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El Teide - Los Cristianos

Basic data & ranking

Average grade: 5.2 %

Length: 45 km

Altitude start: 0 m

Altitude top: 2356 m

Ascent: 2356 m

Maximum: 12 %

El Teide rankings

Difficulty ranking world: 142 (all)
Ranking Spain: 16 (all)
Difficulty score: 192.3 what?

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The El Teide is situated in Canarias (Canary Islands). Starting from Los Cristianos, the El Teide ascent is 45 km long. Over this distance, you climb 2356 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5.2 %. The maximum slope is 12 %.

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Story by Ray Van Kogelenberg from Farnborough, United Kingdom, submitted on 05/01/2016
I did this climb in Jan 2016. Contrary to one of the review stating the road surface was bad 20 years ago, today it is great. There is one stretch with rougher tarmac about 2/3 of the way up, but you only really notice then when you descend at over 40mph. Certainly the last 8 or so miles from Vilaflor to the initial top is silky smooth.

Traffic is a bit heavy only on the first few miles up to the village of Camella, but that stretch is a wide road with plenty of space on the sides to cycle safely. A bit like the tarmac, the higher up you go, the better it gets.

There are a handful of cafes on the way up. They are in the villages you pass. I would certainly think that in the warmer months you will need to stop somewhere to refill your bottles. I did, and that was in January when it was 23 degrees official temperature.

The scenery is just stunning. Better than the Alps or Pyerenees? Maybe so. The top was above the clouds on the day I went up. From the top you can see neighbouring Canary Island poking through the clouds as well. Amazing.
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Story by Mb from , The Netherlands, submitted on 30/04/2015
Beautiful and tough climb. Tough mainly because of it''s length and the fact that the most difficult part is at around km 30 till km 35 (the last part before you enter the crater in which the Teide was formed)

Once arrived in the crater you are rewarded with beautiful views and a fantastic landscape. Highly Recommended !
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Story by mistermaumau from , France, submitted on 26/09/2011
I did this one about 15 years ago alone on New Year''s Eve with no training, it''s tough but as there are constant changes in gradient you always get a chance to recover before the next tough part. At the time the steepest part around 1600m altitude had a really terrible road surface and it angered me so much I actually got off and walked 500m. Don''t be fooled by the general gradient, the downhill part as you enter the volcano is included for the calculation. You cannot ride all the way to the top but you can walk/crawl it, the views are amazing.
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