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!!!!

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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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El Grifo Wine & Museum Tour

The Bodega El Grifo Wine and Museum tour takes place again this week.

Next Tour Saturday 12th December

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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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 :-)

Tabayesco has been tamed.

We done what we set out to do on Sunday 26th April……to cycle up Tabayesco 13 times to raise awareness for the Cycle Against Suicide campaign in Ireland. This is how our day panned out.

1.20am – Alarm goes off. I’ve been in bed since 6pm on Saturday evening. I had hoped to sleep for 7+ hours but the mind was restless. Thoughts of failure and success were equally rife all through the night. Breakfast consisted of a pot of porridge oats topped with my favourite, raspherry jam, an orange juice and coffee.

2.15am – It’s out the door. Feels very strange being up on a road bike with a back-sack. Food, tools, tubes, spare lights, 2 phones and lots of liquids. 1 solitary car is all I see between Costa Teguise and Tahiche. It feels like a proper drag with the weight on my back, although the time passes quickly when I realise I have reached the top, maybe it’s because it’s pitch dark and I can’t see it properly. I use the service road to reach Guatiza so I don’t have to deal with night time traffic. It helps the body relax and get into a rythm. It breaks momentarily as the Go-Pro comes loose. I had hoped for some footage from the day but that put an end to that.

3.10am – I commence the first climb. I only travel with the bare essentials for the climbs. The day will be hard enough. I even go without any of the gadgetry. I decided to ride on feel. It’s the fear of paying too much attention to the figures in front of you and not listening to your body enough. I’ve ridden Tabayesco no less than 30 times already in 2015 and that’s before we add 13 more today, so I know where to push and where to lay off to get the most out of the climb.

Climb 2 & 3 – Everything is going relatively smoothly. The wind is strange. It’s calmer than usual, but that is not an advantage on Tabayesco. When it blows hard, it comes over the top ridge and stays at a higher level, causing a back draft underneath which helps you up the first 6km of the climb. When it’s calmer, the wind comes straight down the climb into your face. It’s not hard but it makes the climb a little harder than normal.

Climb 4 & 5 – Really happy with how it’s going. I’m staying calm. Originally I had decided to do round trips of 52 minutes….39 up and 13 down. Every 3 climbs I was going to stop to eat. I scrapped that!

Instead, I decided to eat on the bike. Climb slower at about 44 minutes with a round trip of 57. Every time I got to the bottom, I got off the bike and took a little food from the big bag and ate it on the way up.

Was it a better decision? For me, yes.

It’s also brightening up. In Lanzarote, this happens like a light switch….it just happens in a few minutes. The descents in the dark have been a little cautious. It’s like a double edged sword. You know there isn’t a car coming around the corner, but it’s much more difficult to judge some to the turns at high speed. Sun rise is a welcome sight. More cyclists should climb this mountain at this time of day!

Climb 6 – I’ve really settled into a grove. As I’m heading down, I meet my first accomplice for the day, Alan O’Dwyer. He decides to go to the top and rejoin me as I go up on climb 7. Knowing that you’ve got company gives you a great lift.

Climb 7 – It’s like I just got a dose of adrenalin. I’m definitely climbing more economically and relaxed. I resist the temptation to go faster. It’s a great feeling getting to the half way point, just as Alan joins me.

Climb 8 & 9 – They fly by. Conversation is easy. Thoughts of those silent moments on hard training spins where everybody goes quiet on the climbs had crossed my mind. I’m well below thresehold, so it feels easy. Alan stays with me and gets a sense for the pace and the rythm almost immediately. He takes the pressure off me even more as he taps it out and I can sit in behind him for brief periods where there is head wind.

Climb 10 –  I’m back on my own and I get the formula 1 moment. I look down at the rear wheel and to my horror, it’s in shreds. All it’s going to take is one small pebble or piece of pecan to blow it. Not only could the attempt be over, I have to take the descents really easy for fear of a blow-out. It’s like listening to Lewis Hamiltion being told to ease back and mind the tyres because he’s got 3 more laps before the finish……you have to finish.

A quick call and Gavin from Evolultion bikes comes to the rescue, although I have climb 11 & 12 just completed as he arrives at the top of the climb…..perfect timing!

As I completed climb 10, I started to consider the record. 16 climbs. To break it that’s 17. All of my climbs have been from the white marker at the Tabayesco sign up to the white marker at the very top, 500m beyond the restaurant. Going only as far as the restaurant is like doing chin-ups and not fully straightening your arms before you do the next chin-up :-)

Climb 11 & 12 – The thought of the record is still there. I decide that it has to be all or nothing. It’s either going to be 17 or just set out to complete the 13. I don’t want to be somewhere in between.

The pace remains constant for these 2 climbs. Mentally, I’ve been good. I thinking, 7 done, 6 to go, 8 done, 5 to go and right now it’s 11 done and 2 to go. This thought process has really kept me in a positive frame of mind……but it’s starting to get a bit lonely on the climb.

There has been cyclists on the climb from about 10am until just after 1pm. Seeing others on the road definitely keeps the tediousness of repetitions at bay. I even over-taken quiet a few on occasion. I had told myself not to get involved in the “silent” races to the top but that went out the window on climb 11.

I had just turned at the bottom when a cyclist turned in off the junction, I have 200m on him, but it closes to 100 as I reach the first hair-pin, just above Tabayesco village. Across the divide, he gives me the eye, ok, that means I was looking at him as well :-) but he gets off his saddle and pushes on. He’s definitely gaining. I get a little angry. I don’t want to be goaded into a race to the top…..after all I’ve been through for the previous 11 hours. But, I know this climb better than most. I know where to push, I know where to lay off. I know where the surface rolls slightly better.

He comes within 30 metres just before we reach the false up-hill. This famous section looks up-hill, but in fact, it’s -2% gradient. I had layed off for about a full kilometre before it. I have stayed really calm, knowing that the guy behind me was probably starting to feel that he was going to get the better of me as he was reeled me in, but I don’t want to be beaten up the climb by anybody today…..I’ve stayed out front all day and it’s not going to happen now. Just as he is about to reach me, we get to that critical point where it goes down hill. I don’t free wheel as many do. I’ve just taken 1 kilometre of recovery and I accelerate as I have done on every occasion so far today, on this section. The race is over. I see him later in the climb, 2 hair-pins below. It’s the lift I needed to keep me on track.

Climb 13 – Just as I crest climb 12. Gavin from Evolution pulls in with Lee Elliot for company. They change the tyre while I waltz into the cafe for a can of coca-cola. It’s at this point that the battery on my phone fails, that’s the end of strava for today but at least I have 2 good men for company on the last descent and the final climb.

I really enjoy the final descent down to the start before commencing the last climb. It takes something between 11 and 12 minutes. For the final climb, the lads get a sense of where I’m at almost immediately. There’s no half wheeling and anytime one of us wants to stretch the legs and get off the saddle, nobody reacts. It stays steady and after getting a few bike lengths ahead from the leg stretches I settle back to the steady pace.

It’s very jovial on the way up. I can still talk. Talk of 17 returns, but goes just as quick. I decide that I will have enough at 13……always stick to the plan. I still have to cycle home.

13 climbs done – What’s the feelin’? To do the 13 climbs, I didn’t really feel much. It was a target and I hit it. There’s always the feel good factor when a few compliments gets bandied about, of course there is!

The idea was to raise awareness for the Cycle Against Suicide campaign which takes place back in Ireland. In just a small way, I achieved that and I am very proud!

Dedicated to the memory of Dan, Dessie, Joe, Albert and PJ.

“If only someone had told you that it was OK not to feel OK, and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help, perhaps you’d still be with us” – miss you all, you are deeply missed!