El-Teide South

During our summer holidays on Tenerife I used the opportunity and cycled from  Playa de las Americas to the Pico del Teilde (shouthern part of Tenerife). This trip was such fun, I decided to rent a car and tape the RLV ES_El-Teide-South track. Because I couldn’t find a sponsor, I had to use my Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Sony A55 SLT for recording (note: the SLT shuts down after 10mins of recording at 20°C because of overheat. Now try to record at 40°C with this device).

This RLV tour doesn’t start in Playa de las Americas like my first one, but a bit further up the TF-28 near El Roque at an altitude of ~600 metres. From there it’s following the TF-28 via San Miguel de Abona ans Charco del Pino to Grandilla de Abona. This part is relatively flat: during the 8km you climb to an altitude of 660 metres.
Now, the 24km long climb to tht plateu of El Teide begins.
Passing Grandilla, the tour continues on the TF-21 in the direction of Villaflor. After 12km  you arrive at an altitude of 1400 metres. Past Villaflor, along the TF-21, past the Saint El Hermano Pedro de Betancor and the 400 year old pine „Pinos de las do Pernadas“

the tour continues to the edge of the Caldera „Las Cañadas“ and towards the national park of El Teide.

Once arrived at 2100 metres the hardest and steepest part of the tour (avg, 6.5%, max. 9%) is done. Now you can take a break and roll down to 1900 metres into the Caldera. Cycling throuch it you are accompanied by the volcanoes Pico Viejo (the left one)  and Pico del Teide.

After several hills and valleys you finally arrive at 2300 metres – the end of the tour (note: the camera died then).

Here is some data about the tour:

  • Length: 47km
  • Altitude difference: 1770 metres
  • Slope: 9% maximum, 3.5% average
  • 22km-block with avg 6.5%

As I’ve mentioned above, I used a Samsung Galaxy S2 Smartphone and a Sony A55 SLT for recording. Both are not suitable for videotaping. The Sony SLT switches off after 4 minues because of overheating and the Smartphone video has a very bad quality because of the shaking and vibrating caused by the car and the road. This can not be corrected using the Deshaker software. Another problem are the different recording framerates: the SLT records at 1080-25p (25frames per second) and the smartphone at 1080-30p (30 frames per second). For the side shots I used a Canon PowerShot.

I corrected the Sony A55-footage using the Deshaker software, but I could not achieve a good effect on the Smartphone footage. The video would be all wobbly. Also, the conversion from 30 to 25fps did not help with the image issues.

In the end I had to use the stabilizer from the Sony Vegas Pro 11 HD, which also had issues handling the different framerates. The effectf of this are visible in the finall video.

Rendering the complete footage took ~8 hours. I had to redo this process 6 times until I was (more or less) satisfied with the outcome.

Now – finally – I could upload the files onto the file hosting sites. I had to split the final video into 11 700MB-sized packets (= 7.6GB). The upload took ~2 days to finish.


I hope you enjoy mastering the indoor-El Teide-hillclimb! 😉
If you really like the work we do, please consider helping us to get hands on new, better recording equipment. You can donate using the yellow button on the left hand side of the page.

I created the rlv- and pgmf-files using „Real Life Video-Studio“ and converted them into TTS using „Tacx 2.5“.

Then I tested the track several times and made minor corrections. I still am making minor modifications.

For those who want to use the current files nonetheless:
Final version with infoboxes

Control files for TTS and Fortius


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