The Gran Canaria Mountain Bike Camp
The Mountain Bike Camp
Gran Canaria is for mountain biking is what Mars is for space exploration! There’s just and is still, an enormous amount of undiscovered trails and tracks that only the really intrepid bikers can explore and map.
So with our help, we can at least show you what you can do, to whet your appetite for longer, more diverse rides in the future. Cycle Gran Canaria with our partners Free Motion bring it all together so that you can hit the single track straightaway on your first morning at 3 levels and fully guided.
It’s certainly tough riding here, but you’ll have the latest in mountain biking 2023-4 technology supplied by Cannondale and Specialised to ensure you cope with the varied terrain and changing surfaces. You can upgrade too and try out something really advanced!
All riders are shuttled up to the trailheads, where you’ll get prepped to spend a glorious day cutting and carving your way back down to the coast, through the best scenery the island has to offer.Each day is a different trail in a different part of the island.
The GC MTB Camp includes the following: 7 Nights at Cordial Green Golf/Gloria Palace Self Service Bed & Breakfast or 7 Nights at Gloria Palace 4* with Half Board . All Airport and internal Transfers,Hotel transfer and shuttle to the tour start** / 5 Great and Guided MTB Tours! 6 days rental bike (Habit Alloy 4 | 29
We have 2 hotels to choose from. Cordial Green Golf with Breakfast and/or Half board, Gloria Palace with half board. All have heated pools and space to wander with palm trees rustling in the breeze.
We meet all flights whatever the time with a private coach with a driver who knows your name and will be waiting with a Cycle Gran Canaria logo, travel time to all hotel 30min -/+. Returning flights, we leave 2.30min before flight departure. Hotel transfer and shuttle to the tour start**
The Gran Canaria Mountain Bike Camp runs weekly right through the winter season from Oct 1 2017 to the end of May 2018. Tours every Monday and finishes on Friday. All Tours start at 9.00am from Bike Centre.
With our bike partners, we have the latest and best from Cannondale, Specialised, BH. All models are 2020-21 versions. Private bikes are also welcome.
Why Choose Gran Canaria as your Mountain Biking destination?
Gran Canaria is a visual treat for cyclists, the best way to prove this is to watch this amazing video of cycling on Gran Canaria
Technical Single Track Riding
All the tracks & trails here are a mix of fireroad, rocky descents, rocky singletrack and loose climbs
Challenging Climbs and Gnarly Descents
Check out the info presented here on the top climbs on Gran Canaria
Diverse Mountain Biking Routes
What sets Gran Canaria apart of the diversity of cycling routes, no two days are the same!
Year Round Sunshine
Temperatures here on Gran Canaria, always hover at 22º 24º at the sub 400m zone, prevailing winds from the north keep the temperature pleasant.
For all our cycling holidays, we only choose the best hotels for your cycling holiday.
Is This Mountain Bike Camp For You?
Only for experienced mountain bikers. Variable and difficult terrain conditions. Not suitable for beginners! Advanced MTB riding skills are necessary for all tours from level 3. See Below
To make sure you have the best possible experience on tour with us, it's essential that you choose a level that fits your abilities. Take into consideration that you're going to ride on a volcanic, rocky island. The surface is most likely a bit rougher than what you are used to when cycling in Middle- and Northern Europe.
Remember You Are On Holiday!
To make sure you have a fun experience all throughout the tour, please be honest with yourself when choosing tour level. With enough energy, you will be able to enjoy the ride fully, stay safe and get back with a smile on your face.
All the tracks & trails here are a mix of fireroad, rocky descents, rocky singletrack and loose climbs, there are no soft landings, except perhaps on some of the trails in the north, so bring your knee and elbow pads or rent them from us here.
If you're not sure which level to choose, it's recommended to book the lower level. The first few kilometers on each tour, both levels ride together. When we split the group, there is still the possibility to down- or upgrade the pre-booked level. Our guides are there to suggest the best option for you and to ensure "The Perfect Ride!"
Moderate Level Demanding Level
1 of 4 2 of 4
Difficult Level Very Difficult Level
|Fitness: 1 of 4 points||Fitness: 2 of 4 dots|
|Moderately Condition, max 400hm, max 8%, low pace||Good Condition, max 600 meters up, max 15%, moderate pace|
|Technique: 1 of 4 dots||Technique: 2 of 4 dots|
|Basic knowledge of riding, braking and gear systems, some experience on the off road on some coarse gravelly or rocky ground.||You have good bike control on coarse gravelly or sandy tracks and are confident on some steep ascents and descents.|
|Fitness: 3 of 4 dots||Fitness: 4 of 4 dots|
|Physically Fit, max 800 meters up, max 20%, moderate pace||Physically Fit, max 1.200 meters up, max 25%, moderate pace|
|Technique: 3 of 4 dots||Technique: 4 of 4 dots|
|You have good competent bike control on technical singletrack as well as on climbs and descents with rough gravelly slopes where the surface is mostly loose and inconsistent.||You have very professional bike control on any terrain with steep slopes, rocky loose sections and varied single track.|
Hotel Dunas Suites & Villas 4* in Maspalomas
Welcome to our newest hotel partner, Hotel Suites & Villas by Dunas. Cycle Gran Canaria is always optimising the best conditions, based on our policy to "keep it the same, but do it better". Suites offers better bigger apartments, always with the sun, and always with more space.
The Hotel has a fully equipped bike station from where you can store your bike, buy clothing, buy energy gels, pump tyres etc. Private seats and own pedals can be fitted smartly, you only leave when you are happy with set up. You can start right from the hotel, with none of the queuing and waiting. You can exit the complex on quiet safe roads, so we start and finish safe and sound
So choose here to experience a stay full of peace and relaxation. Enjoy winter sun and exclusivity in one of our dreamlike suites at the most beautiful place in the world. Here the sun shines every morning between our palm trees and fills our pools with warmth. Our suites and villas are located close to natural heaven, the Dunes of Maspalomas, in the middle of the unique Tony Gallardo Park. Come and relax in one of our suites and villas in Maspalomas.
The hotel is the official sponsor of the Cicloturista Gran Canaria Bike Week this coming December 2020 and also boasts the Cycling Friendly Gold quality certification.
Drive time to the hotel with our private airport transfer is approx 30 mins. We meet all flights arriving and departing, so the cycling holiday starts as soon as you land and we take your bags. Bike boxes too! ;-)
Apart Hotel Cordial Green Golf in Maspalomas
Official category: Apartments 2 keys.You’ll be very welcome you to the Bungalows Cordial Green Golf! The location of the establishment next to the golf course of Maspalomas, its colourful and cheerful architecture, the great pools and spacious solariums make this resort a great place to enjoy a wonderful holiday with family or friends.
Right next to the Maspalomas Golf Course and within distance of the iconic golden sand dunes of Maspalomas in one of the most beautiful spots of the island.Both, Maspalomas and Playa del Ingles, offer countless day and night-leisure opportunities, idyllic beaches, restaurants, bars and shops for all tastes.
Extensive solariums with sunbeds and awnings for shade.Two pools (One heated in winter).Animation for adults and children several times a week
In 500m there is the possibility to play tennis, squash or paddle. There is also a nearby gym (extra charge).Free WiFi throughout the property. In the same gym area, a massage can be booked, please contact Miriam on 0034 610989182 Rates in the region of 50.00€ for a long hour.
Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas
This dynamic hotel combines fun, well-being, and relaxation. The hotel Mirador Maspalomas is made to fulfill your needs, so you can enjoy a holiday full of emotions. You will feel the cozy and familiar atmosphere in every corner of the hotel. Located in one of the residential tourist areas, centrally located and surrounded by all amenities, from shopping centers to stores, bars, and supermarkets.
All rooms at the Mirador Maspalomas by Dunas feature tiled floors and light furniture. They are also equipped with a ceiling fan, flat-screen TV with international channels, and a balcony or a terrace. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Pool towels are available for an additional cost.
English and French and German Speaking tour guides.
Vehicle support with trip leader (Except Road and MTB Camps)
Water and snacks in support car (Except Road and MTB Camps)
Mechanical Support during the trip (Except Road and MTB Camps)
Baggage transfer between overnight stops (Except Road and MTB Camps)
Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
All meals as detailed in the itinerary
Visas (if required)
France Only. Airport transfers for France only unless purchased separately
Miscellaneous personal expenses – tips drinks and souvenirs etc
Bike Carriage on the flights – please contact your carrier for charges
Flights are not included
Both the Road Camp and TOGC have breakfast and evening meals. Lunch is on the road as local restaurants, budget for 10 Euros
All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on Day 1 to lunch on Day 7
We meet all flights whatever the time with a private coach with a driver who knows your name and will be waiting with a Cycle Gran Canaria logo, travel time to all hotel 30min -/+. Returning flights, we leave 2.30min before flight departure.
Customized pick up at your arrival location can be arranged. Introduction to our partners at Bike Basque staff, go over the schedule, route, safety as you traverse the Pyrenees, and respond to any questions left unanswered. Gift bags that include a Bike Basque cycling jersey, water bottles and road book will be distributed to each guest, and for those who have chosen to rent a bike from Bike Basque, we will assist in setting it up to your specs.
Arrival in Thonon les bains, customized pick up at your arrival location can be arranged. Introduction to the Bike Basque staff, go over the schedule, route, safety as you complete the Raid Alps, and respond to any questions left unanswered.
Airport in Geneva, travel time Thomon les Bains 1.3 hr by car. Depart Airport is Nice.
For you we know the hotel is just as important as the riding, because you really spend more time there than at any other activity! So we have increased the quality of our offer , 3 levels of hotel,Gloria Palace 4* and Cordial Green Golf 2* Aparthotel and with our new partnership with Dunas, we can now stay at Hotel Suites & Villas. Both Gloria Palace and Hotel Suites & Villas, have bike stations where you can pick up your rental bike. All hotels are bike friendly. This means they have made alterations to their protocol to actively welcome cyclists.
For the Tour of Gran Canaria, we use these are other hotels to the same standard, go to the trip page to see more detail.
We do not force share. Sharing is only possible as mutual agreement between 2 clients
Whilst on the Alps Raid or Raid Pyreneen tour, accommodation is on a twin-share basis in comfortable, family run 2 and 3-star hotels. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up another single traveller of the same sex.
View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used.
A professional English speaking Cycle Gran Canaria biking leader will accompany the group together with a support vehicle and driver on both the Tour of Gran Canaria, Raid Pyrneens. and Gran Canaria Road Camp
We recommend that £150 (or the equivalent in US dollars or euros) will be sufficient for your miscellaneous expenditure and should also cover your bar bills – beer, wine and soft drinks are available every night. By far the easiest way to obtain your travel cash is from ATM’s using a credit card or a debit card – there are ATM facilities at Toulouse and Perpignan airports and in Colioure at the start of the ride, as well as in the majority of the larger towns on our route.
A road bike or standard touring bike is recommended for this trip. It should be fitted with a compact or triple chainset and a 10 or 11-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 and 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 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.
Cycle Gran Canaria has with our Bike Free Motion you can pick the latest models from Cannondale, Specialized, Pinarello, BH or Haibike. Our E-bikes benefit from the best Bosch and Yamaha drives. However you like to ride, we have has a bike that’s fully equipped for your needs.Private Bikes also welcome. Go to Bike Rental for all the info.
Our partner Bike Basque also works closely with the Basque brand Orbea, and so has a fleet of 8 road-bikes available for renting, the model is:
The Orca M20 19 have a full carbon frame and fork and is equipped with a Shimano 11-speed Ultegra groupset. Weighing in at 7.8 kg, it represent a perfect blend of lightweight performance and precision, and will help you fly effortlessly over the Basque and Pyrenean climbs. All of our road-bikes come with two water bottles cages, a repair kit (tubes, tire-levers, multi-tool) and pump.
We also sell Bike Basque jersey for 75€, and rent Gps Garmin Edge 820 with uploaded rides up to your needs for 15€ per day.
1 day: 60 € 5 days: 180 €
2 days: 90 € 6 days: 210 €
3 days: 120 € 7 days: 240 €
4 days: 150 € Over 7 days: +20 €/day
Rental from 3 to 6 days: 1 Bike Basque bottle
Rental over 7 days: 2 Bike Basque bottles
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
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 tracksters
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
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.
Mobile phone (optional)
Puncture repair kit & tyre levers
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 – just a pump, repair kit and a couple of inner tubes.
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 due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconenience waiting for assistance.
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
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
Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.
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 notes.
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. But we are always flexible so get in touch!
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 for each country that you visit.
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, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina. However the most common reason given for cancelling or postponing their cycling holiday, has been trainig injuries.So please keep that in mind!
With average annual temperatures ranging from 18 to 25 degrees centigrade, Gran Canaria maintains a mild and benign climate practically all year round. The island’s great weather is a product of its fresh and humid tradewinds coming in from the anticyclone from the Azores. These tradewinds, along with the mountainous layout of the island, provide the coastal areas with one of the best climates not only in the Canary Islands, but also in the whole of Europe.
The UV rateing can be quite high, 10 and higher, if you are fair skinned, Factor 50 is heaviliy adviseable to the point of using sun protecting arm covers, like arm warmers but usally white and light. Regular water stops too are encouraged.
Pyrenees and the Alps France
The temperatures that we can expect to encounter during the day will be reasonably warm, ranging from 18 to 28 degrees Centigrade. It can be cool in the evenings at our highest overnight stopping places and chilly at the highest passes on the route. The weather is usually stable during the early summer and autumn months in the Pyrenees and Alps, but mountainous areas do generate their own weather systems and occasional rain and even stormy weather cannot be ruled out.
Dates Winter 2023
Cordial Green Golf Aparthotel
Dunas Suites & Villas 4*
Any 7 Day Period
Per person sharing 7 nights, sharing with BB. Single Supplement €275.00
Per person sharing with Half Board. Single Supplement €245.00
|Oct 1st Oct 31st||Guaranteed||€1630.00||€1650.00||Reserve|
|Nov 1st Nov 31st||Guaranteed||€1630.00||€1650.00||Reserve|
|Dec 1st Dec 23rd||Guaranteed||€1630.00||€1650.00||Reserve|
|Dec 23rd Jan 1st|
Dates Spring 2024
Cordial Green Golf Aparthotel
Dunas Suites & Villas 4*
Any 7 Day Period
Per person sharing 7 nights, sharing with BB. Single Supplement €275.00
Per person sharing with Half Board. Single Supplement €180.00
|Jan 2nd Jan 31st||Guaranteed||€1630.00||€1650.00||Reserve|
|Feb 1st Feb 27th||Guaranteed||€1630.00|
|Mar 1st Mar 31st||Guaranteed||€1630.00||€1650.00||Reserve|
|Apr 1st Apr 30th||Guaranteed||€1630.00||€1650.00||Reserve|
|May 1st May 30th||Guaranteed||€1630.00||€1650.00||Reserve|
Choose your trip!
Gran Canaria MTB and eMTB Bike Camp Tour Schedule 2023/2024 Season
Tours Start from 1st of November
5 stages inc in package.
|Day and Ride Type||Route||Route Description||Technical Data|
|Monday MTB||Gran Canyon||The perfect introduction to mountain biking in Gran Canaria. We cycle inland, along a quiet valley road and past traditional farms, until we reach the reservoir of Ayagaures. After crossing the dam, a solid dirt road leads to the scenic Eagle Pass. Next, we cross the Valley of Vicentes where rocky terrain and perfect silence await us. But the best is still to come: The descent of the “Grand Canyon” - a perfect way to finish this mountainbike tour in style and high on adrenalin.|
|Tuesday eMTB||Green North||We start the MTB tour at 1100m above sea level in the North of the island and ride through a forest of fragrant eucalyptus trees towards Firgas. On reaching the scenic mountain village, we stop for lunch and get ready for the next part of the tour. The climb ahead is tough and will put your legs to the test. But the view from the top is well worth the effort. And the best, of course, is to come: a freewheeling descent with berms and drops, until we reach El Picacho. Next, it’s time to focus and show off your skills! We will ride along narrow rocky trails all the way to the historical centre of Arucas.||Distance:41 km|
|Wednesday MTB||Tirajana Crater|
The Tirajana Crater is an enormous volcanic crater, and our playground for the day! After an easy start in the area of Risco Blanco where we enjoy great panoramic views, a rocky singletrail will lead us to Santa Lucia. From there we continue on the more challenging Ansite trail to La Fortaleza, an ancient cave settlement of the Guanche people. Time for lunch, in front of the cave with more mind-blowing views to admire! You will need your strength for the second part of the ride! First, we ride over the dry riverbed on the bottom of the crater, then along the coastline back to our bike shop in Playa del Inglés.
|Thursday MTB||Summit East||If you love the thrill of downhill MTB and want to discover the most spectacular views of Gran Canaria, this is the mountainbike tour for you! It starts at Pico de las Nieves and takes us through an ancient forest of majestic pine trees. All is still and quiet, the only sound is the soft crunch of our tyres on the pine needles...Sch! Next up, a long and technical offroad descent, that demands full concentration before we stop for lunch in Valsequillo. From there we head right into the rock gardens of Valley of San Miguel and the flow trail of Tara. Then it is time to relax and enjoy the last section before the shoreline finish.||Distance:43 km|
|Friday MTB||Fataga Trails||This mountain bike tour starts in the centre of the island, at 1200m. Rocky trails lead up a steep climb to Cruz Grande, but the impressive views offer a pleasant distraction from the effort. As we ride through the heart of the island, we take in twisty trails, unspoilt scenery, and spectacular views. After a few more rock gardens and flow trails, we reach the picturesque village of Fataga, where we stop for a well-earned lunch break. Fuel up, because after lunch awaits another challenging climb towards Degollada las Yeguas, the most fabulous viewpoint in the South! From there on, it is all smiles again as we descend on a single trail to Maspalomas and back to civilization.||Distance:43 km|
|Totals||224kms 9770m of descent|