Cycling in Lanzarote
The largely empty roads, the steep climbs and exhilarating descents make Lanzarote one of the most sought after cycling destinations from the top pro racer to the ordinary tourer. For the off roader the variety of rugged trails through some of the most beautiful parts of the island offer opportunities to test the skills and stamina of the most experienced mountain biker.
The clement winter climate here from October to March also makes the island very popular for cyclists who wish to maintain levels of fitness or simply continue their hobby throughout the year. Professional cycling teams come to the island to train and it is not unusual to see a squad of top international cyclists complete with back up car powering up the many steep climbs of the island.
Ina Arndt-Fabian & Anja Brinkmann, cyclists
"t’s a really great landscape and a special area for cycling. It’s about saying I had a beautiful view and I was on my bike for hours"
Local drivers are so used to seeing large groups of cyclists that they treat their two wheeled colleagues with a great deal of respect, not overtaking until it is absolutely safe to do so and always giving cyclists a wide berth.
There is a map called the 'Plan de Rutas Cicloturisticas' created by the regional government with defined routes which take in the 7 municipalities of the island and offer a variety of scenery and a range of difficulty, starting from short three hour rides to the entire tour of the island which is for the fittest of cyclists.
Chris Fields on Mountain biking
"I just love the place – the freedom, the weather, the people, the food. There are just so many things it’s difficult to put it all into one sentence."
Strong winds and many long climbs are perfect for those wanting to reach the peak of fitness but can be demanding for the average rider. Each year the Lanzarote Ironman competition takes place on the island – widely agreed to be one of the toughest European Triathlon events – where in addition to swimming 3.8 kilometres and running an entire marathon of 42 kilometres competitors also have to cycle 180 kilometres – all events taking place within the space of 17 hours. Participants in this event begin training at least six months in advance.
For the off roader too Lanzarote has great appeal. Mountains bike trails of varying difficulty follow the old shepherds’ paths which are as old as human habitation here through the heart of the island or along the rugged coast.
Perhaps the greatest surprise though is the sheer variety of terrain available - in one morning a cyclist could be climbing up the rugged malpais around the Montana Corona with panoramic views over the centre of the island, and then winding down through the green cultivated valley to the peaceful old village of Haría.
On the beautiful island of La Graciosa with no surfaced roads and hardly any motorised transport, the mountain biker can explore many sandy trails which follow the coastline above beautiful deserted beaches or climb up to the ancient volcanic plug in the centre of the island with wonderful views over the archipelago. All the major resorts have bicycles of all kinds available for hire, with maps, route advice and pick ups provided if necessary.
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