Gran Canaria Road Bike Tour

A spectacular road cycling circuit of this mountainous island




From $1,460 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • Climb Serenity - 9 kilometres of super smooth hairpins
  • Pico de las Nieves, the highest point on Gran Canaria (1951m)
  • Ride the `Dragon`s Tail` along the cliffs of the wild west coast
  • Excellent Cannondale CAAD 10 and Super Six bike hire available

The sheer drama and joy of Gran Canaria's mountainous interior remains almost undiscovered by British cyclists. Challenging climbs, sweeping descents, quiet roads, weather to make you grin, stunning coastal and mountain scenery, plus excellent hotels, make this a real winter cycling gem. No wonder the top pro biking teams return here winter after winter! After a warm-up day from our hotel in Maspalomas, we set off on a 5-day journey that takes us on an anticlockwise circuit of the island, revealing some of its most spectacular landscapes. Our rides will include sections in the lusher, greener north of the island, as well as in the desert-like south and in the central mountains. Our first day's ride takes us to the remote village of Soria, overlooking the deepest reservoir on the island. Then, our journey begins for real and starts out with a 3-day traverse across the central massif, from the south-east coast across to tropical Agaete in the far north-west. Magnificent scenery unfolds as we ride inland, surrounded by the towering Barranco de Tirajana. From the quiet mountain village of St Bartolome, we make a loop ride via the highest point on the island at Pico de las Nieves (1951m) and the majestic panoramas at Cruz de Tejeda (1500m). From the high points of this challenging ride, we have views to distant Mount Teide on Tenerife. A day of thrilling descents, passing through the quirky village of Artenara, leads to the relaxing seaside resort of Agaete, before we set out to tackle the Dragon's Tail, a magnificent stretch of rugged coastal road, with snaking climbs and switchbacks and 300 metre drop-offs for most of the way, probably one of the best coastal rides in Europe. We end the tour with maybe the best climb on the island - 'Serenity', 9 kilometres of super-smooth tarmac, taking a series of hair-pins that culminate at the mountain village of Soria (900m). An adrenalin packed descent finally brings us back to Earth, sea level, mass tourism and a seafront café where we can bask in the afterglow of an exhilarating blast round GC!

Is this holiday for you?

On our circuit of Gran Canaria we ride on quiet mountain roads, through isolated villages and in pretty remote territory. Crossing the island's central massif and averaging 65+ kilometres (40 miles) a day, we'll accumulate almost 9000 metres of ascent and descent. On our 5-day journey around the island we are totally supported - at the start of the day when the group sets off biking, your kit will be loaded into the support vehicle and transported to the next overnight halt. We must stress that apart from the spares and tools you would take on any day ride you will not be required to carry any luggage. Awesome riding, characterful accommodation, and a sensational circular route make this an exhilarating experience away from the gloom of the British winter. EXCELLENT BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Maspalomas. Transfers from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport are provided.
  • Cycle inland on a sinuous mountain road to the village of Soria (900m). Return to Maspalomas.
  • Turn inland at Aguimes and cycle through the Barranco de Tirajana to San Bartolome (1000m).
  • Cycle to Pico de las Nieves (1951m) and loop back around to San Bartolome via Cruz de Tejeda (1500m).
  • Cycle to Cruz Grande, then via Tejeda to Artenara, before dropping down to the west coast at Agaete.
  • Cycle southwards along the dramatic coast, then up and over via the ‘Juice Bar’ to Puerto de Mogan.
  • Climb the super-smooth hairpins of ‘Serenity’ to a viewpoint, then drop down via Soria to Maspalomas.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport are provided.
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We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport, which is approximately an hour's drive from the group hotel in Maspalomas. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section of the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

If flying from the UK there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. These include Easyjet who have flights from London, Thomson Airways from London, Edinburgh and Manchester, Jet 2 who have flights from Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow and Ryanair who have flights from London, Bristol, Bournmouth and Glasgow Prestwick. Other airports may be available. Click on the 'Flight information' link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively if you would prefer to book a 'flight inclusive package' using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Maspalomas. Transfers from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport are provided.

    Arriving at Las Palmas International Airport, you will be met by our local guide and transferred to the group hotel in Maspalomas at the southern end of the island. The drive to Maspalomas takes just half an hour and taxi transfers are very easy to arrange. Maspalomas is famous for its ‘dunes’, which were designated a national park in 1994. The dunes are a 15-minute walk from the hotel and well worth a visit if you have the opportunity. Close by, there is also the Faro Lighthouse and a lovely seafront strip of relaxing cafes, great for people-watching. Those who have brought their own bikes should reassemble them at the hotel. KE Land Only package services begin with dinner (for those that arrive before 20.45) and overnight at the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Cycle inland on a sinuous mountain road to the village of Soria (900m). Return to Maspalomas.

    Most people will choose to hire bikes and these will be picked up this morning. Today is a local ride from the hotel, giving us chance to stretch our legs and check out our bikes before the tour ahead. We’ll make our way along the glittering coastline, following an undulating road that overlooks the Atlantic. After 12 kilometres, we turn inland on a quiet road that bisects a deep valley of lava cliffs. As buzzards circle above us, it's time to zone out and find our own rhythm for the 9 kilometre climb into the brilliant mountain sunshine. The climb ends at the mountain village of Soria (600m), overlooking the deepest reservoir on the island. We’ll have lunch at the popular mountain restaurant of Casa Fernando, renowned for its wholesome food. After soaking up the sunshine, we head back the same way with a glorious descent to the coast.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 1100m

    • Distance 70km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1100m

    • Time 5 hrs cycling

  • Turn inland at Aguimes and cycle through the Barranco de Tirajana to San Bartolome (1000m).

    Today we leave mass tourism behind and start our journey into the rugged interior. We start with a 14 kilometre ride along the heavily developed coastal strip, before the welcome relief of turning inland towards the tranquility of the awaiting mountains. Slowly ascending, we can see the dramatic central massif on the horizon. We’ll pass close to Aguimes, 'Town of the Kings' and begin a classic climb on a spectacular back-road that weaves its way up into the mountains. Half way up is the tiny village of Temisas with an impressive setting against a backdrop of steep terracing and impenetrable cliffs. Reaching the summit, it’s an exhilarating descent to the palm filled valley of Santa Lucia, one of the island's prettiest villages. After lunch, we climb higher through the enormous barrier of the Barranco de Tirajana, to circumnavigate the steep and rough slopes of the dramatic and unforgettable Risco Blanco. From our excellent hotel at San Bartolome, close to 1000 metres elevation, we can relax in comfort, enjoy a beer, soak up the scenery and look back down over our route.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 1820m

    • Distance 69km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 870m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Cycle to Pico de las Nieves (1951m) and loop back around to San Bartolome via Cruz de Tejeda (1500m).

    Looking up from our hotel, today’s goal is clear, we have a 23 kilometre climb to the roof of the island at Pico de las Nieves (1951m). A short distance from the hotel we pass Cruz Grande, this marks the divide between the drier south and the north-west zone that sees much more rainfall and has more trees, vegetation and animals, as a result. Reaching the delightful village of Ayacata, famous for its almond trees, we turn right for a sinuous climb with an average gradient of 10%, that only lets up opposite the island’s favourite landmark, the Roque Nublo. From here, it’s a steady grind through pine forest to the summit where we can we revel in our accomplishment, looking back to the road we took at the very start of the day, almost 1 kilometre below us! If it’s clear, we can also see the distant peak of Teide on Tenerife, Spain's highest summit. Descending from our high point, we drop down towards the north-east, into an area that is reckoned to have one of the best climates in the world! At a T-junction, we turn back towards the west and climb again, more gently this time, through mossy forest and isolated mountain farms, up to the ridge-top at Cruz de Tejeda (1500m). Here, we find ourselves at the geographical centre of the island, with the rugged interior and its razor-sharp ridges stretching out before us. We drop down on a new stretch of road (known as `Feeling`) and stop for another Canarian lunch in the village of Tejeda. This will set us up for the 10 kilometre climb via Ayacata to Cruz Grande, which leaves only a long and undulating descent back to our hotel in San Bartolome.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 2000m

    • Distance 66km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 2000m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Cycle to Cruz Grande, then via Tejeda to Artenara, before dropping down to the west coast at Agaete.

    Climbing back up to Cruz Grande, we ride around via Ayacata to Tejeda and shortly after the village turn off on a road that twists and turns and gains just a little height en route to Artenara (1270m). The highest village in Gran Canaria, Artenara is also one of the oldest and strangest, clinging to the mountainside and with many of its houses dating from prehistoric times and actually built into caves - although some of them are equipped with all modern amenities. Leaving the village, we climb a short distance through what feels like a coastal region of Wales in the summer, before we turn west for a long, long descent of 36 kilometres to the coast, where bananas, mangos, papayas, oranges and lemons grow on the steep slopes. We end our day of cycling at the small fishing port of Agaete, with its narrow streets and whitewashed houses, surrounded by lush vegetation all year round. Whilst taking our lunch in the pretty harbour, we can see the spectacular sea cliffs and glimpses of the dramatic road we will follow tomorrow. Again our hotel is excellent, with coastal views and lovely pool to relax around in the late afternoon.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 590m

    • Distance 45km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 2050m

    • Time 4 hrs cycling

  • Cycle southwards along the dramatic coast, then up and over via the ‘Juice Bar’ to Puerto de Mogan.

    Heading south, we have an epic and wild journey into the protected National Park of Tamadaba and along the dramatic and awe inspiring western coastline. In places, the road is cut into the cliff face, which towers hundreds of metres above the crashing waves below, truly spectacular stuff! At San Nicholas, we are more or less half way and we’ll grab a drink in a local cafe before the last long climb of the day. The road from here takes us up to the Juice Bar, a famous stopping spot for cyclists coming from the south. Once we reach the crest at 54 kilometres, it’s a welcome downhill to the coast and the famous and picturesque Puerto de Mogan where we spend the night.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 1700m

    • Distance 69km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1700m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Climb the super-smooth hairpins of ‘Serenity’ to a viewpoint, then drop down via Soria to Maspalomas.

    Our last day sees us leaving the coast and riding back up the road to the village of Mogan (some island settlements have both an inland village and a fishing port). From here, we ride what is reputed to be the most beautiful climb in Gran Canaria. Known locally as `Serenity`, this is 9 kilometres of smooth tarmac, that takes a series of picturesque hairpins up to a viewpoint at 950 metres. The panorama from the top is almost alpine and well worth a photo or two. From here, we have a couple of options depending on how the group is riding. We may continue up the climb all the way to Ayacata and return to Maspalomas via Fataga. Or, for a slightly easier option, we can turn right into one more sharp little climb, before we descend to our lunch stop at Soria (900m) and contemplate the (happy for some) fact that there is no more climbing to be done! From here, it's all downhill, back to Earth, civilisation, mass tourism and a big ice cream at a seafront café in Melonares.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 1650m

    • Distance 71km

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    • Meals bd

    • Descent 1650m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Departure day. Transfers to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers back to the airport are provided for all clients departing today. The journey to the airport takes half an hour.

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Holiday Information

  • Professional English-speaking bike leader
  • Timed airport transfers (on group arrival and departure days only)
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • One support vehicle
  • Baggage transfer

  • Travel insurance
  • Las Palmas Airport transfers (other than on group arrival and departure days)
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Tips for support staff and guide
  • Miscellaneous expenses drinks souvenirs etc
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients arriving at Las Palmas Airport on Day 1 will be met at the airport by a local KE representative and transfered to the group hotel. Clients departing on Day 8 of the itinerary wil be transfered to the airport in time to catch their flight. Please make sure we have your flight details. Clients arriving or departing on other days should make their own arrangements to meet at the group hotel in Maspalomas by the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Taxis and buses are always available at Las Palmas Airport. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During this bike holiday, we will generally meet for breakfast at about 8.00 am. After we’ve eaten, we will pack our trek bags and load them onto the support vehicle. We will generally start our day’s riding at around 9.00 am. We will have regular stops to allow the group to reform and cafe stops wherever it seems appropriate. The support vehicle will bring up the rear to to make sure nobody is lost. Lunch will be at a restaurant where you can purchase a snack or more substantial meal directly. We usually arrive at our hotel by mid to late afternoon and have time to shower, change and relax or attend to any bike maintenance that may be required. Our evening meals are usually taken at the hotel and this is a great time of day for reliving the events of the day and for general socialising.

There are 3 nights accommodation at a resort-style hotel in Maspalomas and 1 night at a similar establishment in Puerto Mogan. There are also 2 nights in a very pleasant hotel in San Bartolome and 1 night in Agaete. Accommodation is generally arranged on a twin-sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. All of the hotels have excellent facilities with swimming pools and WiFi.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Breakfasts at the hotels that we use are a mixture of 'continental' and 'traditional' in style, with tea and coffee, orange juice, porridge and cereals as well as bread, eggs, bacon, fruit, jam, honey and cheese. At lunchtime, we will generally stop at a wayside cafe and you can buy a snack. Soup and bread or more filling options like spaghetti bolognese or rancho canario or paella are pre-prepared at lunchtime and ready in minutes. Evening meals are usually taken at the hotel and may be buffet style, with an excellent choice of food. Or, there may be a set meal with vegetarian and meat options. There is usually a choice of dessert, too. During the day, the group will be provided with water and with snacks in the form of chocolate, dried fruit and mixed nuts, but It’s a good idea to bring along a few of your favourite energy bars from home.

All breakfasts and 6 dinners are included. Dinner on the final evening is not included.

You will need to buy your lunches and the final dinner of the holiday. Allow 10 to 15 euros for each day's lunch and other snacks and soft drinks and 25 euros for the final dinner. Beer and wine are available every night and if you intend to drink, you should allow for this. We suggest that 200 to 250 euros should cover all your personal expenditure.

This holiday will be accompanied by an experienced KE biking leader. In addition, there will be a support vehicle and driver.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary -if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

Your Bike - Road Cycling

A road bike or standard touring bike is recommended for this trip. It should be fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a nine or ten speed cassette. Please call if you are unsure about the suitability of your bike. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your trip, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bike mechanic to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks -replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers and, if required, adjust, grease or replace.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake pads, mounts and cables / hydraulic lines and replace if necessary.

f) Check and lube, threadlock and tighten -all bolts (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts and brake calliper mounting bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear -replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

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

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

During our 5-day circuit of the island, we will have the back up of a 9-seater support vehicle. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. The biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will communicate by walkie-talkie. You will also be able to contact them by mobile phone in the case of a breakdown or other incident. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognize the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. On most of our road biking trips it is usual that there can be a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when other group members, vehicle support and biking leader are out of sight. The support vehicle will carry water, coke, chocolate bars etc. plus figs, raisins, bananas and energy mix for drinks. There will be regular stops to allow the group to reassemble and the support vehicle will pick up any group members who wish to take a break from cycling at any time.

Excellent bike hire is available for this trip and makes a lot of sense - as it costs about the same as taking your own bike on the flights to and from Gran Canaria. Our local agent has a close association with a large professional outfit in Playa del Ingles (5 mins drive from our hotel) which has an extensive, first class range of road bikes for hire, 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 and the hire charge for these is 102 euros (Jan 2014 price – subject to change). 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 or 11/32) and the hire charge for these is 138 euros (Jan 2014 price – subject to change). We need to know well 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 pay for the bike directly with the local agent when you pick up the bike on the Sunday morning (Day 2). Please note that your contract for bike hire is directly with our local agent and not with KE. You will be required to show photo ID such as a passport and pay a €60 deposit when you pick up the bike. All breakages, scratches on bikes, torn handlebar tape, crash damage are elements that will have a cost attached, to be decided by the hire bike provider. If hiring a bike we recommend that you bring your own saddle and pedals, as well as your helmet. Bikes come supplied with pump and spare inner tube. Full mechanic service available with support car. A transfer will take us from our hotel on Sunday morning to pick up the hire bikes. However if you are arriving earlier and wish to pay for an extra days bike hire, then this can also be arranged.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

A passport with 3 months remaining validity is required. Passport holders from the UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, or any EU countries do not require a visa. Other nationalities should check with the respective consulate in their own country.

Whilst we keep our information up to date, you should be advised that visa requirements can change. It is recommended that you contact the relevant commission in case of recent amendments.

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.



  • Road or touring cycling shoes
  • Waterproof cycling overshoes


  • 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.


  • Regular biking gloves
  • Long fingered gloves


  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Cycling tights or tricksters
  • Casual shorts


  • Eyewear - Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet - mandatory

    KE Trek Bag Contents

  • Travel and apres biking clothes
  • Training/Leisure shoes for apres 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).


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.


  • 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.


A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, rowing and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

Gran Canaria is a year-round destination and has what is often described as eternal spring-summer conditions. There are surprising differences across the island, however, with the south-western part being semi-desert and the mountains of the north receiving more rainfall. The prevailing north-easterly Trade Winds, that deposit their rain on the northern slopes of the Island, are responsible for this split. During the period from November to March, we can expect daytime temperatures ranging from 16 to 24 degrees Centigrade, becoming progressively cooler as we gain height in the mountains. In April and May it will be a few degrees warmer than this - but still pleasant for cycling.

Gran Canaria is a Spanish-speaking island. But, the majority of people we come into contact with will speak reasonable English. We do recommend that you take a pocket Spanish phrase-book and learn some basics such as common greetings.

Canary Islands. (Lonely Planet Guide).

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