National and international participants can choose one of two distances: a 208km Gran Fondo with an altitude gain of 3,680m, or a 120km Medio Fondo with an altitude gain of 1,780m.
Gran Fondo Course
After a neutralised start until Mojacar village, the parcours of the Gran Fondo goes to Garrucha, and then through Villaricos up the coast towards San Juan de los Terreros.
The route then turns back to Cuevas de Almanzora, before continuing to Lubrin via Antas, and then through El Pilar to Uleila del Campo (at 100km) to climb the Puerto de la Virgen (a 9.5km climb at an average 5%).
After the summit is the most difficult part of the Gran Fondo, with 2 hard climbs in the next 40km.
Back in Lubrin, the road climbs from El Marchal to El Campio (3.6km with an average 6.2%), and then after around 20km, at Turre, it descends.
The last climb to overcome is on the way to Mojacar village, where the finish is at the Hotel Marina Playa, at the end of 208km of cycling with an altitude gain of 3,680m. In total there are 8 “official” climbs on the route, varying between category 2 and category 4.
Medio Fondo CoursE
The Medio Fondo follows the same start, but after the supply station in Lubrin turns off left towards the climb to El Campico, and then follows the same parcours to end at Hotel Marina Playa after 120km in the saddle.
With 4 “official” climbs, the Medio Fondo is a very nice challenge for less experienced cyclists who want to take their first steps into the world of the Gran Fondo.