Almeria stands in for desert race

Almeria stands in for desert race
TABERNAS DESERT: Tough challenge for cycle race Photo: Juanjo Salvador

THE 2020 Titan Desert six-day mountain bike race has had to reinvent and relocate itself.

Due to be run over 400 kilometres in Morocco between November 1 and 6, the race has had to swap the Sahara for Almeria owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

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More than 500 people will be competing, with some big names amongst them. These include cycling greats like Miguel Indurain, the five-times winner of the Tour de France who signed up for this mountain bike race for the first time.

But as much as a competition the race is also an experience, according to the Titan World Series president, Juan Porcar.

At the presentation of the race in the Patio de Luces in the Diputacion building in Almeria City, the provincial council’s president Javier Aureliano Garcia commented that that province has been the setting for many films.

Now it was about to become “a land of adventure,” Garcia said.

The 400-kilometres race begins on November 1 and includes two mountain days in Sierra de Alhamilla, with 7,000 metres devoted to ascents.

Before the race ends on November 6, riders will also have had to contend with the Tabernas desert, the karst landscape in Sorbas and the Legion’s Viator training ground.

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