Lanzarote: Sun and Cycling Week
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Join us for a relaxed week's road cycling in the winter sun on the Canary Island of Lanzarote.
Lanzarote is a Unesco World Biosphere Reserve, with a unique and varied volcanic landscape that is quite unlike anywhere else in Europe. The island benefits from fine, sunny winter weather of around 21-23C, and varied terrain, making it a mecca for cyclists. It's home to Club La Santa, one of the top winter training destinations for the pros, who you will see out and about while we are there! It is also an affordable, relaxed and easygoing place to holiday.
There will be an informal programme of cycling throughout the week led by OutdoorLads leaders, which could look like this, subject to the weather and preferences. Click on the red text for the routes or see them all together here
- Sunday 5th - arrive, dinner at a local restaurant
- Monday - collect bikes if hiring, Top of The World, Deep Underground
- Tuesday - Volcanoes and Vineyards
- Wednesday - rest day
- Thursday - Pros, Surfers and Pirates
- Friday - Fish for Lunch / day trip to La Graciosa with potential MTB hire.
- Saturday - at leisure. Return bikes.
- Sunday 12th - depart
If desired, we will run two groups with Thomas taking a small group on some faster, longer rides than the above. David will lead the shorter rides, he has been visiting Lanzarote every winter for nearly 20 years having only missed one year so far!
Please make your own arrangements to suit your needs. The island's airport, Arrecife (ACE) has frequent flights from most (if not all!) UK airports.
We will be staying in the resort of Costa Teguise, which is affordable and centrally located for our rides, only a few miles from the airport, and is home to the Lanzarote outpost of the excellent bike hire shop Huerzeler
We will book our accomodation privately, please post below where you have booked.
To get to Costa Teguise from the airport, you can take a taxi taking about 20mins (about 20 euros), or take the bus, changing in Arrecife at the bus station (easy), which will take about 10mins for each leg.
Pace and Terrain
All on road.
The event pace and routes will be aimed at those who are reasonably bike fit, however each ride is intended to be an exploration of the island rather than an endurance test. We will stop for slower riders to catch up whilst going faster in between stops to allow them to develop their technique and fitness. Broadly, anyone who has recently cycled over 60km and who has tackled some hills without too much difficulty will be able to complete the rides.
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IMPORTANT! - Participation Statement
You MUST complete the Cycling Participation Statement in addition to booking your event space before attending a cycling event.
Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are extremely mild, or who has recently tested positive for Covid-19, is asked not to attend.
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What to bring
Bike: a road bike - hire or bring your own
Helmet: OutdoorLads requires you to wear one
Clothing: lightweight and layered, colourful and/or reflective clothing will make you more visible to other road users
Footwear: suitable for your bike and pedals
Gloves: cycle gloves help avoid blisters, and are good in the cold
Punctures: spare inner tube, bike tyre pump and tyre levers
Tools: any special tools that your bike needs
Small snacks: such as chocolate or energy bars
Plenty of water: in bottle/s on your bike or in a daysack/bladder
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Eye protection: avoid getting grit or insects in your eyes, sunglasses are OK if they are not made of glass and not too shaded
Sun cream: take care, even on overcast days
Bike lights: be seen and safe
Storage: small day-sack or a bag on your bike
Mobile Phone: keep it in a waterproof bag for use in emergencies
Food & drink
Bring plenty to drink and appropriate snacks on each ride.