It was a lot of fun, hard climbs with not a lot of flat in between, that’s Gran Canaria for you.
This was the tenth year that Ian ‘Rocket’ Samuel has organised his ‘training weeks’. Always GC with one deviation to Tenerife in 2013, but with less traffic and more cycling friendly routes Gran Canaria wins. More and more cafes have sprung up over the years with the increasing number of riders heading for the island. It’s a week of climbing even on rest day… did we have one of those?
Our mixed ability group split into two rides on the tougher days. ‘Death valley, is a testing 100 miles loop, hard as nails! 99 miles but with a few loops of the roundabout outside the hotel we made 100, well some of us did anyway.
In true Crest tradition our new riding companion John soon gained the nick name ‘Lord Charles’. He soon got his own back by suggesting that the Crest training week was similar to a tour with Dad’s Army.
Overall a good combination of bikes, banter, café con leche cerveza y Rioja to blend us into the 2016 cycling season.