On the third day, when the biggest part of Komoot team went surfing, the bravest (or the most stupid) fraction decided to conquer the Teno massif of Tenerife. Starting from Chío we went down to the northwestern coast of the island and then started climbing through the Macizo de Teno. The weather was changing every 20 minutes from rainy clouds to the hot sun. Steep climbs were changing with short descends. But as soon as we reached village Masca — the real party has started. It was the last climb, when the legs are sort of tired, but you still have to go up in a few hundred meters with average incline 15–20%. At some point I stopped to take my breath and a guy from a filmmaking crew nearby came over and asked: "Hey man, do you need some water? It's really hard to ride here, good luck". Finally, after 2100 meters of ascent (in total) we reached the top of the last mountain. As a reward we've got a stunning sunset at the Masca valley.
Second morning on Tenerife. The plan was simple: climb to Teide and descent back to our finca in 4 hours, before the workshops begin. We started before sunrise, in freezing cold that ultimately never ended: the higher you climb — the more you warm up, but the colder the air becomes. The ascend itself was surprisingly smooth and enjoyable: broad road, pretty much no cars. The only factor that made us struggle was time that was running out faster than expected — so no pauses in-between, just pedalling, meter by meter getting closer to the final waypoint. My personal goal was reaching Teleférico del Teide — a cableway station. The asphalt road terminates here — it's the highest point on the way to El Teide that you can reach on a road bike. A cup of espresso with Marius on elevation of 2320m — done! The best coffee in my life.
First morning on Tenerife. Komoot 'roadrudel' is finally assembled and ready to enjoy the sunrise together. We were sweating and laughing, fighting with gravity of Canarian steep climbs. Suddenly a bright rainbow appeared on the clear blue sky, cheering for us.Video of the day:
Teide National Park — another one reason to visit Tenerife :) First feeling — as if you've just landed on another planet. Red rocks in unpredictable shapes, frozen magma and fantastic plants — this place is just incredible.