Ride up to high mountains, during the winter!
If you wanna ride around the mountains already in January and February, the best place for it may be Tenerife, where the weather is guaranteed to be the best for planning a training camp or biking holiday.
Due to their unique locations, the popular tourist regions of the Canaries, Costa Adeje, Los Americanos and Los Cristianos, offer sunshine and short tights weather even in the coldest winter months. The almost 4000 meters (13,100 feet) high Teide volcano stops rain clouds that may arrive from the north, so the southwestern coast will receive sunshine even if the other end of the island has unfriendly conditions. During sunny spells, the temperature is usually around 20 degrees (68 F), but even in cloudy conditions it is at least 15 C (60 F), although in such a weather it can get cold on the mountain.
For cyclist the accommodation is located on the most ideal part of Tenerife. Adeje and Los Cristianos are on the south part of the island, which sees less rain than the Puerto and De La Cruz region at the north. The Teide has a tendency to stop clouds moving across Tenerife. This accounts for the price difference of the accommodations, but for the cyclist, the mostly dry weather is always welcome. Nevertheless the island is small enough for riders to experience the scenery of the Los Gigantes, Masca region, Santiago del Teide, and the north shores during one of the organized round trips. Our present offer includes apartment accommodation and separate rooms for cyclists, or anyone who would like to take a break from the winter weather in continental Europe.
In terms of training opportunities we mostly have to reckon with mountain climbs. The coastal road around the Costa Adeje region is not flat either, but there are some gradual climbs that can simulate flat conditions. In good weather, if we want a longer training session, there is a level coastal road on the North shore. It pays to take into account the possibility of strong winds, but these are not on par with winds on bare islands. Mountain climbs can be varied: there is e.g., Teide with a 2000 meters (roughly 6500 feet) climb from sea level or the Masca region with its 1100 meters (3600 feet) very steep climb. Longer training sessions can be planned to be varied, the short, one-two hours sessions could be less interesting, as from the accommodation there are only roughly two ways to start.
The boarding options are open, with group meals option for lunch and dinner. Such needs should be planned in advance and indicated to our hosts. Nevertheless Tenerife is not overly expensive in this regard compared to other European destinations, so you shouldn’t miss the experience of the local cuisine. Thankfully, we will find hospitable service units everywhere, where they welcome cyclists with open arms. In a historic moment, once when it snowed on the way to Teide (this happens once in a blue moon in February) we were greeted by in a cafe by a waitress who immediately put a portable heater to our feet.
If you purchase your own plane ticket, consider booking a direct flight. Even if they are more expensive, at least there is no need to rest day after flying. Of course you should keep in mind that transporting a bicycle incurs extra cost. In order to avoid unpleasant moments at the airport checkin, this cost should be researched before booking.