† Explanation of BAC Ride Fee – This fee is not included in the Estimated Cost and is non-refundable once submitted. The Ride Fee for US and Canada is $50 and $100 for all other countries, both are per participant.
SUMMARY: This is tour has been offered three previous times, but was canceled due to Covid in 2020. The 2022 is based on the 2020 trip plan, but restructured to make it a bit easier. It includes 14 days of cycling, some optional, starting in Lanzarote and ending in Tenerife. (A detailed itinerary is available by email upon request before you sign up for the tour and is also visible on Ride Leader Docs after you sign up). The tour will be assisted by Simon Proffitt of IberoCycle who has supported other BAC tours quite successfully (www.iberocycle.com).
Take an island ride through the southernmost part of Europe. The Canary Islands belong to Spain, yet are a long way south — around 1000 miles from Madrid. The archipelago is of volcanic origin, and on some of the islands the volcanoes are still active. The climate is subtropical; the islands enjoy mild winters and pleasant summers. The tour travels across 4 of these islands; Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, and Tenerife. Ferries will be used from island to island, thus guaranteeing a constantly shifting panorama. In Lanzarote there are fascinating volcanoes and lava flows of recent origin cycling through the Parque Nacional de Timanfaya. The volcano here is used as a natural barbecue for the park's restaurant. The ochre landscapes of the island of Fuerteventura is a reminder just how close the Sahara Desert is. Gran Canaria has some spectacular scenery, with lush vegetation and forests. Here the hotel is in the center of the island, surrounded by fruit trees in blossom. The final island is Tenerife with the marvelous Teide volcano, Spain's highest mountain, more incredible scenery, and also the winter training ground of many professional cycling teams. Lodging will take place in a variety of settings. Some are seaside hotels. Others are in colonial cities such as Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. In Gran Canaria the hotel is in a charming village high in the center of the island, and in Tenerife in the shadow of the Teide itself. This ride is a great combination of sea, sun, volcanoes, beaches, boat trips, cities, desert, and forests.
RIDE RATING: The tour is rated 2B. One required day exceeds the 2B rating with a distance of 57 miles and 3543 ft of climbing. There are some short sections of 10% grades. A second required ride exceeds the level 2 climbing rating of 2500 ft by 125 ft. There are 5 required riding days, 2 van transfer days (with optional rides), and 7 optional riding days with a variety of distances and climbing levels available ranging from 1A to 4B ride rating. A detailed itinerary is available from the ride leader.
WEATHER: For early June the average temperatures are 79F for high and 66F for low. There is minimal to no rainfall. Lanzarote and Fuerteventura tend to be windy. The ride routes in these two islands are designed to minimize the impact of the wind by riding from the north to the south.
OVERNIGHTS: One night each: Costa Calma in Fuerteventura, Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, El Medano in Tenerife. Two nights each: Costa Tequise and Playa Blanca in Lanzarote, Santa Cruz and El Teide in Tenerife. Three nights: Tejeda, Gran Canaria.
LOGISTICS: The ride starts in Costa Tequise, Lanzarote at 5:30pm on Saturday, May 28. The ride ends in El Medano, Tenerife on Saturday, June 11 after breakfast. Arrive in Lanzarote via Arrecife Airport (code ACE) or via ferry boat from Tenerife and depart via Tenerife South (TFS) or Tenerife North (TFN) airports in Tenerife. Bike rental is available from Iberocycle at additional cost and riders will make arrangements directly with Iberocycle. If anyone is interested in renting an Ebike, please discuss with the ride leader prior to joining the ride.
COST & ADMINISTRATION: $3750 based on the exchange rate of $1.3 = €1. If the exchange rate changes, the amount of the final payment may be adjusted. As always, any funds that are not spent are refunded to the riders after the tour is completed. The tour cost includes 14 nights lodging with buffet breakfasts, 7 group dinners, BAC happy hours, van and driver, maps, route sheets, and gps files, ferry transfers (Lanzarote to Fuerteventura to Gran Canaria to Tenerife) and a gratuity for the guide. Two shuttle transfers are included. For riders who have bike boxes, they will be transported by Iberocycle to the end point of the tour. Initial deposit of $1000 is due at sign-up. Final payment of $2750 is due on January 15, 2022.
SINGLES & SOLOS POLICY: It is recommended that singles who want a roommate try to find their own. Singles are accepted as long as they pay solo supplement if no roommate is found. Solo supplement is $620. Please contact the Ride Leader if you want to be solo. The Ride Leader will help with the single's search for a suitable roommate. Solo supplement payments need to be sent to the BAC office by January 15, 2022. Checks should be made out to “BAC” with a notation of the tour name included on the check. They should be mailed to: Bicycle Adventure Club, PO Box 23998, San Diego, CA 92193.
CANCELLATION POLICY: The BAC Ride Registration Fee and Payment Processing Fees are not refundable unless the entire tour is cancelled because the number of participants registered is less than the minimum established for the tour. Refunds of tour payments will depend upon whether a replacement rider signs up, and on costs that can be recouped. The amount refunded will be based on the principle that the tour’s remaining participants will not incur any additional cost as a result of cancellations. If the cancelling participant is replaced, a refund will be made at that time. If the cancelling participant can't be replaced, any refund will be determined after the ride and final expense report are completed. If a single participant cancels and another roommate cannot be found, in addition to other costs that cannot be recouped the cancelling roommate may also be liable for the solo supplement fee of the roommate remaining on the tour. BAC encourages members to purchase trip cancellation insurance.
RIDE PARTICIPANT RESPONSIBILITY: Please remember that BAC Ride Leaders are volunteers, and that successful tours depend on participants providing much of their own support. Participants are expected to come to the ride well trained, in good health and ready to accomplish the required daily riding using well-maintained bicycles. All participants should accept responsibility for a safe and enjoyable tour. We encourage you to read the ride description carefully and respond to requests from Ride Leader. While on the ride, support your Ride Leader with offers to help with various tasks such as happy hour preparation and clean-up. Please do not interfere with the ride by inviting non-participants onto any portion of the ride or tour. Please keep the Ride Leader informed of any special request you may have and respect the Ride Leader’s decisions.
SIGN-UP: To submit a request to join this ride use the "links" displayed above this Ride Description. When you are accepted, the Ride Leader will move you from the Waitlist to the Pending List. At this time you will receive an email notification to login to the BAC website to sign the release of liability form and pay the non-refundable BAC ride registration fee and the initial tour deposit of $1000 by credit card. As soon as your deposit has been processed, your name(s) will be added to the Participant List. To contact the Ride Leader, "click" the name at the top of this Ride Description
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