Off Road Mountain Biking in Gran Canaria

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Mountain bike of choice in Gran Canaria

Mountain bike of choice in Gran Canaria

Having visited the Gran Canaria island for some years we though it was about time to see of the sights this beautiful island has to offer and take part in some excursions. A 41km off-road mountain bike trip into the mountains seemed ideal…DOH!

We chose to use free-motion.com who offered a variety of different routes and we opted for the Grand Caynon tour. The tour was booked in advance to avoid disappointment and we didn’t have to pay anything until we turned up on the day. There were various mountain bikes to choose from, in fact the options were confusing but we eventually opted for the Rush 29 2, which seemed to be a very good bike and coped with the uneven terrain very well. We paid 49 Euro’s for the tour (lunch and water included), the bike on its own for the day is 26 Euro’s. The tour lasted until approximate 13:00 and commenced shortly after 09:00.

The tour stats from their base in Playa del Ingles near the coast riding past Aqualand  and into the mountains, riding at your own pace and stopping at regular intervals to allow the party to re-group. There were about 10 in our party, all of various abilities but most seemed to be quite fit, whilst we didn’t run at the front we weren’t at the back either!

Mountain bike trip views of Gran Canaria

Mountain bike trip views of Gran Canaria

The first 16km was all road riding until we reached the foot of the mountain, things got pretty tough from that point! The next 8km up the mountain was exhausting and very tiring, not for the feint hearted but everyone is left to travel at their own pace and the bikes are all geared for these conditions, the suspension is adjustable and adapts well to the off-road tracks beside the mountains.

The mountain bike trip offered spectacular mountain views of Gran Canaria

The mountain bike trip offered spectacular mountain views of Gran Canaria

On route to the mountains passing up through green farmed valleys to the double reservoirs and village of Ayagaures.

Riding steadily on loose surfaces to reach Eagle Pass, which provided some excellent views and a quick beak for a spot of lunch. The descent is ‘interesting’ and pretty fast down the Barranco of Fataga and back to base through the ‘Grand Canyon’ of Gran Canaria.

Unlike the UK, the mountain bikes in Gran Canaria have the rear brake on the right hand side of the handlebars, which you must remember when travelling at speed down the mountains. We were expecting (and looking forward to) the descent but this was actually the scariest and most demanding part of the entire day!

Mountain views of Gran Canaria

Mountain views of Gran Canaria

The descent was approx. 3km but you had to apply the brake for most of it and hold on to the handlebars very tight as the terrain is very rocky and uneven, more so than we expected. We had a couple of ‘close moments’ but closed our eyes and hoped for the best, fortunately it worked out ok!

Free Motion also offer numerous road riding cycling trips as well as hiking or, if you know the area or want to explore on your own, they also just offer cycle hire. Their shop is also equipped with every cycling accessory you could wish for.

We were not seasoned cycling or mountain bike veterans so 41 continuous kilometers on the bike were very tiring on the bum and it ached for days afterwards..note to self…wear a pair of padded shorts next time, as there will be a next time as the trip was very enjoyable and recommended.

Very professional company and well organised trip.