The Bike of the Year Awards Gala, the bicycle industry's big party organised by Sport Life Ibérica, which every year brings together brands, professionals and journalists from the sector, served as an unbeatable setting to unveil the new features of the third edition of the prestigious TotalEnergies Challenge cycle touring circuit.
The event, hosted by former cyclist Luis Pasamontes and Sport Life Ibérica journalist Henar Calleja, was attended by TotalEnergies' Director of Marketing and B2C Sales, Javier Vázquez, and representatives of each of the cycling events, led by the illustrious Pedro Delgado, who in addition to talking about his ride also took the opportunity to briefly present his latest book "La soledad de Perico" to the attendees. Delgado was accompanied by Vanesa Sevilla on behalf of La Induráin, Fran Contador and Ángel García, Sports Director of the Gran Fondo Pico de las Nieves.
As in previous years, this edition of the circuit includes three of the most prestigious races of all those held in our country: La Induráin, La Perico and the Gran Fondo Alberto Contador, which implies the presence and participation of three true cycling monsters such as Miguel Induráin, Pedro Delgado and Alberto Contador in their respective rides, thus forming a trident of real luxury for a circuit that also adds a new event, the Gran Fondo Pico de las Nieves, a ride that will take place on December 3 in Gran Canaria and that has in its route with the port that gives its name, listed as one of the hardest in Europe with its 1. 585 m of positive difference in altitude and with ramps of more than 20%.
The circuit will start on 22 July in Villava (Navarre) with the celebration of La Induráin on three proposed routes: 60 km (600 m D+), 100 km (1,452 m D+) and 180 km (3,133 m D+).
Then the circuit will move to Segovia, where on 20 August, a few days later than its usual date, a new edition of La Perico by TotalEnergies will be held on the traditional 167 km circuit (3,200 m D+), with the Navacerrada, Morcuera, Canencia and Navafría passes as the main protagonists. For those who do not dare with the Gran Fondo route, the organisation offers a Medio Fondo option of 120 km (2,100 m D+), which includes the Navacerrada and Navafría passes.
On 23 September it is the turn of the TotalEnergies Gran Fondo Alberto Contador in Oliva (Valencia), this time on a single 146 km route (2,538 m D+), which no longer includes the terrible climb to the Miserat but retains other traditional steps of this march as the Coll de Rates, Sa Creueta and Coll Port d'Ebo. The presence of the brave runner "Purito" Rodríguez among the participants has also been confirmed.
The circuit will end on 3 December in Gran Canaria with the celebration of the TotalEnergies Gran Fondo Pico de las Nieves, with three different routes, the Gran Fondo of 138 km (3,522 m D+) which includes the tough ascent to Pico de las Nieves, the Advanced option of 88 km (1,600 m D+) and the Starter of 25 km (600 m D+).