The GranGarda Gravel Rando is a self-supported, single-stage, fixed-route cycling event. 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 technical descents. 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 behaviour, resupply, safety and logistics.
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.
The event follows the GranGarda Gravel loop with a few differences. The GranGarda Gravel Rando gpx track will be available the day before the event.
The route goes by fast gravel roads, secondary paved roads, but includes some rocky mule tracks, a few technical single tracks and about 4km of hike-a-bike. It’s open to any kind of bike, we recommend gravel bikes with low gearing and min 50mm wide tires or hardtail mountain bikes.
Pace scenarios are just a planning resource, not a target or a final achievement. More information and recommendations about the route here.
Peschiera 05:00 AM – Start
Valtenesi, hills – 60km 700m+
Fast ride on secondary lanes and gravel roads. Navigation can be tricky with some road crossings, keep it safe.
Salò 8:00 AM
Garda Bresciano, mountains – 50km 2100m+
Includes steep climbs, technical descents and about 1km o hike-a-bike.
Tignale 11:00 AM – resupply
Tremalzo, high mountains – 60km 2600m+
Steep and long unpaved climb, endless descent on a rocky, exposed mule-tracks and single tracks.
Ledro 04:00 PM
Garda Trentino, mountains – 65km 2000m+
Climbs and descents on mixed terrain. Includes a technical descent on a single track that may require some hike-a-bike.
Torbole 08:00 PM – resupply
Mt Baldo, high mountains – 100km 2.800m+
Mostly paved climb and descent.
Garda 03:00 AM
Bardolino, hills – 30km 500m+
Fast ride on secondary lanes and gravel roads.
Peschiera 05:00 AM – Finish
Peschiera, 05:00 AM – Starts
Day 1, Saturday – 140km 4000m+
Long day with endless climbs and some technical single tracks.
Sleep on top of Tremalzo pass and avoid descending the exposed and rocky double track in the dark.
Day 2, Sunday – 210km 6000m+
Another long day, mostly riding on low-traffic lanes but including slow rocky single tracks and about 2km hike-a-bike.
Peschiera, Sunday night – Finish
Peschiera, 05:00 AM – Start
Day 1, Saturday – 100km 2500m+
Ride to Tignale:
Day 2, Sunday 60km 2600m+
Ride to Ledro:
Day 3, Monday 80km 2600m+
Ride to Brentonico:
Day 4, Tuesday 105km 2300m+
Ride to Peschiera, you made it!
Plenty of accommodation and camping options, we recommend Borgo Stazione.
Peschiera, Tuesday night – Finish
Like in any self-supported cycling event, participants are not allowed to assist, support, or resupply each other and must not receive any 3rd party assistance, private lodging or resupply. Accommodations and any service can be booked by Riders only after the event starts.
Compared to other self-supported cycling events, participants are here allowed to ride in a group and draft each other.
Riders must sign and agree with the rider agreement, be older than 18 and always know, observe and comply with local laws. Front and Rear lights, helmet, 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
The event direction will not provide any kind of insurance, emergency rescue or marshall. The event 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
Event Direction can impose penalties and disqualifications, but can’t ensure all the riders comply with the rules. A fair and safe event 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.
In case of emergency or withdrawal, the communication must be emailed or texted to the address or phone number provided.