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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The GranGuanche Audax Trail 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.

The Audax Pace

Is the challenge to connect all the scheduled ferries in a non-stop ride, 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.

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!

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