This week, Klaus Herrig takes us to Spain, Italy and gives us a loop that would be suitable for a virtual Everesting for those of you mad enough to try it, the Kreuzberg Virtual Everesting Loop.

If you’re attempting a Virtual Everesting on this circuit, it’s 22 laps.

Klaus describes this Gran Canaria series as full of “Blue skies, seemingly endless climbs and stunning Spanish countryside are all hallmarks of these rides from Spain – discover why Gran Canaria is the favourite cycling destination in the European winter and spring season!”

There’s also two bonus Italian rides, for those fans of Klaus’ routes.

 

Mogan to San Nicolas Viewpoint

Start in the valley of Puerto Mogan close to the harbor. Instead of turning right into Barranco Mogan, this time we go left and cycle all the way on the very scenic GC505 to the San Nicolas viewpoint.

20.04KM
DISTANCE
1:02:07
DURATION
678M
ELEVATION

Anfi to Taurito Loop

An easy loop through all the very well-known places along the southern coast of Gran Canaria. The road to Puerto Mogan is closed for cars and bikes since end of 2019 so the loop only goes to Taurito and then back to the start.

51.06KM
DISTANCE
23.94
DURATION
361M
ELEVATION GAIN

Puerto de Mogan to Pico de las Nieves

The Queen Stage of Gran Canaria rides! An almost 3 hour/45km long ride starting in Puerto de Mogan and finishing on top of the highest mountain on Gran Canaria – the Pico de las Nieves. There are only a few slight descents in this ride but the grades are mostly in the 5-7% range. It’s tough, but you will be rewarded with fantastic views throughout the ride and especially at the end.

45.18KM
DISTANCE
2:45:04
DURATION
2057M
ELEVATION GAIN

Tasarte

A lesser-known but nevertheless quite scenic ride from almost sea level up through the valley of Tasarte. You can still see some traces of a recent dangerous forest fire and the smell was not good.
Once back on the main road, enjoy a nice descent with many views and relax from the previous efforts.

12.27KM
DISTANCE
47:13
DURATION
614M
ELEVATION GAIN

Ruta de las Presas - Valley of Tears

Ruta de las Presas – also known amongst cyclists as “Valley of Tears” could also be named valley of sweat and probably has its name from numerous cyclists cursing the heat and the always steep to very steep grades. Don’t forget that one usually has already a couple of hundred meters of climbing in the legs before entering the Valley of Tears. Try to enjoy the views – as far as the next island Teneriffe!

14.60KM
DISTANCE
1:20:49
DURATION
1051M
ELEVATION GAIN

Maspalomas to Ayacata

Probably THE other ride in Gran Canaria that most cyclists will do on GC. It starts flat on the coast in Maspalomas, but soon gets steeper and you are rewarded with great views in many places. The ride ends after about two hours at the well visited and very well known (bike) cafe in Ayacata.

33.25KM
DISTANCE
1:59:02
DURATION
1482M
ELEVATION GAIN

Pico de las Nieves

Climb the highest mountain in Gran Canaria! The ride starts in Ayacata, right at the famous local cafe where always lots of cyclists gather. It is the short version of the Barranco Mogan to Pico de las Nieves ride to give you the opportunity to enjoy the view at the summit on a much shorter ride!

11.32KM
DISTANCE
47:35
DURATION
674M
ELEVATION GAIN

Ayacata to Cruz de San Antonio

A short ride which starts with a long descent at the well known cycling stop at Ayacata. Contrary to real life, you won’t feel the bad road so much (one of the worst stretches in Gran Canaria). Enjoy the curvy road up to Tauropass with moderate gradients on the now perfect road and get a glimpse at the Barranco Mogan at the end.

14.60KM
DISTANCE
25.47
DURATION
87M
ELEVATION GAIN

Barranco de las Aldea

Barranco de la Aldea is one of the few “hidden gems” of Gran Canaria. It starts close to San Nicolas on the western coast. There is almost no traffic here because the road is very narrow and had a very bad surface. The scenery is just breathtaking throughout the route which is full of turns and up and downs. Enjoy the views, admire the dams, lakes, and surrounding hills. Prepare for the subsequent ride into the Valley of Tears!

10.13KM
DISTANCE
37:25
DURATION
479M
ELEVATION GAIN

Barranco Mogan

One of the most beautiful climbs in Gran Canaria. Start at almost sea level and gradually ascent on the main road until you cross into the Barranco Mogan. The scenery changes quickly as the ride climbs through numerous switchbacks on a perfect road with an always fascinating scenery. One forgets that this climb ascents almost 1000m!

17.54KM
DISTANCE
1:08:37
DURATION
899M
ELEVATION GAIN

Climb out of the Etsch Valley

One of the hidden gems close to Bolzano. Start near the Etsch river and find your ways on the rather steep road up to Mölten. Enjoy frequent views of the Etsch valley below while climbing up.

17.54KM
DISTANCE
1:08:37
DURATION
899M
ELEVATION GAIN

High above the Etsch Valley

Yes – the start is rather steep in Mölten. However, after the first 10 minutes, we ride along undulating roads high above the Etsch valley with lots of fast descents to recover your legs. After we pass the well-known ski-area “Meran 2000” be prepared for a high-speed descent with breathtaking views of Merano. The finish is right at the Etsch river in the center of the beautiful city.

26.81KM
DISTANCE
58:13
DURATION
466M
ELEVATION GAIN

Kreuzberg Virtual Everesting Loop

One Loop is 13km and, based on the relevant Strava segment ~415hm ascent. Thus, a valid Everesting would be ~22 loops. The loop was done in 30 minutes with exactly 4W/kg on the climbing part. The average gradient for this ride is ~7% while normally climbs with an average of ~13% percent are selected for real world Everesting records. However, this specific loop was selected due to its always nice scenery and because the descent is in real life as fast as done virtually.

12.91KM
DISTANCE
29:53
DURATION
415M
ELEVATION GAIN

Arguineguin to Meloneras Loop

A quick and fast loop along the beach road from Arguineguin to Meloneras and back. Can be used for time trialing but also to just enjoy the views on this winding road!

13.20KM
DISTANCE
28.56
DURATION
244M
ELEVATION GAIN

Franconian Windmill Ride

An early evening countryside ride in Lower-Franconia through what Klaus calls the “Windmill” country. Undulating terrain, awesome views, a clear blue sky, and mostly little traffic make it a very enjoyable ride – which was done with some speed.

21.27KM
DISTANCE
44:22
DURATION
422M
ELEVATION GAIN

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