Giro Ride Like a Pro: A Spectacular Cycling Event in Tenerife
ANDl Gyro made its mark on Tenerife in 2022 with the unforgettable II edition of the Giro Ride Like a Pro. The event concluded in a spectacular manner, showcasing the beauty of the Canary Island’s capital.
The challenging route covered a distance of 64 km and included 1,800 meters of elevation gain. Starting from Los Cristianos in Arona, the cyclists explored the scenic roads of southern Tenerife, passing through Buzanada, Aldea Blanca, Las Zocas, and Granadilla de Abona. The highlight of the route was a 14 km climb with an average slope of 5% towards Vilaflor. After conquering this major challenge, the participants enjoyed a serene descent back to Arona.
Thanks to the support of Tenerife Tourism and various sponsors, the Giro Ride Like a Pro has become a prominent event on the cycling calendar. The format of the event was transformed into a free-speed cycle sports march, aiming to replicate the experience of professional cyclists in the Giro d’Italia. Over 700 participants from 22 different countries had the opportunity to explore the island’s geographical wonders, pleasant climate, and diverse tourist attractions.
One of the main highlights of the event was the presence of Vincenzo Nibali, the renowned Italian cyclist and winner of three Grand Tours. Nibali, who finished second in Sunday’s stage, led the peloton alongside four other professionals: Juanpe Lpez (Lidl-Trek), Jonathan Lastra (Cofidis), Fernando Barcel (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), and Ral Garca Pierna (Kern Pharma Team).
To enhance the overall experience, the participants enjoyed an authentic Italian-style pasta party. Attendees had the opportunity to take home a special souvenir and have their photos taken next to the prestigious Senza Fine Trophy of the Giro d’Italia. The MYND Adeje hotel served as the venue for bib collection and hosted the Pink Party, where cyclists had the chance to interact with professional cyclists in a delightful evening filled with food and drinks.
A Highly Competitive Event
In the men’s category, the overall victory went to Frederic D’Hondt from Belgium, who completed the race with a total time of 6:17:37. The Italian riders Felice Giangregorio, winner of the mountain classification, and Matteo Bertani joined him on the podium.
In the women’s category, Nicolien Luijsterburg from the Netherlands engaged in an exciting duel with Israel’s Rebecca Zauer and emerged victorious. Both cyclists completed the stages with a time of 7:30:49, and Luijsterburg was crowned the best climber. Michela Santini added an Italian touch to the podium by securing the third-place position.
Among the Master 50 participants, Nicola Ciarcia claimed the victory in the men’s category, while Yifat Safriel achieved the same feat among the women.
The awards ceremony was graced by the presence of Dimple Melwani, CEO of Tourism of Tenerife; Franco Morelli, director of the Sports&Events Editorial Unit; Fatima Lemes, mayor of Arona; Luis Sierra, sports councilor of Arona; Ramon Sierra, president of the Canarian Cycling Federation; and Guillermo Fernndez, technical director of the event.