The second edition of the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels? Sorts started yesterday with full house in the area of Meloneras, home of the fastest criterium in the south of the island. With five laps at maximum pace, the 450 athletes who take part entered with force in the competition, testing the speed of his legs and his agility on the pedals.
From 5:00 pm, the environment of the Mediterranean Sea street was plagued by sports enthusiasts and cycling enthusiasts who came to watch a high-level sports show live. A thousand people participated in this sports festival on the first day, which has ignited the wick of a full weekend in the municipality of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
With the first of three male qualifying rounds, this second edition of the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels? Sorts was released. Out of infarction, because a dozen competitors tested their power reaching vertigo speeds.
The circuit had a route of two kilometers on a flat surface. After the first three qualifying rounds, necessary for the large number of entries, came the women's competition; women also showed a high competitive level in Maspalomas.
The batch of male eliminates closed the two ends of the criterium, which were developed once the night in the south of Gran Canaria. A very tough test that has placed the event in two of the most important competitions of this discipline in the world, the calendar of the International Cycling Union (UCI) and the Great World Tour Fund; the latter has included this appointment in his select agenda, where only 16 international events are listed. It is also within the program European Sports Island.
With a total of 450 participants from up to 12 different nationalities, including many from all corners of the archipelago, the second edition of the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels? Sorts has distributed the time bonuses, which are key to achieving the podium in the next two stages.
According to the points obtained, the time bonuses will be deducted from the total times of the competition, adjusting the positions on the way to the final.
As commented the Olympic runner-up Davide Rebellín, special guest at the event, this is "a high level test and to enjoy", as it interspersed "the speed of today -for yesterday- with the landscapes and the fabulous routes "today and tomorrow. Although he recognizes that the level is very high, he is "willing to give everything" to try to achieve victory.
Also taking part in the race is the Dani Moreno from Madrid, professional cyclist of the World Tour in active, winner of three stages in the Tour of Spain and the Walloon Flecha Classic. After its premiere, he said that this event is "a unique opportunity to enjoy this sport".
The second stage of the EPIC Gran Canaria Riu Hotels? Sorts, which takes place today, consists of a 75-kilometer route. It leaves from Maspalomas and ends in the town of Tirajana, with a timed section of 22 kilometers.
This route will precede the stage par excellence of the southern event, scheduled for tomorrow Sunday with 115 kilometers in length and two special stages. This part from the area of the Mirador de las Dunas de Maspalomas and passes through Ayagaures, the dams of Las Niñas and Soria, and Ayacata.