Going for a ride in Gran Canaria without riding a mountain is going to be a very short ride indeed. The road network is ambitious, challenging and baffling. Extreme engineering is the norm. Obviously this makes for some stunning riding, and riding, as is the way of things, is by far the most enjoyable way to see the whole island.
This ride starts in San Matteo and climbs to the highest road point of the island a Cruz de Tejeda.
The descent starts with an idyllic black ribbon and turns into a chute of maniacal proportions ending in a roundabout that you can't afford to overshoot!
Skirting the side of the mountain is a road that has to be seen to be believed. The scenery is almost overwhelming and the road itself is dramatic. Just before you reach the viewing point in the village of Artenara a cafe cave, or cave cafe is a welcome respite before tackling the mountain forest section.
The climb has a far better surface than the run down the other side, keep your eyes peeled...
Turn under the mini aqueduct, a short climb and a crazy back road descent with enough rolling road at the end to calm the adrenalin jangling madness before papas arrugadas and a glass of local wine!