Puerto del Carmen.

Later that afternoon, we dressed and jumped into a taxi for the short ride to Puerto del Carmen. Puerto del Carmen is a resort town on the southeast coast of the island and is the largest resort on the island with 6km!!! of golden, sandy beaches. If beaches are your thing, then I suggest you head to this town if you ever visit Lanzarote.

We spent the afternoon and early evening having drinks and exploring the town and coast. We even came across Lanzarote’s famous ‘Padlocks of Love’, this is a length of chain opposite the Café del Carmen at the Hotel San Antonio end of The Strip which is festooned with at least 300 padlocks signifying undying love between a couple. Then it was back to Puerto Calero to spend our last night on this glorious island.

Dinner on Saturday was at the usual Spanish restaurant, we did try to find an alternative restaurant, but gave up as nothing looked as enticing as our usual joint.

Sunday. To Blighty.

Sunday and the return to England arrived far too soon! Four days had flown past like it was one single day and now it was time to pack up and get ready for the journey back home (sob). But first, I had to return the bike, and as I rode the Cannondale SuperSix Evo back to Freemotion Cycles in Puerto del Carmen, I knew I would miss the bike. That a bike can make such a lasting impression on someone whose main bike is the legendary Colnago C60 speaks volumes for the depth of its abilities. And this is not the top-spec model!

I highly recommend this bike and Free Motion.

Once I’d dropped the bike and returned to the hotel to complete the checking-out process, I could reflect on our trip to this weirdly fascinating place in the taxi to the airport.

I had cycled in the strangest other-worldly and arguably the most beautiful location yet, drank 2-3 litres of Sangria, ate possibly a few kilogrammes of Paella, was chased by a dog on a mountain and met some amazing and interesting people.

I also managed to gatecrash a traditional Spanish wedding in full Assos lycra. All in a little over 72hrs.

This is why I ride.

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2018 Cannondale SuperSix Evo Dura-Ace.

Cannondale HollowGram Si w/ SpideRing, 52/36
Cannondale HollowGram Si, Carbon Clincher, 35mm deep
Cannondale C1 Bar/Stem, SAVE Seatpost with Prologo Nago EVO PAS Saddle
Shimano Dura-Ace R9100 mechanical.
Shimano Ultegra, 11-30, 11-speed
Under 7kg. The bike can be made as light as 6.6kg with Lightweight Wheels.
4.5*. Bike Radar.