FaithQuest Love Spain 2019 Canary Islands Cycling Tour
FaithQuest is joining forces with the Love Spain campaign on the 2019 Canary Islands Cycling Tour on behalf of the missional outreach via the Rivas Light and Life Cultural Center in Rivas Vaciamadrid, Spain. FaithQuest is organizing a team to participate led by John and Lori Gash, founders of FaithQuest. Sign up and ride with us for a great missional cause where you will also be inspired by international speakers on the front lines (Jordan, Uganda, El Salvador) of mission outreach!! Read on!!
Please check out the daily details of our FaithQuest Love Spain 2019 Canary Islands Cycling Tour itinerary from June 9-23, 2019 below. The route covering three Canary Islands - Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, and Tenerife - is 522 kilometers long over eight cycling days, which averages out to 65 kilometers (40.5 miles) per cycling day. The itinerary also includes four rest days to allow for ample enjoyment of the places we will be. Although stages are relatively short in length/duration to save afternoons and evenings for sightseeing and group activities, most days will involve substantial climbing, so will be challenging enough for all level of riders. Anyone with a moderate level of fitness should be able to complete the trip. Road bicycles are strongly recommended. For more technical details about the trip, consult the blog for occasional updates. We will be staying in high quality hotels and resorts on all nights save for house accommodation the final two nights in Madrid. Accommodations throughout will be centrally located and extraordinarily relaxing allowing you to mix biking, great scenery, tourist attractions, comfort, and a great cause! Each registrant's fee helps us pay for a half scholarship for a Rivas Light and Life Cultural Center student and participants are encouraged to raise the half scholarship match ($360). To download a summary sheet of the Love Spain 2019 Canary Islands Cycling Tour, which contains a summarized version of the calendar, including all accommodations and routes, click here.
We start on Lanzarote . . .
continue on Fuerteventura . . .
and, finish on Tenerife.
Sunday, June 9
All participants need to fly into Arrecife, the capital of the island of Lanzarote - arriving mid afternoon at the latest. Our hotel, the Hotel Lancelot Playa, is less than a 10-minute drive from the airport and can be easily reached via taxi. Our hotel is right across the street from the beach and convenient for exploring Arrecife. In the afternoon and evening, we will get the bicycles ready, and convene for dinner at a local restaurant for introductions and instructions.
Monday, june 10
After breakfast, we will depart for an 82-kilometer loop up to the north end of Lanzarote and back. On the way north, there are potential stops at the Cactus Garden, an underground cave (Cueva de los Verdes), and a beautiful lookout on the north end - the Mirador del Rio. As you double back we progress through the small town of Haria and make a stop at the artist Cesar Manrique’s studio. Manrique’s artwork is on display throughout Lanzarote. There is a significant climb out of Haria to a high point at nearly 600 meters before winding our way back down to Arrecife and the Hotel Lancelot Playa for another night. To view and download the Strava route, click here. To download the Strava cue sheet, click here. To download a Google Maps route map of the day's cycle, click here.
Tuesday, june 11
Our 64-kilometer route will feature volcanic landscape. Our first stop just outside of Arrecife will be Cesar Manrique’s house, which is built in the middle of a lava field. We will then visit the stunning Timanfaya National Park with its active fumaroles and volcanic landscape. We will continue past this lunar landscape to the coast to Los Hervideros, where a dried lava flow meets the sea and has resulted in many interesting formations. We continue past an old salt plant and finish in the town of Yaiza, at our hotel La Casona de Yaiza. To view and download the Strava route, click here. To download the Strava cue sheet, click here. To download a Google Maps route map of the day's cycle, click here.