Welcome to Tenerife, an island of high mountains, endless gorges and 20-percent uphill climbs. Here, on this island adrift in the Atlantic Ocean, you'll easily clock more in elevation gain than you will in distance — and you can come and comfortably enjoy it at any time of the year. After all, there's a reason they call Tenerife "the island of eternal spring".
When cycling in Tenerife, your starting point is inevitably going to be followed by an immediate ascent. No matter where you start, thanks to the cone shape of the island, there's only one way to travel unless you plan on getting a little wet. As soon as you rise up out of the towns around the coast, however — as soon as you've left behind the colorful houses and the narrow streets — you'll be able to glide through exotic landscapes on smooth roads. You can glide in and out of valleys, through small Tenerifan towns, and up and over the long mountain ridges in the north.
Wherever you go on Tenerife, however, there's no escaping the island's biggest challenge: The 12,178-foot (3,718-meter) high peak of Pico del Teide. Peacefully guarding the island, it'll watch patiently until you feel confident enough to attack it. And if that confidence never comes, that's no problem. After all, this is the longest climb in Europe at a little over 25 miles (40 kilometers) which will take you from sea level up and over Spain's highest peak.
Another reason why Tenerife is an ideal place for some professional cycling preparation is the weather: Even in January and February, temperatures are normally between 14 and 22°C (57 and 71°F). So, whether you choose to tackle the Teide climb or to conquer some more comfortable routes, one thing's for sure: You'll leave Tenerife with strong legs, a stronger spirit, and a sense of sunlight in your heart.
Hello Tenerife! We start with a "leisurely" boarding tour on the island. It goes downhill to the sea, and then with wide views of canyon-like landscapes back up into the mountains. The highlight is the road to Masca and the landscape through which it winds. Then clench your teeth again and up to Santiago del Teide, in the well-deserved closing time.
Today is a first hello to the big volcano. It goes up over the northern flank, meter by meter. Remember to bring enough water and food so that you do not run out of grains on the way. Theoretically, you can turn around at any point, but think well - the view from the top is unbeatable.Then it's just …
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From the pretty village of La Orotava you follow the winding road up to the ridge. From here you have a fantastic view of the north of the island, left and right of the sea. From La Esperanza it is flatter again and the traffic is back - but with him also numerous ways to replenish your energy reserves with local delicacies.
Along the coast you push yourself piece by piece and discover many small villages. The highlight is the modern lighthouse Faro de Punta del Hidalgo, which is worth the trip with its imposing architecture alone.If you want to save less altitude today and prefer to spend time at the points on the way, save the descent to the (and the strenuous ascent of) the lighthouse and just turn back in Tacoronte.
Are you ready for the mega monster rise? Forty kilometers uphill, from the sea to the highest passable place of the Teide - a crunchy challenge. But also a wonderful experience. In the end, you will be rewarded with an equally long downhill and have defeated the highest mountain in Spain. There are high ten of us. 🙌
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