Posted July 16th, 2013
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Tourism officials celebrate Chris Froome’s victory on the Tour after training on the island of Tenerife
The rugged volcanic landscapes and high altitude cycle routes of Tenerife proved lucky for British professional cyclists once again as Chris Froome, just like Bradley Wiggins did last year, clinched the prestigious Tour de France title after undertaking weeks of extreme training on the island.
Teide National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a popular training ground for teams. With altitudes varying from 2,000 to 3,000 metres above sea level, the roads traversing Teide National Park provide the perfect challenge for cyclists and other athletes wanting to boost their performance in physically demanding environments. The island's mild year-round climate also contributes to the perfect environment for training.
Miguel Angel Santos, Chief Executive of the Tenerife Tourism Corporation, said: “Mount Teide is Spain’s highest peak and undoubtedly provides a very tough training environment that brings out the very best in athletes. It can be no coincidence that the last two winners of what is considered the toughest race in sport prepared for it in this territory. We hope that the island will continue to attract both top athletes and other sports enthusiasts following their example.”
As well as the most demanding cycle routes on Teide National Park, Tenerife offers a wide network of mountain biking tracks of varying difficulty for those who simply want to enjoy a holiday on two wheels. Visitors can enjoy exhilarating rides through amazing volcanic territories, lush valleys and pine tree forests, with the guarantee of mild, sunny weather all year round.
Tenerife is rapidly becoming a training mecca for sporting champions, attracted by the island’s excellent facilities such as the renowned T3 Tenerife Top Training centre, its benign climate and proximity to the UK. Many top athletes, including Olympic medallist Alistair Brownlee, and some of the UK’s Premier League football teams such as Everton or Newcastle have chosen the island for their training.