Bilbao will gather 19 triathletes on May 650, almost 200 more than last year, in the second edition of the BilbaoTriathlon, in which last year's winners, Mikel Elgezabal and Virginia Berasategui, will participate.
According to the organizers, the Bilbao estuary will once again be the particular setting for a 1.900-meter swim competition, which will be followed by 90 kilometers by bicycle along the slopes of Artxanda, to conclude with a 21-kilometer half marathon that will border It runs along its two banks, between the Euskalduna bridge and the City Hall bridge.
BilbaoTriathlon has been presented this Tuesday at the Bilbao City Council with the presence of all its sponsors, Coca-Cola, Euskaltel, Ipar-Kutxa and Naturgas and the institutional support of the Bilbao City Council, the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and the Basque Water Agency, URA.
The entry list was opened on December 19 for last year's participants, offering them preferential treatment, but it was not until January 4 that the registrations were opened to the public. Thus, on February 1, BilbaoTriathlon reported the closure of its registrations, reaching the expected quota of 650 triathletes, almost 200 more than last year.
The organizers highlighted that these figures "will once again place the capital of Biscay in a perfect setting for international sports events, promoting it on its way to becoming a benchmark in the calendar of this highly demanding sport."
The test will have a majority of triathletes from the Basque Country, although with a large presence of triathletes from other parts of the State, such as Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza or Burgos, among others. In terms of European presence, the BilbaoTriathlon will mainly have French representation, although German, Portuguese, Italian and English triathletes will also attend this second edition.
In the men's category, the winner of the first edition, Mikel Elgezabal will return to Bilbao, while in the women's category the first three classified will repeat this year. Virginia Berasategui will once again be the main attraction of this second edition, in which she will have to face Martina Dogana and Itsaso Leunda, as well as new additions this year such as the Scottish Alison Rowatt.