Pilgrim Race, the challenge of Madrid to Santiago by bike

The third edition of the MTB race that brings together competition and tourism will be held from June 30 to July 6. It will have seven stages.


Javier Ramírez Utrilla and Laura Blanco (center) , Directors of Tourism of Castilla y León and Madrid, respectively, in the coming-out in AS. The race, which supports solidarity causes such as Stroke Brake, will return to have a team of almost 50 women who will dye the test pink. A squad supported by the Women's Universe project of the Superior Council of Sports.

The GAES Pilgrim Race already discounts the days to give the start to its third edition, from June 30 to July 6. "The mountain bike race with the greatest cultural legacy", as defined by AS Miguel Silvestre, its sports director, who has participated in a few around the world. A challenge for 180 brave people through the sections of the Camino de Madrid (yes, it departs next to the Royal Palace) and the Winter until Santiago de Compostela. Some 650 kilometers in seven stages (four of competition and three of experience, without haste) .

"There is little evidence that can cross the Guadarrama National Park", remembers Julio Linacero, director of the Pilgrim. Climb the Fuenfría, descend in a rush towards Valsaín, suddenly discover the Alcázar de Segovia, roll by the Machadianos Campos de Castilla, to enter the Tierra de Pinares and its sand traps, conquer the prize of enjoying the Muhajar of Sahagún, pedal parallel to the Canal de Castilla, go through Las Médulas, taste a wine in the Ribera del Sil, save days with more than 2,000 meters of unevenness and end up throwing a tear in front of the Apostle. That is the Pilgrim.

Also, make friends in the camps and feel like a child sleeping in tents. "The experience of coexistence is brutal, and our philosophy is that with 300 participants that would be lost" , says Silvestre. The race has the collaboration of the regional governments of Madrid, Castilla y León and Galicia. "El Camino is a priority for our community, but there is not only French, there are up to 12 historic", Javier Ramírez Utrilla, general director of Tourism of Castilla y León. "The GAES Pilgrim Race contributes to rural development through tourism 30% of our visitors arrive from Madrid, and we have to tell them that there is a Path that leaves from the door of their house" , adds.

Laura Blanco, a counterpart in the Community of Madrid, where they have made a lot of effort to join bike and tourism with the routes of CiclaMadrid, seconded by: "La Pilgrim is a great opportunity to promote our heritage, they are participants in different markets that practice sustainable tourism. A event like that, destined to teach all the good things of the region, we must support it ".

The pilgrims come from all parts of Spain, but they will also arrive from Canada, El Salvador, Chile, Argentina, Czech Republic, Italy or Brazil. The registration (1,100 euros for the seven stages, with everything included and a logistics of 80 people for assistance, and 650 for the last three) is already closed for this edition. A Different Way.

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Javier Ramírez Utrilla and Laura Blanco (in the center), Tourism Directors of Castilla y León and Madrid, respectively, at the opening in AS. The race, which supports solidarity causes such as Brake Ictus, will again have a team of almost 50 women who will dye the test pink. A squad supported by the Women's Universe project of the Superior Council of Sports.



Photos from as.com

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