The 24th edition of the Vuelta Ciclista de Gran Canaria takes place once again in the 1st week of December. This is a weeklong sportive with 5 controlled stages and 1 closed road mountain time trial.
Starting on Monday 3rd and daily through to Saturday 8th Dec, this event is well subscribed with about 350 riders taking part, predominantly Spanish with a good helping of enthusiastic northern Europeans taking a well earned sunny cycling break before Christmas.
Anybody can enter, conditional to the usual rules of helmet use, insurance and obeying the marshals at all times.
Daily sign in at 830am, mid ride break and back to start at about 3ish. The riding takes in some of the better known climbs which are not hard, but will punish you if you go hard from the beginning.
The riding style is fast paced at the front end and relaxed at the back, which makes this ideal for trying out a few moves, when the mood takes you.
There are usually some well known faces at the event, Indurain and Chiappucci have been regular visitors in many recent years, with El Diablo still able to put the frighteners on the young riders on the climbs.
It also been confirmed that Contador and Saxobank will be there the previous just before, so expect excellent photo opportunities for sure!
Mid day start to allow for setting up, sign in, and then a short but punchy climb up to 550m with max 14% grade. Take it steady and get settled into the pace.
Essentially Santa Lucia in reverse, there's a headwind going out, then an urban area. Don't start riding till after the first climb then a right turn to Santa Lucia. Then a break and all downhill to home with 1 or 2 surprises!
Long ride to Las Palmas, expect a headwind all the way, stay in the pack, do nothing until after the airport on the return trip. Tomorrow is the mountain time trial, so save yourself. More information on the MTT as we get it.
Mountain time trial from Injenio to Pico de las Nieves. 26km, HC grade, winning finish time usually 1.30 or less.
Ride to start, sign in for 10am start, ride home from Pico by way of Fataga. Compact 27 or Triple chainset highly recommended.
Proper tough ride this, especially from San Antionio to Ayacata, but through great wild mountain scenery!
4km of 18% ave from Soria to San Antonio to look forward too!
Final day ride today with a mean little climb after a head wind to Guayadeque. Expect some celebrations and great Canarian food, with lots of prize giving and medals for everyone. Ride home after a fat lunch!