Countdown to the start of the XVIII Spanish Triathlon Championship, which will take place this weekend in Samil and its surroundings. Luis Piña, technical director of the Galician Federation, from Vigo, is delighted with the layout designed for this event, which from the FGT is considered "ideal" in all aspects, but especially for the public, who will enjoy with Javier Gómez Noya from Ferrol and the best triathletes in the national and regional ranking.
Piña also discovers that with Samil a long-requested federative wish is fulfilled. “We had thought of Samil for years because of his benefits. In a circuit we want it to be safe and spectacular and it meets both requirements. The Local Police makes it viable in terms of security and taking it to Samil is very attractive because the spectator can follow the three disciplines from the same point of view ”, that is, the swimming event, the cycling event and the running race.
Technically, the design is not going to be easy for triathletes. The Vigo beach «is not one of the most difficult beaches for swimming, but it all depends on the current conditions of that day. The bike test will be demanding as determined by the pace of the race, but it will be tough because having to do eight laps from Samil to Coia, the climb up Avenida de Europa ends up punishing. The race on foot, on the flat, will be very fast, “he emphasizes.
Last weekend the Galician Championship was played, so the community representation arrives at the perfect time. «Gómez Noya is above the rest, but there are many Galicians with options. To name a few, Antón Ruanova or Jesús Gomar (Galician champion) in elite or in women the Pontevedra Saleta Castro or Estefanía Domínguez will opt for second or third place, who are very open, “he says. Gold seems predestined for the Basque Ainhoa Murua.
Vigo's hope will be Antonio Serrat, of the Mar de Vigo Triathlon Club, which has already been the Spanish cadet duathlon champion and also silver in the Spanish School Triathlon Championship. Also the former athlete from Vigo Susana Rodríguez Garcio in paratriathlon will be another of the assets for the sport of the city this weekend.
Last year in Pulpí (Almería), Galicia achieved five individual and six club medals. In addition, after calculating the results, the Cidade de Lugo Fluvial was proclaimed champion of the Spanish club ranking in the male and female categories.