60th anniversary of the Vuelta Ciclista Isla de Tenerife

Cycle-race-in-Tenerife
Photo courtesy of ‘Secret Tenerife’ @ Flickr

Between the 4th and 6th of September Tenerife will be celebrating one of the biggest events of its sporting calendar, as the 60th anniversary of the Vuelta Cielista Isla de Tenerife -a three-day cycle race where all of the competitors will be people living in the Canary Islands, gets underway. Eight teams will be thrashing-it-out along the highways and by-ways, and over the hills and mountains of this beautiful island in a three-day event, which will, for the first time, incorporate a team trial and a stage in Vilaflor. The event, which is organised jointly by the Autonomous Organisation of Sports (OAD) of the City of La Laguna and Insular de Tenerife Cycling Federation, will be segregated into three stages, the first being a 7 kilometre jaunt between the coastal areas of Valle Guerra and Tejina.

Vuelta Ciclists Isla De Tenerife.
Photo courtesy of Juan Carlos @ Flickr

            This will be followed on the Saturday by an exhaustive 87 kilometre marathon run, as the cyclists  weave their way through the hills of the southern half of the island, before finally coming to a halt at the quaint little village of Vilaflor -the highest village in the Canary Islands -and one of the highest villages in the whole of Spain. On the third and final day of the three-day competition the cyclists will be traversing the municipalities of the north, between San Cristobal de La Laguna and Los Realeios,  covering a total of 62 km. The race will begin and end in the Plaza de la Concepcion of La Laguna. Last years’ race winner was Marcos Garcia, who completed the course in 6 hours, 36 minutes and 38 seconds.