El Grifo Wine & Museum Tour

The next Bodega El Grifo Wine and Museum tour takes place on

Next Tour  Monday 21st March, 2016

                     Tuesday 3rd May, 2016

Time 9.30am – 2.30pm from Bike Tour Partners shops in Puerto del Carmen

Cost

  • €50 including Hybrid Bike
  • Electric Bike €5 supplement

Note: Booking is essential for this tour.

Level Basic

Distance 30km

The Bike Tour will be visiting El Grifo Museo Del Vino the oldest winery in the Canary Islands located in the heart of “La Geria”.  There the participants will partake in a fully guided historical tour of the winery and museum and afterwards will get to sample the beautiful El Grifo wines.  (www.elgrifo.com)

Complimentary pictures are taken by the guide and are e-mailed to participants afterwards!

We also stop at a Canarian Bakery on the way home for a complimentary coffee.

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Global Luxury Travel Guide Award for Bueno Bike

Cycling = Happiness …..this is just the icing on the cake, thanks everybody who has contributed to the success.

LTGA Nomination

 

Here’s the message we got from the LGA during the week.

Congratulations Mick, you have won Bike Tour Operator of the Year for Lanzarote in the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards!

Sponsored by United Airlines, the awards program selects winners based on their achievements and strengths in the travel industry. We received an overwhelming number of superb nominations this year and the judging panel had the unenviable task of selecting those firms, teams and individuals within each category most worthy of an award.

All winners of the 2016 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by our experienced in-house professionals as well as a number of celebrity guest judges. This ensures that only the most deserving teams, businesses and individuals walk away with one of these prestigious accolades. Award winners that have demonstrated success and innovation will gain a place in our soon-to-be published award winners’ guide, which will be distributed to over 500,000 readers.

All of Luxury Travel Guide Award programs represent the pinnacle of achievement, championing the best in their respective fields, therefore to come out as a clear winner is an achievement to be proud of.

Luxury Travel Guide Awards – Nomination

We’re feeling really chuffed at Bueno Bike Lanzarote this week. We’ve been nominated for the Luxury Travel Guide Awards sponsored by United Airlines.

LTGA Nomination

 

 

 

The Luxury Travel Awards recognise and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the affluent travel and tourism industry. Their team of experts have scoured the globe and travelled extensively in order to identify everything from the very best hotels, airlines and tour operators through to highlighting the most reputable transfer service companies.

Thank you for the nomination guys and a big shout out to everybody who has joined us on a bike tour and of course the bike shops who work really hard behind the scenes to have the best bikes available for the tours.

 

Next FAT Bike Tour

Day & Time : 

  • Tuesday 26th January
  • Tuesday 9th February

departing @4pm from ProAction BH

Booking in advance is essential (only available on Tuesday afternoons)

It’s the only FAT bike tour in Lanzarote!

Distance 20km, 90% off-road and 50% beach, taking in some of the most spectacular coastline on the island.

Price : €50 including bike hire for the duration of the tour

Location:

ProAction BH in Puerto del Carmen (click link for google map location Bike Shop A)

 

Complimentary pictures e-mailed afterwards!!!!

Contact:

The route is suitable for all levels of cyclist, from the MTB enthusiast to the commuter cyclist.

Lanzarote Beach & Bike Holidays

Our most exciting news of 2016, we’ve teamed up with Mollydoo.com to bring you the complete family friendly bike holiday, with your accommodation, flights and a bike package included!

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A dedicated cycling holiday maybe out of reach for you, so why not combine your family holiday and enjoy a few days fully supported bike package for the cyclist in the family. Whilst the family enjoy a morning around the hotel pool or beach, you can get on the bike and sample some of the best trails and roads that Lanzarote has to offer and be back in time to join them for lunch or later afternoon.

We will include a mix of 3 of the best tours on the island for you to enjoy right from your hotel door, including bike hire and we’ve even included an experienced guide, so you don’t have to worry about anything.

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The definitions of tiredness…..Life of a Bike Tour Guide – Vol.3

The life of a bike tour guide, easy job, very easy if you love it!

I love my bike

You don’t think of the physical demands, but sometimes, like it or lump it, you are tired in the morning, not because of a late night or lack of sleep but cycling day in day out for days on end. Every morning, no matter what happens, I’m almost fist pumping at the idea of another great day on the bike!

Here’s a selection of some of my morning mishaps:)

  1. Riding out an MTB for a road bike tour
  2. Mixing up the hair-gel, the hand-wash and the toothpaste
  3. Locking the front door and the bike is still in the house
  4. Odd socks, normally only noticed when I get home
  5. Camera has no battery or memory card

Occasionally, I have forgotten to put on a helmet but you get that immediate “I feel naked” moment when you sit up on the bike and you go back inside to get it.

There’s 2 things I never forget……water & sun-cream.

Life of a Bike Tour Guide – Vol.2

Number questions for Mick this weekLife of a Bike Tour Guide Vol.2

Distance for the last week?

MTB 373km, 253km was actual off-road.

Road Bike 362km

Total 735km

Hours on the bike for this week? Don’t know, I don’t wear a watch and for those that know me, you will know that I don’t pull out the phone during a tour to check…..time doesn’t matter on tour:-)

Age? 40

Height? 177cm

Weight? 67-70kg depending on the bike schedule

Fat? 10%, if it ever goes lower, I treat myself to pizza with extra cheese:)

Tabayesco

Resting heart rate? 47

Max heart rate? 189

FTP? Around 335 watts

VAM? Not sure, could be 1200-1400m for an hour. In April, I climbed 10,500 in just over 12 hours……long day, that can be the life of a bike tour guide.

 

Life of a Bike Tour Guide – Vol.1

Every wondered what it would like to be a bike tour guide? Ask Mick:-)

Dream job?

Mick meets Igor Anton of Movie Star for coffee!

Mick meets Igor Anton – Movie Star for coffee!

Most definitely, so long as you are really passionate about cycling.

Demanding job?

25-35 hours with 400-800km of cycling per week. To be fair much of it is not high intensity, but you still have to spend lots of time on the saddle.

The more you love it, the less demanding it is to be a tour guide, it’s all relative.

What are the biggest challenges?

Obviously, there’s a massive physical challenge, but for aspiring bike tour guides, the mental aspect presents a much greater challenge.

It involves lifestyle choices, getting to bed early, nutrition and managing your recovery time wisely.

The better condition you are in physically, the easier the job is from a mental perspective.

A positive, but humble confidence in your ability is probably the most important trait to have in your armoury. The physicality and the mentality go hand in hand really. If you’ve been on the bike for days on end and you are getting up on a Monday morning to meet 3 mountain bikers…..tall, skinny, light, strong and skilful. You know the demands of the route and what lies in wait. This will test you mentally, but only if you let it.

My glass is always more than half full. I think more about meeting the people, the fun and the conversation than the demands of the route itself.

What excites you most about MTB?

Watching a really skilful rider pick a different line through a rock garden or a corner. They see something for the first time, they have their own interpretation of the terrain and they make it look so easy. I’m always learning.

When you have a day-off from tours, does that mean a day-off the bike?

If I’ve been on the bike for more than 5 days in a row….a day-off normally means a bike-free day.

If it’s been an easy week, a day-off could mean some quality interval sessions on the road bike. These sessions set me up for the harder days on the job.

Sometimes, instead of a training session it might be a leisurely adventure with some of the locals to look at more routes to see how they might fit in with existing routes or as a completely new route.

Are you more of a roadie or mountain biker?

Neither, doing both keeps me fresh. More road bikers should try MTB, it brings your road biking to a new level in terms of your core strength, bike handling and descending skills.

Have you a secret ingredient that makes for a great bike tour?

Yes, but it’s something that gets left out rather than added……it’s a secret:-)

La Graciosa MTB Adventure – Book now!

Next tour Contact us in advance with your preferred date

Cost 90

Deposit required 45(refundable if tour is cancelled due to sailing cancellation)

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This is not just any MTB ride, this is an adventure. You will be transferred to the beautiful fishing village of Orzola where you will enjoy a boat trip or indeed a catamaran, as sometimes is the case, to the island of La Graciosa.

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This is a full day excursion 8.30am – 6.00pm Departure Pick-up Points

  • Puerto del Carmen 8.30am sharp at bike shop partners
  • Costa Teguise 9.00am

Cost

  • €90 including bike hire, transfers and boat trip
  • Optional extra high quality lunch roll €4 for during the tour.

Included

  • Coffee and tapas by the sea-front at the end of the 37km
  • Complimentary pictures e-mailed to participants
  • Transfers and boat ride

Note: This tour requires a booking deposit of 45.

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Technicality level Low Fitness Level Medium Fun Factor High Distance 37km Minimum number of participants 4

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IM Lanzarote Tapering Sessions

Get yourself right, mentally for IM Lanzarote.

2014 champion – Romaine Guillaume

Know the route like the sailor knows the sea, the bike course is among the toughest and windiest courses on the IM calendar!

We are using a template used by world renowned coaches and we are combining that with our detailed knowledge of every single inch of tar, every corner, climb and descent. Know how to leave it all out on the road without compromising your run!

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at ZR (recovery pace)

2 hours+ taking in the southern and middle parts of the island.

Wednesday at Z1 (tempo)

2 hours+ we understand that everybody has a different tempo however, stronger riders need to be careful not to push too hard. Saturday is only over 48 hours away.

Cost 

1 session 20

4 sessions 50

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Departure 10 participants max!

Fariones Hotel, Puerto del Carmen. 9am Monday 18th to Thursday 21st.

Complimentary coffee at the end of each session to discuss the route in detail.

We will not be covering the northerly part of the route on the bike, above Teguise and Nazaret. For triathletes basing themselves in Puerto del Carmen, we suggest you recon this section in a car if possible. We will cover the northerly part of the route in discussions while on the bike and afterwards. You should not be covering excess distances in the days leading into the event.

Last man standing, who else?

Note: Your road captain for the day Mick, is a sub 5 hour man for the bike leg of the IM Lanzarote route, he’s a bit of a splasher and he likes walking as distinct from running, so he won’t be your competition on the day:-)