ASTROMAD wins the future

The success of participation and the level exhibited by the winners predict great successes for the Madrid event

A natural environment of beauty that is difficult to beat, an innovative competitive proposal and an enviable response from the triathletic community. They are the three pillars on which the success of the second edition of the Astromad, held on the morning of Saturday September 10 in the Madrid town of Robledo de Chavela. A quarter of a thousand lovers of the triple sport were divided into the two modalities proposed by the organization; half (1.900m swimming, 90km by bike and 21km running), sprint (750m / 20km / 5km) -the first time in Madrid that a test of these characteristics was held online- and relays (same distance as the half but distributing the effort in teams of three components, each one in charge of a sector).

The swimming was carried out in the Picadas Reservoir, a mountainous area that became a mere aperitif for what was to come. And it is that the 90km on the bike of the long test were silver as a tribute to cycling, traveling on the same roads that have seen the greatest of this sport suffer, since many of them have been used repeatedly by the Vuelta Ciclista to Spain and are common in the training of professionals from Avila and Madrid.

Studs that keep the sweat of Carlos Sastre, the jerks of Chava Jiménez, the agony of Mancebo or the exquisite tactics of Pablo Lastras. A succession of steep slopes without rest, skillful slopes and flats ... no, there was none of that. The final section, 21 km of running in the heart of the Robledo valley, put the icing on a morning that undoubtedly laid the foundations for a new way of conceiving a sport on the rise like few others. The event, in its own right among the toughest in the world, will soon establish itself as one of the unavoidable stations on the national and international calendar.

In the purely competitive arena, the outright winner in the test HALF It was the Ceuta Jose Manuel Ortega of the Ceuta Triathlon Club, completing the demanding route in 5:08:32, followed just under six minutes by the Basque runner Aritz Kortabarria, from the Hirubi-K Sopelana, with a time of 5:14: 26 and in third position David Montañez, Catalan from CN Prat Triatlo, 5:18:38.

In the women's category, Eva Valero from Lagunak-Saltoki Trikideak played heads-up with Ana Garcia, taking the first victory with a time of 6:14:09. The general was completed by a total of 95 runners who managed to cross the finish line of II ASTROMAD

In category SPRINT male Jose Manuel González stopped the clock at 1:11:06 followed by Yerai Toquero from the Claveria Triathlon, 1:13:03 and Carlos Blazquez from the Marlins Triathlon Madrid at just 28 seconds, 1:14:31. Among the women, Sara Bonilla from the Claveria Triathlon took the victory with a time of 1:19:30 ahead of Sonia López from ZEST, 1:22:04 and Eva Pedrera 1:36:13.

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