TWO STAGES PLUS
The queen of the Transgrancancanaria Bike. It runs through the most spectacular trails of the island. The bikers will complete a first stage from La Aldea to El Garañón, and the second day they will end at the other point of the island in Arinaga.
The greatest Challenge
27 May. La Aldea – El Garañón 28 May. El Garañón – Arinaga
70 kilometres with 4000 metres of positive elevation change are the numbers of the main event in the Transgrancanaria Bike, the Two Stages Plus. We will be starting at La Aldea to join the Andén Verde, a giant cliff 20 kilometres long, which is an illustrated book of the island’s geological history. Then, we will continue the ascent to the Natural Park of Tamadaba. We will enter the Finca of Tirma, one of the flower sanctuaries of the island due to the great amount of endemism that it has, to reach the 1,000 metre point in the Pinar de Tamadaba, one of the natural areas of the island with the best preserved pine forest. We will be taking a stretch along the road to get to Artenara, where their “Casas Cuevas” hang on the slopes of the Caldera de Tejeda. A huge caldera over 18 kilometres in diameter, and one of the few examples worldwide of what a collapsed volcanic eruption means. We will join with the track of Guardaya towards the cliffs of Chapín that border the aforementioned caldera. It is considered a sacred place in the pre-colonial world with archaeological remains of indigenous constructions on rock, such as the “Cuevas Caballero” where you will travel the way to the Cruz de Tejeda. Finally, we will be reaching 1,600 metres at Corral de los Juncos, reaching laterthe facilities of El Garañón at Los Llanos de la Pez. The race will be stopped until the next day.
We will leave from Los Llanos de la Pezuntil arriving at Ayacata. From there, we will make a circular tour through the Presa de Chira, one of the symbols of the hydraulic constructions of the island, and then go to theneighbourhood of La Plata. At the crossroads of Cruz Grande, the change from the south to the east slope is easily identified. The runner enters the ravine of Tirajana, through the forest track of Pilancones until La Manzanilla to get to the town of Santiago de Tunte. After a stretch along the road they will take the track of El Gallego to arrive at the reservoir of La Sorrueda, a fertile landscape of the south east of Gran Canaria that shelters a leafy palm grove in the foothills of the Fortaleza de Ansite, an emblematic settlement and pre-Hispanic sanctuary,continuing along the ravine to the Aldea Blanca. You only have to go through the last kilometres, filledwith low mountain vegetation, typical of the eastern slope of the island.You will be arriving at the town of Agüimes, where you can see the end of the route: the coast of this part of the island.This last section will be the descent to the mountain of Arinaga, where the event will end.