Cycling El Teide Puerto de la Cruz

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El Teide - Puerto de la Cruz

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 5 %

Length: 46.7 km

Altitude start: 10 m

Altitude top: 2325 m

Ascent: 2315 m

El Teide rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 164 (all)
Ranking Spain: 22 (all)
Difficulty score: 184.7 what?

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The El Teide is situated in Canarias (Canary Islands). Starting from Puerto de la Cruz, the El Teide ascent is 46.7 km long. Over this distance, you climb 2315 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5 %.

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Story by Matus from , Slovakia, submitted on 05/01/2016
Very nice training in winter. First kilometres riding through Puerto de la Cruz next to the banana plantations, but the road is very good signed (->El Teide). After full-of-cars La Orotava, the road is emptier and nicer, with many nice views on the Atlantic and Puerto. Don''t forget to buy some water and banana in some local shop at the end of built-up area (i.e. Camino de Chasna in 800 metres) or you won''t have any other possibilities by 2000 metres. Then the country is changing many times, and on the top you will be surprised by the "Moon"-c country. Downhill can be very cold, the road is in the afternoon in the shade of the volcano. The quality of asphalt is good, but somewhere (mainly at the top) is little broken (probably because of volcano).
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Story by Olivier from , Switzerland, submitted on 07/10/2014
Just come back from Tenerife where I did the climb to Teide from Puerto de la Cruz. The only drawback is the first 10km is through a built-up area. it''s not the nicest part and I would highly recommend a good recce of the road (Puerto de la Cruz is very complicated!) Having said that it is well worth starting from the Playa Martianez as you then have the full height elevation (2400m on my garmin).

It is also through the built-up area that you have the steepest part of the climb. Once you pass the 10 km, the road become much nicer and the gradient much more constant. The next 24 km or so are just a beautiful climb through trees and many places overlooking Puerto de la Cruz and the Atlantic. you can see yourself gaining altitude. Quite superb part of the climb. You reach 2000m at El Portillo and you start the last 12 km of the climb. It is like arriving in another world of chaos and anarchy. The road meanders through molten rocks and lava. It has some much less steep parts and even a short downhill just before the last steep push to the cable car station. It does get cold in the downhill. Beware! All in all a fantastic climb.
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