1st Review of the NEW Ironman Lanzarote Bike course.

The NEW IM Lanzarote course has finally been revealed in the last 24 hours and we love it!

While the course has been a well-kept secret, our sources were able to reveal the course to us in March and we took the opportunity to ride the course, recently.

The are lots of questions to be asked and to be answered and here’s our take on the new course.

It’s a great IM course, arguably better than previous courses. While there is a similar amount of elevation, the course lends itself better to a higher number of participants making the time cuts.

The first main difference is where the course went from the El Toro roundabout to Uga via Puerto Calero. It now goes up behind the El Toro restaurant towards Tias, through Conil and onto the LZ 30, turning left to go down through La Geria to Uga (Camel Roundabout).
The course rejoins the old course for a lap of El Golfo and proceeds up through Timanfaya and the National Park to Mancha Blanca. This is where the new course changes again.

The loop that takes in Tiagua, back to Tinajo, down to La Santa, Soo and Famara has been completely omitted.
Turn right in Mancha Blanca to ride the “planet of the apes” road LZ-56 all the way to the LZ-30. Turn left onto the LZ-30 going all the way to Teguise, back on the old course again and all the way to Mirador del Rio.

The course continues back through Mala and Guatiza to the next (most welcome) change. Tahiche and the horrible Nazaret LZ-408 have been omitted. Instead, you turn right onto the LZ-404 for Teseguite and Teguise.

As you leave Teguise on the LZ-30, you will turn for Famara on the LZ-402. Here the route designers have added what we think is the “pièce de résistance”!

The new “down and back” to Famara on the LZ-402 is a fabulous addition, Las Laderas to be precise. Riders will have almost 140km in the legs. On paper, it’s a nice downhill to Famara, in reality, and assuming the wind blows North Easterly, this is going to snap a lot of legs. The draggy climb back up is only slightly softened by the very fact you will most lightly have a tailwind. The fact that any participants within 25-30 minutes of each other are likely to see each other on this section spices things up a little more.

Get back up to the roundabout and travel back down the LZ-30 to where the beginning of the course came out from the LZ-501 to the El Toro roundabout via Conil and the “donkey track”.

The highlights, without doubt, are the new additions. The route from El Toro to the LZ-30 via the “donkey track” and Conil is a climbers paradise. 295m altitude in Conil and only just over 15km in to the course. A few over-eager riders are going to blow up here. Also, the “down and back” to Famara. This will make or break riders, mental strength will play a big part for the athletes!

Overall, it’s a better-designed route and still as testing as the old course. Visually it’s even more amazing and the road surface is much better than before.

Do we expect a course record? Well, it’s a new course so there will be a record  but we expect the time to be marginally quicker on the new course.

 

Please note, the map graphic and the detail below have been sourced from the official IM Lanzarote website.

Club La Santa IRONMAN Lanzarote Organization reserves the right to make changes to these routes. Distance: 182.2km The course, well known for challenging athletes with strong island winds, takes you all around the island with over 2508 m. of climbing. Participants will enjoy amazing views and will have lots of support from the volunteers along the way. The bike circuit will be closed to traffic and circulation will be controlled by the police. Please be careful at all times. Obey all police officers under all circumstances. The following gearing is advised: Rear cluster 12-25 Chain rings 52–39

 

 

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New Bike Kit – Available to order now

Bueno Bike Lanzarote have teamed up with the very best at Velo Revolution to bring you our all new bike kit, which is now available to order.

Colours: Predominantly Dutch Orange with Fluorescent Green, White & Black detail.

Prices

Short sleeved Jersey €80 Bib Shorts €85

Short sleeved Jersey and Bib shorts in one order €155

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Contact us at buenobike@gmail.com  ….put “kit order” on the email subject.

Size chart and kit description are below.

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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

Planning your next bike holiday? #Top5 #CyclingDestination #Europe

We’re really proud to be associated with Mollydoo Cycling Holidays, our road bike package has just been featured on Cycling Weekly as one of the 5 best cycling trips in Europe this spring. For more, check out the package that was put in the #TOP5

Looking for something different check out our Custom weeks for sportif groups, triathlon clubs, training camps and MTB groups

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

 

It’s the small things that set us apart!

Lanzarote Pilates and Road Cycling Training Camp 2017, 4th – 11th Febuary…book now!

Price includes:

*Above price is per person and is based on a twin share

*Single supplements apply

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Click HERE for more information on your flights, transfers, accommodation and training package

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Bueno Bike Lanzarote and MollyDoo Cycling have teamed up with one of Lanzarote’s most sought after training venues for sports people and athletes, Club Santa Rosa to bring you our six day all-inclusive road bike & pilates package.

Pilates originated back in the early 20th century and was introduced by “Joseph Pilates”, born in Germany. Originally more used as part of dance class routines, it’s now used by elite athletes as part of their core training, and more recently, cyclists and triathletes alike have seen the benefits from this Yoga like exercise.

So, you may wonder how do pro cyclist get in those aerodynamic positions and where do they get those extra watts of power from? Well it’s been proven that having a strong “core” body strength results in a more focused power and energy output. So, if you have a stronger core, then be sure that more of that power you generate when pushing hard down on those pedals, will be used to propel you forward and, yes, results in more speed and better climbing.

Also, if you have issues with your back, neck and upper body, then increasing the strength of your core will help support these issues.
Come and join us at our new winter Pilates and Cycling training camps in January and February 2017 and come away turbo charged ready for your spring and summer cycling!

 

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…….

 

 

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.

 

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 🙂

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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.