After the suspension of the Reinosa White Triathlon and the postponement of the "Valle del Roncal" Winter Triathlon (for next March 4), both due to unfavorable weather conditions, it seems that we finally have good news for lovers of this Athletic discipline. Paradoxically, for these two tests, it has been the excess of snow that has prevented its celebration on the scheduled dates.
But after the snowfall of the last days, and thanks to the work of those responsible for the Nordic Space Linza, the cross-country ski circuit is in excellent condition so that the third segment of this already classic, Winter Triathlon “Valle de Ansó ”, which already has 11 editions held. With a thickness of between 40 and 60 centimeters of powder snow, the circuit has its 10 km open. The idyllic setting of Linza, a starting point for mountaineers, is also perfect for cross-country skiing or easy snowshoe tours.
The “Valle de Ansó” Winter Triathlon was held for the first time in 1988, being the third white triathlon event that appeared in our country after those of Reinosa and Jaca, which arose a year earlier. The competition consisted of running on the streets of Ansó, cycling between the town and Linza, and cross-country skiing on its circuit.
After 6 editions, the last one in 1996, the test suffers a break. Until in 2005, between the Ansó City Council, the Linza Sports Society, already involved in the first period, and the incorporation of the Mayencos Pyrenees Club, the organization of the test resumes, which will be the Spanish Championship in the year of its return . The format is changed, adapting it to the provisions that the Spanish Triathlon Federation has been following since 2001, according to which the three segments, running, cycling and skiing, must be played on snow. In 2006, “everything on snow” was organized again on this format, this time as the Aragón Championship. The winter triathlon "all on snow" requires very specific snow conditions, with the necessary hardness that allows you to travel with the BTT, which is very difficult to guarantee. The alternative would be to have a good command of the bike in soft snow, something that is not easy to train. These circumstances cause the test to become excessively blurred when most participants must push their bike through the soft snow circuit. In 2007, when the test was to be repeated as a national championship, it must be suspended due to lack of snow.
After a year of parenthesis, in 2009 it is organized again, but this time, and at the behest of the new managers of the Nordic Space Linza, with the classic format, starting from Ansó and ending in the long circuit. The return to the traditional format is a success, and in 2010 the Spanish Triathlon Federation brings the Spanish Championship back to Ansó. The number of participants is 180, exceeding the convening capacity of recent years. With many problems due to the bad snow season, and a lot of work in the long-distance circuit, the 2011 edition of the Aragon Championship was managed to be removed from the modality.
In this 2012, the XII Winter Triathlon «Ansó Valley» will be the Aragón Championship and the Castilla y León Championship. It will consist in its first segment, as in recent years, of a 7 km run on foot that will run through the cobbled streets of the picturesque Villa de Ansó. A circuit will be marked with 5 laps.
After the first sector, the participants will take their mountain bike to cover the 20 km that separate Ansó from Linza, with a drop of less than 500 meters, making this triathlon the most affordable for the uninitiated of all how many are held on the national circuit. The triathletes finish with 10 km of cross-country skiing in the Nordic Space Linza. In the current snow conditions, it will be possible to mark a circuit without much harshness and few technical difficulties, which contributes to the accessible test character for those who want to test in this discipline.
Among others, there is the participation of Jon Erguin, the Basque of the Trigoi TT and the Montisonense Yolanda Magallón, of Mayencos Brico-Jaca Triathlon, the current Champions of Spain, proclaimed in the recent Jaca-Candanchú Winter Triathlon.
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