GranGuanche Audax Trail is a self-supported bikepacking event on an 800km 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 mainly goes on double tracks but includes a few rocky single tracks, sandy sections, short hike-a-bikes, and the minimal amount of tarmac to connect everything. It’s open to any kind of bike, we recommend hardtail mountain bikes with low gearing and 2.1” wide tires.
It’s a demanding route with a massive elevation gain 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.