On Saturday, December 17, the "National Cycling and Triathlon Days: values, equality and fair play" will be held at the Juan Antonio Samaranch Auditorium of the Higher Sports Council, with the aim of seeking common synergies between two sports with similar characteristics.
Mikel Zabala is the coordinator of these conferences, which “represent a meeting point between two sports that aim to seek synergies in order to better face how to promote the intrinsic values of sport and in particular these two. Under the motto 'values, equality and fair play', the aim is to promote the best of both sports and how to transfer it to society. In this way, we want to review the trajectory followed until today to enhance the positive and improve as much as possible to project an image that engages young people in our sports”.
The sessions will be inaugurated by Juan Carlos Castaño, president of the RFEC, Marisol Casado, president of the ITU and member of the IOC, José Hidalgo, president of FETRI, and Silvia Ferro, director of the CSD Women and Sports Programs, and will be those in charge of handing out trophies to outstanding cyclists and triathletes, such as Rosa Bravo -a reference in various cycling disciplines-, José Antonio Escuredo -Olympic medalist and an example for young track cyclists-, Ana Burgos -former cyclist and triathlete of reference to international level- and Alberto García -outstanding coach and professor at the INEF-. "We want to recognize the sporting career of some people who have contributed enormously with their effort and dedication, serving as an example for others to take over in the future."
The program includes different specific talks on cycling and triathlon during the morning and afternoon of Saturday, but also on such important values as equality and fair play. "It is intended to listen to the people who work day by day in reality with their federations, clubs, events... so that they can provide us with all their experience and practical knowledge and thus we can all improve and meet the needs that arise as soon as possible."
Mayte Leruite, from the University of Granada, will open the Conference with “The female cyclist vs. The female athlete. Current Situation”, to give way to Alberto García, who will speak about training with women, closing the morning session with “training and coeducation in cycling and triathlon schools”, with Israel González, head of RFEC schools, and Angel Aguado.
“Adapted cycling and paratriathlon. Escuela de valores”, with Félix García Casas and Cristina Azanza, responsible for both federations, is the title of the first evening conference, before Zabala talks about “The integral formation of the athlete. Fair play and the problem of doping", to close with a round table, in which the aforementioned Ana Burgos and Alberto García, Josefa Benítez and Mayalén Noriega, members of the Spanish champion tandem, the para-athlete Susana Rodríguez and the national coach, will participate. Ramon Gonzalez Arrieta.
"In short, we hope to spend an entertaining and fun day, enjoying the sport that we like the most and with the aim of improving the balance of previous years", concluded Zabala, who also recalled that "attendance is free and there will be a certificate and a CD with documentation to the assistants, for which we would appreciate those interested who register as soon as possible”. Likewise, the RFEC will help by paying the mileage of a car by the Autonomous Federation.