1] La Esperanza – IzaÃ±a
There are several approaches to the centre of the island, and this Eastern one has the best combination of road surface, length, spectacular views and the least amount of traffic.
2] Barroso – Aguamansa – El Portillo – Mt. Teide
The road around Aguamansa has just been resurfaced this year; dare I say it but the TF21 approach from the North of the Island this has now become a world-class climb. It’s often a few degrees cooler than the Southern approach, which is great in the hot Summer months. It’s also sheltered quite from the wind (compared to Arico for example).
3] Granadilla – Vilaflor – Mt. Teide
Lots of cycle-tourists will already know this route as many are based in Las Americas or Los Cristianos and therefore it’s the most convenient climb. It has lots of smooth sweeping bends past Vilaflor, which make for some fast descending.
4] AlmÃ¡ciga – Taganana – Pico del InglÃ©s
This ride is highly recommended. It’s steeper than the others, but the topography is truly amazing.
5] Arafo – IzaÃ±a
Choose this route if you’ve aready explored some roads in Tenerife & you’re looking for a Sunny approach to the top of Tenerife.
6] Buenavista – Masca – Santiago del Teide
A top-ten list wouldn’t be complete without including a ride to Masca. Prepare yourself for the last 5km, because the road out of Masca climbs 450 metres in only 3.4km, giving an average gradient of over 13%
7] Afur – Pico del InglÃ©s
One of my favourites simply because it’s more isolated than other climbs.
8] Los Silos – Tierra del Trigo – El Tanque – Erjos
The first part of this road is brutal. It literally zig-zags up the side of a cliff face. From afar, you wouldn’t think a road like this is even possible. If you’re looking for your new HRmax, you won’t be disappointed.
9] Los Gigantes – Tamaimo – Santiago del Teide – Las Llanadas
This road is one of the steeper ascents in the South of Tenerife, so make sure you choose the right gearing.
10] Batan de Abajao – Pico del InglÃ©s
Another personal favourite, but not easy to get to.