On June 29, the TRANSPYRENEES ultracycling race began, organized by transiberica.cc.
The route linked the municipalities of Llançà (Catalonia) with Donosti (Basque Country) crossing the Pyrenees, and with it, many of the hardest / mythical ports of the world cycling. Adding a total of 950km of distance and 24,000 meters of positive height gain.
The entire race could be followed by Dotwatcher, also sponsor of the race, who reported live the GPS position of all the participants.
Riders in this type of test must be self-sufficient and assistance of any kind is not allowed. For this reason they must know how to administer and calculate what they will need during the whole journey.
At 10pm on Saturday, June 29, the riders left north, to cross the border and enter France where they would be pedaling all night and all day.
The first great port that was found was that of Pailheres, where those who were in the lead managed to crown it early in the day when the temperature was milder.
The riders did not have the same luck as they started to climb the port at noon, as record temperatures were recorded and everything became complicated.
In less than 24 hours from the start, the first two riders had already pedaled for 500km and crowned 13 ports. Thus taking more than 3h of advantage to its immediate pursuers. The Germans Ulrich Bartholomoes and Cristoph Fuhrbach crowned the Col de Mente together and did not slow down.
Part of the strategy of this type of races is to calculate when and how many hours to stop to rest, since many times you can take more or less time according to these stops.
The two Germans once climbed the Col de Superbagneres continued pedaling together towards the legendary port Col du Tourmalet.
At 7 o'clock in the morning of Monday we could see that Ulrich had only stopped to sleep 3h and was still en route having already crowned Col du Tourmalet, while Cristoph rested 6 hours and a port of special category awaited him.
To all this the first woman Ana Orenz took more than 40km to the second Aoife Henry following the strategy of sleeping very little and on foot of the road.
On Tuesday at 1: 40h in the morning Ulrich arrived, having spent a few hours pedaling under the heavy rain of a summer storm. Cap # 15 had managed to complete the course in 50h 46minutes, lowering much of the time planned by the organization.
Five hours later the second participant arrived, C. Fuhrbach, stopping the clock in 57h 23min.
It would take more than 12h to be able to see the French Clément Clisson, who after having had several breakdowns on his bike managed to cross the finish line in Donosti.
This young man of only 21 years showed his great strength both mentally and physically since he was premiered in this type of tests.
We received the first woman Ana Orenz after 80h and 23min of the exit of #Transpyrenees leaving 8a in the general standings. He managed to climb up to 2 positions pedaling throughout the last night.
Our media team formed by Emedrone & PeteroftheSpoon were filming a documentary that we will soon be able to see on our usual channels.
In this they will try to explain to us first hand the summary of a test as hard as this one.