The Lanzarote bike course is legendary, and is regarded by many as the toughest on the IM circuit. It pretty much covers the whole island, and there are over 2,500 metres of climbing involved! The real killer can be the wind, which is usually a northerly and that means almost all of the big climbs are into wind. If the wind isn’t blowing, then the sun WILL be very hot! Most of the roads remain open to traffic during the event, so you’ll need to stay sharp, but you’ll find Police at most junctions, who will stop the traffic to allow you to keep moving.
Of course, it’s a no draft race, so passing manoeuvres must be made within 30 seconds, and the onus is on the person who has been passed to create a 10 metre gap. There is a notional “Drafting box” for motor vehicles of 35 metres. Your race number must remain clearly visible on your back during the ride.
There are ten aid stations, as well as a special needs aid station where your special needs bags will be waiting. There are judges all over the course and there are two penalty boxes – one at Club La Santa and one at T2.
Let’s have a look at it in some detail:
Leaving transition in Puerto del Carmen, you’ll ride along The Strip, before turning back to run parallel and towards Puerto Calero. Now that your legs have started to spin, you’ll face a steady climb inland on a pretty rough surface, before turning towards Yaiza.
At the time of publishing this article, there are road works on the main LZ-2 between the roundabouts of Mácher and Playa Quemada, hopefully the widening and resurfacing of this section will be complete before race day.
After Yaiza, there’s a fairly flat and very pretty loop around El Golfo and the views of the ocean are stunning and the surface wonderfully smooth.
Coming back to Yaiza, you’ll turn towards the famous Fire Mountains (Timanfaya). This is a long, steady climb with absolutely spectacular views of the lava from the most recent eruptions in Lanzarote. You’ll reach around 350 Metres above sea level, before beginning a very fast descent through Tinajo and down to the coast of La Santa. There’s a short climb up from La Santa to Soo,, before another fast descent to Famara, which marks the start of the climb into Teguise, the old capital of the island. Read more »