I was allowed to hire a bike for two lots of 3 days on our holiday to Lanzarote (thanks Liz!) and so I contacted Revolution Bikes who were absolutely brilliant. I’d highly recommend these guys – they are so helpful and the bike, a carbon Planet X, was great. I did some research and came up with six routes prior to leaving. A quick check with Revolution and I had to amend all of them – many of the roads I’d chosen were dirt tracks, even though they appear on google maps. So my first tip is stick to roads labelled LZnnn – and more than likely you’ll be fine. Or check out my routes on strava – apart from when I went wrong or the mapping software played up a bit they are fine. I’d last been to Lanzarote in 2003 and travelled the island in a hire car. I couldn’t remember it being hilly, and it isn’t alp-like, but it’s rarely flat. I’d classify it as rolling. The biggest hills are maybe 1,500ft, but the prevailing northerly wind is hard work! Unless you are heading south, there are few free rides in Lanzarote. It’s ideal for training.
Here’s the whole 340 or so miles I rode in a little under a minute!
Day 1 – I elected for a shortish route from my Puerto del Carmen base. This took me up through Timanfaya to Club LaSanta and then back down through Teguise
Day 2 – I followed the cycle path from PdC for over 10 miles along the coast, through Arrecife. This is completely separate from the traffic, it’s wide, well-surfaced and safe – something the UK could do with a lot more of.
The cycle path also passes the very end of the airport runway!
I met an Italian cyclist called Marco in Costa Teguise so it was nice to have company for the majority of the ride
Day 3 – West to El Golfo and then followed the road down the Playa Blanca. Then a monster headwind north plus a long and steep climb up to Femes – very hard work into the wind!
Day 4 – Longest ride including a ride along the coast as far North as possible and up to Mirador del Rio, then a decent climb out of Haria followed by a tailwind all the way home!
Day 5 – Similar ride to day 1 but a different route back. Started to feel it in my legs today and my HR monitor packed in part way round so I got some very strange readings.
Day 6 – Back up to Haria for my biggest day of climbing with rides up both sides of arguably Lanzarote’s highest profile climb – the road out of Haria.
Pictures – some of the pictures I took
Videos – some videos taken from the rear mounted GoPro camera on my bike