The Senhora da Graça is a sanctuary located on the summit of Monte Farinha, located in Mondim de Basto.
This is one of the most emblematic places of Portuguese cycling, with an almost obligatory presence in the Volta a Portugal, which marks all the fans of cycling through the spectacle of its hardness. Every year thousands of people travel to the region to watch the stage of the Senhora da Graça, enriching the hardness of this stage with a fascinating human frame, supporting all the athletes, thus extolling their effort and commitment.
A16 of June 2019 will be held, for the first time, the Proteu - Granfondo Senhora da Graça - Shimano.
Proteu - Granfondo Senhora da Graça - Shimano is a cycling event, open to the participation of all cyclists and amateurs (federated or non-federated), of both sexes, of any nationality, and over 18 years of age.
There will be three distances, with the following designations, mileage and gradient:
- Granfondo: 141,8km - 3350D +
- Middle: 102.2km - 2300D +
- Minifondo: 52.3km - 1300D +
Participants should choose the distance that best suits their physical condition and goals, but during the course of the event they can change the distance, without prejudice in terms of timing.
The departure of Proteu - Granfondo Senhora da Graça - Shimano will be carried out in mass (all levels and distances), at 9:00 am on 06/16/2019, in the center of the perfect village of Mondim de Basto, and will have as goal the emblematic and mythical Senhora da Graça, located on the summit of the exponential Monte Farinha - for the three distances, as it could not be otherwise.
This will be a "divine" goal for everyone ... a high arrival as the culmination of a journey that promises many challenges ... an arrival with the feeling of "proof overcome" ... and a raise of arms like a true professional.
Here, all goals are equally valid and commendable. It will be considered bold, both the aim of raising your arms for a place on the podium, as raising your arms for the "fight" of a place in the overall standings, raise your arms for better result than the friend or opponent, have finished and surpassed the challenge. Everyone has their personal goals, and they will undoubtedly deserve all the respect and consideration.
With an altimetry that can do some "damage", participants will pedal in the prodigious landscapes of the region, with passage through Cabeceiras de Basto, Celorico de Basto, Campanhó, Ermelo, Barreiro, Lamas de Olo, Bobal, Alvadia, Macieira, Cerva...
This will be a challenge and personal overcoming event, where participants will experience a sublime combination of emotions in what will be a perfect alliance of effort, commitment, and natural beauty!
We believe that this will undoubtedly be the Granfondo that will make a great highlight in the year 2019!
We count on you to help us make a great cycling party.