Lanzarote Villas - Perfect for a Cycling Holiday
Lanzarote is a superb destination for a cycling holiday. Home to what is regarded as the toughest Ironman Triathlon in the world, the island offers year-round training in the perfect climate and some of the toughest climbs and routes you will find. Many of the world´s top professional cyclists and triathletes come to the island in the winter months for warm weather training.Temperatures throughout the winter range from a daytime maximum of 20 to 23C, so no need for those 3 or 4 layers, gloves and hats! In general, the roads are good and not too busy if you stay away from the area around Arrecife, where you take your life in your own hands if you venture onto the expressway! What makes Lanzarote stand out from other cycling destinations, apart from the weather, is the toughness of the terrain. There are more than 300 volcanoes on the island, and this results in a more varied type of cycling run as opposed to a more general up and then down route you´ll find on other volcanic islands. The main volcano is Timanfaya which gives an excellent climb north to south in either direction.
As the wind is nearly always in the north, climbing north to south is nearly always easier. At the top, you can have a rest and see the camels carrying tourists around the side of the mountain! Sorry, I didn´t mention the wind, did I! Often quite strong Trade Winds from the north, make some days in the saddle a 2 hour cycle out and a half hour back! Winds are generally a bit lighter in the winter though. The toughest climb is further north around Mirador del Rio. Well worth it though – what a view from the top to the island of La Graciosa! Further south, the area around Playa Blanca is much flatter, and with that constant northerly wind, this makes a perfect base for your cycling holiday as you can plan nice routes into the wind to start, some climbs in the middle around Timanfaya and Tinajo, and then a lovely wind-assisted run back home. For the longer runs, carry on after Tinajo into the village of La Santa where there is a training camp for people from all sports, on to the beautiful beach and cliffs at Famara, inland to Teguise, and back down to the south through the lava fields around La Geria and Yaiza.
A great day out – but remember the sunscreen! Playa Blanca has many types of accommodation, but as you are going to spend so much time on the bike, your family need something rather special to keep them happy! Where better then than your own private villa with a pool, close to the beaches and resort centre to keep them amused until you return. A relaxing swim after your exertions is perfect – or you could do 500 lengths of training for your next Ironman!.
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