are also tennis and volleyball courts. A free shuttle service to Playa de las Americas runs twice a day from the hotel.

Rooms at the all-inclusive San Blas are spacious and feature contemporary design. Each room has a balcony and hydromassage bath. Evening meals will be taken in the main buffet restaurant for the first six nights. The final farewell dinner will be a group dinner at the ala carte restaurant. This is a beautiful hotel and Polka Dot Cycling are very pleased to be able to offer this for 2020. Alberto Contador has stayed here a few times when training!

Program

Are you fit enough?

Tenerife really has no flat roads; this is why the pro riders come here to train. Therefore, every day you will be constantly climbing or descending, you will require a reasonable level of fitness before you come to handle six consecutive days of riding on this terrain. If you have any concerns regarding your health please contact your physician, if you wish to talk to Polka Dot Cycling about this issue please call.

If you are struggling to handle the riding here, Polka Dot Cycling will encourage you to make use of the minibus, that is what it is for. They reserve the right to make alterations to the route if they have concerns regarding your health, safety, and fatigue levels. During the week, they are intending for you to build some form, not go home in a heap!

Navigation

Due to Polka Dot Cycling's insistence that the guides cycle on the road with customers, offer support and advice, they are also able to help you navigate the routes. This means minimal effort on your part to stay on track.

They also make sure to provide the routes on downloadable Garmin files and you will also have daily handouts with route profiles, maps and directions to help you, just in case. This also will have the lead guide’s phone number so you can always contact them whilst out on the road, if needed.

Guides and support

Polka Dot has a high standard for our guides, meaning they must be experienced in the mountains but also approachable for you needs. They have a standard 1:5 guide client ratio which means you will always have someone available to help you; whether with technical help, advice, or just an encouraging word.

You'll have support minibuses out on the road which is fully stocked with carb drink and energy food that will help you keep up your energy and also give you a lift if you need it. You will never be far from someone to look after you.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival day

Today will be when you fly in to Tenerife to begin your challenge. You will be greeted at the airport by one of Polka Dot Cycling's friendly guides to make sure you have everything you need and also to hand you over to the driver who will be taking you to the start hotel based in San Blas.

To give yourself enough time to get settled in and ready for the following day, your first day of riding, lease arrange flights that arrive by 5 p.m. at the latest. There will also be guides available in the hotel if you require assistance to build your bike or would like any tips or recommendations. There is no scheduled riding today but they can give you advice if you would like to stretch your legs before you begin tomorrow.

Day 2: Chayofa - La Laguna

Today you will start by winding the way along the beautiful old road to Santa Cruz, rolling in and out of Barrancos; it’s a very twisty road with lots of short climbs all the way to Güímar, famous for its Pyramid! You will then climb up to the spine of the mountains through pine forests, with views over to Gran Canaria. Once at the spine, descend down to the old cobbled streets of the 15th century town of La Laguna, the old capital of the island, with its cobbled streets and impressive bell tower.

  • Distance: 119 kilometers
  • Climbing: 2870 meters
  • Main climbs: Arafo

Day 3: Laguna - Teide

You will start by descending down to the east side of Santa Cruz and tracking along to St Andres, the site of a two kilometer golden sand beach (all imported from the Sahara!), before turning inland to climb up to the

Anaga mountain range, to the rainforest at the top. The scenery really changes here and after the brief humidity of the rainforest, you will then start to see a very green lush landscape as you ride back towards La Laguna.

After lunch, head all the way up the spine to Teide and a night at the famous Paradores hotel. It’s quite a climb, 50 kilometers in length but very steady with a few downhill sections for a break. The views switch from the North to the South side of the island continually as you climb and there is an impressive first view of Teide from this approach.

  • Distance: 113 kilometers
  • Climbing: 3530 meters
  • Main climb: Anaga, Teide

Day 4: Teide - Buenavista

Today is a slightly easier day. You will start with a descent down to Orotava and then wind your way up and down along to Icod de Los Vinos the site of a 3000 year old tree! From here, you will climb up towards Santiago del Teide on a steady climb with views right out to the Atlantic Ocean. Then head back down to the quiet resort of Buenavista in the North West of the island. There is also the option to ride out to the lighthouse at the most north westerly point if there is time.

  • Distance: 110 kilometers
  • Climbing: 1940 meters
  • Main climbs: Santiago del Teide from the north

Day 5: Buenavista - San Sebastien

Start the day by climbing straight out of Buenavista towards Masca. The first 15 kilometers are nice and steady and then we drop into the Masca valley. Here it is very rugged and steep sided with incredible scenery likened to Machu Picchu in Peru!

After a couple of short two kilometers steeper ascents to coffee, you will take on the four kilometers from Masca back over to the South of the island. It’s a tough climb with regular sections over 10% so you’ll need that bottom sprocket but the views from the view point above looking back down to Masca are breathtaking.

Once back in the South, head to the ferry in Los Cristianos to take you over to La Gomera around 7 p.m. It’s just a 45-minute crossing and then you will have short one kilometer climb out of the port to the hotel sitting on the rocks above San Sebastian, the capital of La Gomera.

  • Distance: 75 kilometers
  • Climbing: 1980 meters
  • Main climbs: Masca from the north

Day 6: San Sebastien - Tecina

For your first day in La Gomera, head straight into the Garonjay National Park with its infamous large rock and then into the rainforest. The first climb is a 24 kilometers, climbing 1400 meters so although not as high as Tenerife the climbs certainly are not to be sniffed at. As you climb, you will start to see the deep Barrancos flowing away from you to the coast and experience the ruggedness of this unspoilt island. The scenery is similar to Masca everywhere you look.

You will then do a loop around the park descending to Vallehermoso, a short hop over and down to Agulo on the coast before heading back and back up tand over and down to Tecina and the lovely bay of Santiago.

  • Distance: 98 km
  • Climbing: 3320 m
  • Main climbs: Vallehermoso, Argulo, Hermigua

Day 7: Tecina - Chayofa

Your final day won’t disappoint. It’s back up to the national park but taking a very windy different route to the South West. The view just keep on coming. You will then cut across the park this time before returning to San Sebastian to get the ferry back to Los Cristianos around 5:30 p.m. Once back in Tenerife, you will have a short four kilometer climb back to the hotel where you stayed on the first night to complete the two complete circles of two islands in one week!

  • Distance: 80 kilometers
  • Climbing: 2460 metes
  • Main climbs: Igualero, Termacado, Hermigua

Day 8: Departure day

With lots of fond memories of your RAID Tenerife challenge, Polka Dot Cycling will transfer you back to Tenerife South Airport (TFS) for your return journey.

Instructors

Jen Caldicott

Stuart Caldicott

Location

Tenerife is a very mountainous island, with the snow-capped Mount Teide rising to 3718 meters overlooking the whole island, although the roads go to 2330 meters. The island has seven different vegetation zones, with two additional separate small mountain ranges and even a small rainforest! This makes the scenery very varied and constantly changing.

La Gomera is a very dramatic, verdant island with a large rainforest sitting at the top in the Garonjay National Park. Impressive gorges and stunning views out to sea and a fantastic view back over to Teide. La Gomera is a very unspoilt island, with quiet, well surfaced roads and amazing climbs.

Food

Breakfast and a three-course evening meal is included with local wine. For lunch, Polka Dot Cycling provides ride food with a full range of snacks and energy drinks along with quiches, baguettes, fruit, cakes, sweets (like the infamous Haribo), cereal bars, nuts, crisps, and more.

On this trip, you will eat like a pro! With the constant use of energy, Polka Dot Cycling knows that the best way for people to be comfortable and keep their energy up; they must eat "little and often". This means no bloating, discomfort, and loosing energy.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of cycling
  • Services of experienced guides
  • Mechanical support (including inner tubes, tyres, spare wheels, and a minibus on hand to ensure you have enough drinks and snack)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast and dinner
  • Ride food
  • Airport transfers
  • Return Ferry to La Gomera
  • A welcome pack including Polka Dot Cycling jersey, Garmin files, printed maps, and profiles, plus local information

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel, medical, or bike insurance
  • Transfers from Tenerife North Airport (TFN)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tenerife-South Airport (TFS). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Polka Dot Cycling will pick you up and drop you off at the airport. Please book your flight to arrive by 5 p.m. latest so that they can transfer you and build bikes and brief for the next day.

You can also book your flight to arrive at Tenerife-North Airport (TFN). Polka Dot Cycling can arrange transfers from and to this airport for a supplement.

Airport: Tenerife–South Airport (Reina Sofia Airport) Airport transfer included: Tenerife–South Airport (Reina Sofia Airport) No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
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