“O2” (La Esperanza)

This route traverses the main backbone of the island through an unspoilt forest of native pine trees. There are tremendous views of the Atlantic ocean either side of this road. It is quite possibly one of the best rides on the island. The best place to start this ride is in the town of La Esperanza. Located at the edge of the forest, once you leave there, you’re on your own, so stock up on anything you need.This is also one of the most deceptively difficult climbs, so consider doing it in the reverse direction. On paper it looks easy. But after climbing for some 42 kilometres (OK there is ~500m of relief at about the 30th kilometre), the road never seems to end – sweeping around to the left, again and again and again. Each time you think you are within 100m of the summit, you’re not even close. At this point you are already fatigued, and combined with a lack of sufficient oxygen molecules at this altitude, you actually lose hope. How ironic! Truly a great ride. You’ll find the cleanest, freshest air on this route – this one is not to be missed if you are seeking all the benefits of high-altitude bicycle training.

traverses the main backbone of the island through an unspoilt forest of native pine trees.

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