Gran Guanche Audax Gravel

GranGuanche Audax Gravel is a non-stop self-catering bikepacking adventure across five Canary Islands: Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Tenerife and El Hierro.
This adds up to about 700 kilometers and nearly 16,00 meters of elevation gain.
The islands are mountainous, the terrain is demanding.
There are no flats here.
You start together and ride mainly against yourself and the clock.
The islands are connected by ferries.
Henning Bommel and I rode GranGuanche as a team.
The fact that we were there together at the start was more due to a coincidence than planned in the long term.
We more or less decided this over coffee and cake during our coffee break while graveling.
I had only been to Tenerife once before and therefore found the idea – to cross five islands in only two and a half days – pretty good.
Incidentally, we also had to make it in the two and a half days, since we had booked the return flights to Germany a bit sporty and were therefore under time pressure.
I had heard a lot about the individual islands beforehand, with the exception of El Hierro, which turned out to be a gravel paradise.

Photos: Stefan Haehnel

Lanzarote 110km/1.850m

Fuerteventura 154km/2.190m

Gran Canaria 140km/3.500m

Tenerife 168km/4.220m

El Hierro 117km/3.860m

Bound Unbound

Bound Unbound is a video series that follows Paul on his way to arguably the most important gravel race in the world UNBOUND.

Photo: Kadir Celik

Bike Fitting

Performance Test


“What can I do? How far can I go? Where are my limits? Who gives up first, my head or my body? Questions I have asked myself many times in my life. Questions that neither the Tour de France nor the Tour of Flanders could answer. Questions that are elementary. Questions that are risky to answer. In numbers it reads quite easily: 16,000m over 750km in 60 hours and 42 minutes. Three days and two nights. But as always, numbers are only half the truth and answers to big questions are never easy. The painful answer lies somewhere out there in the Spanish desert, between heatstrokes and setbacks. Somewhere out there in the middle of nowhere, beyond what was mentally and physically possible for me, I found answers. In Badlands.”

Production: AUT’SAID
Film: Kadir Celik
Drone Shoots: Florian Yeh
Photos: Florian Yeh
Support: Maximilian Weinl