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10 4.05 7.40 110 Crossroads Wegostraightaheadtofaceastiffclimbofalmostonekilometre,which willtakeusontothewestsideoftheravine.O  nceweareonthetop,there isaflatstretchwithslightdescents. 11 2.60 10.00 240 Crossroads Wegostraightahead,toface,oncewehavecrossedas mallravineplanted withfruittrees,anewclimbthat,atthebeginning,passesoneitherside thehamletofGitagana. 12 1.80 11.80 400 Crossroads Ourtrackendswhenitjoinsanotherthatcomesdownonourleft.W  etake thisone,enteringtowardstheright,toridethroughterrainwithslight ascentsanddescents. 13 3.20 15.00 400 Crossroads Wegostraightahead. Soonafterwards,wecanseeonourrightthevillageofArteara,withits typicalhousesandleafypalmgroveinthebedoftheravine. 14 0.85 15.85 430 Crossroads Aftercrossingthebridgeovertheravine, wepasstheturnoffonourleftandstart toclimbtowardstheroad. 15 0.55 16.40 450 Road WearenowontheGC-60road.W  eturn offtotherighttoridealongit,climbing up,foral ittlemorethanonekilometre. 16 1.10 17.50 500 Turnoff Assoonaswepassabend,adirttrack turnsoffonourright.Wetakethisto faceastiffclimb.

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1 0.00 0.00 25 PlazadeLaConstitución WesetoffinthedirectionoftheGC-500road,passingtheOficinas Municipales(TownHall)onourleft. 2 0.10 0.10 25 Roundaboutwithtrafficlights WecrosstheroadtogointhedirectionofElTablero. 3 0.80 0.90 30 Multiplecrossroads WegointhedirectionofMonteLeón,bytheGC-503road. 4 0.25 1.15 30 Turnoff AfterpassinginfrontoftheCentrodeSalud(MedicalCentre)carpark,a trackturnsoffonourright,goingdown,whichweshouldtake.S oonafter, weseetwoturnoffstowardstheright,butweshouldcontinuestraight aheadinthedirectionofthemotorwaytunnel. 5 0.30 1.45 25 Tunnel Wegounderthetunnel,whichcrossestheGC-1motorway. 6 0.10 1.55 25 Crossroads WecontinuetowardstherighttogoalongtheBarrancodeFataga. 7 1.40 2.95 45 Doublecrossroads Therearetwotracksthatturnofftotheright,oneaftertheother,thatwe shouldpass. 8 0.10 3.05 45 Road Wetakear oadthatwewillseeonourrightandwhichisas erviceroadfor theaggregateextractionplantthatwepassonourleft. 9 0.30 3.35 45 Endoftheroad Afterpassingtheentrancetotheaggregateextractionplantonourleft, theroadonceagainbecomesatrack. AsigntellsusthatweareenteringtheAreaofEcologicalSensitivity– ProtectedLandscapeorPaisajeProtegidodeFataga,establishedassuch withtheaimofpreservingitsabruptravinelandscape,withimportant ruralcommunitiesonthesidesoftheravineanddensepalmgrovesalong thebed. Formorethan4K m.weridealongparalleltothebedoftheBarrancode Fataga,alonganeasyclimb,passingalltheturnoffsonbothsidesofthe maintrackalongwhichwearegoing,astheformerdonotleadtoanywhere inparticular.

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Gitagana,Arteara,Fatagaand SanBartolomédeTirajana

Ahardclimbthatwillberecompensedwiththepossibilityof passingthroughthecentreofSanBartolomédeTirajana,the municipalitytowhichallthecoastofMaspalomasbelongs. Ontheway,wewillmainlygoalongtheRavineorBarranco deFataga,aprotectednaturalarea,andwecanadmirethe villageofArtearawithitspalmgroves,andalsovisitthevillage ofFataga,anditsalleyways.Weoccasionallyridethrough grovesofshrubbyspurges,palmgroves,pinetreesand cultivatedareas.

Length:  56.4 km.

Duration:  5 hours

Difficulty:  4

Maximum Height above sea level:  940 metres

Accumulated climb:  1,120 metres

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17 0.60 18.10 560 Turnoff Theslopeendsatanewtrack,whichwetaketowardstheleft. 18 0.10 18.20 560 Crossroads Weturnofftotheleft,goingdown. 19 0.40 18.60 550 Crossroads Wenowturnofftotheright,goingup. 20 0.30 18.90 570 Turnoff Weturntotheright,goingroundac ircularirrigationtank.A  fteraf ew metres,thetrackiscementedandclimbssteeply. 21 0.30 19.20 600 Road Thecementedtrackbecomesanasphaltedtrack.W  epassthecemetery onourrightandturntowardstherighttoenterthehamletofLosLlanos. 22 0.20 19.40 600 Crossroads Wegostraightahead,passingamongsthouses. 23 0.30 19.70 600 Crossroads Wepassaturnoffontheright,andgostraightahead. 24 0.10 19.80 600 Crossroads Onceagain,wegostraightahead. 25 0.30 20.10 590 Fataga Wecometoa“stop”andturnofftotheright,goingup,andcrossing thecentreofthevillage,alongtheGC-60road. Afewmetresfurtheron,wepassthesquare,onourleft.Behinditis thechurchand,ontopofas mallhill,theoldcentreofthevillage;i ts smallalleywaysareworthinvestigatingandwecanalsorestherefor awhile. Wenowhavetoridealongtheroadformorethan4Km.Itisalong climbwithpanoramicviewsandalotofbends,thatwhentheyareto theleftmakethehardclimbeasier. 26 4.15 24.25 910 Turnoff Onabendtotheright,weseethatadirttrackturnsoffonourleft, whichwetake. Weshouldnotmistakeitforaprivatetrackthatalsoturnsoffonour left,atapproximatelyoneandahalfkilometresbeforethispoint. 7 0.15 24.40 930 Crossroads Wegostraightahead. 1100 28 0.30 24.70 925 Crossroads Wepassaturnoffonourright. 1000 29 0.10 24.80 930 Crossroads 900 Atrackturnsoffonourleft,butwegostraight Pk26• 800 ahead. 30 0.40 25.20 900 Turnoff 700 Fataga• Ourtrackjoinsanotherone,perpendicular,passing 600 onourleftaf encedoffestate.W  eturnofftothe Pk16• 500 right,to,soonafter,climbas teepcementedslope. 400 31 0.80 26.00 930 Crossroads •Arteara Pk12• Wegostraightahead,ignoringanabandoned 300 trackthatturnsoffonourleft. •Gitagana 200 Weenterontoap lateaucalledLlanoPelado(Barren 100 Plain),ap  lace-namethatdoesnotreallydescribe thelandscape,asweridethroughag  reatvariety 0 •Maspalomas 0 10 20 ofautochthonousplants,pinetrees,fruittrees Altitudmt.

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