Ah, the sweet 'grief' of Tenerife!

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Ah, the sweet 'grief' of Tenerife!

Postby paco » 28 Dec 2011, 11:01pm

I enjoy jumping on a plane and heading off (usually in low season) to a pleasant but challenging cycling environment for a week's cycling. Most recently, the destinations have been Fuerteventura and Tenerife, where the weather is usually kind and the terrain is ever upwards! To boot, there are good cycle-hire dealers that will rent you a bike for the same price (or even less) than to transport your own on a budget airline. Which makes the preparations for the journey so very simple. Just before Christmas I spent a week on Tenerife, covering 400 miles and 40,000 feet of climbing in temperatures (on the coast) of about 25C. Check it out here: http://frankburns.wordpress.com/2011/12/27/tenerife-the-enjoyment-of-pain/

What are your favourite destinations for a week's riding?
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Re: Ah, the sweet 'grief' of Tenerife!

Postby Aushiker » 29 Dec 2011, 12:55am

Thanks for sharing. Haven't heard of Tenerife so good to read of your experiences.

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Re: Ah, the sweet 'grief' of Tenerife!

Postby Bengdogg » 2 Jan 2012, 6:34pm

Looks perfect! I was recently reading about how a lot of the pro cyclists use Tenerife as a winter training ground. I think they said the South side of the island was the quieter side of the island in high season. Can I ask what you did for accommodation whilst there. Did you arrange your own flight and accom separate.

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Re: Ah, the sweet 'grief' of Tenerife!

Postby mj1 » 2 Jan 2012, 9:12pm

Frank, thanks very much for sharing your blog, I fancy going there in February.

I'm going to have to try hot milk and brandy, something I've never tried before!
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Re: Ah, the sweet 'grief' of Tenerife!

Postby Cyclenut » 3 Jan 2012, 5:54pm

Will they rent you a road bike with a decent bottom gear, i.e. less than 30 inches?
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Re: Ah, the sweet 'grief' of Tenerife!

Postby federalex » 5 Jan 2012, 6:27pm

You have sold it to me! i noticed they had flights for £70 return the other week

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Re: Ah, the sweet 'grief' of Tenerife!

Postby paco » 19 Jan 2012, 12:43am

"I think they said the South side of the island was the quieter side of the island in high season. Can I ask what you did for accommodation whilst there. Did you arrange your own flight and accom separate. "

The south of the island is the hotter and drier part, where all the tourists go. The north is much more populated by Tenerifeños, so can be busier with local traffic. But the roads up the volcano are generally quiet. You can enjoy 30 mile climbs......and then, of course, 30 mile descents!!
Accommodation? I simply booked a package deal that included flight and a studio apartment. It's the cheapest way.
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Re: Ah, the sweet 'grief' of Tenerife!

Postby paco » 19 Jan 2012, 12:46am

Cyclenut wrote:Will they rent you a road bike with a decent bottom gear, i.e. less than 30 inches?


The simple answer is "yes". I was riding a triple and seldom used the bottom two gears. Gradients are generally 6-8%: long be not devastatingly steep.
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