Athletes will start their Challenge from pinar beach. The circuit of this new sports event, with depart and end in Amadores, extending along the road bordering the coast of Puerto Rico to Mogan then into its tropical ravine up to the basin, de Veneguera.
Gran Canaria will join with this sensational journey through the southwest of the island under the prestigious brand Triathlon World Showcase ‘Challenge Family‘, one of 47 major competitions in more than 20 countries. The premiere of this annual race will take place on September 17.
The race, can be viewed by everyone from the island cliffs formed by layers of rocks of different colors and whimsical shapes falling to calm sea and pristine beaches. Then, runners ascend the picturesque ravine Mogán until reaching Veneguera basin, overlooking a protected nature reserve of Inagua and the Rural Park of Nublo.
Amadores will host the first leg of this inaugural event beginning with the explosive and competitive swimming section. Participants will start from the beach swimming a single lap f 1.9 km. Back on the beach, run into the transition zone to the second sport of Triathlon, cycling.
The bike ride captures the longest distance of the competition, 90 km made up of two laps. The circuit will pass by the GC-500 and the GC-200 from Amadores, through Tauro, El Cura, Taurito and Mogán ravine to reach Veneguera basin and return to Amadores.
Finally, the run along the promenade that connects Amadores Puerto Rico with to return the road GC-500 to Amadores. The run will be three laps to complete the 21 kilometers to the finishline and meet the winner of Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria.
Event Director, Jordi González, highlighted the “technical” profile of the route of what will be the first edition and highlighted the “spectacle” of its path along the coast and the interior of the imposing moganero municipality. The chosen route may be subject to changes due to operational or safety.
Cabildo of Gran Canaria and Ayuntamiento de Mogán are the promoters of this sport and promotional initiative that will allow that the island to have an International Triathlon race, with a global audience thanks to international races organized by the Challenge or Ironman brands.
At the recent launch of the event, Vice President and island Minister of sports, Ángel Víctor Torres, and the Mayor of Mogán, Onalia Bueno, highlighted the decision to promote the annual event offering sporting events with international interest in an ambitious project to make Gran Canaria in the ‘European island of sport’.
The date of Challenge Mogan-Gran Canaria favors the presence of the European elite of this sport on the island to prepare for the World Championships which take place three weeks later in Hawaii. Around 700 participants are expected in the first edition to reach 1,500 in the third year. Half of the athletes will be from the rest of Europe, with more than 20 different nationalities, mainly British and German.
The managing director of the Challenge Family, Félix Walchsöfer said in the presentation that this race will be “among the top events” of this international franchise and pointed out that the event “is ideal since Mogán has a spectacular climate and infrastructure services that will make one of the most in demand”.
Meanwhile, the six-time winner of the Hawaii World Championship, Natascha Badmman, noted that the South of Gran Canaria is the “perfect place” for a triathlon. Swiss triathlete has more than 20 years experience of the island so most of her successes, including six titles in the most prestigious race of this sport, have been forged on the roads of Mogán.
“For many years I’ve said that this is the perfect place to train, good weather, by both the good mountains and its wonderful Ocean. It was not until the last four or five years that other athletes have realized that the South of Gran Canaria is the perfect place to train”, said Badmnan in a recent meeting between organizers and athletes Challenge Mogàn-Gran Canaria Amadores.