The Sierra Nevada Triathlon exceeds the registered 500

At 7.30 am on Sunday, July 24, more than 500 triathletes will jump into the waters of the Canales reservoir to cover the Ironmad Sierra Nevada swimming event, the first national long-distance triathlon with a high finish and, according to one of the most outstanding participants, the Olympian in Athens 2004 Xavi Llobet, "probably the toughest in the world due to its route 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 ones of an official triathlon and a shorter one that fits with the extension of an Olympic triathlon .

Thus, in the Canales reservoir the participants will have to swim 2,5 kilometers (1,5 kilometers in the short version), after which they will race 900 meters of transition until they reach the boxes where the bicycles are located.

The cycling section has 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, of about 40 kilometers, includes the Alto de Monachil, but not that of the Duque. Both routes have the finish line in the Plaza de Andalucía in Pradollano.

There, the participants will park their bikes and put on their shoes to climb the Pradollano urbanization through the inner road.

The longest route, of 21 kilometers of running, will continue through the Hoya de la Mora, Virgen de las Nieves, Borreguiles, Visera-Radiotelescopio track, Borreguiles and will zigzag down the tracks around El Río until returning to the square 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 in a total of 10 kilometers.

A few 6 HOURS

The organizers estimate that the first triathletes to reach the goal of the Plaza de Andalucía will spend less than 6 hours completing the longest route.

For Saturday, the hotels open in 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 toughness", enjoys an increasing number of participants and constitutes a clear example of the link between a sporting event and promotion of a tourist destination ”.

"The Sierra Nevada Límite, the cyclotourist al Veleta or the Kilometer Vertical mountain race are clear examples of this trend and of 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

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