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...
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...
Quebrantahuesos –  A must for all the bike lovers

Quebrantahuesos – A must for all the bike lovers

Inspired in the bird of prey that lives in the spanish Pyrenees, the Quebrantahuesos is a must for all the bike lovers. Along its 200 kilometres, we will enjoy  the beautiful landscapes of the Pyrenees but we will also suffer along its four mountain ports, among which we can find the Marie Blanque, a regular at Tour de France.   Quebrantahuesos is one of the most important cyclotourist rides in Spain. With the departure an the arrival located at Sabiñánigo, Huesca, the riders in this non-competitive race will have the chance to share its 200 kilometres together with thousands of cyclists from all over the world.   Quebrantahuesos is not only the name of a race, but also the name of one of the fiercests birds, the bearded vulture and the cyclotourist ride honours its name and will test the most experienced ciclysts with an itinerary in which the participants will find a total of 4 mountain ports such as the Marie Blanque (a regular at Tour de France) and the Portalet. The registration is open for everybody, from professionals to amateurs, although the slots are always chosed by drawing lots. Quebrantahuesos: much more than a cyclotourist ride   This cyclotourist ride started thanks to Peña Ciclista Edelweiss, a club from Saniñánigo. However, and as Quebrantahuesos was not enough for the organizers, 13 years ago they gave birth to Treparriscos, Quebrantahuesos’ little sister. Treparriscos is a 85 kilometres-long ride for those who prefer a shorter and more relaxed itinerary. Treparriscos, as Quebrantahuesos, receives its name from a bird that lives in the spanish Pyrenees, the wallcreeper, smaller than the bearded vulture.   Quebrantahuesos is not...
Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu (UTVA) – A race in the heart of the Pyrenees

Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu (UTVA) – A race in the heart of the Pyrenees

With its 92 km and 7.344 metres of ascent, the Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu is one of the hardest races you can imagine, only for the most experienced runners. Departing and arriving at Esterri d’Aneu, the Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu will take its participants through a stunning itinerary through the National Park of Aiguestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici and the Parc Natural del Alt Pirineu in Lérida, Spain. The itinerary of this race it’s not only really demanding but also, and as the race’s organizer of the race defines it “untamed”. “The UTVA will make the runner suffer and feel how ti is to run in the mountain” Lloret declares. How was the Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu born? “It actually started as a hommage for our Friends Edu, Just and Quique, who lost their life in an unfortunate accident” said Ramón Villuendas, race director and also major of Esterri d’Àneu. The first edition took place on 2009 but with a shorter distance and since then the race has been growing and growing every year, attracting runners from the whole world who really appreciate such a hard itinerary. The Ultra Trail Valls d’Àneu in numbers This year the athletes will be able to participate in three different distances that are more fitting for the different profiles of runners that want to take part in this experience: 93K, 45K and 20K. With so many options, there are no excuses for nor participating and enjoy a course that will take us to the most beautiful landscapes of Spain. On 2015 it was the runner Nerea Martínez Urruzola who set the record...
Transalpine Run – Running across borders

Transalpine Run – Running across borders

Are you an Ultra Distance Marathon lover? Would you be able to run one marathon per day during a week? If the idea of running 251 kilometres in 7 days sounds well for you, the Transalpine Run is perfect for you. What makes Transalpine Run so special? The Transalpine Run is a sporting event that any marathon fan must know. This race will not only test your endurance, but it will give you the opportunity to admire, along its 7 stages, the stunning Alps landscape. Departing from Germany, the Transalpine will make us cross the Alps through Austria to end up in Italy. By the end of the last stage, you will have covered 251,30 kilometres and tackled 15,135 metres of elevation. Furthermore, the new route specially designed for 2016 will bring the competitors to the first stage in a glacier, to visit the Dolomites and experience new paths, with the highest finish line ever in the history Transalpine Run. However, if the idea of running through these stunning natural treasures is not reason enough for you to register for the Transalpine Run, maybe you will be interested in knowing more about one of the most important facts that make this race so special. As such an experience is better when shared, the registration is open only for couples, and not for individuals. Therefore, you will need to team up with somebody and enter the competition in one of this 8 different categories: Men, Female, Mixed and Senior (over 50 years old) for Men and Female. Furthermore, the organizers have put a lot of attention to one key element: keeping...
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