2nd Edition

GGAT2

19 November 2022

GRANGUANCHE

800 km

TRAIL

+ 20.000 m

Toni
Calderon
3 days 6 hrs 19 mins
Femke
van Kessel
4 days 13 hrs 8 mins

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La travesía de las Canarias

by David Rovira

GranGuanche Audax Trail 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. Nobody achieved it in the first edition, somebody stated it could be impossible. 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 TRAIL route from Lanzarote to La Palma (excluding La Graciosa).

The route 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 min 2.1” wide tires.

More information and recommendations about the 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 22:00

1st Night – Lanzarote

120km +2.450m » Next ferry in 9h30min

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

≈ Ferry: Armas 08:00 (35min)

1st Day – Fuerteventura

160km +2.600m » Next ferry in 8h40min – Avg speed 19km/h

generally goes on fast gravel roads but includes a slow hike-a-bike section.

It’s a challenge. Only two riders made the ferry in the last edition.

Time limit as reference:

2 pm, Pajara -> 4:30 pm, Sotavento beach, lagoon

≈ Ferry: Armas 18:00 (120min)

2nd Night – Gran Canaria

140km +3.950m » Next ferry in 9h – Avg speed 16km/h

Includes a few hike-a-bike sections, a steep climb a long unpaved descent.

It’s a real challenge. Nobody made the ferry in the last edition.

Time limit as reference:

10 pm, Telde -> 1:30 am Tejeda -> 4:30 am El Risco

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 06:00 (80min)

2nd Day – Tenerife

170km +4.600m » Next ferry in 11h – Avg speed 16km/h

It’s a challenge.

Time limit as reference:

10:30 am, La Laguna ->  4:00 pm, Observatory -> 6:00 pm, Vilaflor

≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 19:00 (150min)

3rd Day – La Palma

190km +6.450m

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

It’s a long ride with a massive elevation gain, you will finish late at night.

You made it!

Audax starts at 22:00

1st Night – Lanzarote

120km +2.450m » Next ferry in 9h30min

Take it easy, you will ride all night.

1st Day –  ≈ Ferry: Romero 09:30 or Fred Olsen 10:00

Fuerteventura

160km +2.600m – It’s a long day, you will ride until late evening, and the ferry is the next morning.

2nd Night – Sleep in Fuerteventura, Morro Jable

2nd Day ≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 06:30 (120min)

Gran Canaria

140km +3.950m – the ferry is the next morning.

It’s a challenging ride. Includes a steep climb, hike-a-bike sections and unpaved descent.

3rd Night – sleep in Agaete

3rd Day ≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 06:00 (80min)

Tenerife

170km +4.600m – the ferry is the next morning.

It’s a long day that will finish late at night.

4th Night – sleep in Vilaflor

4th Day  ≈ Ferry: Fred Olsen 08:30 (185min)

La Palma

190km +6.450m

It’s a long ride with a massive elevation gain. You may want to sleep in Tazacorte or bivy in the mountains. You will finish in the afternoon of the 5th day.

Audax starts at 22:00

1st Night – Lanzarote

40km +1.000m

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

1st Day – Lanzarote -> Fuerteventura

100km +1.250m

15:00 or 16:30 ferry to Fuerteventura. Sleep near El Cotillo or Tindaya

2nd Day – Fuerteventura

130km +2.200m

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 +2.450m

16:00 ferry to Tenerife. Sleep in La Laguna or La Esperanza.

5th Day  – Tenerife -> La Palma

130km +3.700m

Start riding at 5 am.

19:00 ferry to La Palma. Sleep in Santa Cruz

6th and 7th Day – La Palma

190km +6.450m

It’s a long ride with a massive elevation gain, it will take two days. Sleep in Tazacorte o Los Llanos. You made it!

19/Nov/2022 – 15:00 to 18:00 | Lanzarote :: Accreditation and Briefing

19/Nov/2022 – 22:00 | Lanzarote, Orzola :: Grand Départ

There’s no established cut-off time. We will be at the finish line until Monday 28/Nov/2022. 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.

NOT included

Bike box transfer: available from 250€ pp including hotel accommodation in Lanzarote and Tenerife. Book it here.

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

Accommodations.

Refund Policy

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

After 10/Aug/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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