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There is already a date for the Doñana 2020 Challenge

The test was presented yesterday at the FITUR

El Doñana Challenge it is one of the most peculiar tests of the cnational alendario, since, although it competes in the 3 sports of triathlon, the way of doing it is different

The test does not start with swimming, but it does it with the 100 kilometers of the cycling sector through the Doñana National Park. Afterwards, he swims to finish the test with the 21 kilometers through the park and running through the virgin beaches of Doñana.

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The date on September 26

Yesterday, the competition was presented at FITUR, announcing the date for the 11th edition of 2020. It will be on September 26 and will be held as always in the same format

  • 100 km cycling
  • 1 km swimming at the mouth of the Guadalquivir
  • 30 kilometer running race

The cycling sector

The tour has few orographic difficulties, so the cycling segment is an accessible test for any participant who wants to start in the middle distance of this sport.

Keep in mind that there are some 8 km neutralized exit until leaving Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

The test will begin at the Bajo de Guía Beach in Sanlúcar de Barrameda. During the neutralized start, the cyclist squad will roll for several kilometers through the town that houses the mouth of the Guadalquivir.

From this point the official start of the race will take place, in which 100 km by bicycle will be completed, passing through Trebujena, Jerez de la Frontera, El Puerto de Santa María, Rota, Chipiona and Sanlúcar de Barrameda again

The swimming

Once the bicycle section is finished, participants must swim 1 kilometer and cross the Guadalquivir river to Punta de Malandar, in the Doñana National Park, thus linking the sporting event to the provinces of Cádiz and Huelva, one of the main reasons for the origin of the Doñana Challenge.

Although the short distance makes this segment seem like the most affordable in the test, it can be the most complicated depending on the tides.

The race on foot

Without a doubt, the true uniqueness of the event is the foot race that runs entirely along the virgin beach of the Doñana National Park, the largest ecological reserve in Europe and a World Heritage Site since 1994, and from where the name of the event derives.

It is without a doubt the hardest part of the test. Triathletes face a straight line of beach from 15 kilometers, without any type of building or urban element, only sand dunes and vegetation on one side, and the vastness of the ocean on the other.

Therefore, mental resistance is essential, as well as physical resistance, bearing in mind that the same route must be made back to complete the 30 kilometers of this segment.

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