The Sierra Norte Bike Challenge was held successfully

The race took place this past Saturday in 27 municipalities of the Sierra Norte de Madrid and had about 300 participants. Francisco Herrero and Isla Smith were the winners.


The 5th edition of the Sierra Norte Bike Challenge Ciclamadrid MTB Tour was held this past Saturday in a satisfactory way, after many doubts and criticisms arising from the pandemic situation that affects the entire country.

The race runs without incident

This race, which is one of the few MTB ultramarathon races to be held in Spain in 2020, started early in the morning in the municipality of Rascafría (Madrid). This was the first of the 27 towns in the Sierra Norte of Madrid where an event was held that had all the necessary permits and with about 300 participants. The organization insists that "the COVID-19 protocol approved by the Vice-Ministry of Sports of the Community of Madrid was applied with the utmost diligence, which turned the test into a health security bubble" .

The nearly 300 participants began the "Non Stop" test (which covers the 210 kilometers and 4,600 meters of positive elevation gain on the Sierra Norte de Madrid cycling ring and part of Ciclamadrid, the Madrid Community cycling ring) at 7 , 30 in the morning, in batches of 20 bikers every minute. At 7:45 a.m. those registered in the couples modality left and five minutes later, the relays of 2 and 3 posts. All this under strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocol.

This edition had a novelty, very much to the liking of the loyalists to the competition, the departure from Rascafría that allows the bikers a 10 km flat section before starting the climb to the Horizontal (more than 1,800 meters high), a tough section that this year got even tougher, due to the wind and temperatures down to -3º.

Francisco Herrero and Isla Smith, the winners

The winner of the individual event was Francisco Herrero Casas, who repeated his triumph a year later. He crossed the finish line with a time of 9h, 3m and 23s, improving his previous time by four minutes. The winner in the women's category was the New Zealand biker, located in Madrid, Isla Smith, who stopped the clock at 13h and 10m. The men's podium was completed with Álvaro Nieto Alonso (9h39m) and Fernando Baraza Rodríguez (9h40m). The second classified female was Celia Ruiz with a time of 15h and 10m. The winner reached the Rascafría finish line at 4:33 in the afternoon and the last runner finished the race at 3:25 in the morning, after almost 20 hours of competition, which denotes the toughness of the route.

The competition took place without any incident, with the fewest dropouts of the five editions held so far, and without notable incidents. The 300 participants, from all over Spain and even abroad, described the event as "a unique experience" and "a personal challenge in an exceptional environment". In addition, they encouraged the organization to continue organizing it.

Sponsorship and collaboration

The attendance of participants from outside Madrid reinforces one of the main objectives of the Mancomunidad de la Sierra Norte and the General Directorate of Tourism of the Community of Madrid, the promotion of the Sierra Norte around the bicycle and its impressive natural environment . The organization had the sponsorship and collaboration of Ciclamadrid, Enervit, Mitto, Lurbel, Diario AS and the Madrid Cycling Federation.

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