The race will also repeat its competition format with four open stages and will be included in the S2 category of the International Cycling Union
The ninth edition will take place from May 16 to 19, 2024, and registrations have been open since November of this year
The Fred. Olsen Express Transgrancanaria Bike continues to establish itself as one of the most prominent national and international mountain bike events. After its debut in 2023 as a UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) race, the event, which will hold its ninth edition from May 16 to 19, 2024, will once again be included in the UCI calendar in the S2 category, being one of the two Spanish races within this category. This means that the top 25 finishers will earn UCI points, providing access to major global cycling competitions. The competition format consists of four stages, and registrations are open from November, with a 30% discount for Canary Islands residents in any of the four stages.
With this recognition, the Fred. Olsen Express Transgrancanaria Bike ranks among the most notable races on the international circuit, sharing the calendar with other prestigious events such as the Cape Epic (South Africa) or Spanish races like the Mediterranean Epic, Andalucía Bike, and the Volcat Series, among others. The race maintains its S2 category, making it one of the only two Spanish events with this designation, along with the III La Leyenda de Tartessos (Huelva). Additionally, Transgrancanaria Bike is one of the seven Canarian events within the UCI circuit.
The inclusion of the Fred. Olsen Express Transgrancanaria Bike as a UCI S2 category race will attract top cyclists to the island aiming to earn points for participation in other professional events, including world championships. The first-place finisher in the elite category, both female and male, will receive a total of 80 UCI points, the second-place 70, and the third-place 60, with points decreasing gradually to the twenty-fifth position, which earns 1 point. The race comprises four open stages, accessible and attractive to all types of riders. To facilitate participant travel and accommodation, the organization will centralize the event in Maspalomas, in the southern part of Gran Canaria.
The first stage covers 31 kilometers and takes place in Chira, with the start and finish at Plaza de Cercados de Araña. The second stage is a 23.5-kilometer time trial starting from Parque Sur de Maspalomas and finishing in Ayagaures. For the third stage, covering 45.6 kilometers, participants will move to Cañón del Águila (start and finish) in San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The fourth and final stage will start and finish in Parque Sur, with a route of 69.7 kilometers. The tracks for each stage are already available for download on the official website.
Since its inception in 2016, the Fred. Olsen Express Transgrancanaria Bike has attracted thousands of participants, including legends of the sport such as José Antonio Hermida, Olympic medalist in Athens 2004; Marga Fullana, also an Olympic medalist in Sydney 2000; and professional cyclists like Luis Ángel Maté or Juanpe López, who combine road cycling with mountain biking. The Gran Canaria race has consistently drawn top athletes in the discipline, including Francesc Guerra (winner of six out of eight editions held), Natalia Fischer (2021 winner), Manuela Muresan (victorious in 2020 and 2022), Janina Wüst, and the winners of the last edition, Dutchman Hans Becking and Portuguese Melissa Maia. The elite Canarian riders, including Blas Rivero, Néstor Rodríguez, Luna Perdomo, Lourdes Betancor, and Mónica Reyes, among others, have also been notable participants.
The Fred. Olsen Express Transgrancanaria Bike is organized by Arista Eventos, with primary sponsorship from Fred. Olsen Express and support from the Cabildo de Gran Canaria through the Tourism of Gran Canaria and Gran Canaria European Island of Sport institutions, the City Council of San Bartolomé de Tirajana, and Maspalomas Costa Canaria. The race also collaborates with companies Vivac Aventura, Gobik, Emicela, Lorenzo González Automoción, Gofio La Piña, Provital, and Inerza.