SPIRIT | 'eXpedition 2022: Azores' isn't a race. It's a social ride & bikepacking adventure with specific goals: recon of the route for the 'eXpedition 2023: Azores' and enjoy the experience. There isn't an entry fee. Riders are financially responsible for the traveling expenses (flights/ferrys), as well as for accommodation and insurance.
ROUTE | Mixed surface. 1/4 on smooth gravel sectors and 3/4 on remote asphalt roads across three islands of the central group, namely the 'Triangle Islands': Pico, São Jorge and Faial (ferry departure and route finish in Horta). The route has approximately 400 kilometers and 10.000 meters of elevation gain. 'Slow is okay' pace.
ARCHIPELAGO | The location in the mid-Atlantic Ocean gives a tepid, oceanic, mild-warm subtropical climate. Despite some diferences between islands, temperatures ranges 16-25ºC in June. Route altitude varies frequently between 0-900M. Weather conditions can change rapidly between rain, cloudy and clear sky.
TRANSPORTATION | Faial Island has an international airport - Horta Airport with daily direct flights from/to Lisbon and São Miguel Island. Maritime transportation ensures the mobility between the three islands during the bikepacking trip.
Applications Open: March 01st 2022
Briefing: June 06th MON 2022
Start: June 07th TUE 2022
Finish: June 10th FRI 2022