MOUNTAIN bike riders will strap on their helmets in La Viñuela for the Mountain Bike Half Marathon entitled ‘El Oasis de la Axarquia’ this Saturday.
The spokesman of the Commonwealth of Municipalities of the Costa del Sol, Antonio Sanchez, the mayor of La Viñuela, Jose Juan Jimenez and Councillor for Sports, Rafael Fortes announced the event on Wednesday morning as the first time a race of this type has taken place in the town.
The event is part of the XXI Provincial Circuit BTT Diputación de Málaga and will allow riders to take in the stunning scenery and picturesque views of the lake on specially designed and constructed courses around the mountains surrounding the town.
“La Viñuela has one of the best venues for sporting events” explained the councillor, who praised the course builders for a route that is “designed with a beautiful layout to be fun and competitive.”
Fortes has congratulated the town council for their organisation of the event, as well as the Spanish Cycling Federation for choosing La Viñuela for a round in the regional series.
So far, 150 cyclists have entered the event which is open to professionals and amateurs and consists of a 43 kilometre route with a total of 1,023 metres of climbing, “It is a sinuous, fun and beautiful route that will delight all mountain biking lovers”, said the councillor for Sports.
The course will begin in the historic town centre before climbing through to the watchtower and the Buddhist centre to continue through Los Romanes all the time over looking the reservoir.
Racers will depart at 10am and for anyone still wishing to enter, price for entry is €15 for members of the cycling federation and €25 for those who aren’t.
Riders will also have access to showers, food and parking and spectating is free along the course and throughout the town.