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

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…….

 

 

Training Camps ………get your rest, they are coming soon!!!

End of season has arrived once again and for many of you, a rest has been well earned. We don’t want you to fall in love with the couch, but, putting the bike to one side for a few weeks will recharge your mojo for the season ahead.

Creating an environment where you are actually going to miss getting out on your bike is good for you. Take the opportunity to catch up with friends and family. Re-join the circle of guys who head down to the hall for 5-a-side. Maybe you’ve missed too many nights out, or in, as the case may be. Eat some pizza…..some pizza we said. Try to keep the life style reasonably balanced as well.

Get your rest

It’s also a great time to address little niggles or do a little research into alternative fitness regimes. We are finding more and more cyclists with flexibility issues, affecting their technique and power output. Little niggles are being further aggravated as a result.

As your sabbatical from 2 wheels comes to an end, reviewing your season can prove very beneficial to how you plan your season ahead. What were your strengths? What let you down? Is it mental or is it physical? How was your bike handling? Do you need to spend a bit more time on the MTB this winter and work on your bike handling? Maybe dipping into a bit of cycle-cross could help. Be fair to yourself in your analysis.

If your season failed to live up to your expectations, maybe it was an issue with discipline. Discipline covers a whole host of issues. Sleep, rest, diet, nutrition and that’s before we even get to the bike. Had you a training plan? Did you stick to it? Why did you change it? Did the junk miles creep into your regime as the season progressed?

Did you struggle to get the balance right between racing at the weekend and your training regime during the week? This is a very common problem for cyclists at every level and very often, the season is almost over before you realise you are struggling with this routine.

So, what of the Bueno Bike Training Camps

Just enjoy your next few weeks, take at least 2-3 weeks off the bike. We’ve got lots of really exciting news regarding the training camps over the coming weeks.

 

Tour excursion schedule – Wednesday 18th – Monday 23rd

Wednesday 18th

MTB Wine Valley

Thursday 19th

Ocean Lava – Fun Tour

Tapas in Tias – Fun Tour

Friday 20th

Wine Tour – Fun Tour

Saturday 21st

MTB Papagayo

Sunday 22nd

By appointment – first come first served

Monday 23rd

MTB Wine Valley

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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.

Road Bike Training Camps

After much experimenting with some professional and high level domestic cyclists, Bueno Bike have the pleasure of bringing you a training camp with a difference.

North of the Island

No, you don’t have to book in with us for the week. In fact, we don’t want you to. Cyclists don’t have to be rocket scientists to find their way around the island of Lanzarote and we understand that. Training camp sessions only take place on a Sunday, Monday & Thursday, and there are lots of reasons to take part.

Focus in on what you really want to achieve for the week. Find out about the best routes for the other days where you will be doing your own thing. Routes to avoid and we will even tell you about a few hidden gems, in terms of great places to eat, at local prices!

Know that your week is going to be set up. We even have an option for a rest day on a mountain bike – improve your bike handling, recover and get ready for another intense 2-4 days of training.

More information here

All the sessions are suitable for racers, tri-athletes and sportif riders aspiring to better things this season!

Bueno Bike Lanzarote Launched

Bueno Bike Lanzarote has officially launched (very quietly it must be said) today, Thursday January 16th, 2014. Exciting times it must be said for everybody concerned! We would like to express our sincere gratitude to everybody involved in getting the business off the ground, particularly to Fabio and Guliano and all the staff from Fliston’s Bike Rental.

From this week, we have launched 7 daily spins, designed to cater for all types for cyclists, particularly for cyclists that may not have been up on a bike in more recent times. Emphasis is on enjoyment, relaxation and of course, a spin would not be complete without a complimentary coffee stop. On Thursdays we go a step further with “Tapas in Tias” – a wonderfully winding trek through lava fields. We stop in Tias for complimentary tapas and coffee where you get the opportunity to tap into the guides local knowledge. Afterwards, as we make our way back to Puerto del Carmen, fabulous panoramic coastal views become a major feature as you freewheel most of the way back to Puerto del Carmen. We complete the tour with a spin around the “Old Town” of Puerto del Carmen where you will discover lots of restaurants with great atmosphere and of course a tiny little beach which we consider to be one of the (almost) hidden gems of Lanzarote.

The spins which we consider suitable for everybody take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday include:DSC04467

  • Ocean Lava SpinArrecife Castle & Market
  • Puerto Calero Marina & Market Spin
  • Tapas in Tias
  • Arrecife Castle & Market Spin

A little more challenging on Friday and Sunday we have the:

  • Wine Tour – 40km on the road to the La Geria wine region, with a stop at the half way point for complimentary coffee and wine tasting. Don’t worry about the pace, we wait for everybody!
  • South Coast MTB tour – A beautiful, if not a little challenging off-road experience along the South Coast to Quemada with almost 30km of off-road and a coffee stop on the way back in the ever beautiful marina of Puerto Calero.South Coast MTB Tour

For those looking for a little more of a challenge on a Wednesday

  • MTB Wine Valley – 40km with almost over 27km off-road. We encorporate a coffee stop at the half way point. Experience the feel of volcanic ash, it’s completely different to the mud and gravel of mainland Europe!

All spins leave Fliston’s Bike Rental in Matagorda or Fliston’s Bike Rental in Avenida Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen at approximately 10am everyday.

We will let you know about other pick up points along the strip as the spins become available to purchase at other bike rental outlets, tourist operators and hotel complexes.

Bueno Bike Lanzarote is fully licenced to carry out guided bike tours on the island of Lanzarote and our business is covered by public liability.