SERRA DA CANASTRA

Considered one of the most important Brazilian national parks, the Serra da Canastra National Park, created in 1972, has an actual area of 70,355 hectares and involves the following localities between the states of Minas Gerais and São Paulo in the Southeastern region of Brazil: Araxá, São João Batista da Serra da Canastra, Sacramento, São Roque de Minas, São José do Barreiro, Capitólio, Vargem Bonita, São João Batista do Glória, Delfinópolis, Medeiros, Passos, Piumhi and Rifaina.

The name Canastra comes from the indigena and means “chest”, due to the shape of the main mountain range that surrounds the Park. Among the more than 200 cataloged waterfalls, the most famous is the formidable Casca D'anta waterfall with approximately 186 m of height and its source is 14 km from this main fall, forming the glamorous São Francisco River.

The park protects a rare beauty and shelters countless species of the fauna of the cerrado, such as guará wolf, anteater, stag, various hawks and endangered species such as the duck and the armadillo-canastra.

Get ready to be enchanted by its exotic beauty and rich landscapes. Famous for its waterfalls, trails and beautiful landscapes, the region of Canastra is a privileged place for the practice of adventure sports and for nature lovers. Let yourself be seduced by the gastronomy, flavors and the old and good hospitality of the sertanejo people of Minas Gerais. A simple cooking, made on the wood stove, but with a striking, unforgettable and incredible flavor.

São Francisco River

The river São Francisco is one of the most important water courses in Brazil and South America. The river passes through 5 states and 521 countys, being its source in São Roque de Minas, within the Serra da Canastra National Park. After crossing great part of the country and constituting natural currency of the states of Sergipe and Alagoas, it flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Its length measured from the source is 2,814 km.

Araxá - City where you can first see the sun.

City Beginning stage and end of the race.

Araxá, with its legends, its waters, its cuisine and its crafts, was the scene of novels, poems and samba school themes. The city has an enigma that seduces its visitors. Impossible to forget the land of the legendary Beja, the wonderful scenery of Barreiro, a park of rare beauty and tranquility with woods, lakes, gardens of Burle Marx, ruins of Hotel Radio, sheltering nooks for healthy walks. The architecture of the Grande Hotel and Spa with its mud baths, aromatherapy and hydrotherapy, the fountains with sulphurous and radioactive waters. It is impossible for anyone who visits not to enjoy riding, cycling in the lake, walking around the city and buying loom mats, embroidery, soaps and creams made with black mud and experiencing the famous sweets. Araxá is a party for those who like to bring good memories home.

Population

95,888 inhabitants.

Relief

Consisting of flat lands and hills, the maximum altitude is 1,359 meters and the minimum of 910 meters at sea level.

Climate in June

Winter with temperatures ranging between 8 and 15 ° C. Dry season without rain.

Approximate Road Distances:

The Race

Crossing 800 km with 16,000m of accumulated altimetry, divided into 7 stages, unfolding the beautiful scenery of the Serra da Canastra. An ultra-marathon in self-sufficiency, where each participant must set up his own feeding and hydration strategy. Foreign aid is not allowed but athletes will be able to use the cities and villages that will pass along the way. The route of the GRAND CANASTRA is comprised, in about 90% of its extension, by vicinal roads, trails and unpaved roads.

Because it is a test without signs, the participants must be guided by GPS, which will also indicate the points of water and food. The participant can obtain autonomous supply using private and public establishments, indicated or not in GPS by the organization. This will be the challenge to endurance athletes who enjoy Moutain Bike. An itinerant test, all monitored by GPS in real time. Each day a new place and a new experience. No route markings, being the first test of navigation in the country. Back roads, trails, rocks, rivers and waterfalls will be part of this grandiose scenery. A differentiated adventure, allowing athletes to sleep in hotels and inns for a better recovery for the next day of competition.

HANDICAP

All participants compete in a single category, but time bonuses will be awarded based on age. Participants will be rewarded with bonus time proportionally to the ages over 40 (forty) years. Women will have time bonuses depending on the ages over 40 (40) years and also by gender. The winner is the one who completes the course in the shortest total time accumulated, plus any penalties and deductions of any bonuses.

Athlete facilities

All athletes are monitored in real time via satellite and GPS, allowing greater safety and reliability in the results. The athletes' luggage will be transported by the organization and left in the rooms of each participant. The athlete should only leave it the next day at the reception of the hotel where he is staying at that stage.

Mechanical Pack

Registered athletes may contract the supplementary mechanics service, which will be available from the arrival of the athletes on day "0" and also on the arrival of the last stage on day "7". The service called "Mechanical Pack" consists of the daily washing, drying, lubrication and any maintenance that may be necessary after the diagnosis made at the end of each stage by the head of the mobile workshop that accompanies the caravan.

VALUES

U$$ 230,00

if contracted until December 31, 2017

U$$ 250,00

if contracted after January 1, 2018

Pack Recovery (Post-Race Recovery)

The organization of the event will provide a team of physiotherapy and muscle recovery professionals to perform massages on arrival at each stage, including also day "0" and day "7". Thus, participants can contract a "Pack Recovery", which consists of performing daily massages, after the completion of each of the 7 steps.

VALUES

U$$ 180,00

if contracted until December 31, 2017

U$$ 200,00

if contracted after January 1, 2018

Athlete's Kit

• Maps and tracks of all stages;
• Grand Canastra official travel pack for transport (100 liters);
• T-shirt allusive to the event;
• Plate and Proof Number;
• Squeeze;
• Visor;
• Jersey;
• Finisher Medal;
• Neck Tube;
• Athlete Insurance;
• Sponsorship gifts.

Registration and Values

Basic Athlete Package: US$ 2.000,00

The application package consists of:
• Day "0", cocktail and reception dinner of the Altelas;
• Stages 1 to 7, 7 nights in a shared room, 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners;
• Athlete's Kit;
• Medical assistance and rescue during the stages;
• Compulsory insurance;
• Washing point of the bicycle at the end of each stage;
• Transport of luggage to the accommodation;
• Parking at night for bicycles;
• "GRAND CANASTRA FINISHER" stamp stamped on the cyclist's shirt allusive to the event (reserved for those who completed the seven steps in the terms established by the organization).

Single Athlete Package: US$ 2.500,00

• Includes all basic package, however in a single room.

Basic Companion Package: US$ 1.150,00

• Travel by own car;
• Welcome cocktail and reception dinner (day "0");
• Includes 7 nights in the room with the athlete, 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners.

Premium Companion Package: US$ 1.880,00

• Transport by vehicle of the Organization;
• Tourist guide;
• Welcome cocktail and reception dinner (day "0");
• Includes 7 nights in the room with the athlete, 7 breakfasts and 7 dinners.

Registrations can be made through the website www.grandcanastra.com or www.canastratrails.com.br

Race structure

• Accommodation in the best hotels and inns in the host cities;
• Athlete monitoring in real time via satellite and GPS;
• Mobile ICU with doctors and nurses throughout the course;
• Team with 30 support staff;
• Food station at the end of each stage, containing snacks, juices, repositories, energy drinks, soft drinks, fruits, etc;
• Supplementary technical support of mechanics and massages; • US $ 4,000 in prize money.

Altimetry

Day 1

Araxá – Araxá
Stage distance: 117 km
1895 m+ climbs

Day 2

Araxá – São João Batista da Serra da Canastra
Stage distance: 127 km
2916 m de subidas

Day 3

São João Batista da Serra da Canastra – São José do Barreiro
Stage distance: 94,5 km
2221 m+ climbs

Day 4

São José do Barreiro –Turvo
Stage distance: 106 km
2696 m+ climbs

Day 5

Turvo – Delfinópolis
Stage distance: 111 km
2456 m+ climbs

Day 6

Delfinópolis – Jaguara
Stage distance: 134 km
2341 m+ climbs

Day 7

Rifaina – Araxá
Stage distance: 133 km
1637 m+ climbs

7 days trial • 824km • 16.606 m+ • Race limited to 60 participants.

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