GranFondo Coaching Camp, Canary Islands (Jan 2024)
€1 ,750.00 – €3 ,270.00
GranFondo coaching camp in the Canary Islands. 6 days cycling with experienced coaches to improve your performance.
if more than two months before the start date, please use the coupon code “deposit” to pay 20%.
Two months prior to departure, please return to this page and use the coupon code “balance” to pay 80%.
Dates : 27 Jan to 3 Feb 2024
Purpose of the camp
The purpose of this camp is to get a head start on the new season and launch your preparation for your Granfondo or sportive objectives. The focus is on improving your skills, especially in climbing and descending, while building your base endurance.
The Canary Islands are truly an incredible destination for cycling. The quality of the roads is excellent, and with the amazing El Teide volcano on Tenerife – the highest and longest continuous climb in Europe – and the numerous beautiful valleys leading to the stunning Pico de las Nieves on Gran Canaria, it’s not surprising the pro teams continue to do much of their winter training there.
After running this camp just on Tenerife for the past 6 years, we have completely renewed the routes, now including three days on Gran Canaria and changing the rides on Tenerife as well. We have of course kept the workshops and one-on-one coaching sessions with a strong focus on technique to help you improve your performance.
Read below and click on the tabs for more, or download our e-brochure.
Is this coaching camp for you?
YES: if you want to learn to cycle faster, especially for events like the Haute Route, the Marmotte or the Etape du Tour.
YES: if you want to make friends and have fun with other like-minded people.
YES: if you want to experience the charm of the Canary Islands, well away from the main tourist centres.
NO: if you are essentially a leisure rider with no particular interest in riding faster.
NO: if you prefer the lifestyle associated with large hotels and easy access to bars, nightclubs etc.
Coaching camp highlights
On the bike
- The roads in the Canary Islands are generally in excellent condition and the weather much warmer than elsewhere in Europe in February.
- The rides are appropriate for the time of year, including a mix of both short and long climbs and descents at different gradients.
- The pace is at an easy, base-miles endurance level. Different groups will form so that you ride with people at your own level.
- You can always ride harder if you wish, and the coaches will help you define your own training camp objectives and daily pace.
- The coach to rider ratio is 1:5 or better, ensuring that you will have plenty of one-on-one coaching.
- There is a strong focus on technique with plentiful use of video for analysis and feedback.
Off the bike
- Recovery is the first priority, with a great post-ride buffet lunch back at the hotel followed by optional stretching sessions, and/or massage.
- Daily debrief with a coach looking at your ride file and power data.
- Evening sessions on topics such as :
- Maximising power while climbing
- Descending fast and safely
- Optimising your training
- Eating and drinking for performance
- Competing in Granfondos and sportives
- Time to relax in wonderful, authentic surroundings. Enjoy a coffee and pastry in one of the numerous local cafés.
|Date||Coaching Focus||Climbs||Distance & Elevation|
|Sun||Descending Clinic||Soria, Tauro||64km / 1.270m+|
|Mon||Climbing||Temisas, Guayadeque||80km / 1,970m+|
|Tue||Pacing||Pico de las Nieves||100km / 2,800m+|
|Wed||Group riding||Rolling hills||62km / 1,350m+|
|Thu||Nutrition||Vilaflor, south side of Teide||66km / 1,770m+|
|Fri||Long climbs||Mt Teide||76km / 2,030m+|
Download our e-brochure for stage maps and profiles
You will be picked up at the airport in Gran Canaria (LPA) and taken to the hotel in Maspalomas*.
Depending on your arrival time, you may wish to have a late lunch in the town or set up your bike immediately and go for a short check-out ride.
The camp begins with a welcome drink and briefing at 18:30, followed by dinner in the hotel with the coaches and other riders.
* Please let us know if you would like to arrive early and need extra nights at the hotel.
Ride time: 3-4 hours
We begin the week with a warm-up ride on the flat for 15km along the coast before turning inland at Arguineguín and starting a long gentle climb up the Soria valley.
The gradient changes sharply after Las Filipinas, and we gain height rapidly over the next 5km at 7-8%. We will stop for a coffee in Soria, before continuing up another 3.5km to go over the pass at 920m.
The final part of the ride is a 20km descent to Puerto de Mogán. We will hold the descending clinic in a perfect set of hairpin bends shortly after the highest point.
Lunch will be in a delightful seafood restaurant in Puerto de Mogán. Due to the collapse of the coast road, the ride will end there and we will return to Maspalomas by minibus.
If anyone is feeling particularly strong, we can ride back with you by the route we came on (adding 59km and 1000m+)
Distance: ⁓ 80km
Elevation: ⁓ 1,970m+
Ride time: 4-5 hours
Monday’s route has plenty of options: we can make it shorter, longer or even 2 different routes if needed. The key focus today is improving your climbing skills, on varied gradients.
The first climb is up to Santa Lucia de Tirajana, where we turn right and head to Temisas and a nice descent.
The main climb of the day is the Guayadeque Valley, a lovely dead-end road with almost no traffic and which finishes in a tiny village.
We will have lunch in a charming local restaurant at the top where they serve excellent Canarian food.
After lunch, we cycle mostly downhill until we reach the main roads, at which point we will use the minibus to transfer back to the hotel. If anyone wants to continue, we can also cycle the final 20km.
Ride time: 6-7 hours
This is our final ride on Gran Canaria and the Queen stage of the week. We will cycle right across the island from south to north, reaching the highest point at Pico de las Nieves. The climb is very long, irregular and includes several short descents, but the gradient rarely exceeds 7-8%.
The peak is at 1,949m, after 50km of cycling. Throughout the long climb, we will be paying close attention to your pacing to ensure you stay in the right intensity zone.
If this climb is a bit too long for your current level of fitness, you can cut out the last 4km, or even get a lift in the van for part of the way.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant in the descent.
The new hotel is in Agaete, convenient for the ferry.
Ride time: 4 hours
Focus: Group riding
We begin the day with breakfast during the short crossing from Gran Canaria to Tenerife on the 8am ferry, and should be ready to start riding on Tenerife soon after 10am.
The ride includes about 50km of rolling hills along the stunning TF-28 with its sea views, including an optional 15km excursion down to sea level for a coffee stop. It is easy to add distance if you wish to ride more – or vice versa.
The route is an excellent opportunity to practice group riding and cornering skills and is a huge favourite with all our guests.
Your luggage will be transferred to the hotel in Granadilla and will be ready and waiting for you when you arrive for lunch.
Ride time: 4-5 hours
Today’s ride will showcase the best part of southern Tenerife: the roads leading to Vilaflor (and on up to the Teide volcano).
There are multiple options to choose in terms of distance and climbing, and we will split the group in two or even three if necessary to ensure everyone rides the route they want.
The coaching focus is specifically on nutrition for long rides, as well as putting together all the other skills. There will be plenty of opportunities to practice and get feedback on your climbing, descending and pacing skills.
Lunch will be back at the hotel. If you want to go swimming in the afternoon there’s a 25m indoor pool nearby.
Ride time: 5-6 hours
Focus: Long climbs
Friday is for many the highlight of the week, as we head to the northern part of the island for a very special home-made Canary Islands Paella at Marcos and Alberto’s family house.
But first, there’s the little matter of a mountain to climb…
For the strongest riders, this is the chance to do the longest continuous climb in Europe: from sea-level to the lip of the Teide volcano. The total climb is 35km and 2,200m+.
The main group will start climbing directly from the hotel in Granadilla, skipping the first 650m from sea-level.
We will cross the volcano crater and go on to the highest point at 2,350m before descending down the northern side to our final destination.
The return to the hotel will be by minibus.
Departure* day! If your flight is late enough, you may be able to fit in an early-morning spin.
For most, though, it will be an opportunity to enjoy a relaxed Canary Islands breakfast in the beautiful Hotel Rural Senderos de Abona before packing up and leaving for the airport.
*If you plan to stay on a few extra days and would like some help with hotels and logistics, please let us know.
Our first hotel, on Gran Canaria, is the Don Gregory, a modern, 4* adults-only hotel on the outskirts of Maspalomas. The rooms are very well appointed and the food is excellent.
Our seond hotel, also on Gran Canaria, is the Roca Negra in Agaete. This is a tasteful 4*, adults-only hotel on the cliff with outstanding views and great swimming and spa facilities.
Our final hotel is the Hotel Rural Senderos de Abona, Granadilla (Tenerife), where we will spend the last three nights. This is as different from the mass-market tourist hotels as possible. The family-run hotel is full of character, affording us the authentic Canary Islands experience.
The photo below is of one of the rooms.
We will take our meals either at the hotels or in small local restaurants where they know how to feed hungry cyclists with delicious local dishes.
The map below shows the location of the Don Gregory, the first hotel we will use on Gran Canaria.
27 Jan to 3 Feb 2024
Package price (twin-share): €2,920
Single supplement: €350
We offer a 5% “welcome back” discount to all returnees, and a 10% discount for a second trip in the same year. Ask us for the code!
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- Airport transfers (Gran Canaria (LPA) on arrival and Tenerife (TFS) on departure)
- Ferry between the two islands
- Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner, including drinks with the meal)
- On-the-bike coaching
- On-the-road support vehicle with free energy drinks and snacks, spare wheels and space for extra clothes etc.
- Mechanical assistance
- Coach’s Corner evening sessions on cycling performance
- Photographs and videos taken during the week (digital copies)
- Travel to Gran Canaria (LPA) and from Tenerife (TFS)
- Bicycle hire (ask for a quote)
- Minibar or drinks at the hotel bar
- Coffee or snacks during café stops
- Massage (optional extra)