Pit Stop: Tenerife
Velocity Cycle Wear’s Carolyn Gaskell shows us that there’s more to Tenerife than boozy nights and sunburnt days when you're on the bike...
Get your fix
THE ANAGA MOUNTAINS
If you don’t need to train at altitude, the Anaga Mountains offers the best cycling on the island. Ride 11km up the TF-12 and you’ll find yourself in a magical rainforest that predates the Ice Age. The views are incredible and the gradients, while gentle, are persistent. If you’re feeling brave, you can then head down the other side to Taganana, where you’ll enjoy an eye watering 5km at an average 10 per cent gradient to get back. Stunning, rugged and STEEP.
Get it Fixed
Calle Pedro Modesto Campos, 6, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
If you forget any kit or need a quick fix, go and see bike racers and good guys Lolo and Jakobo at Triciclos. You can browse their surprisingly wide range of women’s-specific kit or practice your Spanish while they fix your bike in their open-plan workshop. Ask them to fix your bike “sobre la marcha” and they’ll aim to do it on the spot.
PLAYA DE LAS TERESITAS
Pedal north out of Santa Cruz - on possibly the only flat road on the island - and you’ll soon reach this 1.5km slice of paradise. Get a sweat on by heading up into the mountains, followed by a welcome freewheel back down to the sea. Have a swim and then wind down with an ice-cold, locally brewed Dorada - because you deserve it.
Parque García Sanabria, Rambla de Santa Cruz, s/n, 38004 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Hipster coffee hasn’t yet arrived in Tenerife, so forget finesse and head to Strasse to relax under the tropical trees after a hard day in the saddle. Order a “leche leche” and enjoy your small coffee sitting atop a bed of condensed milk (no really!). Feeling dangerous? Then order a “Barraquito Especial” and it will come with added alcohol and cinnamon.
Calle Guillén, 14, San Andres, 38120 Santa Cruz de Tenerife
Located between the Anaga Mountains and Playa de las Teresitas, Los Pinchitos is a real locals’ restaurant in the village of San Andres. The boss, Gloria, will welcome you like a long lost family member and serve up enormous portions of fresh fish and seafood. Wash it down with local white wine – which, served ice cold, is surprisingly quaffable.