The Mayencos Pyrenees Club organizes the Jaca-Candanchú Winter Triathlon, Spanish Championship

Coinciding with the XNUMXth anniversary of its Triathlon Section, the Pirineísta Mayencos Club recovers one of the most emblematic sports events on the calendar.

The Jaca-Candanchú Winter Triathlon will be held on January 21 under the traditional format of a first segment of 10 km of athletics through the streets of Jaca, a second sector of 33 km of cycling between Jaca and Candanchú, to end with 10 km of cross-country skiing at the Candanchú Ski Resort. It will be 25 years since the celebration of the first edition of this triathlon in 1987, of which 14 editions were organized, the last in 2000, being the World Championship.

The news that the Jaca-Candanchú Winter Triathlon is being held again has caused great excitement in the triathlon world. The competition, which will be the 2012 Spanish Championship, will bring together a total of 300 runners, which will represent a record participation in this modality.

For Mayencos, who has already been organizing this same format between Ansó and Linza, recovering this format in Jaca was an old challenge. The Club maintains a long tradition in organizing winter triathlon competitions, both in “all on snow” and traditional formats, having traveled, in addition to the Candanchú and Linza circuits (two of the pioneers), those of Tramacastilla , Panticosa, Formigal, Gabardito and Hospital de Benasque, in the latter collaborating with the Club Pirineos de Zaragoza. Up to 9 Spanish Championships have been held by the Jacetano Club.


In 1986, two years after the celebration of the first summer triathlon in Spain, Adolfo Arizcuren and Pedro Arceredillo (current president of Mayencos), then members of the now-defunct Jaca Section of the Mountain Military Club, came up with the idea of You could hold a race in which you would run in Jaca, ride a bike through the Aísa Valley to Manantiales de Rigüelo, and from there, with HIKING SKIS, you would go to the Candanchú Winter Station, again in the Aragon Valley.

This was the initial project. Later they hear about a similar race that had been held abroad, in Valverg (French Alps), a test that consisted of 20 km on foot, 80 km of bicycle and 25 km of cross-country skiing, which had been called «Triathlon des neiges ». A brochure of the I White Triathlon of Reinosa also came into your hands, which had the same format and was going to be held on January 11, a few weeks before April 5, the date scheduled for the Jaca test.

Adolfo and Pedro exposed at the Military Mountain Club and decided to carry out, choosing to organize the running race in Jaca, take cycling from Jaca to Candanchú and cross-country skiing there, on the station circuit. So Reinosa would be the first test that was held in Spain and Jaca the second.

Joaquín Liendo, then Secretary of the Military Mountain Club, will be the one who takes the reins of the organization of the White Triathlon "Valle del Aragón", later "Ciudad de Jaca", leading the race during the 14 editions that were organized.

José Luis Rodrigo, who would already participate in that first edition of the Jaca White Triathlon, would found the Triathlon section of the Mayencos Pyrenees Club, being one of the main promoters of this sport in Spain.

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