By the num­bers

It all adds up

Cyclist - - Tenerife -

We spot a woman tak­ing a top­less photo. Alti­tude does strange things to peo­ple

this is a pop­u­lar lo­ca­tion for movie pro­duc­tion. In fact, Al­berto says he helped out with some of the lo­gis­ti­cal work for the lat­est movie in The Fast And The Fu­ri­ous fran­chise. Peer­ing over a sand dune, we spot a woman tak­ing a top­less photo. Alti­tude does strange things to peo­ple.

With a mix of un­du­lat­ing roads and long straights upon which we can pick up the pace, it’s an amaz­ing place to ride, but it proves to be hard work as the alti­tude sucks away my en­ergy. My throat is so dry I feel as though I have been sip­ping saw­dust. This isn’t the tra­di­tional way to get de­hy­drated in Tener­ife. As I pant across the sides of a vol­cano, I know that thou­sands of my fel­low coun­try­men are si­mul­ta­ne­ously down­ing beers by the beach in the party cap­i­tal of Playa de Las Amer­i­cas.

The Teide vol­cano is 3,718m high but the paved road reaches 2,356m, from where a ca­ble car fer­ries tourists to the top. Along this same lofty road we pass the Parador ho­tel where Team Sky and other pro rid­ers stay dur­ing their trips to Tener­ife. We can see a cou­ple of As­tana vans parked out­side.

We pass the red pin­na­cles of the Ro­ques de Gar­cia, the sprawl­ing plain of Llanos de Ucanca, and the bumpy TF-38 road that has been twisted and tor­tured by the heat. I pause for a break. to­tal length of the ride in kilo­me­tres me­tres. The high­est point of the ride, which we reached on the Teide vol­cano to­tal el­e­va­tion gain in me­tres un­usual vol­canic rock for­ma­tions (ap­prox­i­mately) pro team spied on the is­land: As­tana alti­tude dropped on the fi­nal de­scent to Granadilla naked tourist spot­ted

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