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It’s easy to understand why it is referred to as the “world’s greatest destination for cycling”. It boasts every type of terrain: flat roads, long steady climbs, and rolling coastal routes. Spend a few days here and you’ll see why over 150,000 cyclists visit each year. The roads are more than testing enough for professionals, while not out of reach for the average rider.
The Canary Islands all provide great options for training camps. Especially if you want some serious climbing. And there is sunshine year round...(perfect!)
Tenerife came to the fore when Team Sky made it their training ground - particularly Mount Teide. Climbing from sea level to c. 2,200m in altitude, it is perfect for testing the legs. Gran Canaria is also a climber’s paradise - especially the sharp gradients of the Valley of the Tears. Lanzarote provides a great mix of climbs and flatter roads, with a moonscape landscape to go with it.
Home to many of the professional peloton – and for a good reason. High year-round temperatures, and low rainfall, provides a great riding environment, and there are some fantastic climbs within easy striking distance.
Sitting between high mountains and the sea, you have access to a huge variety of riding. From the mountain passes of the Volta a Catalunya, to beautiful rides along the Costa Brava.
Andalucia boasts over 320 days of sunshine each year. A semi-desert, even winter temperatures rarely slip below 10c. With rugged coastlines, and epic mountains, this makes for a fantastic cycling destination.
Mojacar is the training camp destination of choice, with several climbs over 2,000m. The scenery is outstanding, and there is very little traffic on good quality roads. The Sierra Nevada, in the province of Granada, is also a very popular choice. Boasting a variety of climbs, the area is famous for its mountains often featured in the Vuelta A Espana.
The coast itself is busy, but if you head north you will find a cycling paradise. Wide roads, smooth tarmac, and some long, steady, climbs. It is a hilly area – rolling terrain, even if not mountainous, with some steep gradients to test the legs. The Volta Ao Algarve is usually won by professional cyclists that can cope with a good variety of terrain! If you fancy yourself a pro, you could even do the Algarve Granfondo in February, while the pro race is on.
BICILET Bike Rental Team: 24th Mar 2017 08:40:00