Lanzarote is the easternmost island of the Canary archipelago, situated in the Atlantic ocean off the north African coast of Morocco. The whole island is a designated as a UNESCO biosphere reserve - which means its natural beauty is protected from over-development.
Lanzarote’s popularity as a quality tourist destination continues to grow, and because of its mild all-year-round climate, it has become a destination of choice for all kinds of sports.
Lanzarote is only 60km long and 25km wide, but its network of smooth, uncluttered roads makes it the perfect training ground for cyclists and triathletes, especially in the winter months.
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Dominic Conroy moved to Lanzarote in 2011 to set up and run Revolution Bikes in Puerto del Carmen. Struck by the island’s cycle-friendly atmosphere and all-year-round climate it was an easy choice to leave England and do something that had always been a dream.
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Lanzarote is a quite a small island but it offers a great range of training opportunities which belie its size. It’s no secret that Lanzarote is home to one of the toughest Ironman events in the world, so if you’re up for a challenge, we’re waiting for you!
Don’t be put off if you’re a novice or a social sportive rider though, it’s not just the domain of competitive racers and seasoned triathletes.
With a little advice on choosing routes that meet your training needs, there is no doubt that you will leave Lanzarote better for the experience.
Lanzarote’s volcanic past
This has left a legacy of breathtaking scenery. The unspoiled Timanfaya national park is one example of Lanzarote’s stark beauty. With over 300 volcanic peaks across the island, training in Lanzarote offers a great blend of challenge and enjoyment.
Top-class road network
Smooth surfaces, low traffic density and a cycle-friendly tradition make training in Lanzarote a pleasure. Often cited as a 'cycling heaven', roads weave through traditional villages where you can discover inexpensive cafés and cake shops to take a well-earned breather.
Extremely low rainfall, over 300 sunshine days per year, and mild temperatures are the norm. Summer highs will normally be in the middle 30s (more temperate than southern Spain for instance), with winter lows never falling much below 15c on the coldest night of the year.
Lanzarote is served by many low cost airlines operating from regional airports, so getting here is easy and can be inexpensive if you travel outside peak holiday times. On average, flight times will be around four hours and getting through the airport at this end to your accommodation is quick and simple.
Wide range of accommodation
From basic, low cost apartment complexes, peaceful rural fincas, smart self contained villas to suit any budget, and four or five star luxury hotels.
Best times to go:
Lanzarote is most popular for training at exactly the times it’s difficult to train anywhere else in mainland Europe. From the end of October when the nights draw in, we are still bathed in glorious sunshine. All through the winter months to March we experience warm temperatures, very few days lost to rain and more daylight hours to enjoy your cycling.
It can be windy here - we experience the ‘Alisios’, strong trade winds from the north east from late spring through to August. This is also the time temperatures reach their maximum so cycling at this time can be a challenge. It tends to be calmer and cooler in the mornings, so we always advise early starts and early finishes at this time of year.
Flight fares jump during traditional school holidays, so if you’re looking for a bargain, avoid half terms, Easter and summer holidays. It tends to be a bit quieter outside these times too and you will have a better choice of accommodation.
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