"This is one of the challenges that we have set ourselves from the City Hall," said Sports Councilor Cristóbal Grau.
The emblematic Veles e Vents building has hosted the presentation of the first edition of Valencia LD - Spanish Medium Distance Triathlon Championship. The competition, which will be held this Sunday, March 4 from 08:30, will open the European Long Distance season of "one of the disciplines that has experienced the greatest growth internationally." This was stated by Enrique Caballero, head of the Valencian company and organizer of the event, Trisense Sport, who noted that "we are very pleased to have 1100 participants, a very important figure at this distance." In addition, he highlighted the “great national and international tour” of this competition, which has 65% of the participants from outside the province of Valencia ”.
Felipe Gutiérrez, sports director of the Spanish Triathlon Federation, expressed his satisfaction at having decided to bet on Valencia LD as the Spanish Championship. In this sense, he highlighted the relevance of elite participation, but also "the importance for Age Groups, who have the opportunity to score in the national ranking in Valencia and be able to be in the 2012 World Cup in Vitoria."
From the Valencian Community Triathlon Federation, Secretary General Arturo Navarro acknowledged that with this type of tests "the bar is getting higher" and took the opportunity to recognize the success of "integrating different institutions into the world of triathlon , towns, technicians, athletes,… ”.
Arturo Navarro described the organization as "a company that undertakes and works with imaginative projects with a long history that allow competitions such as Valencia LD".
An opportunity as a city
Valencia LD presents a route of 1,9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and 21 km of walking that runs through the Royal Marina Juan Carlos I, the urban circuit of Formula 1, the Albufera Natural Park or the Paseo Maritime, among other scenarios. In the cycling circuit, the collaboration of 11 municipalities has been necessary to design a completely flat route and in a single lap prepared to achieve spectacular times.
The support of these municipalities, as well as that of the institutions, sponsors and collaborators, has been essential for the materialization of Valencia LD.
From the Valencia City Council, the councilor for Sports Cristóbal Grau recognized that "this is one of the challenges that we have set ourselves in preparing the strategic plan."
“We detected that we had an opportunity as a city: to be able to develop products through local companies with the collaboration of the federations and to value practical tourism. In this sense, we started with two experiences, the Valencia Marathon and the Valencia Triathlon in September. However, in Trisense they are good entrepreneurs and far from settling they wanted to tackle this new experience in which I believe the objectives are being met and for which a great future is predicted, ”explained Cristóbal Grau.
Trisense Sport took advantage of this Valencia LD debut to invite the Valencian public to enjoy a triathlon event that will have Tinglado nº 2 of the Port of Valencia as its nerve center. Lastly, he thanked the collaboration of all the people, companies and institutions that have made Valencia LD a reality.
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