The classic of the Gran Fondos in Portugal returns in 2019 for its 8th edition, and with many new features.
Once more the Serra do Açor and the Zêzere river landscapes welcome the participants, with 3 challenging courses passing on the amazing landscapes of Sta Luzia dam, in some of the most beautiful Aldeias do Xisto and to the spectacular scenery of the most iconic and monumental Portuguese mining complex .
The Panasqueira Mines complex is embedded in the most inhospitable slopes of the Serra do Açor and marks the history of Portugal as a symbol of the courage and sacrifice of men in their most intimate and challenging relationship with nature.
The effort of the participants to pass the difficult climb that begins in the Zêzere River and passes through the three scenarios of this complex (Cabeço do Pião, Aldeia de S. Francisco de Assis and Barroca Grande) to finish at Alto do Xiqueiro on the roof of the Serra do Açor, will be a simple tribute to the many men and women who have lived through the years in this landscape, submerged in the bowels of these mountains to earn their living. Roads, landscapes and people will be together to make this renovated Gran Fondo Aldeias do Xisto an epic experience.
A CHALLENGE FOR EVERYONE
Those who do not feel ready for the longer challenge may choose to Mediofondo or the Minifondo course, also a challenge, but with a shorter distance. The Mediofondo and Minifondo start simultaneously with the Granfondo.