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Top 10 reasons you know you’re CYCLING in the Canary Islands:


  1. You only ever seem to wear out two gears in your rear sprocket: the 25T and the 12T.
  2. You realise that you need to replace your brake pads again, but you only changed them less than 6 months ago.
  3. The only other bike frames you see are one of the following brands: Orbea, Decathlon, Giant, Scott, Specialised, diTec or Goka.
  4. You’re riding within a 10km radius of the Parador Hotel at Altitude and you see professional cycling teams training for the Tour de France.
  5. You’re climbing somewhere and people start cheering you and yelling “VENGA!” on the side of the roads.
  6. You’ve climbed 1000m already, you can see the Atlantic ocean, and there’s still 1300m to go.
  7. You suddenly have to manouvre around a goat-herd.
  8. You’ve only cycled 100km at the end of the day, but you feel like you’ve cycled twice that amount.
  9. You’re cycling through La Orotava, and some crazy guy in thongs starts chasing you to hand out a business card.
  10. You see hard-core downhill bikes in every bike shop which actually get used for more than street-curb-jumping.

2 Responses to “Top 10 reasons you know you’re CYCLING in the Canary Islands:”

  1. Hey synchronicity?

    Just out of curiousity …………what is “VENGA???”
    Cool website Man.

    Michelle , Sydney Australia

  2. Thanks Michelle!
    Venga basically means “C’Mon, hurry up!”
    Vamos means “Let’s go!”

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