Off to Race Across Germany – Closed from Tuesday 27th June – Friday 7th July

“If he’s not on a day off, he’s on his bike”…..that’s Mick for you.

He will be taking part in the Race Across Germany on Friday 30th June.

We know he is really looking forward to it, but we’re fairly sure his “oil light will be flashing” at some point during the 1,100km race. There is 7,500 metres of climbing thrown in for good measure…..so, it will be a sufferfest of sorts by any stretch of the imagination.

Can we also take this opportunity to extend a massive thank you to everybody who has extended their best wishes.

To keep up to date with his progress, here is the tracker, Mick is No.19 on the start list.

Lots more updates on

Photo credit: James Mitchell Photography

Mick on tour with the evergreen Pat Ryan
photo credit. James Mitchell Photography

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Tiny Things at Bueno Bike Lanzarote #LifeofaBikeTourGuide – Vol.7

 

It’s the small things that set us apart!

New Year Resolutions #LifeOfaBikeTourGuide Vol.6

Here’s our list of the big ones

  1. Enroll and finish an Ultra distance bike race exceeding 2,000km
  2. Qualify for RAAM (Race Across America)
  3. Complete a 48hr climbing project on the bike. Target 30,000m of climbing in 48hrs.
  4. Abstain from alcohol (exception: to celebrate completing 1, 2 & 3 above)

We have lots of small things, the usual stuff…..less sugary drinks, less pizza, less chocolate, more fruit & vegetables, more sleep etc.

Call them general lifestyle improvements if you like #easierSAIDthanDONE

2016 in numbers. Life of a bike tour guide Vol.5

What a year 2016 has been! While it’s done and dusted, there were many highlights to the year. Over 25% of my life (excluding an average of 8 hours sleep per day) was spent on the bike this year.

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Total distance for the year 30,081km

Total climbing for the year 356,417m, it’s like climbing Mt.Blanc 74 times, it is 4,810m high and the highest peak in Europe.

Average speed (includes extreme MTB) 20.25kmh

Longest spin 500km with 4,910m of climbing

Most climbing in one spin 14,714m during 17 reps of Tabayesco over the course of 347km and over 16 hours of riding the bike.

KOM’s 13, but here are the one’s we’re most proud of

Top speed??? We’re not sure maybe 120kph but we had a lot of fun on this one with a top speed of 103kph Actually, here’s 3 youtube downhill videos from that very spin

Shortest spin 2km, we didn’t log all of the short ones…. but this one was just to catch up with friends and wish them a Merry Christmas 🙂

Another climb ticked off the to do list :)

Happy New Year everybody, hoping you all have an even better 2017!

Stay posted for our New Year Resolutions, it’s going to get a lot more interesting…….

 

 

Is there a case for sports events that allow you to dope? Life of a bike tour guide Vol.4

It has been a really eventful few weeks in cycling, Sagan retains the Rainbow Jersey, controversy surrounds the points system for the world tour 2017, Brandon Semenuk wins again with Antoine Bizet pulling the first double back flip at the Red Bull Rampage……and Bradley Wiggins.

The fact is Bradley had permission to use a substance that in normal circumstances would be considered a doping violation. Should the questions be;

  • Was Bradley genuinely ill?
  • Did the doctor falsify or exaggerate his illness?
  • Was the treatment excessive for the symptoms he presented?
  • Should we have a panel of 3 doctors instead of 1 individual who authorises the use of TUE’s?

Has this been a case of a witch hunt that has gone slightly in the wrong direction? The bottom line is rules have not been broken and it is anybody’s opinion as to how far they have been bent.

Should the spotlight be turned up a little more on amateur cycling?

Picture by ilovebicycling.com/

Picture by ilovebicycling.com/

Lots of names over the last 2 years come to mind this week. Robin Townsend, Ciaran Kelly, Gabriel Evans, Kristjan Kumar, Oscar Tovar, Yamile Lugo, Andrew Hastings the list is endless.

All of these cyclists were found to be doping at amateur events. They include ex-continental riders, aspiring pro riders that were in the junior ranks and age-groupers. The entire spectrum is involved.

Have we assumed that being amateurs, they have less incentive to win and fewer reasons to cheat?

Unfortunately we are now in an age of escalating competition for amateur slots in big races such as the Ironman world championship. The fact of the matter is that you have people with money, access to performance enhancers and a type-A personality, and they want to win just as bad as professionals. Is it driven by ego and the desire to feel important?

The talk among many strong leisure cyclists is that they do not want to compete because they feel that it not a level playing field even at the lower levels of cycling. So we leave you with this……

Should we have a sport event where any form of doping is allowed? Let us know what you think.

#levelplayingfield #norules #dopeornohope #bikepure #MPCC #WADA #UKAD # USADA #stickybottle #TheTelegraph #CyclingWeekly #GFNY #LTGA

Mick is a bike tour guide at Bueno Bike Lanzarote – Bike Tour Operator of the Year for the Canary Islands, Spain 2016 & 2017, Luxury Travel Guide Awards

Bike Tour Operator of the Year 2017 for Bueno Bike Lanzarote

We’re feeling really proud at Bueno Bike Lanzarote this week after being awarded “Bike Tour Operator of the Year 2017” for the Canary Islands by the Luxury Travel Guide

Bueno Bike Lanzarote - Bike Tour Operator of the year 2017 Canary Islands SpainAll winners of the 2017 Holiday & Tour Specialist Awards are subject to the same rigorous assessment criteria, carried out by 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.

All 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.

We would also like to take this opportunity to give a big shout out to everybody who nominated us, all of our participants throughout the year, our bike shop partners and of course the panel of judges at the Luxury Travel Guide!

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.