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La Esperanza Classic

Distance - 26kms

Technical Difficulty - 2

Fitness Level - 4

Riding Time - 3 to 4 hours

Altitude Profile -

La Esperanza Altitude Profile

Approximate transfer time from south coast resorts - 1hour

This route takes visitors to a different part of the island. The Esperanza (the Spanish word for a hope or wish) forest is in the North of the island, not far from the capital city of Santa Cruz. It is a mixed forest of both Canarian pine and Eucalyptus trees. Not only is the terrain in this area much different to that in the south, being smoother and having more soil than the south, but the weather is also more humid, this can be seen in the much denser vegetation and the often damp trails.

From our start point at Las Raices we make a short tarmac climb to pick up our first forest track, after a few minutes on here we start our first climb of the day. This starts quite steeply and can be a tough introduction to the tour. The climbing lasts for around 30 minutes before we descend gradually for a short time to meet the main road once more. From here we pick up our first single-track descent which in the dry is super fast, but on a damp day is incredibly slippery. Linking sections of single-track with short sections of forest track we continue to loose a few more hard earned metres of altitude before eventually climbing once again of forest track back to the main road. After a short road section we reach the top of the trail and take a quick stop at the cafe for refreshments before heading off to sample the gem of this trail, aptly nicknamed "The Green Tunnel of Fun". This single-track descent is fast and flowing, but with some big drops to one side, it keeps you incredibly focussed on the job in hand! A little more forest track and single-track brings us back to our start point.