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22-11-2018, 08:32   #16
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Well that was epic. I've never had so much fun on a bike as chasing cars down some of them hills. I started out from peurto mogan, so probably one of the easier routes from what I have read, I have no gps or tech on board but left at 9am ish and back in apartment about 3/3.30. I'm just happy I made it to the top having tried the 1st day I was here and giving up, took it easy the second and managed it today.

I'm a bit sore now, reckon the bike was slightly to big for me, cannondale supersix evo, but how and ever it was well worth it. Gonna be very hard to go back to my alu frame and winter/ waterproof gear ��
the climb from Porto de Mogan to Ayacata is beautiful. Definitely not the hardest on the island, but still tough enough (mostly because there are really steep sections late on). Heading over myself in a couple of weeks. Can't wait to give this one a go again. The road along the south of the island had been closed the last couple of times I was over, so it wasn't possible to get to the climb.
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the climb from Porto de Mogan to Ayacata is beautiful. Definitely not the hardest on the island, but still tough enough (mostly because there are really steep sections late on). Heading over myself in a couple of weeks. Can't wait to give this one a go again. The road along the south of the island had been closed the last couple of times I was over, so it wasn't possible to get to the climb.
Those last 11km from the coffee stop up past roque nublo to the top, nearly had me turn around. If I'd known it was like that I would have paced myself a bit better. I was slightly pissed off watching these middle aged germans pass me on there electric mtbs, converstion in free flow, as I had stoped for break panting my lungs out.

I wanted to do a cycle from peurto mogan to masapalomas but was informed by the freemotion guys that the road was closed and the only option was to go up as far as gc605 and back down.

Will definitely be back here jan/Feb, only question is will I base in mogan again or not. Fantastic place, as another poster said though, you need to bring your climbing legs, it's not really a leisure destination for cycling.
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Those last 11km from the coffee stop up past roque nublo to the top, nearly had me turn around. If I'd known it was like that I would have paced myself a bit better. I was slightly pissed off watching these middle aged germans pass me on there electric mtbs, converstion in free flow, as I had stoped for break panting my lungs out.

I wanted to do a cycle from peurto mogan to masapalomas but was informed by the freemotion guys that the road was closed and the only option was to go up as far as gc605 and back down.

Will definitely be back here jan/Feb, only question is will I base in mogan again or not. Fantastic place, as another poster said though, you need to bring your climbing legs, it's not really a leisure destination for cycling.
yep, section is fairly eyeball-popping.

Out of interest, where is the road closure? If you made it to Ayacata, it must be somewhere between there and San Bartolome?
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yep, section is fairly eyeball-popping.

Out of interest, where is the road closure? If you made it to Ayacata, it must be somewhere between there and San Bartolome?
I wanted to cycle the coast to masapalomas via the gc500, guy in free motion informed that road is closed a few kms out of peurto de mogan. Only other options then are gc1 or the long way round .
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Hadn't realised the road closure was as bad. A small stretch from Taurito to Puerto Mogan is affected but it looks like it is a permanent closure due to the damage from a major rockfall.

They will not be repairing the road and most likely a new tunnel will be required parallel to the motorway (GC1) with a 3-5 year timeline. Looking at youtube videos of the damaged section, it does look ropey enough


Its a real shame as the cycle from Maspalomas to Puerto Mogan for an ice cream and back was the closest to a recovery spin on the island.

Probably the only option now from Maspalomas is to go via the Soria climb GC505 after El Pajar and follow signs for Presa las Ninas. If memory serves me right this last section is fairly rough and steep and there were official-ish no cycling signs.
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Probably the only option now from Maspalomas is to go via the Soria climb GC505 after El Pajar and follow signs for Presa las Ninas. If memory serves me right this last section is fairly rough and steep and there were official-ish no cycling signs.
Think this is the route freemotion said I would need to take.
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Hadn't realised the road closure was as bad. A small stretch from Taurito to Puerto Mogan is affected but it looks like it is a permanent closure due to the damage from a major rockfall.

They will not be repairing the road and most likely a new tunnel will be required parallel to the motorway (GC1) with a 3-5 year timeline. Looking at youtube videos of the damaged section, it does look ropey enough


Its a real shame as the cycle from Maspalomas to Puerto Mogan for an ice cream and back was the closest to a recovery spin on the island.

Probably the only option now from Maspalomas is to go via the Soria climb GC505 after El Pajar and follow signs for Presa las Ninas. If memory serves me right this last section is fairly rough and steep and there were official-ish no cycling signs.
It's fine to cycle up it. The surface is dodgy in places but at no point will you ever be cycling fast up there (due to it's 17% slopes!). I've seen those no-cycling signs but have no idea why they're there. I've never seen to many up there and, any time I've cycled up, it's rare you'd meet a car.

Shame about that rockslide. That road has been plagued with rockslides since I started going to GC about 15 years ago. They must just have gotten the road reopened at Arguineguin when this happened. I guess that's what happens when you build a road on a pile of dust!

I'm staying in Maspalomas. It's disappointing Mogan is cut off but there are plenty of other options on the east/southeast of the island.

Thanks for posting the video. Looks passable on foot but my fear of heights will prevent me from trying it!.
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I’ve been there twice this year and it’s passable with your road bike. You’ll have to lift it around 2 barriers and Armco at the side of the road. Lots of walkers still use this road.
There is a fine if you’re caught but I’ve never seen anyone around enforcing it.
There is a ferry from Puerto Rico to puerto Mogan hourly that you can bring your bike on too

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I’ve been there twice this year and it’s passable with your road bike. You’ll have to lift it around 2 barriers and Armco at the side of the road. Lots of walkers still use this road.
There is a fine if you’re caught but I’ve never seen anyone around enforcing it.
There is a ferry from Puerto Rico to puerto Mogan hourly that you can bring your bike on too

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might be one for a weekend day then. I've climbed over roadworks/rockfalls there on 2 occasions in the past. There'd be lads on the road works during the week and they'd stop you, but not a sinner at the weekend. Though it sounds like, in this case, there aren't even road works there. I might chance it.
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I passed midweek. No sign of any activity at all. You’ll be alright
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I’ve gone over it on a few occasions bit of pain climbing over Armco but not too bad.
Only found out recently you can get fined, I’ll be keeping an eye out next time.
Just remember it’s closed for a reason, the cliff face above is unstable don’t hang about to long under it and avoid going up after rain or in strong winds.
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GC ;bike hire ? and routes ?

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)
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will hire a bike for 2-3 spins; what hire places are best, Free Motion pops up a lot
I rented with Free Motion a few weeks ago and found them fantastic, highly recommended. Well worth joining one of their tours on your first day, takes away the hassle of planning and the guides will be happy to help you choose some routes for your solo days.
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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.
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hired a C'dale synapse from Free Motion and did their Pico de las Nieves challenge on Wed, signed on for the hobby level but was able to keep with the sport level when the groups split, hard enough climb but great views from the top, descended the same route(group decided to do that rather than going east which has a very steep downhill with bad surface according to the guide)


on friday did my own thing, as above sugg by 1Byran, -coast then up to Soria (coffee) over the broken road (Tauro Pass?) and over to Ayacata and up to PdlN again and straight back down the long hill to Playa de Ingles


we rented a car for one day and drove down the GC210 (which is described as the VOTT lite!! going up) a very stressful drive but would be a great cycle up from Mogan and very hard...what is the real VOTT be like ?? anyone here done it?

free motion do a route but the days didn't suite me


and the GC500 from Puerto de Mogan is still closed so had to take the GC1 back in the car


thanks to all above for the advice
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