GranGuanche Audax Gravel is a 700km self-supported gravel race across the Canary Islands…

When

Date: March 18, 2023

Time: 10:00 pm

Details

Cost: €240

Event Website

Organizer: Matteo Minelli

Email: granguanche.route@gmail.com

The GranGuanche Audax Gravel is a self-supported bikepacking event on a 700km fixed route that goes by 5 islands and is connected by 4 ferries. It follows the classic rules and principles of ultra-cycling races, but in the spirit of traditional Audax, participants are here allowed to ride in a group and draft each other. This will encourage participants to plan stages and create a pelotón between ferries connections.

It’s a collective adventure and a challenge to finish the route. It’s a personal race against the clock, not against other riders. The Audax pace is a challenge to connect all the ferries in a non-stop ride. Only achievable by the ultra-cycling elite, the entry fee will be fully refunded to every rider fast enough to make it.

The route goes from Lanzarote to El Hierro, mainly goes by fast gravel roads, secondary paved roads, avoiding rocky single tracks or sandy sections. It’s open to any kind of bike, we recommend gravel bikes with low gearing and min 40mm wide tires.

It’s a demanding route for experienced riders. It includes steep climbs, high mountains, and remote areas. Experienced means well trained, technically skilled, and wisely equipped.

The event is focused on the experience rather than the results. There’s no time limit. There are no prizes, no medals, no brevet cards or finisher diplomas.