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Tenerife to Host Vuelta al Teide in May


Tenerife is ready to host the fifth edition of Vuelta al Teide, taking place on Saturday 7 May 2022. This non-competitive event aims to simply bring together cyclists from all around the world and to showcase the island’s credentials as firmed favourite for road cycling.

The iconic Gran Fondo cycling event is set to start its route at 7am from the northern town of Puerto de la Cruz, where it will also finish. The programme will have two categories: ‘Vuelta al Teide’, featuring 175km and 4,400 metres of gained altitude, costing €65; and ‘Half Vuelta al Teide, with 95km and 2,000 metres of gained altitude, costing €55.

Vuelta al Teide Tenerife
Cycling towards Teide Tenerife

Some of the highlights are the exhilarating experience of the gained altitude of the picturesque mountain village of Masca (11.3% average gradient) and to cycle up to 175km through the most spectacular scenery of the island, including around the UNESCO-listed Teide National Park.

Tenerife has become a firm favourite for cycling enthusiasts due to the island’s exceptional conditions for road cycling: plenty of routes to choose from, high altitude (cyclists can go from sea level to an altitude of 2,000 metres in barely 30km) and great weather (annual average temperature of 22 degrees). There is no wonder why Chris Froome, Alexander Vinokurov, Alberto Contador and other of the world’s top cyclists have all trained in Tenerife.

The official hotel partners for Vuelta al Teide are Alua Tenerife and AluaSoul Orotava Valley, both in Puerto de la Cruz, perfectly located next to the starting and finish lines and overseeing Mount Teide, Spain’s highest peak.

The event is sponsored by Tenerife Tourism Corporation. Online registration is now open; participants need to register here before the closing date 1 May 2022. Those who are not able to join this year’s event should not worry as the sixth edition of Vuelta al Teide will be back in 2023.

For further information about Tenerife, please visit: To register in Vuelta al Teide, please visit:

Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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