Chris Froome Rides From Tenerife to Triumph in Tour de France

Mon, July 29th, 2013 - By Andrea Montgomery

You can tell when the Tour de France is in full swing, Britain’s roads are thronging with cyclists, especially when the weather’s glorious. With Chris Froome powering through time trails and flying up mountains as if they were minor ascents, coupled with a long overdue summer heatwave, British roads have become a sea of lycra and cross bars.

 

Rodas in Teide National Park

 

When Chris Froome rode to success in the 100th Edition of Tour de France, it was the culmination of a long journey that had begun on Tenerife. Just like last year’s winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, the roads of Teide National Park have proved once again to be the ideal training ground for the crème de la crème of British cyclists on their journey from Tenerife to the Arc de Triomphe.

 

Road in Teide National Park

 

So why are Tenerife and Teide National Park such a good training ground for cyclists?

Firstly, the altitude. Roads around Mount Teide lie at the 2000 to 2500 metre level which is the ideal level for French Alps and Pyrenees training. Secondly, the winding ascent up the mountain. Whether you travel on the north route through La Orotava and Aguamansa; on the southern approach through San Miguel, Granadilla and Vilaflor or from the west through Chio, the route involves endless bends and steady climbing. Whilst it might not exactly be on a par with the tortuous hairpins of Alpe d’Huez, making those ascents time after time is a good stamina builder. Away from the crater, the switchback bends of the Anaga Mountains and the white knuckle drive of the Masca road are also good training grounds.

 

Masca Road

 

Then there’s the difference in altitudes. The land rises steeply on Tenerife, getting you from sea level to close to 3000 metres in a couple of hours’ riding. That makes the island useful for both training on the flat and for mountain work. Naturally, the weather too is an important aspect of Tenerife’s attraction for any athlete, and cyclists are no exception. When the roads of Britain are icy, foggy and snowed up and the daylight hours are barely long enough for you to open the curtains, Tenerife is still enjoying eleven hours of sunshine in which to train.

 

Road through Teide National Park

 

And the icing on the cake of Tenerife’s appeal? Its proximity to the UK and its first class tourism facilities which make it an attractive option for athletes to combine training with a little beach R&R and to bring their families along with them.

I suspect the roads on Tenerife this winter are going to be chock-a-block with wannabe Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froomes, not to mention every other team in the Tour de France. It could make for some overdosing on the sight of lycra-clad bums.

Posted : Monday, July 29th, 2013 at 11:11 am
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