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Classic Vulcan Bike Route in 3 Days

Classic Vulcan Bike Route in 3 Days

EXTREMLEY HARD GOING AND INTENSE. FOR THOSE WHO LOVE RESISTANCE AND CHALLENGES.

 

1ST STAGE: Puerto Del Carmen-Orzola-La Graciosa

(94kms/680m of accumulated positive slope)

Attempting to do the first and second stages in only one day means you would have to complete the first 64kms of the first stage and arrive in time for the last boat to La Graciosa (midday 13.30). Upon arrival of La Graciosa you will ride the remaining 30kms.

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2nd STAGE: ORZOLA-YAIZA

91 kms / 2.000 meters positive accumulated elevation

The first part of this stage until Famara is the most "alpine" of the Vulcan Bike. Today we are going to ride through the highest area of the island. If the highest point of Lanzarote is only 700 meters above sea level, the elevation accumulated on this route is going to triple that number given the number of ascents and descents we are going to do. The challenges we are going to face will be compensated tenfold by the spectacular landscape we are going to be experiencing along the journey.

The second part isn't less difficult and this makes this day a real challenge to overcome. Here we will see that the name, "Vulcan Bike" is very appropriate. This is the day with the most kilometres along the route during which we will cross through various lava areas, one being the amazing Timanfaya National Park. If you want to see something similar you will have to go to Hawaii....yourself. Following this lava "hell" we will finish the stage in the quaint village called Yaiza.

3rd STAGE: YAIZA-PUERTO DEL CARMEN

62 Kms / 820 meters positive accumulated elevation.

This stage may appear not to be too long, but it is demanding. The first part from Yaiza to Playa Blanca takes us along fast trails and very rocky areas where we are forced to use all of our technical skills to manoeuvre our bikes. 

From Playa Blanca to the Puerto del Carmen we will have to cross Los Ajaches, a mountain biking paradise in the most inhospitable and wild terrain of all the island (with permission of the Timanfaya volcano!). There are a number of ascents and descents, paths, single track trails and many technical spots. If you aren't a pro rider, don't worry, what you can't do "in the saddle" you can do walking. No one will be watching.

The Ajaches are a mountainous ridge at the south of the island which together with the Famara cliff are the oldest areas of Lanzarote. These two areas are several million years old. The highest point just passes 600 meters above sea level; however, we won't ride above the 200 meter line. Due to erosion, its ancient volcano is hardly visible. Its location parallel to the sea and its millions of years of erosion which have created a number of ravines reaching the sea make it a difficult terrain to ride through. There are no roads and the paths can't free themselves of the extensive erosion. Being at the south of the island, the aridity is extreme.

The number of ravines and the veritable solitude are going to put our cycling skills to test. Without a doubt this stage is the perfect finale to the Vulcan Bike.

 

 

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