Lanzarote Beginner's Week - Ride Two

Although yesterday was a great first ride out on the bike, the nerves still came to the forefront this morning. Today was going to be a different ride.  A little bit more of a challenge in terms of climbing but fewer miles as a consequence. 

We set off from the hotel just after breakfast and headed towards Puerto del Carmen.  This is a completely different route to yesterday that runs along the coastline, passing by Arrecife, Playa Honda and Los Pocillos.  It’s a good 20km of flat riding so great for stretching the legs and warming up before moving out of the towns and into the hills!  The Donkey Track, being one of those hills. 

I remember it well from last year, so I was keen to see if it was any easier to ride up this year!  This is a smooth, winding road approx. 3.22km long, that heads out towards Tias.  As well as feeling elated at the achievement of getting to the top, you are rewarded with great coffee and cake at Magma Cycling Café.  Definitely worth the effort!

Today it was freshly baked apple muffins, cheese-cake or carrot cake.  I can recommend the baked apple muffins, they were absolutely delicious!

From there we headed upwards to San Bartolome.  Some more great climbing.  We all took it steady and all made it to the top. 

So, what goes up, must come down!  With the climbing done it was time for the descent.  For some, this is the highlight of a ride.  For me, it’s the part that scares me the most, and I cannot believe it when I say I prefer the uphill to the downhill.  And I probably go faster up hill than I go down!  We all have our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to cycling.   Thank you to our guide Mick, for encouraging me down, when I actually felt like getting off my bike and walking. 

All safely at the bottom and back in Costa Teguise, we made our way back to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon by the pool.  Our second day of cycling done.  Hills conquered – up and down and all still smiling.

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