3rd Edition

GGAG3

30 March 2024

GRANGUANCHE

OUT

700 km

GRAVEL

+ 16.000 m

PAST EDITIONS

3rd Edition

- GGAG3 -

Albert Guiluz
Allan Shaw
Benno Möser
Carles Sabater Pascual
Chris Tackaberry
Christian Huck
Demian Piazza
Gregor Lah
Federico Bassis
Jan Nitschke
Javier Noguerol
Jenny Tough
Josep Rubio Vidal
Klein Guillaume
Krzysztof Nowak
Loïc Blocquet
Matthias Mohme
Mindaugas Urbontaitis
Niccolò Varanini
Nicolas Alejandro Pesce
Piotr Bruzgielewicz
Ramon Comulada Perxachs
Rasmus Bozyk
Riccardo Ben Alì Zinati
Richard Schroeder
Robert Webb
Rudi Bassi
Samuele Tonello
Sascha Rehbock

Bram Bruyland
Christian Bel
Christoph Markson
Daniele Maestri
Daniele Marco Calvi
Danny Koszellni
David Noguera
Diego Genaro

Hernandez Diaz
Eduardo Alvarez Ballester
Francois Lugand
Gabriel Sayer
Gala Giannini
Indy Neerhoff
James Brodhurst
Joëlle Krahlisch
Joey Belshof
Johannes Santen
Jolien van Uden
Jonas Fallenberg
Leo Belshof
Mandron
Manuel Vogl
Marc Navarro Esteve
Mark van der Vecht
Martin Norment
martino basilisco
Matteo Manuelli
Matteo Miele
Matthias Hausmann
Maya Wolf
Melanie Scheffke
michele papeschi
Mikee lonergan
Mikhail Sazhin
nicolas honore
Niels Grote Beverborg
Pablo Osorio
Patrick Herron
Rafael Lange
Ricardo Tapia
Richard Delaume
Richard Lake
Sascha Siekmann
Sven Sandmeyer
Teodora Vidolova
Theresa Gwiggner
Timo Rusteberg
txaber san pedro
Verena Walter
Vincenzo Cedro

Yan Lhert
Ziggey van Bouwhorst

Alvaro Perez Cruz
Bartlomiej Tytko
Ben Bonneure
Burkhard Waldeck
Daan Van Gijseghem
Damien Ropero
Daniel Maurer
David Marshall
Dirk Mummert
Enno Faßbender
Gabriel Garcia Alpuente
Guoda Paulikaite
Iiro Alhonen
Jacob Schneider
Jakob Scheuermann
Javier Guerrero López
Javier Martinez Tirado
Klaus Preisler
Klein Stéphane
Laura Laermann
Luis Chiang
Marc Förschler
Marcel Urbanowicz
María Navio Fernandez
María Salvo El Hage
Mario Font Llach
Matteo Gattoni
Matthias Trenn
Maximilian Schilling
Mihir Joshi
Nacho Bosquet
Norman Halard

Otto Vik Mathisen
peter buitendijk
Petrica Zontea
Romano Cortes Jorge
Ronald Fethke
Sara Vandelanotte
Steph King
Victoria Andrés Rubio

The GranGuanche Audax Gravel is a self-supported, single-stage, fixed-route, endurance cycling event across the Canary Islands. It’s not a race, it’s a collective adventure and a challenge to finish the route. There’s no cut-off time, there are no prizes, no medals, no brevet cards or finisher diplomas. The Audax is focused on the experience rather than the final results.

It’s a demanding route for experienced riders as it includes serious climbs, high mountains, and remote areas. Experienced means well-trained, technically skilled, and wisely equipped. Exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and night rides add even more risk to a challenging ride. Participants are fully responsible for their safety and logistics.

Route

The Audax follows the GranGuache GRAVEL route from Lanzarote to El Hierro (excluding La Graciosa) with just a few differences.

The route 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.

More information and recommendations about the route.

The Audax pace is the challenge to connect all the scheduled ferries in a non-stop ride (includes a mandatory night stop in El Hierro) it’s only achievable by ultra-cycling athletes, the entry fee will be fully refunded to every rider fast enough to make it. Other pace scenarios are just a planning resource, not an achievement.

Sat – 1st Night – audax starts at 22:00

Lanzarote

110km +2.000m » Next ferry in 9h30min

Take it easy, you will finish around 4 am. Resting for a few hours will make a big difference later.

≈ Ferry: Armas 08:00 (35min)

Sun – 1st Day

Fuerteventura

160km +2.300m » Next ferry in 7h40min – Avg speed 21km/h

Another easy one, you will finish around 5 pm. Rest as much as possible on the 2 hours ferry.

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 17:00 (120min) or Armas 18:00 (120min)

Sun – 2nd Night

Gran Canaria

140km +3.600m » Next ferry in 9h30min – Avg speed 15km/h

After 24 hours on the bike, you must keep a steady pace on the steep climb and be careful on the unpaved descent.

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 06:00 (80min)

Mon – 2nd Day

Tenerife

170km +4.500m – Next ferry in 9h25min – Avg speed 18km/h

It’s a big challenge, stop in La Esperanza for a quick resupply.

Time limit as reference:

10 am, km40 – La Laguna -> 3 pm, km105 – Teide observatory -> 4.30 pm, km150 – Vilaflor

≈ Ferry: Armas 17:30 (165min)

Mon – 3rd Night

El Hierro

We will sleep a few hours and start the final loop at 5 am.

Tue – 3rd Day 

120km +3.600m

You will finish around 12, plenty of time to catch the Ferry back to Tenerife at 2 pm.

Sat – 1st Night – audax starts at 22:00

Lanzarote

110km +2.000m » Next ferry in 9h30min

Take it easy, you will finish around 5 am, try to sleep for a couple of hours.

≈ Ferry: Armas 08:00 (35min) or Romero 09:30 (45min)

Sun – 1st Day

Fuerteventura

160km +2.300m » Next ferry in 9h40min – Avg speed 16km/h

You have to make the last ferry to Gran Canaria, then keep riding to Ingenio (tomorrow will be easier).

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 20:00 (120min)

Sun – 2nd Night – Sleep in Gran Canaria, Ingenio

Mon – 2nd Day

Gran Canaria

140km +3.600m »

Extremely steep climb and unpaved descent. Start riding in the early morning, you have to make the last ferry to Tenerife

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 20:00 (80min)

Tenerife

40km +1.250m

Climb to La Laguna or La Esperanza. You will be there at 1 am. Remember to resupply as tomorrow you will start in the early morning.

Mon – 3rd Night – Sleep in Tenerife, La Laguna

Tue – 3rd Day

130km +3.600m – Start riding at 5 am!

It’s a long ride in a remote area with no resupply options. You have to make the only ferry to El Hierro.

≈ Ferry: Armas 17:30 (35min)

Tue – 4th Night – Sleep in El Hierro

Wed – 4th Day

El Hierro

120km +3.900m

You made it!

Sat – 1st Night – audax starts at 22:00

There’s only one ferry a day from Tenerife to the last island El Hierro, it’s at 17.30. Plan your Audax to sleep in Tenerife, La Laguna or La Esperanza and start riding in the early morning (about 5 am).

Sat – 1st Night

Lanzarote

Sleep near Teguise or Famara, you will be there at about 1 am.

Sun – 1st Day

Lanzarote -> Fuerteventura

15:00 or 16:30 ferry to Fuerteventura.

Sleep near El Cotillo or Tindaya

Mon – 2nd Day

Fuerteventura

Sleep in Morro Jable.

Take the first ferry in the morning to Gran Canaria.

Tue – 3rd Day

Gran Canaria

80km +2.600m

Sleep near Tejeda.

Wed – 4th Day

Gran Canaria -> Tenerife

14:00 or 16:00 ferry to Tenerife.

Climb the Anaga mountains, Sleep in La Laguna or La Esperanza

Thu – 5th Day

Tenerife -> El Hierro

Start riding at about 5 am.

17:30 ferry to El Hierro.

Sleep in La Estaca or Valverde

Fri – 6th Day

El Hierro

120km +3.900m

You made it!

There’s no ferry back to Tenerife on Saturday, you will have to stay in El Hierro until Sunday.

30/Mar/2024 – 18:00 to 20:00 | Lanzarote, Orzola :: Accreditation and Briefing

30/Mar/2024 – 22:00 | Lanzarote, Orzola :: Grand Départ

There’s no established cut-off time. We will be at the finish line until next Sunday. There’s plenty of time for all the participants to complete the route. After that, participants will have to collect their bags in an established facility and ship back the tracker device.

The entry fee is 260€.

The Audax will be open to a maximum of 130 participants.

Participants can only register as SOLO, there’s no PAIR category.

Tracking

GPRS tracker device rental and live tracking will be provided by followmychallenge.com

A refundable deposit of 100€ against tracker device loss or damage will be required for each rented tracker to be paid on PayPal the week before the start. The deposit will be refunded via PayPal when the tracker is returned at the finish line.

Personal GPRS and SPOT devices will not be tracked.

Included

Small bag transfer (max 30 litres – 10kg) from the start line to the finish line. If you don’t make it to the finish line we can ship your bag to your home address, shipping costs will be at your charge.

Cardboard bike box to be collected in Tenerife at the bike shop Vedebicis Chafiras.

NOT Included

Accommodations.

Bike box transfer.

Ferries: the route is connected by 4 ferries for about 200€ total amount.

Bike Box Transfer

Available from 250€ pp

Including hotel accommodation in Lanzarote and Tenerife

Booking and information here.

(service is subject to hotel availability)

Available for 60€ pp –

Only bike box transfer, provided by Vadebicis bike shops

Drop your box at Vadebis Lanzarote – 4 km from Lanzarote Airport (ACE) and pick it up at Vadebicis Chafiras, Tenerife – 4 km from Tenerife South Airport (TFS)

Booking and information here.

Refund Policy

In case the rider can not participate in the event:

Before 15/Dec/2023: 120€ refund.

From 15/Dec/2023 to 15/Feb/2024: 60€ refund.

After 15/Feb/2024: No refund.

1. Leave no trace

Leave everything as you found it, or better.

Respect Natural Parks rules, don’t cycle or step outside the official paths.

Camp only in camping areas and never start campfires.

Dispose of, remove and recycle waste. Respect animals and plants.

Audax’s direction takes this rule seriously, if we have any evidence of Participants not complying with these principles, we will immediately impose disqualifications.

2. Be nice to people

Be considerate of others, there is no space for racism, sexism, homophobia or any other kind of discrimination.

Rescue of any other Rider injured or in danger is the priority.

Audax’s direction takes this rule seriously and will immediately impose disqualifications.

3. Audax and Self-support principles

In the spirit of Audax, participants are allowed to draft each other. This will encourage participants to ride in groups between ferry connections, plan stages, and share meals and accommodations.

Participants are not allowed to assist, support or resupply each other and must not receive any 3rd party assistance, private lodging or resupply.

Accommodations or any service can be booked by Riders only after the event starts.

Ferries can be booked before the event starts to avoid long lines at the ticket office.

Audax’s direction approaches those principles with common sense and an open mind but still can impose penalties or disqualifications before, during and after the event.

4. Safety and local laws

Riders must sign and agree with the rider agreement and be older than 18.

Riders are fully responsible for knowing, observing and complying with local laws.

Small parts of the route may be forbidden for cycling, Riders are responsible for pushing the bike across those sections.

In case of road interruptions or closures, Riders are responsible for finding a way to turn around the interruption and join the official route again.

Observance of local laws has priority over following the route track.

5. Tracking

Riders should follow the official track from start to finish. If they temporarily leave the route they must return to the point they left. The tracker file will validate each ride.

Riders are responsible for their tracking device. If a device is switched OFF or dies because of low batteries the participant will be considered withdrawn.

6. Insurance and Responsibility

Audax Direction will not provide insurance, emergency rescue or marshall. Audax Direction will not be responsible for any direct or indirect damage that may occur to you or other parties.

Riders must have liability, death, accident and health insurance covering emergency extraction and repatriation valid for the whole duration of the event. We will ask for a copy of your insurance before the event.

7. Code of Honor

A fair and safe Audax depends on fair and honourable Riders.

Registration Form

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