“NOT THAT I WAS THINKING OR DESIGNING ANY WILD.
I JUST FOUND HIM "
On July 24, the first edition of the world's toughest triathlon in its category will be held in Sierra Nevada, as it runs along the highest road in Europe. It was born with all the intention of making a place for itself among the great challenges for triathletes.
Ivan Martinez de Campos, director of the test, apart from practicing triathlon, has crossed the Atlantic 3 times under sail, climbed Mont Blanc and now his new challenge is the Sierra Nevada Triathlon, everything points to it going to be a great one " adventure".
From Trimadrid we have asked him some questions that will surely make you think about going to this triathlon.
How did the idea of doing a triathlon in Sierra Nevada come about?
The idea of doing the Sierra Nevada triathlon arose 4 years ago, when I learned about the existence of the Alpe D'Huez triathlon. Even so, the project did not gain strength until 2010, when I decided to definitely move it forward.
I came across something that I already sensed, but did not know for sure: Its hardness. Not that I was looking for and designing something wild. I just ran into it.
The highest road in Europe, some beastly harbors, the highest mountains on the Iberian peninsula and all in a place like no other, with the beauty of Sierra Nevada and its towns and of course the reservoir of Canales, with turquoise green waters and its history.
Finally it was summed up in the first triathlon in Spain with a high finish and the hardest in the world in its distance.
At first, many friends to whom I mentioned, branded me as crazy. And I agree, it has been crazy, but it turns out that my target audience are "crazy", to continue with this adjective, in a loving way.
Tell us how this triathlon runs
The triathlon begins under the new town of Canales, in the waters of the reservoir of the same name and on which the old town rests in peace.
They will be 2 exits, for those of the Short 1500m. and those of the 2500m long.
Both will swim to the rock islet, known as Cueva de Las Palomas, they will skirt it and back. A spectacular transition awaits them, they are 900m uphill, with fantastic views and a picturesque tunnel, dug in the rock.
It will undoubtedly be one of the hallmarks of the Sierrra Nevada triathlon.
Family and friends will be able to follow the triathletes and cheer them on the climb.
After T1 it is 46km for the Corto and almost 90 for the length. Both, after a rapid descent, share the first port, El Purche. It is one of the mythical ports of the return to Spain.
Those of the Corto will continue going up the road to the ski resort, the Largo will have to go down and face the great unknown, EL Duque. Narrow road, tunnels in the rock, forest with the trees intertwining over our heads and a wild spot that will speak. 20km from port to T2 in the Plaza de Andalucía.
The race on foot climbs the “zig-zag” housing estates for the first 4km and then goes from the North to the South pass, reaching the more than 2.800m altitude of the telescope, which coincide with the hardest ramps. This is km 13, there are 8 to go. It is necessary to dose to lower in conditions.
Yesterday you did a reconnaissance of the bike circuit with Ruben Bravo, what was your impression?
The recognition of the terrain yesterday with Ruben Bravo was great, 30 triathletes were encouraged and all agreed to emphasize how hard and spectacular it will be.
Someone asked me, if you were aware of the monster that I have created and I answered that when I said "the hardest in the world", it was not just talking for talking.
After the bike, Ruben and his group ran, then we ate and we went down to Canales, we swam to the islet and they loved the place and even more the transition. It will be spectacular!
In your opinion, what is the hardest and most decisive part of this triathlon?
Transition first. It is going to make them leave T1 with gaps between all of them.
As a port, the first 3 kms of the Duque and the last 3 before entering Sierra Nevada from above. I do not know if it will be more than 2.000m high, the accumulated kilometers, or that you relax thinking that you are already, but it is the territory of the man from the Gavel. And finally, arrival at the telescope.
How are you going to organize the test audience?
From Saturday morning we hope to experience a great atmosphere. A Tri Expo is organized, next to the finish area, and also Sierra Nevada has a very good and comfortable offer for everyone, not to mention the little ones. Pool, Russian toboggan…
For our part, we offer you the possibility to get off on the bus to the departure area and thus be able to see the water section and the transition.
From T1 you go up to one of the key sites, the Dornajo aid station, after Puerto del Purche and finally to T2, there you can go by cable car to the upper part of the station and get off in time to see them reach the finish line and enjoy a giant paella.
The price of the bus for the companions is 10 and the paella ticket 5 euros.
Each athlete is entitled to a gondola lift pass for one companion.
What is the Ying Yang Circuit?
The next test that we organize is the Half of Canet, on October 2. It is the II edition and the first for our team, at the head of the organization.
The route is very flat, very fast, ideal to make a good mark between ironman.
Quite the opposite of the Tri de Sierra Nevada: It is their "Yang".
There are 2 opposing tests, hence the Ying Yang circuit. The times of both tests will be added, as if it were a 2-stage race. Largo and Half Tri Canet and
Corto and Half Tri Canet, with this I hope to encourage many triathletes who have not yet made the leap into the middle distance and who, if they are capable of making the Sierra Nevada Short, are more than capable of going for a means.
All the information about the test can be found in this link
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Quote that promises to be spectacular, for its places and its extreme hardness. If you love this sport, this is a challenge that you can not miss.