Tour start: 9:15 at our shop in Playa del Inglés

Check-in is always 30 minutes prior tour start (make sure that you paid upfront).

The Pilancones Expedition - Mountain bike excursion on Gran Canaria

Amazing mountain views, flowing dirt roads and a few singletrack challenges along the way! Light lunch included.

Today’s MTB cycling tour starts with a check-in at the Free Motion Bikecenter in Playa del Inglés. After which we load up and transfer ourselves and our MTBs by minibus and trailer to the starting point of the ride. This is at the very southern part of the Gran Canaria Pilancones Nature Park at 900m. Enjoy the panoramic views of ravines, mountain tops and the ocean as we commence our steady climb northwards up to an elevation of 1200m. We then descend to Embalse de Chira, a water reservoir and dam nestled in-between the mountains. Here, we get onto a winding tarmac road for a couple of kilometres, before turning left onto a spectacular dirt road where we can admire stunning views of the surrounding mountains and ravines, and climb up towards the village of Ayacata and our lunch-stop at 1300m above sea level.

After restoring our energy levels, we begin the second part of the MTB tour. First, we descend back towards the Chira dam, on a fast-paced, winding tarmac road. We now encounter a few technical MTB challenges as we venture to the northern side of the lake. We then ride across the dam wall and commence the climb back into Pilancones Nature Park. However, this climb is on a different road to the one we came down on. We keep following this dirt road through the Park, mixing a few steady climbs with exhilarating descents, until we reach our original starting point. As we make our way back to the Free Motion Hub in Playa del Inglés, it's mainly downhill towards the coast. However, there are a few cheeky climbs thrown into the mix too. Here, we conclude today’s MTB adventure with some well-deserved refreshments!

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY (TD): Most of the ride is TD1, with a few TD2 sections in the middle. (See the Technical Difficulty scale for details.)
FITNESS LEVEL (FL): A Medium-FL is required for this MTB tour. The ride has many climbs, some of them are relatively long and/or steep. (See the Fitness Level scale for details.)

Tour facts

Tour Day

Route: 70 km

Altitude: 1485m    2290m

Tour start: Playa del Inglés, Gran Canaria



Habit Alloy 4 | 29''

All Mountain (2022), 140/130mm

Shimano Deore, 11-speed

  • Frame: SmartForm C1 Alloy
  • Fork: RockShox Recon RL, 140mm
  • Rear Shock: RockShox Deluxe Select, 130mm
  • Drivetrain: Shimano Deore M5100, 12-speed
  • Crank: 55
  • Cassette: 11/51
  • Brakes: Shimano MT200 hydraulic disc 180/180mm
  • Wheelset: WTB STX i25 TCS
  • Suspension: RockShox Recon RL
  • Seat Post: TranzX Dropper



Scalpel Carbon 3 | 29''

XC Race (2021), 100mm

Shimano XT, 12-speed

  • Frame: BallisTec Carbon, FlexPivot Chainstay, PF30-83
  • Fork: Lefty Ocho Remote, 100mm
  • Rear Shock: Fox Float DPS Performance Elite EVOL, 100m
  • Drivetrain: Shimano XT, 12-speed
  • Crank: HollowGram
  • Cassette: 10-51
  • Brakes: Shimano Deore M6000, 160/160mm
  • Wheelset: Stan's NoTubes Crest S1, 28h, tubeless ready
  • Seat Post: Cannondale 2, 7075 Alloy, 31.6x400mm



Epic Evo Comp Carbon

XC Race (2023), 100mm

SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed

  • Frame: FACT 11m Full Carbon
  • Fork: Rockshox SID Select, 120mm
  • Rear Shock: SRAM RS DLX S+ RL, 110mm
  • Suspension: All Mountain Full suspension 120/110mm
  • Drivetrain: SRAM GX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Crank: SRAM X1 Alloy Eagle
  • Cassette: 10-52
  • Brakes: SRAM G2 RS, 4-piston caliper, 180mm
  • Dropper seat post: X-Fusion Manic, 30.9, 125/150 Travel, 0mm offset



Stumpjumper Comp Alloy

All Mountain (2022), 140/130mm

SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed

  • Frame: Alloy chassis 29 Trail Geometry
  • Fork: FOX FLOAT 34 Rhythm, 140mm
  • Rear Shock: FOX FLOAT DPS Performance
  • Drivetrain: SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed
  • Crank: SRAM NX Eagle DUB
  • Cassette: SRAM NX Eagle, 12-speed, 11-50t
  • Brakes: SRAM G2 R, hydraulic disc, 200/180mm
  • Wheelset: Roval Traverse 29
  • Suspension: All-Mountain Full Suspension 140/130mm
  • Dropper Seat Post: X-Fusion Manic


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