Titan Desert – Xtreme MTB experience

Titan Desert – Xtreme MTB experience

Six MTB stages in Morocco, a lot of desert and a bit of mountain. Titan Desert, that has celebrated 13 years recently.  Titan Desert was born on 2006 as a MTB-alternative to Paris-Dakar. The organizers wanted to create an event as tough as Paris-Dakar for MTB lovers, creating a race that is an opportunity for the participants to test their limits and overcome themselves. Titan Desert is open to anybody that wants to participate, and there’s no need to be a professional rider. However, it’s necessary to be in very good shape and be aware of the challenge: you will be cycling in the desert, with high temperatures and in really hard conditions. At some points, you will even need to carry your bike and walk, as the sand makes impossible to continue pedalling. The Titan Desert’s itinerary changes every year Along it’s 6 stages, we can visit many places in Morocco such as the village of Merzouga in the desert, Rissani (a city in a palm grove) or a mountain stage in the Morrocan-Swiss Alps (Ifrane) that was part of the Titan Desert in the last edition of the race. The total distance of the race changes every year, but it stands around 650 kilometres divided in 6 stages.  Thanks to the hard work  of more that 100 people that are part of Titan Desert’s staff, plus all the doctors, physioterapists and mechanics that will accompany you in every stage, you will have the chance to rest and relax inside of the haimas that you will find set everyday after the race. The organization stress the importance of a...
Ironman Hawaii: The history of the world´s most famous Triathlon

Ironman Hawaii: The history of the world´s most famous Triathlon

The Ironman World Championships is enjoying its 41st edition in Hawaii this year. Since the inception of the event, its magic and legendary status has only grown, planting a seed in triathletes’ minds that’s impossible to dislodge until they’ve experienced the thrill of going to Kona. With a brand as strong as the competitors who take part in its races, it’s easy to forget that what we now take for granted as Ironman began as little more than a dare between athletes to settle the bet of who were the fittest: swimmers, cyclists or runners. The beginnings in 1978 The original Ironman was conceived during the Oahu Perimeter Relay awards ceremony in 1977, where athletes from the Mid-Pacific Road Runners club and the Waikiki Swim club engaged in the usual debate about which sport created the best endurance sportsmen. Commander John Collins of the US Navy suggested an ultimate race to settle the debate once and for all. A combination of three already incredibly tough events held on the island of Oahu: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim, a 3.8k sea-swim; the Around Oahu Bike Race, a gusty, crosswind-dogged 185k course (reduced to 180k for the Ironman) and the Honolulu Marathon, a standard 42,2k running race in baking hot Hawaiian conditions. On February 18th 1978, there were only 15 competitors willing to drag themselves through such a monumental sporting challenge. Each of the competitors had their own support crew providing food and drink as the race went on – beer in the case of John Dunbar, a US Navy SEAL whose support team ran out of water during the marathon, but...
Cape Epic – Wild and untamed

Cape Epic – Wild and untamed

A few years ago, Kevin Vermaak, South African, was worried: there were not enough mountain bike races in Africa, therefore, he decided to create his own. That is how, in 2004, the Cape Epic race was born. However, how is it possible that in Africa there were not enough bike races in such a big continent? Well, maybe after reading this article you will get a better idea on why. Cape Epic is the most televised mountain bike event in the world and gathers, during 8 days, the best and toughest mountain bikers in the world, together with amateur bikers. Cape Epic is for partners. Besides being selected, pay the registration fee (1.500 €) and fly to South Africa, you will need to find somebody you can participate with. The elements of this race make necessary to participate with somebody else, but also being able to share such an intense experience with somebody is, indeed, a great opportunity. Ask anybody who has participated in the Cape Epic, they will all agree on one thing: you never know what is going to happen, as you will be surrounded by dangers: Fallings, extreme heat, floodings, wild animals and the accumulated fatigue make essential to go with somebody else. However, and according to the rules, you cannot be more than 2 minutes away from your partner. In case you get very far away from each other, you will face a one-hour penalty, and if this happens 3 times you will be disqualified. Cape Epic in numbers Cape Epic is divided in 5 categories: men, women, mix, master (over 40 years old) and...
Trail – 10 races you should run at least once in your life

Trail – 10 races you should run at least once in your life

Today we are talking about 10 races that will take you to the most inhospitable places in the world, from going through deserts, to traverse islands and circle mountains, always accompanied by extreme temperatures. These races are only for hardcore-trail lovers. Have you participated in any of these 10 races? If so, tell us your experience in the comments! 10 trail races that will test your limitations Ultra Trail del Mont Blanc: UTMB is one of the most famous events in the world. During the week of the UTMB, 5 events take place at the same time at Mont Blanc, gathring more than 7.000 people in the highest mountain in Europe. If you hadn’t make it to the race, you can always follow it live from their website. Tor des Geants: Tor des Geants will take us to surround the “4 giants” at Val d’Aosta, the Italian Alps. These giants (or “geants”) sill take us surround the mountainside of the Montblanc, Grand Paradiso, Monte Rosso and Cervino, and in order to win you will need to avoid sleeping: winners tend to end the course in 3 days, although the organizers will give you 6 days to go through its 330 kilometres. Tor des Geants is not a challenge for everybody, and many people can spend years trying to get a slot. Kima Trophy: also in Italy, the Kima Trophy takes place in Val Masino, north of the country. Kima Trophy is a biannunal race with a 52 kilometres itinerary and 4200 metres of vertical drop. Kima Trophy is also a pioneer in skyrunning races. Zegama: we travel now to  Zegama at Basque Country in...
Els 2900 – Crowning 7 Andorran mountains in one race

Els 2900 – Crowning 7 Andorran mountains in one race

Do you imagine a race where you have to crown the 7 highest mountains of Andorra? This is the idea that gave brith to Els 2900, a race that offers the possibility to enjoy a trail race in one of the most beautiful plces in Europe. Despite being quite a “young” race, Els 2900 has managed to make its own space in the club of the most important trail races. But, how was born this itinerary, which in just 2 years has becom one of the most impressive ones in the world? Here’s the story: Els 2900 was borned thanks to the initiative of two people who one day, decided that they wanted to go over the 7 Andorran summits that were higher than 2900 metres. Those two pioneers, Matt Lefort and Carles Rossell, quickly realized that this itinerary deserved to become a race, so they decided to get to work. Els 2900 is a race only for the chosen ones In 2014 appeared for the first time in the race calendar, with what its creators called the “Edition 0”, a test edition with test runners that was a success. In 2015 the first edition of Els 2900 took place, but the registration was not open for everybody: the 50 participants that would enjoy this itinerary would be chosen by the organization regarding a dossier. Els 2900 is not for everybody: according to the organizers’ definition of the race: “it’s the toughest and most technical itinerary currently”. Starting from Refugio del Estany de la Pera, the race will take us to crown the 7 highest peaks of Andorra, sharing this adventure with...
Charity races: running for a good cause

Charity races: running for a good cause

Have you ever run a charity race? Would you like to take part in one? Wether if you have run one or not, we recommend you to wear a Safesport ID bracelet with your emergency information. Thousands of races fill our calendar each weekend: from popular races to triathlons, marathons and half-marathons. Our country is full of events that we can all enjoy. However, if just participating and competing at a race is not enough for you, we have gathered a list of charity races where you can help those who need it the most while exercising and having a good time. Charity races for everybody! Wings for Life World Run: Wings for Life is a worldwide event that takes place in more than 30 cities simultaneously. The next Wings for Life World Run will take place on the 7th May 2017 and the mission of the race is to make spinal cord injury curable, by donating the benefits of the race to research. But how does Wings for Life World Run work? Half an hour after all the runners cross the start line, the Catcher Car will depart trying to catch all of the runners: as long as you stay ahead of the car, you continue in the race. The Catcher Car will chase all the participants until just one person is left on running: he or she will be the winner of Wings for Life. You can check the race’s website here for more information: http://www.wingsforlifeworldrun.com/   Pretty Muddy: among all the charity races only for women, Pretty Muddy is a muddy obstacle course that women of any...
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