Last ride in Gran Canaria

The long and winding climb on perfect macadam

Our last ride today so we wanted to ride to the top of the island at 1,920m above sea level and as we were starting from our hotel, we were starting at 10m.  20km steady climb through Mogan followed by 6km ‘flat’ along the side of the the reservoir Presa de la Cueva de Las Ninas to be culminated by a steeper 20km climb to the top.

We were in good form even after yesterday’s big ride and took our time to enjoy the scenery on the perfect blacktop and arrived at Ayacata (1,300m) to be greeted by clouds shrouding the rest of the climb and looking like rain.  A change of plan was called for so we took the road down from Ayacata to San Bartolome de Tirajana and Fataga where we stopped for a coffee and a snack because it was only 11°C and we were cold and hungry.  From Fataga it is a beautiful descent to Maspalomas with just one decent climb alongside the deep canyon.

In Maspalomas we took the coast road with a tailwind to start which turned on us fo rthe last 15km.  The coast road is an undulating, quiet road with excellent blacktop, 30km & 500m of ascent bringing us back to our hotel in Puerto de Mogan.

We were back in time for a swim before bringing the bikes back to Free Motion.

Today’s data: 102.6km, 2088m climb, 5:17h in the saddle.

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