Cycling El Teide El Medano

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El Teide - El Medano

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 4.6 %

Length: 51 km

Altitude start: m

Altitude top: 2325 m

Ascent: 2325 m

El Teide rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 189 (all)
Ranking Spain: 25 (all)
Difficulty score: 179.44 what?

El Teide ratings

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The El Teide is situated in Canarias (Canary Islands). Starting from El Medano, the El Teide ascent is 51 km long. Over this distance, you climb 2325 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 4.6 %.

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Story by MRw from , Belgium, submitted on 31/08/2014
this could have been an awesome climb, if it were not for the MASSIVE amount of tourists riding up the mountain by car. Add to that impatient and inconsiderate islanders, and you have: El Teide. The roads are at some times on the edge of rideable. On the top on several km''s they are far over the edge. Especially while descending, with your derailleur banging into your carbon frame, not very pleasant. Also a tad dangerous since the average distance the cars keep is measurable in cms. Before you actually get anywhere near roads that are nice to ride, first you need to pass the busy, fast and rude sea-side traffic.

Tenerife is far from a cyclist paradise. I could count the other bicycles on one hand, on a 3hour climb!!! But, don''t be mistaken... it''s not that it is undiscovered, cars have simply taken the overhand.

Difficulty of the climb is average. It''s a bit on the long side, but no single part has you push real hard, so you can get up without going deep.

would''nt recommend it... goes for tenerife in general. Unless you are german, overweight, and enjoy trying to develop melanoma all day long.
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Story by Betty from Midlands, United Kingdom, submitted on 06/12/2012
Hi all, simple but hopefully effective question & answer... If I start off in 70 degree heat at Los Gigantes & ride up to Teide what clothing should I take with me as from experience of driving up it gets pretty chilly once you get up to the cable car car park?... Arm warmers, shell jacket & gloves?... or start off in leggings & full sleeves?... Thanks all...
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Story by Andy from manchester, United Kingdom, submitted on 18/10/2012
I cycle every year in Tenerife and I have climbed Teide a number of times.

I start at Los Cristianos through Arona then Vilaflor and over the top into the crater finishing at the cable lift car park.This route is a 63 mile round trip. You climb from sea level up to around 7500 feet to Boca de Tauce and then drop down into the crater. The return route has a 3km climb back out but once you get back to the highest point it''s 22.5 miles of glorious descent which takes around 52 mins without turning a pedal.

The gradient is managable the whole way but it is relentless. I find spinning up on a compact with a 25 is perfect.

The climb from Puerto de la Cruz is a nice climb particularly when you leave Aguamansa into the pine forest. The gradient is much the same as the south side but often you climb through cloud on the North side and the reward is the scenery as you break through the fluffy white cloud layer.

I normally bike to the cable lift car park and descend back to the south side. The descent on the north side is good especially going through the cloud but when I have done it, it has been busy with traffic.

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Story by Andre from Vorden, The Netherlands, submitted on 12/01/2012
Amazing climb !

i've been cycling 5 times now on Tenerife and have done all routes up multiple times.

the road from Granadillas up is just a dream; smooth climb (constant 5-7%) with a fantastic view to both the mountain and the sea side. very good road with lots of turns.

from Villaflor up throught he national park is a beauty, also very smooth.

where in Europe can you climb from 0 - 2300 meters in one way, with great roads, great weather ?

Tenerife is a cycling paradise.

if you have a GPS, send me an email and you'll get my (garmin) routes.
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Story by Jos Vermeulen from Antwerp, Belgium, submitted on 28/02/2011
Marvelous climb, from Médano. Note: don''t take the west-side descent (road TF38). The road is in very bad condition!!! DANGEROUS!!!
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Story by Tom Bruno from Luxembourg, Luxembourg, submitted on 21/01/2008
Rode up to El Retemar from Golf del Sur - close to El Medano. Ride up to San Miguel is calm - cars zooming along is biggest gripe. Good grocery for clementines and extra water if needed. Out of San Miguel opted for direct road to Vilafor, eliminating Granadilla. First parts of this ride that get steep. Half way to Vilafor you get a pretty tame flat for about 2km - then it kicks up. I suspect this is about where the altitude effect kicks in - that plus two or three sections (200-400m in length) of some pretty steep stuff. Vilafor is quaint - good little places for a coke and sandwich. Gets much cooler and the ever present wind will chill you. From Vilafor up is a dream - steep climbs cut into the sides of a beautiful mountain. By my calculation Vilafor up to El Retemar is about a 7% average so a nice healthy climb but constant - no real steep steeps just relentless up. Opted out of a ride into the caldera and over to the cable car - would add about 200m of gain but a lot of KM.
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