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    Tackling Teide

    Three weeks and counting till another tick on my bucket list.

    Going to Tenerife for 7 days and going to tackle the infamous Mt Teide on the 5th or 6th day when i've become accustomed to the heat.

    Taking most of my own equipment but shall be hiring a carbon fibre road bike for 25Euros per day.

    Looking forward to this challenge, here's some info for members who are interested..

    Being the highest mountain in Spain and offering unparalleled climbing, Teide is almost synonyms to altitude cycling training. Every year the majestic volcano attracts thousands of cyclists from across the globe. After all, how many places on earth can offer cycling routes with nearly 40km of continuous climbing combined with a suitable for cycling climate throughout the year?



    There are probably over 20 different routes you can take to cycle up Teide, with 5 being the main ones. Each route has something different and unique to offer, so they shouldn’t really be judged only based on length and average gradient.



    The most popular climbs are from Los Cristianos(My route) in the south and La Orotava via El Portillo in the north. A good alternative from the south is reaching Vilaflor via Granadilla.

    Shall be riding through he clouds and hoping to do the ride in a day and quicker than google flaming maps prediction...



    Shall post the pics on this thread.

    CCC
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    Mount Teide, an active volcano on Tenerife, is not about to erupt despite a rash of media reports to the contrary.

    A seismic swarm - a series of mini earthquakes - gripped part of the island on October 2.

    The activity led to headlines claiming there was panic on the island, whose economy is strongly reliant on tourism.

    But Dr Pedro Hernandez Hernández, Director of Volcano Monitoring at the Volcanology Institute of the Canary Islands told The Independent the fears were unfounded.

    “We are not due for an eruption,” Dr Hernández said. “There is no need to be worried, this is a very normal situation.”

    “The earthquakes were a seismic swarm, this is quite normal in a volcanic island. This is an active volcano.”

    Several factors are monitored as indicators of potential eruptions: seismicity, formation and, in particular, volcanic gas.

    The Institute uses a number of different stations to monitor these factors. However, when monitoring of the affected area increased following the swarm, there was no sign of any volcanic gas or other further eruption indicators.

    Just after i booked......

    The Sun and Daily Mirror are painting doomsday scenarios!

    Thank fook for the Independent..

    Tenerife volcano Mount Teide is not about to erupt at any moment, despite reports | The Independent

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    Vilaflor lovely hamlet
    I hung out there in the 1980s
    In those days it was allowed to hike to the summit, I think there are permits and a cable lify now , was in Spain this year but not the islands enjoy
    There are black sand beaches and North of Santa Cruz deserted nooks.
    Carnaval is great
    I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I couldn’t find any.

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    How long will the ride be, CCC? About 100km each way? 200km in total?

    I expect to see some great photos afterwards.

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    50km i think it was when i done it a couple of years back

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    First pic look very great...Can't wait to see more pics...

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    That's what it looks like from the top

    :SPOILER ALERT:

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    Here you go Za, a shameless plug to my own thread in tenerife 2 years ago


    http://teakdoor.com/travel-the-world...fe-thread.html (Another Tenerife thread)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    40km of continuous climbing
    How many metres high at the top ?

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    Hire a Ferrari instead.

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    I hired a jeep type thing to go up some mountains there. The jeep wasn't very happy about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by david44
    Carnaval is great
    Partied at one of the back in 1990, talk about mad for it.
    Summer of loove On a smaller scale to the Rio carnaval up in Santa Cruz the Islands capital.


    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    How long will the ride be, CCC?
    I'm hoping about 5 hours up and one hour down


    Quote Originally Posted by Dillinger
    50km i think it was when i done it a couple of years back
    Was you cycling or driving?


    Quote Originally Posted by billy the kid
    How many metres high at the top ?
    I think the highest point for riding is just over 2000m, requires further research..


    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo
    Hire a Ferrari instead
    I might need a quick getaway if that volcano blows while i'm up there.


    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna
    The jeep wasn't very happy about it
    Good fun burning out clutches on them mountains in hire cars.
    Once seized a clutch on the mountain doing 90mph pissed up back in my youth, fourth gear straight into 1st

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    was you cycling or driving?
    Thraping the bollocks out of a 1 litre VW Polo... i saw a few campsites on the way and a load of annoying cyclists. Could easily nudge one over a long drop.

    Safe journey

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang
    how many places on earth can offer cycling routes with nearly 40km of continuous climbing combined with a suitable for cycling climate throughout the year?
    there is one. the 214 across the border from Boten, Lao into Yunnan all the way to Dali and beyond. goes up to around 3500 metres, maybe a bit more.
    down-hills can take up to 2 fkg hrs.
    the most amazing ride of my life. on a bike.

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    It's done and dusted and ticked off my to do list.

    A day of pain it was indeed!

    Would i do it again? Would i fook!

    Had five days peparing on the beach and in the surf getting used to the heat, a few pics...

    The view from the plane, parallel to the peak of Mt. Teide..


    The goal from sea level just between the palm trees(not the rotund rear wearing thong), slightly higher up the snow covered peak.


    Time to load up on some carbs first at the world famous Desperate Dans Cow Pie restaurant...


    Then back for some body surfing on the playa..


    More later

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    After that cow pie it was time for a wander...

    Hhm interesting...Boules or balls depending on your language..



    If you look hard enough, you'll see the outline of a six foot Manta Ray, There was about a dozen of them resting in the harbour until the minions started dropping pebbles on them to watch them flap...



    Plenty of other weird and rare sightings also..



    Another close up of the goal..



    Plenty of weird looking cactus around..



    Som Tam anyone?



    Bit of street art..



    Sophia's gone international with her big game fishing...



    Time for a beer and chillax in Los Crustyanus..



    Will be back to post pics of the actual cycle ride when i've recovered from this..




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    Some mad bleeder who has to gone one better had was about to row across the Atlantic in this one man self sufficient vessel..





    Time for a last beer and a read of the local rag in the local bar for local people..



    Training and acclimatisation completed, with a change of plan under my belt.

    We headed up to my old mates Explorers retreat in the North East near Santa Cruz were himself and his missus had kindly agreed to babysit my minions for me.

    So my ride started early taking myself from sea level near Santa Cruz up through the winding pine forests and over the top into the crater of Mt Teide.











    The cyclists haven and much needed pit stop in the middle of the vast crater, the Hotel Parador. Many of Europe's professional cyclists stay and train here in the winter months.Not i!! I'm off, had enough of this cycling lark to last me a life time.



    The end of the road.....fook i've got to cycle back....



    The Summit obscured by the clouds.

    Cycled over a 100km in one day!!!
    Climbed to 2300m at one point.
    Body shot to fook and entered the twilight zone, enjoy the thread and pics.

    CCC
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    Well done, CCC.

    It looks like an easy ride back down the hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverna View Post
    Well done, CCC.

    It looks like an easy ride back down the hill.
    That was the best part, getting into those hairpin turns with this tune playing in my ears at full volume...


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