The Free Motion Challenge The Titanic crowned its first titans this Saturday, being held for the first time as a unique test with the UCI seal, after XVI editions within the framework of the Gran Canaria Bike Week, after a stage in which More than 255 cyclists gathered in Mogán. The 138 kilometers of extreme hardness left images to remember as they passed through the great dams of Gran Canaria and the feared Valley of Las Lágrimas.
In the men’s category, Mathias Nothegger has been the winner of this first independent edition with a time of 02:06:53 in all three special stages. The Austrian cyclist, based in Gran Canaria for many years and a specialist in this type of racing, becomes our first titan after
For its part, Jacob Reyes Mesa lHe reached the finish line in second place, after signing a notable participation in the Gran Canaria event, with a time of 02:11:03. Manuel de León Hernández completed the men’s podium with a time of 02:12:41. Both belong to the cycling club Fifty-three.
Around 3:20 p.m. this Saturday, Elsa Muresan, from CD Seven Pro crossed the finish line finisher of the Free Motion Titanic Challenge as absolute winner of the female category. The Romanian rider based in Tauro, in the south of Gran Canaria, put the finishing touch to a brilliant race in all the special stages until she reached the Island of An ﬁ with a time of 02:46:02.
Of the rest of the runners, two shone above the rest: Jose ﬁ ne Huitfeldt, from the Loro Parque Los Silos Natural team, occupied the second box of the podium with a time of 02:58:29. The other name of the day is that of Cathaysa Sánchez Amador, from the Top Time Team Sports Club, with a time of 03:08:20 and who also managed to be the first Canarian to cross the finish line.
The dreaded Valley of Tears, with just eleven explosive kilometers of race within the third timed section, and the winner of this edition used 1:11:43, at an average of 20 km / h, put an end to the illusions of many racers. finish the race. Our winner in the women’s category, Ela Muresan, completed this stage in 1:35:36. Which says a lot about the hardness of its ramps and the percentages of these, up to 25% at times. Constant ramps and with few places to recover beats have made this test organized by the Mogán City Council and DG Eventos a real challenge for any cyclist. So much so that 32 riders had to drop out, so a total of 225 riders reached the finish line.
Finally, it should be noted that the staggered exit of the runners in the race has been one of the changes introduced due to the current pandemic situation. In addition to complying with all the sanitary measures required by the authorities.
Our sponsor joked at the end of the first two special stages and, just before starting the third and last stage, the dreaded Valley of Tears, commented that some had dared to say that “after this test the tears of Parakeet”.
The Segovian racer, and winner of the 1988 Tour de France, He assured that it would be necessary to “take hold of the epic to be able to face the 11 demanding kilometers of the Valley of Tears”.
During the first two sections, the godfather and ambassador of the Free Motion Desafío la Titánica has looked quite good, although “with fear in his body, seeing the development that I have taken during the first port with ramps of 15 and up to 20% ”.
Upon arrival at the finish line, Perico commented that “this race could perfectly be a stage for the Vuelta a España due to the hardness of its ramps and the beauty of the surroundings.”
Awards ceremony Present at the award ceremony were the Councilor for Sports of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Francisco Castellano, the Councilor for Sports of the City of Mogán, Luis Becerra, Celia Fonseca, Marketing Manager of the Anfi group, Iván Illana, manager of Free Motion in the Canary Islands and the sporting director of the event, Ángel García. The event was attended by Depa, a well-known sports event speaker, who enlivened the afternoon and delighted the runners who gathered on An ﬁ Island to collect their trophies.