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.
More information and recommendations about the route here.
01/Jul/2022 – registrations are open
23/Sep/2022 – from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM | Peschiera, La Littorina del Mincio :: Accreditation and Briefing
24/Sep/2022 – from 5:00 AM | Peschiera :: start
There’s no cut-off time, we will be at the finish line to welcome finishers until September 28th.
The entry fee is 140€.
The event will be open to a maximum of 150 participants.
Participants can only register as SOLO, there’s no PAIR category.
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 during 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.
At the start and finish line,
Until 10/Aug/2022: 70€ 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.
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.