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GranGuanche Ultracycling Race is a self-supported single-stage race 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.
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 race. Riders are fully responsible for their safety and logistics.
Riders can choose between three route options resulting in three categories and three final rankings:
TRAIL route starts in La Graciosa harbour and finishes in La Palma – Santa Cruz.
GRAVEL route starts in La Graciosa harbour and finishes in El Hierro – puerto de la Estaca.
ROAD route starts in Lanzarote – Mirador del Rio and finishes in La Gomera – San Sebastián.
01/Dec/2020 – 23:00 | granguanche.com :: Registration is open
16/Jan/2021 – 23:00 | granguanche.com :: Registration is closed
20/Feb/2021 – 12:00 | Lanzarote, Orzola :: GRAVEL Accreditation and Briefing
20/Feb/2021 – 14:00 | Lanzarote, Orzola :: TRAIL Accreditation and Briefing
20/Feb/2021 – 16:00 | Lanzarote, Orzola :: ROAD Accreditation and Briefing
20/Feb/2021 – 15:00 | La Graciosa harbour :: GRAVEL race start
21/Feb/2021 – 06:00 | La Graciosa harbour :: TRAIL race start
21/Feb/2021 – 06:00 | Lanzarote, Mirador del Rio :: ROAD race start
07/Mar/2021 – 23:00 | Race cut-off
13/Mar/2021 – 23:00 | Rented tracker return deadline
Entry fee is 120€ and includes:
– GPRS tracker device rental
– live tracking and timing on followmychallenge.com
– Personal bag transfer to Tenerife, los Cristianos
– Cardboard bike box to be collected in Tenerife, Los Cristianos
– Finisher pack to be collected in Tenerife, los Cristianos
A refundable deposit of 100€ against loss or damage will be required for each rented tracker, your deposit will be refunded via Paypal once you have returned the tracker. The tracker must be returned in Tenerife, los Cristianos or shipped back at the address provided during accreditation.
Until 30 January 2021:
– Full refund in case the race has to be cancelled because of COVID-19 restrictions applied to the canary islands or any other major event.
– 50% refund in case the rider can not participate because of COVID-19 restrictions applied to the country of origin or any other major event including rider injury.
No refund will be available after 30 January 2021.
Unlike any other self-supported race, participants are allowed to draft each other. This will encourage participants to plan stages and ride in a group between ferries connections.
Like any other self-supported race, participants are not allowed to to assist, support, resupply each other and must not receive any 3rd party assistance, private lodging, resupply or dragging.
Accommodation and any service can only be booked by Riders after the race starts.
Riders must sign and agree with the rider agreement at accreditation, be older than 18 and always know, observe and comply with local laws. Front and Rear lights, helmet, gloves and reflective clothes are mandatory.
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 or private tracker. Devices will be carried on the bike and switched ON one hour before the start of the race and must always stay ON during the race. If a device is switched OFF or dies because of low batteries the participant will be considered withdrawn.
4. Insurance and Responsibility
Race Direction will not provide any kind of insurance, emergency rescue or race marshall. Race 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 race depends on fair and honourable Riders.
All the Riders on the same ferry must wait for each other at docking, roll-off and start the ride as a group. Rescue of any other Rider injured or in danger has first priority.
6. Leave no trace, be nice with people
Leave everything as you found it, or better. Camp only in camping areas, in need of an emergency shelter set up late and strike early. Never start campfires. Dispose of, remove and recycle waste. Respect animals and plants. Be considerate of others, you are racing, they are helping or just working.
Communication in case of emergency or withdraw
Mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
WhatsApp or SMS to the phone number provided during accreditation.
Application for registration will open on 01/Dec/2020 and close 16/Jan/2021. The race is open to max 49 participants for each modality (trail, gravel, road). The race direction has the right to accept or deny your application considering application date, race approach, experience and equipment.