Cycling West of Puerto de la Cruz.

This is the way to go if you’re heading over to Masca by bike. These days I actually suggest renting a car and starting around Garachico. But some people feel that is cheating, so maybe this post will interest you. There are a few ways out depending on where you are based in El Puerto. If you’re in the La Paz or Botannico district, the best way is something like this:

If you’re downtown near Plaza Charco, Playa Jardín, Parque Taoro, the best way is via El Toscal / La Romantica, like this:

Or via the coast, like this:

You can also get up onto the upper mountain road from around here. It’s a hard going getting up through Los Realjeos. The views from Icod El Alto are totally worth the effort though!

Pro Bike Hire for sale!

Dress for success cartoonPro Bike Hire is a well established business based in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. We have a proven track record of success which can be verified on paper. We have a large base of satisfied repeat customers and have created a very strong brand identity.

The main reason for the sale is that I am now living permanently in Australia. I’d like to finalise the sale of the business before the end of September. That would give adequate time for you to prepare for the next high season which starts around mid-October.

Our most recent offer is fast bottoming out at only €28,500!! Considering that we get daily bookings & enquiries for bike rentals and the van and bikes are included, I think this is an extremely good price… [Read more →]

Best way to get out of Puerto de la Cruz.

I’ve included a few maps of the tricker sections. After heaeding out the Botannico/Martianez exit, you go under the TF5 hihgway. Skip the first turn on your right to La Orotava as that is about 20% average gradient for about a kilometre. If you do do that, you’ll be quite tired before you’re even a quarter of the way up to Mt Teide. An easier/nicer way is to take the turn off to “Cuesta de la Villa”. Mt Teide will in fact be behind you at this point, but don’t worry.

After one or two kilometres of gentle climbing, you’ll come to a sharp intersection that can take you the nice way into La Orotava. Note the cosy restaurant called Bodeguita de Enfrente nestled between these two roads. You may want to come back here for a typical Spanish dinner. (on the other hand, don’t bother stopping at the cafeteria at Humbolt lookout itself because the coffee is terrible and so is the food)

If you’re heading East or over to the Anaga Mountains this is also the way, just continue straight instead of turning back on yourself…

Being taken for a ride

bicycle cartoonAs many of you already know, I’m in the business of renting out bikes here in Tenerife. I’ve been a part of the bike industry for the last eight years. I might not repeat this much so I’ll say it now: I am extremely grateful to have been able to do something that I enjoy all of that time. Above all, I thank my customers who have continue to support me over the years! Thanks so much – you’re the best!! 😀

[Apologies for the negative tone of the post. It’s pretty clear that I need a change of direction and all I can say is that I’m already working hard on it] [Read more →]

Expect cars & buildings in Tenerife!

DSC_1262_DxOI still get the odd complaint (or rather, observation) that there are a lot of cars on Tenerife. So in keeping with this being an information site, I’ll be totally honest and admit that, yes, there are a lot of cars on this island. I still feel a little responsible for this perception as I took all the photos on the website and being a photographer, I often wait until all the cars are out of a scene before taking any snaps. It doesn’t really make sense to promote a cycling website by including a load of ugly cars in the photos, does it? My point here is that you won’t see many cars or trucks on any tourism website cycling or otherwise.

Generally people used to cycling in city traffic will find local drivers are very polite towards cyclists here. If you live in the country though, it might not be for you. [Read more →]

Biggest map of Tenerife ever!

biggest digital road map of TenerifeWe have managed to get a hold of an atlas-sized digital road map of Tenerife. This isn’t your ordinary everyday map. This map of Tenerife is a full 300 megapixels in size, measuring 19,000 pixels wide x 15,800 pixels tall. File size is ~125Mb as a jpeg image! Don’t be fooled by the tiny little vintage map shown here… click the image to download full high resolution map of Tenerife. It doesn’t quite show every single street in Tenerife, but it’s not far off!

Elevated Altitude Training in Tenerife

Bradley Wiggins Altitude Cycle Training in TenerifeI was looking for places to stay in Tenerife and your website appeared so I thought it best to ask your advice. I’m after living at altitude for a little while and training on mount Teide and I wondered if you knew any hotels or villas available that would be around 2000 meters above sea level? Also if you knew any that would cater to cyclists in February?Thanks

Hello there,

parador hotel las canadas tenerifeWithout a doubt the highest place to stay and train at altitude is “El Parador”, the only hotel located inside the Volcanic Crater @ 2000 masl.
Thanks,

-Leslie

Bike routes around Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. Canary Islands

Road Bike Routes in TenerifeHere are some updated cycle routes from Puerto de la Cruz. Take note: we have taken special care to indicate the best way(s) of getting into and out of Puerto de la Cruz. You may find it helpful to print out certain sections particularly around Puerto de la Cruz (note there are three or four ways in, “El Botannico”, “Martianez”, “Las Arenas” and “Las Dehesas”). Some people find the way through to La Orotava & Icod EL Alto a bit confusing, and also the way through La Laguna and the way back through El Sauzal…

Tenerife Ring road to be completed by December 2013

Tunnel Road Canary IslandsIt looks like the new highway between Adeje and Santiago del Teide has been delayed again. However, governmental funding has been approved, work can now continue and hence the expected completion date has been postponed until the end of 2013. This coincides with another part of the island loop (“anillo insular” in Spanish), the stretch between Icod de los Vinos in the North of Tenerife and Santiago del Teide. The two new roads represent a 400 million euro investment for the island of Tenerife. [Read more →]

We want to see your photos!

We want to see your photos!That’s right, if you are a past or future customer of www.Tenerife-Training.net, we’d love to see photos of you cycling in Tenerife! Please send us your photos via e-mail to this address: cycling@tenerife-training.net. All image file formats are acceptable. The bigger the image, the better. If you have many photos, please send them as a zip archive. Once approved, the best photos will be selected & displayed on our guestbook page. We’re thinking about offering free bike days for the best photo submissions. The second prize could be a free T-shirt or something…

Vilaflor to Granadilla de Abona descent. Windy road.

Here’s the last in a series of road bicycle videos filmed in Tenerife, Canary Islands. This particular vid shows the winding descent from Vilaflor all the way through to Granadilla de Abona. Once again, thanks to keyna201 for allowing us to share these vids with our readers.

Descent from Teide – Vilaflor, Tenerife.

This series of videos was filmed here in Tenerife, Canary Islands by one of my clients in March 2012. This particular vid shows the fast descent from the crater rim of the Teide volcano (Las Cañadas) down to Vilaflor. Full credits go to this dude. Thanks for posting this up!

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Road bike descent from La Escalona to Arona, Tenerife

One of my clients recently filmed this uninterrupted video descending from La Escalona -Arona, Tenerife.

Cycling safety in Tenerife

Dear Sir/Madam

I am planning a holiday in Tenerife later this year and I would like to do some cycling. I can cycle but I would like to improve my confidence and ability in a relatively safe environment.

Thanks

Ade

Hello,

Great! What would you like to know?
Tenerife is a safe enough place for cycling regarding other road traffic… nevertheless, there are certain roads to avoid because of high levels of traffic or poor quality road surfaces. Quieter mountain roads are better than coastal routes.

Also, most accidents we have seen are due to rider error (going down around corners too fast and mixing up front/rear brakes for example). Tenerife is also not the best place to learn with clipless pedals due to the abundance of hill starts. The flattest road for beginner cyclists is between Granadilla de Abona and Güímar which undulates along road TF28.

Hope this is of some help.

-Leslie

Bike routes leaving from Abama hotel:

Steep bike routes Here is a nice route via Guía de Isora, Chio and Arguayo, leaving from Abama.

The Masca route via Tamaimo and Santiago del Teide, also leaving from Abama. Return via Buenavista del Norte, Garachico, El Tanque & Erjos. Note the location of the start of the El Tanque climb.

A much shorter loop maybe for the first/last day or else a “recovery ride”.

You can also travel up the road directly opposite Abama and then link up with TF465. They’re not connected on google maps, but with a bicycle you can do it.

Traffic density map of Tenerife roads

Traffic density map of Tenerife roadsHere’s a unique map we recently found hidden on the Cabildo website. It’s a traffic density map of Tenerife showing the average number of cars per day on each road (numbers marked in bold). The red figures indicate the percentage of “heavy vehicles” (I expect that means ones weighing in greater than 3,500 kg MMA (maximum authorised mass). It’s in pdf format and can be downloaded by clicking on the thumbnail image to the left…

Extreme wind alert issued for Tenerife, 29th November 2010.

Extreme wind warning issued for TenerifeThere has been an “Extreme wind risk” issued by the spanish medioambiente site for Tenerife on Monday the 29th of November 2010. I.e. tomorrow!

There are also simultaneous “rain” and “coastal” risk alerts. The maximum gust of wind is predicted to be 170 km/h, with a 40%-70% probability. So yes, this is a serious weather alert folks…

There are three (four?) alert levels:

No Risk  Risk  Important Risk  Extreme Risk.

Extreme wind alert issued for Tenerife, 29th November 2010.It’s normal for there to be a few sub-tropical storms in the Canary Islands, especially at the start of Winter. This happens when snow is dumped on the peak of Mt Teide. The main danger for all road users are gale force winds, which can cause trees, branches and rocks to fall onto the road surface or vehicles themselves. The chances of this provoking other accidents is greater than normal, due to reduced visibility around blind corners, etc. Cars, trucks and buses may then swerve to avoid obstacles. Therefore, it’s highly reccommended that you don’t cycle at this time, especially above 1000 masl where the wind level is always esculated.

Last year a whole bunch of pine trees (hundreds!) fell down in the area called “chanajiga” in the North of Tenerife. That landscape is still scarred today by strong winds such as these. Anyway, the good news for tourists is that the weather forecast for Tuesday is much improved, with just the “rain” risk currently in place.

Tallest cyclist record.

Tallest cyclist record: 204cm tall riderThis giant rider snatches the record for our tallest client to date by just 1cm; Jurgen van Oorschot of the Netherlands, measures an incredible 204cm tall (6’8″). He sure towered above me! The previous record holder stood 203cm tall.

Top 10 signs you need to upgrade your braking system:

brake upgrade needed 1. Your brake levers easily hit the handlebars, consequently you’re not stopping like you’re supposed to.
2. You don’t have the power to skid either wheel.
3. You start smelling that all too familiar smell of burnt brake pads.
4. You have to do a virtual panic stop just to enable you to slow down.
5. You’ve warped your disc rotors, and they stay warped no matter what you try and do to straighten them.
6. You get hand fatigue on long descents.
7. You want to be able to brake with one or two fingers, so you can maintain control of your bike properly.
8. Your current braking system has all the requisite symptoms of bipolar disorder (it’s either “on” or “off” and there’s no inbetween).
9. Riding in the rain has become an unthinkable activity.
10. You want to be faster, braking for each corner at the last possible moment.