Originally Posted by devonp
heading over to Playa del Ingles after Xmas.
will hire a bike for 2-3 spins; what hire places are best, Free Motion pops up a lot on Google?
what climbs do i need to do, better to do a group or go solo ( kinda prefer)
from play del finglas the best route to do would be to head across to San Fernando and find the climb across to Fataga. That takes you to about 900m. Then you can continue up to Cruz Grande and over to Ayacata (around 1200m). If you're really feeling strong turn right in Ayacata for the shortish killer climb up to Roque Nublo, and continue on up to Pico de las Nieves (~1600m) if you really like climbing. Then come back down the same way, either doubling back on the climb you went up, or go back via Santa Lucia - head across to the CG500 and cycle back in the coast (just be mindful of the wind direction on this road - can be a killer if it's a headwind).
A nice, shorter climb (but fairly stiff), is up to Soria. Cycle along the south coast of the island for about 10km til you get to a roundabout at Arguineguin. Cycle into the valley (follow signs for Las Fillipinas/Soria). After about 12km of a 1-3% drag the road goes up. Soria is at about 650m and you can get coffee there. Alternatively, if you really like steep stuff, once you get to the top of that climb, there's a left turn that takes you up a broken (but not too bad) road. That has gradients of up to 20% on it and is about 4km long. When you reach the top of that climb, you can descend over to the road coming from Mogan, which will take you to Ayacata if you choose to continue climbing.
The third option is to cycle right across the south of the island, to Mogan. Cycle up to Mogan village. About 2-3 miles past Mogan village there's a right turn that takes you into a forest, for one of the most beautiful climbs you will ever do. Eventually that road will meet the route in the previous paragraph.
It depends on your standard and how fit you are. There isn't much flat stuff over there. If you're in Free Motion you can pick up a route map there for a fiver.