Lanzarote has positioned itself as an ideal destination for cyclists from all over Europe, who find an island offering 846 km² packed with opportunities for enjoyment, training or competition
Cycling enthusiasts have long been familiar with the charms of Lanzarote. The climate, its nature, the landscapes, the impressive seafront avenues and the low volume of traffic are more than enough reasons for cyclists of all levels and from all over the world to come to the island in search of new experiences on two wheels.
Events such as the Ironman, 4 Stage Mountain Bike Race – the only race in the Canary Islands in the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) calendar – or the Ultra Bike Lanzarote, guarantee a great cycling atmosphere throughout the year on the island of Volcanoes.
In this post we’ll be talking to the people in charge of two of the island’s leading cycling establishments, Papagayo Bike and Tribike Lanzarote, to find out first-hand about their daily contact with cyclists and to get their advice on the best routes and equipment for the practice of this sport.
What are the main services you offer at your facilities to clients who come to the island to cycle?
From our Papagayo Bike facilities, we offer everything from a basic bike repair service to a range of services to ensure that your bike is in optimal working condition for a day of touring or a cycling race.
We also offer transport services, tyre pressure checks, brake inspection and adjustment, as well as steering and suspension repairs. We want amateurs and sportsmen to have fun on the island, and we make sure that your bike is safe and in good working order so that you can make the most of your holiday or training plans.
In their words, “Lanzarote is a great place for cycling because it has great weather conditions all year round on different surfaces, which makes it perfect for training. In addition, there are a variety of routes through different landscapes on the island, so you can always find new places to explore.”
Which sport modality demands more services?
Triathlon is growing in popularity all over the world and Lanzarote is no exception. Triathletes flock to the island to compete in events such as “Ironman Lanzarote”, a triathlon event consisting of a 3.8 km swim, 180 km bike ride and 42.2 km run. It is one of the most demanding events in the world and attracts competitors and fans of this sporting discipline.
At Tribike Lanzarote we have a wide range of clients including those who practice triathlon, MTB and road cycling. In recent years, the trend of spending time in a triathlon campus has skyrocketed, and in our facilities, we receive groups of triathletes who come to the island without their bikes and rent one from us.
In the words of the manager, “if you are interested in competing in triathlon events, Lanzarote is the perfect place to do it. The island has a large number of events for all levels and the best accommodation for training and resting.”
Below, Papagayo Bike and Tribike Lanzarote share Lanzarote’s 5 most spectacular locations for cycling:
- Mirador del Río: The work of César Manrique, this is one of the spots most visited by cyclists. Getting a snap of yourself with the Chinijo Archipelago in the background is one of the most popular attractions.
- Timanfaya: An endless road that travels among volcanoes offers a rare treat for cycling and nature lovers. Not far away, you can experience similar sensations on the roads of La Geria, Masdache, Tinguatón and La Florida.
- Carretera de El Raso: This road is located in the north of the island. It leads to the foot of the volcano of La Corona, from where you can go down to the coast or up to the Mirador del Río.
- El Golfo road: Riding down to the coastal town of El Golfo you will feel the sea breeze on your face and enjoy a unique experience on a road with very little traffic,
- Costa de Tenesar: More specifically for MTB or BTT (mountain bike or all terrain bike) lovers, this magical place is a must-see. It’s a small village tucked away on the coast of Tinajo, with nooks and crannies that seem to have come straight from a postcard sent by the most intrepid travellers.
In addition, they recommend the basic equipment that you shouldn’t go without if you want to enjoy a day of cycling in Lanzarote:
Helmet and goggles
In Spain, children under 16 years of age are obliged by law to wear a cycle helmet. In the case of those over 16 years of age, they are only obliged to do so when riding on interurban roads.
Furthermore, cycling goggles serve to protect the eyes from gravel, insects or other objects that could cause injury to the face. Wind can also have adverse effects, such as drying out your eyes, if not protected by sunglasses. Most cycling glasses have a curved shape that protects the front and sides and include a ventilated design to prevent fogging.
Sun protection is essential to avoid burning the skin. The use of high factor sunscreens and a hat or cap to protect the face is recommended. In addition, always drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
The cycling clothing you’ll need for your day of cycling in Lanzarote depends on the weather conditions and your personal preferences. In general, you’ll need a cycling jersey, cycling shorts, gloves and shoes. Here are some of the most important items of cycling clothing you need to bring on your next trip to Lanzarote.
- Jersey: A good jersey will keep you cool and comfortable while cycling. It should be made of a lightweight fabric that allows air to circulate and wicks away moisture.
- Shorts: Designed to provide comfort and support while riding, they should be made of a moisture wicking fabric.
- Gloves: Gloves protect your hands from the sun and wind and can also help keep them warm on cold days. Look for gloves that have a good grip so you can maintain control of your bike.
- Footwear: Wear specialised cycling shoes with adequate support and protection for your feet. They should also be made of a lightweight, porous material to keep your feet cool and dry while cycling.
The timing of your cycling sessions in new places may not be as accurate as usual, so you may not finish your ride at the scheduled times. It’s very important that you carry safety lights in case it gets dark before you reach your destination.
Spare parts kit
A puncture shouldn’t ruin your day, so always carry a set of tools and spare parts for the journey.
If you’re looking for adventure, you need look no further than Lanzarote. The island, known for its spectacular scenery and outdoor activities, meets all the conditions for mountain biking and road cycling and you’re sure to enjoy putting your skills on wheels to the test.