The Serra da Estrela Gran Fondo is a Cyclo Sportive in Serra da Estrela, the greatest and charismatic cycling scenery of Portugal. Serra da Estrela (it can be translated as - “Star Mountain”) is 1.993 higher with road access to the summit and is the last big mountain at west on the European mainland, 130 km from the west coast.
This year with a novelty in the Granfondo course that will challenge the participants from the longest distance with the longest and most demanding climb in Portugal. Vide - Torre, 30km of climb in which the cyclists will overcome a total difference of more than 1,600 m, passing in the mýtical "Adamastor" and finishing in the iconic Torre (Tower).
At a time of the year where cycling is lived at top by all fans and cyclists, will be the opportunity for all athletes and lovers of this sport to live inside the emotions and challenge provided by the unique scenery of the highest mountain in Portuguese mainland, with one arrival on his summit, the mythical Torre (“Tower”), 1.993 meters higher.
Manteigas, located in the bottom of the monumental Zêzere Glacier Valley will host this 6th edition, where will be the general headquarter of the event. The vcity of Seia will be another important milestone of this challenge, hosting the passage of all participants before they climb the final ascension to the summit.
The Granfondo Serra da Estrela will cycle entirely inside the Serra da Estrela Natural Park, visiting some of the most emblematic places and landscapes of this magnificent protected area. The effort of surpassing the long climbs will certainly be offset by the environment and the images of the high mountains scenery.
The athletes who do not wish to confront the biggest challenge may choose the Mediofondo or the Minifondo course, being a great chance for those who want to make a first experience in a high mountain climb, conquering the summit of Serra da Estrela.
It will be an epic challenge and a true Queen Stage for everyone