Tour of Gran Canaria Road Bike

Canary Islands & Spain, Bike - Road Cycling, 8 days - from $1,655 (land only)

Bike - Road Cycling

(GCMB) Tour of Gran Canaria Road Bike

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions. Good padded cycling shorts are essential.

Your Bike MUST be a road bike or standard cycle-touring bike fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.

PERSONAL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

Feet

Road or touring cycling shoes

Waterproof cycling overshoes

Torso

Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)

Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)

Lightweight waterproof jacket

Lightweight Fleece top or jumper.

Lightweight windproof gillet.

Hands

Regular biking gloves

Long fingered gloves

Legs

Padded cycling shorts (x 2)

Cycling tights or tricksters

Casual shorts

Head

Eyewear - Biking glasses

Cycling helmet - mandatory

KE Trek Bag Contents

Travel and après biking clothes

Training/Leisure shoes for après biking

Wash bag and toiletries

Swimwear

Chamois Cream (e.g. Assos or Ozone)

Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

To be carried on the bike in your jersey pockets or in a small saddle bag. Note: If you don’t want to carry any of this, you can leave it in your day-pack in the support vehicle – see below

Mobile/Cell phone (optional)

Mini-pump

Multi-tool

Puncture repair kit & tyre levers

Inner tube

Small camera

Sun cream

Other items affixed to your bike

1 or 2 waterbottles

To be carried in the support vehicle in your day-pack for easy access

Lightweight waterproof top

Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters, insect repellent (75-100% DEET) and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

PERSONAL TOOLS AND SPARES

Please note: If you are hiring a bike you do not need to bring spares – a pump and spare inner tube comes with the bike.

If you are taking your own bike, you should bring the following with you. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

Tyres

You will need 700 x 25 Touring/Road Performance tyres suitable for mostly dry with occasional wet conditions.

Pump

Plastic tyre levers

1 rear brake cable

1 rear gear cable

Spare set of brake blocks (front and rear)

2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels

Spoke key

4 x inner tubes

Spare chain links

Liquid chain lube

Multi-tool with Allen keys

Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)

2x puncture repair kits

A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.

Any spares specific to your bike

KE tools and spares

On all of our trips we carry a track pump, toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. If any other spare parts are needed, our support vehicle will make a detour to the nearest bike shop, which can be found in some of the larger towns en route.

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

You should take a supply of the gels, power bars, sports drink mix (sachets) and other high-energy snacks that you normally use.

BIKE HIRE

It is possible to hire bikes for this trip. Our local agent has an extensive, first class range of road bikes that can be hired locally, with a special discount for KE guests. Cannondale 2014 Caad 10 (Aluminium frame) 105’s, with compact chainsets (50/34) and 10 speed (12/32) cassettes are the standard hire bike. Carbon framed Cannondale 2014 Super Six Ultegra and Synapse Ultegra bikes are also available with compact chainsets (50/34) and 11 speed cassettes (11/28 and 11/32). See trip dossier for bike hire costs. We need to well know in advance if you are proposing to hire a bike and we need to establish the frame size you require. As well as giving us your estimate of frame size, we need your height (metric) and your weight (metric). If you want pedals provided with the bike (no extra cost) the options are SPD SL, Look Keo or Classic, SPD MTB. We will check that a suitably sized bike is available for collection and you will collect and pay for the bike directly on arrival at the group hotel in Maspalomas. Please note that your contract for bike hire is directly with our local agent and not with KE. If hiring a bike we recommend that you bring your own saddle and pedals, as well as your helmet.

Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip dossier.

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