GranGuanche is a cycling route across the Canary Islands.
It’s a ride to the next ferry planned in three options for any choice of bike and terrain.
From sandy beaches to snowy peaks,
through empty deserts,
moon-like volcanic landscapes,
lush tropical canyons,
black lava fields
and ancient pine forests.
This archipelago seems to host every corner of the planet
…and some sights from another world.
In the late 1800s endurance cyclists used to join unsupported group-rides to cover long distances in an established time limit to prove themself “audax”, brave in Latin. During the GranGuanche Audax, the time limit is set by the ferry leaving for the next islands. The event follows the classic rules and principles of unsupported ultra-cycling events, but in the spirit of Audax, participants are here allowed to ride in a group and draft each other.
Guanches are named the aboriginals who first arrived in the Canary Islands from the nearby African mainland.
After the Spanish conquest, the European culture has been imposed and intermixed with Guanche’s traditions.
The archipelago then became a main stopover on the way to the New World, linking its history with the Americas in trades and migration.
This heritage is all around:
aboriginal caves, charming villages, historic cities and unique traditions.