At 7.30:24 am on Sunday, July 500, more than 2004 triathletes will jump into the waters of the Canales swamp to cover the swimming test of the Ironmad Sierra Nevada, the first national long-distance triathlon with a high finish and, according to one of the most outstanding participants, the XNUMX Olympian in Athens Xavi Llobet, “probably the toughest in the world due to his course and altitude”.
The organization of the sporting event, in which Cetursa Sierra Nevada collaborates with other sponsors, has established two routes: the hardest with distances that double the usual of an official triathlon and a shorter one that fits with the length of an Olympic triathlon. .
Thus, in the swamp of Canales the participants will have to swim 2,5 kilometers (1,5 kilometers in the short version), after which they will march in a 900-meter transitional race until reaching the boxes where the bicycles are located.
The cycle section presents almost 90 kilometers of route, similar to that of the Sierra Nevada Límite, including its two most important mountain passes, the Alto de Monachil (Purche) and the Hotel del Duque. The short version, about 40 kilometers long, includes the Alto de Monachil, but not the Duque. Both routes have the goal in the Plaza de Andalucía in Pradollano.
There, the participants will park the bikes and put on their shoes to climb the Pradollano urbanization through the inner road.
The longest route, 21 kilometers on foot, will follow the Hoya de la Mora, Virgen de las Nieves, Borreguiles, Visera-Radiotelescope, Borreguiles track and they will zigzag down the tracks around El Río until they return to the plaza from Andalusia, where the goal is. The short route excludes several sections of the long one, including the climb to the radio telescope, to stay a total of 10 kilometers.
A few 6 HOURS
The organizers calculate that the first triathletes who will reach the finish line in the Plaza de Andalucía will invest less than 6 hours to complete the longest route.
For Saturday, the hotels open at the station have a high occupancy rate, such as the Trevenque aparthotel, which has all its rooms occupied.
According to the CEO of Cetursa Sierra Nevada, María José López, this type of event, despite its "extraordinary harshness", is increasingly "enjoying a greater number of participants and constitutes a clear example of a link between a sporting event and promotion of a tourist destination ”.
"The Sierra Nevada Límite, the cyclist at Veleta or the Kilometer Vertical mountain race are clear examples of this trend and Sierra Nevada's commitment to summer sporting events," added López.
Departure Time: 07: 30 h
Place: Town of Canales
Arrival at the short route at Plaza Andalucia: 10: 30 h
Awards ceremony: 13: 00 h
Arrival at the long route in Plaza Andalucia: 12: 00 h
Awards ceremony: 16: 00 h
More information: granadasierranevadatriathlon.com