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To ride a Granfondo is always a special moment in the life of a cyclist, wether for someone who is starting or cyclists who are used to this type of competition. In this sense, one has to be well prepared for the test and nothing like having a few days before to get to know the surrounding area, do a recognition ride and start getting the feeling of the event and the cycling atmosphere. Furthermost you will get to socialise with other members of the group and meet former professional cyclists who always like to share their experiences. We take very attention to every detail and we take special care to your nutrition during the stages of recognition, the quality of accommodation and food, in an all-inclusive system, where massages, transfers to and from the airport and prepared daily and all activities will be briefed by our well-prepared team, whose elements will also join you during the Granfondo itself and will join you in the peloton for a true Granfondo adventure. Come climb the mythical Senhora da Graca with us, get ready and train well to have an unforgettable and pleasurable experience.
We have selected the best climbs, the best road and the most breathtaking scenery. We work together with the founder of the Granfondo Senhora da Graça, the former champion and professional cyclist João Cabreira, who won this mythical climb twice in the Volta a Portugal . The cyclists joining you on this adventure are very experienced and will be able to help you achieve your goals. You will have exclusive access to course recognition, mechanical support, daily massages, laundry service, feed stations during the recce rides, support car and nutrition, all of this surrounded by the most amazing landscapes and roads made for cycling.
The ascent of Senhora da Graça is one of the most anticipated moments in a Tour of Portugal, whether by its hardness or by the human frame.
Senhora da Graça is the name given to the summit of Mount Farinha (whose name is due to its conical orography that resembles a lot of flour), a mountain 947 meters high, located in the vicinity of the village of Mondim de Basto, in the district of Vila Real. At the top of the mountain is located the Sanctuary of Saint Senhora da Graça, which gives it its name.
The ascent to Senhora da Graça is one of the usual routes of the Tour of Portugal in cycling, adding a great community of fans when there ends some stage.
The entrance of this ascent in the course of the Tour of Portugal occurred in its 40th edition, in 1978. At this time, the route of the Tour included already other mountainous difficulties, such as the ascent to the Tower (at the top of Serra da Estrela), passing both climbs to compete among themselves the 'title' of the most iconic course of the Portuguese race. Since then, the climb to Senhora da Graça was not present during the race in 1983; in 1980 was present in the course but the race was neutralized and did not get to climb up there.
With an elevation of 620 meters, the climb has 8.5 kilometers of constant climb with very few rest areas. It is a climb that is made at a high pace and the biggest difficulty is in the final half of the climb, as you can see in the altimetry. With percentages of 10.5% maximum slope is a rise of elimination. And now the climb is smoother with a better tar than when it had a mountain tar, rugged and that required more power to the athletes. The mountain is made initially with some straight lines with some open curves but as you get to the top, the curves are more closed and at the elbow. With the arrival of the last two kilometers to the goal, there are no such curves and we watched the goal approach in the form of a spiral.
Marco Chagas, Carlos Moreira, Jose Luis Rebollo, Quintino Rodrigues and João Cabreira were the only cyclists to climb on the ascent of Saint Senhora da Graça.
Marco Chagas, in 1985; Jorge Silva, in 1991; Massimiliano Lelli, in 1996; Zenon Jaskula in 1997 and David Blanco in 2010 were the winners in the stage and in the overall final standings of the Tour the same year. Marco Chagas, Venceslau Fernandes, Manuel Cunha and Claus Moller won the Senhora da Graça and, in subsequent years, the overall classification of the Volta.
José Santos is the sports director with more wins in the ascent of Mondim de Basto. In total, there were four victories: Manuel Vilar won in 1987, the following year they repeat their victory with Carlos Moreira, Jose Luis Rebollo triumphs in 1998 and in 2003, Basque Pedro Arreitunandia takes the best on opponents.
The first foreign triumph in this arrival happened in 1989 by Santiago Portillo, of the Lotus-Zahor. Five years later, Felice Puttini of Brescialat raises her arms at Mount Farinha. Massimiliano Lelli opened a range of ten consecutive victories for cyclists outside of Portugal. Following the Portuguese, it is the Spaniards who are more likely to win this climb. The last to win were Eladio Jimenez in 2007, Juan Jose Cobo in 2008, David Blanco in 2010 and Sergio Pardilla in 2013.
List of winners in the Senhora da Graça:
1978 – João Costa; 1979 – Marco Chagas; 1981 – Benjamin Carvalho; 1983 – Venceslau Fernandes; 1984 – Manuel Cunha; 1985 – Marco Chagas; 1986 – Carlos Moreira; 1987 – Manuel Vilar; 1988 – Carlos Moreira; 1989 – Santiago Portillo; 1990 – Joaquim Gomes; 1991 – Jorge Silva; 1992 – Quintino Rodrigues; 1993 – Quintino Rodrigues; 1994 – Felice Puttini; 1995 – António Correia; 1996 – Massimiliano Lelli; 1997 – Zenon Jaskula; 1998 – Jose Luis Rebollo; 1999 – Michele Laddomada; 2000 – Claus Moller; 2001 – Jose Luis Rebollo; 2002 – Joan Horrach; 2003 – Peio Arreitunandia; 2004 – David Arroyo; 2005 – Adolfo Garcia Quesada; 2006 – João Cabreira; 2007 – Eladio Jimenez; 2008 – Juan Jose Cobo; 2009 – João Cabreira; 2010 – David Blanco; 2011 – Hernani Broco; 2012 – Rui Sousa; 2013 – Sergio Pardilla; 2014 – Edgar Pinto; 2015 – Filipe Cardoso; 2016 – Gustavo Cesar Veloso; 2017 - Raúl Alarcon.
First Day - Thursday (June 13th)
- Arrival at the Airport in Porto and transfer to the hotel
- Social ride at the end of the day to get acquainted with the area and the other riders of our pack
Second Day - Friday (June 14th)
- Briefing after breakfast, before the first recon ride
- Recon ride of the first and hardest half of the Granfondo Route
- Recovery meal
- Sports Massage
- Free afternoon
Third day - Saturday (June 15th)
- Briefing after breakfast, before the second recon ride
- Recon ride of the second and lighter half of the Granfondo Route
- Recovery meal
- Free afternoon
- Dinner and rest for next day
Fourth Day - Sunday (June 16th)
- Briefing after breakfast, before the Granfondo Senhora da Graça
- Granfondo Senhora da Graça - Departure at 09h, only a few meters from the hotel
- Recovery meal at the end of the Granfondo provided by the organization
- Sports Massage
- Transfer to Porto Airport
- Transfer from and to the airport
- Insurance of Civil Responsibility and Personal Accident during the event
- Full Board
- Indoor and Outdoor Pools, Sauna, Turkish Bath, Jacuzzi
- Lecture and Workshop on Cycling
- Welcome Pack
- Bicycle Assistance
- Sports Massage
- Laundry for Riding Clothing
- Registration in the Granfondo
- Guides in each stage
- GPX Files for Garmin device
- Support car during the stages
- Energy Bars
- Mechanical Support during the stages
- Accommodation in double room
- Nutrition and Hydration during the Stages
- 3 Dinners*
- 3 Stages With Guide
- 1 Jersey
- Monitored Training With Savvy Guide
* Only Available on Guided Tours
- Travel Insurance
- Incidental expenses
- Extra Nights
- Food and beverage not covered in the hotel pack
- Bicycle Rental
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