2nd Edition

GGAR2

21 January 2023

GRANGUANCHE

600 km

ROAD

+ 14.000 m

GranGuanche Audax Road 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 event follows the GranGuache ROAD route from Lanzarote to La Gomera. More information about the route.

In case of snow on Mt Teide –  Tenerife, the Audax will follow the alternative route.

The Audax 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 a final achievement.

Audax starts at 08:00

1st Day – Lanzarote

110km +1.700m » Next ferry in 4h15min – Avg speed 25km/h

≈ Ferry: Romero 12:30 (45min)

1st Day – Fuerteventura

135km +2.150m » Next ferry in 5h – Avg speed 27km/h

Keep a steady pace. Only stop for a quick resupply in Pajara.

≈ Ferry: Armas 18:00 (170min)

1st Night – Gran Canaria

135km +3.550m » Next ferry in 8h30min

It’s a steep climb and a long descent in the dark. Take it easy, try to rest at the arbour and on the ferry.

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 06:00 (80min)

2nd Day – Tenerife

145km +3.650m » Next ferry in 5h30min – Avg speed 27km/h

It’s a challenge. Time limit as reference: Km0, Santa Cruz h07:30 – Km 40, La Laguna h9:30 – Km80, Observatory h12:00, – Km120, Vilaflor 13:30.

≈ Ferry: Armas 14:30 (50min)

La Gomera

100km +3.100m

It’s a final sprint with a massive elevation gain, you will finish around 8 pm.

Audax starts at 08:00

1st Day – Lanzarote

110km +1.700m » Next ferry in 5h15min – Avg speed 20km/h

≈ Ferry: Armas 13:10 (35min) or Fred Olsen 13:30 (25min)

1st Day – Fuerteventura

135km +2.150m – Take it easy, the ferry is the next morning.

1st Night – Sleep in Fuerteventura, Morro Jable

2nd Day – Gran Canaria

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 06:30 (120min)

135km +3.550m » Next ferry in 9h – Avg speed 15km/h

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 18:00 (80min)

Tenerife

40km +1.250m – Climb to La Laguna, you will be there around 11 pm

2nd Night – Sleep in Tenerife, La Laguna or La Esperanza

3rd Day – Tenerife

105km +2.550m – Start riding in the early morning.

≈ Ferry: Armas 14:30 (50min)

3rd Day – La Gomera

100km +3.100m – you will finish around 10 pm. You made it!

Audax starts at 08:00

1st Day – Lanzarote

110km +1.700m

Sleep near Playa Blanca. Take the first ferry in the morning to Fuerteventura.

2nd Day – Fuerteventura

135km +2.150m

Sleep near Morro Jable. Take the first ferry in the morning to GranCanaria.

3rd Day – Gran Canaria

135km +3.550m

It’s a long day. Sleep near Agaete. Take the first ferry in the morning to Tenerife.

4th Day – Tenerife

145km +3.650m

It’s a long day. Resupply in La Laguna. Sleep near Los Cristianos or Vilaflor. Take the ferry in the morning to La Gomera.

5th Day – La Gomera

100km +3.100m

You made it!

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

22/Jan/2023 – 08:00 | Lanzarote, Orzola :: Grand Départ

There’s no established cut-off time. We will be at the finish line until next Saturday 28/Jan/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€.

NOT included

Bike box transfer: available from 250€ pp including hotel accommodation in Lanzarote and Tenerife. The bike box will be at the hotel in Tenerife from Thursday 26th afternoon. Book it here.

Ferries: the route is connected by 4 ferries (Lanzarote -> Fuerteventura -> Gran Canaria -> Tenerife -> La Gomera) for about 200€ total amount.

Accommodations.

Refund Policy

Until 10/Nov/2022: 80€ refund in case the rider can not participate in the event.

After 10/Nov/2022: 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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