This year Challenge Madrid has brought many news such as the Date change, route and the inclusion of the medium distance test, (test that closed registrations only 72 hours after announcing it) These facts have led hundreds of athletes to choose this test from the Franchise to finish triathlon season in the best way, finishing at the goal located in the Puerta de Sol of Madrid.
This 2019 the test will be held on September 22 with output in San Martín de Valdeiglesias (Sierra Oeste de la Comunidad de Madrid), the town that for the second consecutive year will have the blue flag on the beach where the swimming sector will be held. It is the first inland beach with a blue flag in the Community of Madrid.
The long distance test progresses at a good rate of registrations and we want to review the routes it will take.
The circuits of the Full test
At the Playa de la Virgen Nueva (also known as "the Madrid beach"), it will be the starting point for 3,8 km of swimming two laps
El Cycling segment of 180 Km it will be developed by the Sierra Oeste where the mountainous relief predominates, giving way to other lower areas through which the Alberche and Perales rivers flow. The variety of landscapes, as well as the relief and the plant species that can be observed, are very valuable since this region runs between 500 and 1500 meters of altitude.
The first part of the bicycle circuit runs between the last foothills of the Sierra del Guadarrama and the first elevations of the Sierra de Gredos, in the extreme southwest of the region. The predominant vegetation in this region is the coniferous forests, whose most outstanding species is the stone pine. Holm oaks, cork oaks, junipers, melojos and chestnuts also grow on its slopes, forming a typical area of the Mediterranean forest.
The second part will approach Madrid passing through different towns until reaching the capital, entering through the Casa de Campo where the T2 transition place will be located, from where the Marathon race will start.
After leaving the bike at Casa de Campo, they will cover 10 km until heading to the river area, crossing the Puente del Rey and going up to the city center through the Cuesta de la Vega and it is there where they will have to do the rest of the race on foot.
The tour in the center will be 4 laps It runs mainly through the Calle Mayor, the Almudena Cathedral, the Royal Palace, the Plaza de España, Paseo de Camoens and the Temple of Debod.
At its end, on the last lap, the foot race will enter Puerta del Sol for its arrival at “Km 0”, where the Goal will be located.
In the following map you can check the complete circuit.
More information: https://challenge-madrid.com