Cycling in support of Mental Health – Sunday 20th July

Sunday 20th July, we are holding a “Spin Off” in support of a mental health initiative called the Cycle Against Suicide .

While originally an Irish initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance a Secret Millionaire TV programme. The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

The main Cycle event this year, took place in April and May of 2014, creating a very tangible and practical opportunity for people who wanted to help support those who are affected by suicide. Thousands of participants took part over a 14 day period.

Together, shoulder to shoulder, we can Break the Cycle of Suicide not just in Ireland but worldwide!

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So, what do we want to achieve from the Spin Off?

We are cycling as a group to help raise awareness for positive mental health in communities in Lanzarote  and around the world. We are helping to promote the message that ‘it’s ok not to feel ok and absolutely ok to ask for help.’

The cycle will be approximately 40 km in length. We will all cycle together, shoulder to shoulder, at an average speed not exceeding 20kph. We will wait for everybody!

Where: Beside the Tourist Office on the main strip in Puerto del Carmen HERE Call Mick on 0034693575480 if you have any difficulty finding the starting point

When: Sunday 20th July @9.30am

What else? Bring your bike, water and a few € for a coffee stop. Make sure to apply sun cream on and if you can wear some orange be it a t-shirt, gloves, socks, shoes, make-up, a wig or even an orange bike!

Can’t cycle? We would still love to see you come down and see us off. We want people who might only look from afar to realise that ‘it’s ok not to feel ok and absolutely ok to ask for help!’

 

 

3 Great reasons to go on a Bueno Bike Tour.

There is no mistaking the passion we have for our bike tours at Bueno Bike Lanzarote. In fact, every time we add to our ever increasing number of Bike Rental Partners, passion for bikes and cycling is a pre-requisite. You can get that sixth sense from all their staff. They “eat, sleep and drink” cycling and the wonderful lunar landscape that is Lanzarote.

So, we decided tell you 3 of the best reasons we’ve heard from staff and participants over the last number of weeks, why you should go on a Bueno Bike Tour.

1. The Canarian Food Experience

Our café stops are famous for stopping at local, off the tourist track type eateries. We also give you our own short-list of great restaurants to enjoy with family and friends in the evening afterwards. You will enjoy the best food and service at local prices!

2. Adventures

We will help you score some browning points when you get back, with little ideas for adventures to enjoy with family and friends during the days that follow. Maybe you’ll be sent back out on a bike tour sooner than you expect!

3. Culture and sport

We tell you about local events happening on the island that don’t form part of the normal tourist experience. The Canarians really know how to enjoy themselves and they are among the very best in the world for organising local sporting and cultural events!

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La Graciosa MTB Adventure in association with TOURISTTICKET

We’ve been wanting to bring you something extra special for a while……..

Now, in partnership with TOURISTTICKET who are renowned for bringing you the best tours and excursions in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura, we can offer you the La Graciosa MTB Adventure

This full day trip is a chance to experience the stunningly beautiful and tranquil landscape of La Graciosa on a mountain bike.

We can promise you that it will be the most memorable day you are ever going to spend on a bike!

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This tour takes place every Tuesday and as there are only limited places available, early booking is advisable through Bueno Bike Lanzarote and also exclusively through TOURISTTICKET in Club La Santa Hotel.

Click La Graciosa MTB Adventure for details of the tour.

New custom tour………MTB The Volcanic Bomb

“The Volcanic Bomb” is exactly why we love our days off. We rarely hang at the pool. New or less familiar trails are the order of the day. Navigation goes out the window. Every few weeks we return and combine single and 4×4 tracks to bring you new trails. Welcome to MTB “The Volcanic Bomb”.

The Volcanic Bomb

In the 1730’s, volcanic activity was at it’s height on the island. Sometimes it’s hard to visualise this period in Lanzarote’s history as times passes. The Volcanic Bomb is a stark reminder of this period of “hell on earth”. Visualise this monstrous pyroclast being hurled through the air like a shot, from an eruptive vent. They acquired a round or oval form, through their rotational movement through the air and still being semi molten. Some bombs are hugely heavy and big, owing to the violence of the explosion that hurled them out.

As you cast your radar across the landscape, you will be thinking, “what must it have been like?” Armageddon maybe? Probably!

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Every pedal stroke feels different as any proper off-road should. Fast hard surfaces followed by mini gravel traps and sandy surfaces dictate changes in technique right throughout. Having said that the route is more about scenery than technique.

Route details

  • 62km
  • 872m of climbing
  • Highest Point 401m

Difficulty rating – Intermediate

Most of the trail is slightly easier than the blue square rating. The last 10km descends 380m and demands an element of care on the single track sections if done at speed. There are no drops or jumps of major note but we strongly advise that participants cycle at speeds within their ability.

More Information:

Bike Tour Schedule. Monday 30th June-Sunday 6th July

Booking are taken on a first come first served basis, where days are available. Tapas in Tias Evening Tour is available on request for 2-3 evenings a week.

Monday 30th June

1. MTB Volcanic Bomb (custom tour) 10am-3pm

2. Fun for Everbody. Tapas in Tias 4pm-7.30pm

Tuesday 1st July

MTB Custom Tour. La Graciosa. Details to follow. This is a brand new tour and we are really excited about it!!!! See the pics of the terrain on our facebook page.

Wednesday 2nd July

MTB Wine Valley 10am-2.30pm

Thursday 3rd July

Available

Friday 4th July

Fun for Everybody. Wine Tour 10am-2.30pm

Saturday 5th July

Available

Sunday 6th July

Available

Bike Tour Schedule – Monday 23rd – Sunday 29th June

All return times are approximate. The duration includes our stop for coffee and of course our wine tasting on Fridays for the Wine Tour. We wait for everybody. These are all fun tours.

For training camp enquiries please contact us. Training camps start out early between the times of 6.30 and 8.00am. Please see the entire schedule for this week below.

Monday 23rd

Wine Valley MTB 10am-2.30pm

Tuesday 24th

Road Bike 60km Sportif (Tao, La Santa, Tinajo) 8.30am-12.30pm

Wednesday 25th

MTB Wine Valley

MTB Wine Valley – Every Wednesday

Wine Valley MTB 10am-2.30pm

Thursday 26th

Road Bike 60-80km Sportif (Manca Blanca, Timanfaya, Femes, La Geria) 10am-2.30am

Tapas in Tias – Fun for Everbody! Hybrids & Electric bikes. 4pm-7.30pm

Friday 27th

Wine Tour

Wine Tour – Every Friday

Wine Tour – Fun for Everybody! Hybrids & Electric bikes. 10am-2.30pm

Saturday 28th

Available

Sunday 29th

Available

Tour Excursion Schedule. Wednesday 11th – Saturday 14th June

Rollercoaster MTB Find us in Fliston Bike Papagayo MTB Road Bike Sportif Wine Tour

Wednesday 11thMTB Wine Valley Tour

37km of which 30km is off-road. Route is not technical, however, powder and gravel surfaces are slippery and require an intermediate level of bike handling. We finish in Puerto del Carmen with a 19 hair-pin steep pathway.

Thursday 12th

Available on a first come first served basis for a spin of your choice.

Friday 13th – 2 tours

  1. Road Bike 60km. Start time 6.30am. Contact us for start location. Suitable for sportif level cyclists.
  2. Wine Tour. This is a social spin, we wait for everybody. A fun way to see the island! Start time 10am.

Saturday 14th

Arrecife Castle and Market Spin. Start time 10am. A social spin, we wait for everybody. We visit an authentic Spanish artisan food market, the Recova market, San Gines Church and Castillo San Gabriel.

“Tapas in Tias” – a real Canarian experience

At Bueno Bike Lanzarote, we take great pride in the true Canarian experience and we want to give our participants the opportunity to taste and experience fresh, locally produced food with ideas and recipes which have been handed down through generations.

Montaditos

We are so excited about our new “Tapas in Tias” bike tour, that, this morning, we are pleased to announce Luna Nueva Gastrotapas as our new “Tapas in Tias” bike tour food experience. Just last night, along with Giuliano from Fliston Bike, we had the pleasure of sitting in, for what can only be described as an absolute gourmet experience. The combinations, flavours and textures of the various dishes ensured that our decision was easy.

Luna Nueva Gastrotapas

Nico and his staff will roll out the warmest of Canarian welcomes as only they know how and we have no doubt that once you experience Luna Nueva Gastrotapas, you will return again and again!

 

 

“Cycling, it’s the new golf”.

Cycling legend, Vuelta winner and former world No 1, Sean Kelly was quoted recently in an interview about the upcoming Giro that “Cycling, it’s the new golf. Everyone is doing it; from the postman, to the guy on the dole, to the company director, doctor… everybody is into it”.

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It’s no different on the island of Lanzarote. Cyclists talents and professions are as varied as their ages. Scandanavian ski coaches in their 60’s, app designers in their teens, people in their 70’s who just don’t believe in retiring, the 50 somethings who’ve seen it all and of course the social media generation in their 20’s and 30’s. So, as the age profile of the participants gets wider and wider everyday, it probably comes as no surprise, that we’ve had the pleasure of having a select group of 80 something’s out on the bikes recently!

Inevitably conversation regularly turns to the resurgence of cycling worldwide. For Britons, the Olympics has been a great influence, for other nations who may not have a strong cycling heritage, it has been the breakthrough successes of their countrymen and women, and for others, it has been the worldwide recession that has made cycling a better draw than perhaps the gym.

Cycling, it's the new Golf

Cycling, it’s the new Golf

We like to think that unknown to themselves, people are simply returning to their roots. Cycling just happens to be the perfect medium. We don’t have free Wi-Fi on our bike excursions, but we have lots of conversation.

Worried that it’s been too long since you got up on a bike?

No, need to worry! We’ve had several people who’ve not been on a bike for 10, 15, 20 and would you believe almost 40 years.

Worried that you will not be up for it physically?

That’s where our electric bikes come into play. Yes, they do require you to pedal a little, but, our feedback from participants who used electric bikes is that they liked that they had to make a little effort and more importantly, they didn’t experience any pains or aches afterwards.

The real bonus is that it has rekindled their love of cycling, it’s the new golf!