'Lisboa Melilla' is an adventure cycling and bikepacking experience. It isn't a race and we will not promote any kind of competition spirit. The focus is the group experience, the discovery of new geographies and the cultural contact. Anyway the ride has some basic principles. Instead of rules, we prefer to see this minimalist list as a manifesto:
RESPECT THE TRAFFIC RULES, THE COMMUNITIES AND THE ENVIRONMENT
We are a community who wants to build a positive legacy. The way you behave will shape how society and institutions will look to ultracycling and bikepackers.
RIDE THE ROUTE, RIDE SAFE & ENJOY
You can see the route designer as an artist and the route as a piece of art. Trust in it and let yourself go. You can leave the route temporarily (for accommodation, water & food, WC, tourism, etc), but then return in the same exact point. The GPS live tracking shows your geographical position on the route and your tracker should always be on.
SELF-SUPPORTED, BUT A COLLECTIVE EXPERIENCE
This is a bikepacking adventure and you are responsible for your own and logistics: food, accommodation, mechanics, personal insurance and visas. However, due to the particular characteristics of the route, locations and event - namely riding at night in remote areas of Portugal/Spain and the sociocultural profile of Morocco - riders are free to ride in group and to help and receive support from other participants to solve mechanical issues and share supplies.
Finisterra is committed to self-supported principles, but we also believe that special geographies imply special measures. It's completely up to you if you prefer to live this experience alone or to ride with your friends or/and make new friendships along the route. We will also encourage the formation of a group riding at a 'discovering pace', planned to ride 'Lisboa Melilla' in 8 days (5 days across Portugal/Spain and 4 days across Morocco; average of 180KM and 2.250M of climbing per day).