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Winter Sun

Climbing mountains in Gran Canaria

Story by Sunday Echappée January 16th, 2016

Situated due west of the border between Morocco and Western Sahara lies a archipelago of volcanic islands known as the Canary Islands. Their long summers and warm pleasant winters mean that they have long been a go-to destination for sun seeking tourists from across western Europe reflected in the monstrous hotels and sprawling golf resorts that line the coast.

We are all now aware of how many of the pro peloton descend on Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote in the winter months, drawn by the impressive geography and favourable climate. If these islands aren’t yet on your radar then put them there, this is a winter cycling mecca that should not be over looked.

Below is a snapshot into the riding in Gran Canaria, this is only a tiny window into a huge amount of terrain to explore on this island, it is certainly one place you should be adding to your bucket list.

Ayagaures

A short loop north from Maspalomas takes you up a valley to the small village of Ayagaures built on the steep slopes of the valley side below the first of two dams. The road snakes up steeply through the small white houses where it splits. You can continue north on the gravel road up to the second dam or continue the climb out of the valley, looping back to Maspalomas.


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Pico de las nieves

Pico de las Nieves is the highest peak on Gran Canaria at 1,949m. The 45km climb from Maspalomas begins at sea level and climbs right to the summit. Don’t miss this one, it’s an epic.

The Fataga Valley
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The view to Mount Teide on Tenerife from the summit of Pico de las Nieves

The coastal road between Maspalomas and Peurto De Mogan is a fantastic roller coaster ride of a road best enjoyed in the amazing golden light of the early morning.

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Serenity

Heading north from Peurto De Mogan the valley rises slowly to the bottom of one of Gran Canarias’ most famous climbs, Serenity. This is a piece of road that is an absolute must, take your time and savour every minute of the incredible and beautiful climb.

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