On February 4 and 5, the Enduroman triathlon festival is held in Lanzarote, with 228 registered triathletes, more than double than in the first edition, from all European countries and the United States, Guatemala, Colombia and South Africa.
Of them, 40 will compete in the Double Enduroman (swimming, 7,6 km; cycling, 360 km and running, 84,39 km), 9 in the Enduroman (swimming, 3,8 km; cycling, 180 km and running, 42,19 , 43 km), 1,9 in the Middle Enduroman (swimming, 90 km; cycling, 21 km and running, 136 km) and 1,5 in the Olympic Enduroman (swimming, 40 km; cycling, 10 km and running, XNUMX km).
The festival will begin at 14:5 p.m. on Saturday when the swimming test for the Double Enduroman triathletes begins. On Sunday, February 8, at 12 am, the Enduroman modality (equivalent to an iron) will begin, two hours later the Half Enduroman modality and at XNUMX noon the Olympic competition.
The first triathlete of the Double is scheduled to finish the test between 14:15 and 24:14 p.m. on Sunday, as the winner of the first edition achieved it in 36 hours and XNUMX minutes, although they have XNUMX hours to do it.
That same afternoon the winners of the other three modalities will reach the finish line. The awards ceremony for the winners of the Middle and Olympic Enduroman will take place in the Plaza de Playa Blanca on Sunday afternoon, while the prizes corresponding to the winners of the different categories of the Double Enduroman and the Enduroman will be delivered on Monday, the 6th. at 18 pm at the Hotel Princesa Yaiza.
Thinking, especially, of the triathletes of the Olympic modality, the registration period remains open until this Thursday, February 2, because only two weeks ago it was known that the Canarian Triathlon Federation was in charge of the organization of the Fecantri Cup and that the Olympic Enduroman was the first test of 2012 scoring for this regional championship.
On the other hand, it has already been confirmed that on Wednesday, February 1, the four triathletes of the Spanish Triathlon Selection who will compete in the Olympic Enduroman will arrive on the island. They are the elite José Miguel Pérez and Zuriñe Rodríguez, who currently accumulate the necessary score to be able to attend the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the juniors Uxío Abuín and Melina Alonso. All of them will train daily on the routes chosen for the four segments:
The swim segment for the Double Enduroman, Enduroman and Half Enduroman will be a 950 meter perimeter triangle marked with buoys in the waters of the village beach. Those of Medio Enduman will have to do two laps, those of Enduroman four laps and those of Double Enduroman, eight laps. The Olímpico triathletes, on the same stage, will have to travel a 750-meter triangular segment twice.
The bicycle segment for Double Enduroman, Enduroman and Half Enduroman will be developed in a round trip circuit of 30 kilometers that from the transition area in the center of the town of Playa Blanca will go along the Janubio road to the roundabout of La Hoya to, from there, continue along the road that borders the sea to the Charco de Los Clicos.
Those of Double Enduroman will have to go through it 12 times, those of Enduroman, six times and those of Half Enduroman, three times. The Olympic Enduroman triathletes must take the same route, but upon reaching the Salinas de Janubio they will deviate through La Hoya to the Yaiza roundabout where they will turn to return to Las Salinas and, turning right, travel the section that separates this point with the Charco de Los Clicos.
The running segment will take place on a 2,630 km circuit parallel to the Playa Blanca promenade in which Double Enduroman triathletes will have to complete 32 laps, Enduroman 16 laps and Medium Enduroman eight laps.
Participants in the Olympic Enduroman test must complete this stage of running on a 3,33 km circuit in the same area. The difference of this circuit with respect to the one previously described is that the return point will be further away and that the participants will have to travel it three times.
The star test is undoubtedly the Double Enduroman of Lanzarote, scored by the IUTA and considered the toughest test of those held in Spain because, in addition to the extreme lengths of each section, it has the characteristic that it is « non stop », without stops. It is already known that the winner of the Double Enduroman Lanzarote in its first edition, the Englishman Paul Thompson, will come to Lanzarote to compete in this modality; 64-year-old veteran French triathlete Guy Rossi; Paralympic triathlete Dominique Benassi, who with only one leg has won eight world champion titles in the triathlon, duathlon and quadratlon disabled category and who in Lanzarote will compete face to face with the rest of the Double Enduroman triathletes; the Lanzarote champion Gregorio Cáceres and the Spanish Robert Mayoral, Toni Payeras and Miguel Basurco, among others.
In the female category of this modality there will undoubtedly be an interesting duel between the British Joanna Carrit, the Valencian Violeta Tatay and the Slovenian Leni Fafangel.