Bognor/Chichester CTC Club Ride Notes
Saturday, 21 January 2006
Thursday 19 January. Lanzarote. El Golfo Crater and Femes Ride.
I planned a shorter ride today after yesterday’s exertions. Weather was bright and sunny and very clear although it clouded over later in the day. Temperatures rose to 20C.
I headed southwest to start with on the Playa Blanca road via Yaiza which involved a climb to 750ft. Then I turned off on a quiet byroad across lava fields where the lava had flowed down from the multiple eruptions to the sea. I went down to view El Golfo Crater which is a volcanic cone eroded in half by the sea.
The road then continues a circuit along the coast on dramatic lava cliffs pounded by the sea. I saw on the route a big group of disabled cyclists on 3 wheel hand powered recumbents.
I passed under the main road and climbed up to Las Brenas and then further up with great views down across the plains on the southern tip of the Island to Playa Blanca with the hills of the Island of Fueventura visible in the distance. The byroad comes to a roundabout where it joins the mountain road route coming up from Playa Blanca. From here the road heads skyward up a cliff with gradients of about 15% for a mile.
On top of the cliff is the village of Femes where I collapsed into a restaurant for lunch dripping sweat. I soon recovered to appreciate the great views from the terrace at 1250ft. The road from Femes back to the main road had been recently resurfaced which made for a great fast descent.
Mileage for the day was 36 with about 2500ft of climb.
Wednesday, 18 January 2006
Wednesday 18 January. Lanzarote. Tabayesco and La Nieves Ride.
Today was a little different for me from the usual short and easy Club Wednesday ride. Weather was sunny with some cloud and temperatures reaching 19C.
I headed up the byroad to Tias and then on to Conil and Masdache on the central plateau. Then on the main routes but still fairly quite roads to San Bartolome and Tahiche. Here I joined the LZ1 coast route headed north east. This road had recently been replaced by a new road leaving the old road as an access road. I took this and there was so little traffic it felt more like a road width cycleway.
After 10 miles I turned off the main route on a byroad via Tabayesco which wound its way up a valley for a 1200ft climb to come out near Haria. Near the bottom of the climb I was passed by a group of 4 German Cyclists out training. 2 speeded ahead but I managed to stay with the other 2 which made for a good workout.
Near Haria the byroad joined the main Haria to Teguise road which hairpinned its way up for another 800ft of climb to the pass at 2000ft. At the top of the pass I turned off on a byroad to the viewpoint and Church of La Nieves. This has one of the best views on Lanzarote looking down from 2000ft cliffs to plains along the North West coast.
I continued down to Teguise on the main road which is a great smooth surface making for a fast descent. Then back to base via San Bartolome and Tias.
54 miles for the day and about 4000ft of climbing.
Sunday, 15 January 2006
Sunday 15th January. Lanzarote. Circuit to Mount Tarnia.
Weather started cloudy but soon cleared to sunny skies. Temperatures reached 20C. After hard rides the previous two days I undecided on a shorter ride today.
I took a minor road up to Tias and bypassed the town to the west taking another minor road under the Motorway and then further up to the village of Conil. A little above the village I came to the high point at 1180ft. I was now on the high volcanic plateau in the centre of the Island. The landscape was harsh and rocky but I spotted one tree with the red cone of Caldera Colorada in the distance.
I continued to the main Uga to Teguise road at Masdache. There was little traffic on the main road but I turned off it to head further north towards Mount Tarnia. This byroad was carved out of the rocky lava sheets. Near the base of Mount Tarnia I turned off on another road to El Islote and then back to Tias on byroads. I had a fast descent on the main route back down to Puerto Del Carmen.
Mileage for the day was 22 with about 1500ft of climb.
Saturday, 14 January 2006
Saturday 14 January. Lanzarote. Volcanoes Ride.
The day dawned bright and sunny again with temperatures reaching 20C.
Today I decided on a ride in the southern end of the Island where massive eruptions of many Volcanoes only 250 years ago spread a sheet of lava over a third of the Island.
The lava field is spread over a high plateau over the centre of the Island at 1000ft. This means that to get anywhere interesting on the Islands roads usually means a climb of 1000ft which makes for some good training rides.
I took a byroad south to Puerto Calero and then a steady climb inland to cross the main road at a roundabout. Then the real climb started on a byroad to La Asomada. The gradient was about 12 percent for 2 Kilometers and the summit was reached at 1150ft. Near the top an old villager said something to me which I didn’t understand in my non existent Spanish but I decided must have been “Well done, bravo” or maybe it was “you silly tourist, why do you ride a bike up this hill”
After a short descent to the Uga to Teguise road I turned off heading north towards Mancha Blanca and the other coast. Here there is a vast plain of lava rocks too recent to be broken down into soil with volcanic cones shattered by the force of the eruptions on each side.
From Mancha Blanca I took a road west into the Timanfaya National Park. This road is not far from Club La Santa, Sports Training Centre on the north coast and is base for many cyclists here for winter training. I greeted many coming in the opposite direction. Several also came past me with ease. I decided they were probably 20 to 30 years younger.
I then headed south again on a dead straight road through the lava fields to Yaiza. Then an unavoidable 2 miles of main road before turning off on the byroad to Puerto Calero. I went down to the Marina for a cafe lunch before continuing the last 3 miles back to base.
Mileage for the day was 31 with about 2000ft of climbing.
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