2nd Edition

GGAG2

18 March 2023

GRANGUANCHE

700 km

GRAVEL

+ 16.000 m

GranGuanche Audax Gravel is a self-supported, single-stage, fixed-route, ultra-cycling event across the Canary Islands. 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 and complete the route in 2 days. Only achievable by the ultra-cycling elite, the entry fee will be fully refunded to every rider fast enough to make it.

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. Download Audax Gravel gpx files here.

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 event is focused on the experience rather than the final results. There’s no time limit. There are no prizes, no medals, no brevet cards or finisher diplomas. Those pace scenarios are just a planning resource, not an achievement.

Audax starts at 22:00

1st Night – Lanzarote

110km +2.000m » Next ferry in 9h30min

Take it easy, you will finish around 3-4 am. Resting a few hours will make a big difference

≈ Ferry: Armas 08:00 (35min)

1st Day – Fuerteventura

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

It’s another easy one, you will finish around 4 pm. Rest as much as possible on the 2 hours ferry.

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 17:00 (120min) or Armas 18:00 (170min)

2nd Night – Gran Canaria

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

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

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 06:00 (80min)

2nd Day – Tenerife

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

It’s the real challenge. Time limit as reference: Km-0 Santa Cruz h07:30 Km-40 La Laguna h10:00 Km-105 Observatory h15:00 Km-140 Vilaflor 16:30

≈ Ferry: Armas 17:30 (165min)

3rd Day – El Hierro

You made it! For safety reasons, we will sleep a few hours and start the final loop at 5 am.

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

Audax starts at 20:00

1st Night – Lanzarote

110km +2.000m » Next ferry in 9h30min

Take it easy, you will finish around 6 am, try to sleep a couple of hours.

≈ Ferry: Armas 08:00 (35min)

1st Day – Fuerteventura

160km +2.300m – You could try to make the 18:00 ferry or take it easy and take the first ferry the next morning.

2nd Night – Sleep in Fuerteventura, Morro Jable

2nd Day – Gran Canaria

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 06:30 (120min)

140km +3.600m » Next ferry in 11h – Avg speed 13km/h

Not an easy ride, the climb is steep and the descent is unpaved. There’s not much time to stop, the last ferry is at 20:00.

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 20:00 (80min)

2nd Day – Tenerife

40km +1.250m

It was a long day and it’s not over. You have to climb to La Laguna or La Esperanza. You will be there at 1 am.

3rd Night – Sleep in Tenerife, La Laguna

3rd Day – Tenerife

130km +3.600m – Start riding at about 5 am.

It’s a long ride in a remote area with no resupply options. You can’t lose the next ferry, it’s only once a day.

≈ Ferry: Armas 17:30 (35min)

4th Night – Sleep in El Hierro

4th Day – El Hierro

120km +3.900m – You made it!

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 La Laguna or La Esperanza and start riding early the next morning (about 5 am).

1st Night – Lanzarote

40km +1.000m

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

1st Day – Lanzarote -> Fuerteventura

90km +800m

15:00 or 16:30 ferry to Fuerteventura.

Sleep near El Cotillo or Tindaya

2nd Day – Fuerteventura

130km +1.900m

Sleep near Morro Jable.

Take the first ferry in the morning to Gran Canaria.

3rd Day – Gran Canaria

80km +2.600m

Sleep near Tejeda.

4th Day – Gran Canaria -> Tenerife

90km +2.100m

14:00 or 16:00 ferry to Tenerife.

Climb Anaga mountains, Sleep in La Laguna

5th Day Tenerife -> El Hierro

130km +3.600m

Start riding at about 5 am.

17:30 ferry to El Hierro.

Sleep in La Estaca or Valverde

6th Day El Hierro

120km +3.900m

You made it!

05/Apr/2022 – 08:00 | granguanche.com :: Registration is open

18/Mar/2023 – 15:00 to 18:00 | Lanzarote :: Accreditation and Briefing

18/Mar/2023 – 22:00 | Lanzarote, Orzola :: Grand Départ

There’s no established cut-off time. We will be at the finish line until next Sunday 25/Mar/2023. 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 240€.

The Audax will be open to a maximum of 99 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 70€ 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 will be returned at the finish line.

Personal GPRS and SPOT devices will not be accepted or tracked.

Luggage transport

Included in the entry fee.

We will collect small bags (max 30 litres – 10 kg) during the briefing in Lanzarote and deliver them to the finish line in El Hierro. If you don’t make it to the finish line we can ship your bag to your home address for 20€.

Cardboard bike boxes will be available in Tenerife, Los Cristianos at bike shops and post offices for about 30€.

Bike box transfer

Available for about 300€ extra fee, will include:

1-night accommodation in Lanzarote, Puerto del Carmen.

1-night accommodation in Tenerife, Los Cristianos.

Bike box transfer from one hotel to the other.

Refund Policy

Until 10/Jan/2023: 80€ refund in case the rider can not participate in the event.

After 10/Jan/2023: No refund will be available in case the rider can not participate in the event.

1. Self-support

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

Like any self-supported race, 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 online before the race start, to avoid queues at the ticket office.

2. Safety

Riders must sign and agree with the rider agreement, be older than 18 and always know, observe and comply with local laws.

3. Tracking

Riders must follow the official track from start to finish. If they temporarily leave the route they must return to the point they left. Each ride will be validated by the tracker file.

Riders are responsible for their rented tracker. Devices will be carried on the bike and switched ON one hour before the start and must always stay ON during the Audax. If a device is switched OFF or dies because of low batteries the participant will be considered withdrawn.

4. Insurance and Responsibility

Audax Direction will not provide any kind of insurance, emergency rescue or race 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.

5. Code of Honor

Race Direction can impose penalties and disqualifications, but can’t ensure all the Riders comply with the rules. A fair and safe Audax depends on fair and honourable Riders.

Rescue of any other Rider injured or in danger has first priority.

6. Leave no trace, be nice to people

Follow the “Leave No Trace” principles: 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. Be considerate of others. Participants not complying with these principles could be disqualified.

6. Communications

In case of emergency or withdrawal, the communication must be addressed to the email provided during accreditation.

Registration Form

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