(In English) An Interview with Canary Motorcyle Tours
Hi Joy, thank you for joining us for this interview, we’ve noticed that you run a popular motorcycle tour company in Gran Canaria.
What made you decide to leave the UK, move to GC and set up this business?
My partner Martin owns a Motorcycle Training School in the UK, and after a particularly cold winter he said in a freezing car park in Manchester, he said never again !!! This coincided with the chance of voluntary redundancy for me. I had worked in the UK Civil Service for nearly 20 years so it was now or never really.
How long have you been living in GC now?
We have just celebrated our 2 year anniversary. I can’t believe it has been 2 years already and it has been wonderful.
You live in the Piletillas near Telde, what made you decide to live there?
We wanted to live away from the resorts so we could learn the language and immerse ourselves in the Canarian way of life. However, we live on "probably" the smallest road on the island next to a Swede who speak perfect English, as do most of our neighbours. We haven’t mastered the language yet but we keep on learning and have lessons each week, slowly but surely. The area is great and the locals are very friendly. We think we are ideally situated, close to the airport and 20/25 minutes away from both the South and the capital so its perfect for us. Of course the proximity to the mountains is the main reason - literally 2 minutes and you are on the windy and twisty roads and on your riding on the best roads for motorcycles we have ever been on.
What is your favourite route?
For me it has to be our round the Island day as it incorporates the awesome West Coast Road from Agaete down to Aldea then onto Mogan. I wish it would re-open for motorcycles again soon though. In the meantime we love roads around Santa Lucia, especially the GC550 from Santa Lucia to Aguimes. Martin's favourite has to be the road from Artenara to Aldea which is absolutely fantastic.
What’s the best thing about your job?
The views, the riding, the scenery and of course meeting so many wonderful people who come over to Gran Canaria especially for the riding - they think we have the best jobs in the world, and they’re right too.
What’s the best thing about living in The Canary Islands?
The lifestyle is very relaxed and laid back which is wonderful after having a very stressful job in the Civil Service for so long but it has to be the people. Everyone we have met, whether they are Ex-pats or locals, have been kind, supportive and so very friendly. Oh!!! Did I mention the weather is good too.
It was a pleasure meeting you Joy, we wish you every success for the future.
For more information about Canary Motorcycle Tours, please visit their website
Telephone numbers 00447738529487 or 616611287