Road cycling training in Lanzarote
If you're looking for warm-weather cycling on great roads between October and March then Lanzarote is the perfect destination.
The combined gorgeous year-round weather and spectacular volcanic landscape make Lanzarote one Europe's leading destinations for cycling enthusiasts. With varied cycling routes, welcoming coastal towns and unique trails, the island offers something for everyone; whether you just want to explore on two wheels or take your training to the next level.
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.
GUIDE TO ROAD CYCLING IN LANZAROTE
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.
Where to stay
Most visitors will choose to stay in one of the three main resort towns, Puerto del Carmen, Playa Blanca or Costa Teguise. In and around Puerto del Carmen is probably the best choice out of these three as it sits centrally on the south eastern coast and provides more options to get out into the interior of the island. It also means you have better access to the challenges of north and south of the island.
If you are a triathlete and want to get some open water swim training, Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen is the place to be as the Ironman Lanzarote swim course is located there. You will also have access to the run course (over 30km) along the Avenida de las Playas pedestrian walkway.
From short 50km spins all the way to challenging rides over 150km, you can get something different from every ride. With a bit of planning, it’s possible to come up with an itinerary of varied rides to cover all aspects of your training needs.
Local knowledge is a must as there are some roads that really should be avoided, and with differing weather conditions, good guidance can make the difference between a wasted day and a good training day.
It doesn’t have to be just about base miles. Consider what you really want to work on. Your training could be structured to increase your average speed, work on sprinting or climbing, get faster and more confident descending, practise peloton riding, or build your stamina for longer rides.
Whatever your objective, there’s something here in Lanzarote for you. We have roads where, either individually or as part of a group, you can hit the big ring and test your speed. We also have some short, sharp climbs on quiet roads that are well suited for interval training. In short, there is something for everyone.
You may choose to bring your own bike but bear in mind it is possible to hire high-quality bikes at competitive prices. Airlines sometimes make it difficult and expensive to transport your own bike.
If you use the hire option, everything will be here waiting for you on arrival, taking all the stress out of transporting your pride and joy. You will also get all the benefit of local advice, full technical support and a base from which you can start each day.
Lanzarote is a sporty island and a fantastic location for all sorts of outdoor activities. It also has a cultural side that is worth exploring. So if you want a break from your training, there are lots of options to keep you - and those travelling with you - occupied and entertained.
TOP 5 EXPERIENCES
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. All-year-round climate
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.
4. Easily accessible
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.
5. 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.
WHEN TO VISIT
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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