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Hundred plus cyclists expected for Friday’s mountain-biking Volta Cicloturista

btt-volta-cicloturista1This morning the Formentera Council’s sports office unveiled plans for the third edition of the island’s Volta Cicloturista, a mountain-biking challenge. CiF sports secretary Jordi Vidal was on hand at the gathering, along with spokespeople from the organising entities, Grup Esportiu Espalmador and Unisport Consulting, as well as a representative from Trasmapi, which is cosponsoring the event.

Secretary Vidal said organisers are counting on seeing over a hundred cyclists take part in the event, part of Discover Formentera in October, which he called “a push to put Formentera and its natural surroundings on the map with a range of sporting activities”.

Third BTT Volta Cicloturista
Once again, organisers tried to organize an event where mountain bikers of all backgrounds would find in Formentera a meeting point. The toughness of the trails and the breathtaking natural beauty on the island make it a star event on the calendar of mountain biking events in the Balearics.

Set to unfold between Friday and Sunday, the three-stage, 97.5-km route has a combined elevation gain of one thousand metres and each stage is estimated to take approximately three and a half hours.

Distances in the Volta Cicloturista are what make the trial ideal for cyclists of all stripes, whether or not they have a competitive bent. Timed segments include the first and third stages.

On Sunday more experienced cyclists can participate in a classic. Back for its 24th year, the demanding BTT La Mola offers up a demanding 37.6km and 850 metres of elevation gain. Times count towards another mountain-biking event, the Challenge del Campionat Pitiús.

Participants interested in a ride that’s slightly less technically-demanding can choose a route that borrows from segments of the established course. Completion times for this trial will not be recorded.

Traffic closures
For five minutes on Saturday at approximately 11.00am, crews will block the segment of highway from Sant Ferran to Sant Francesc near the windmills. Intermittent road closures are also anticipated on Sunday from 11.30am to 12.30pm at the Club Maryland turnoff near the restaurant Acapulco. Organisers thank motorists in advance for their cooperation and apologise for any inconveniences.

Council and sailing club sign deal to help put projects –sports-related, socially-impactful, cultural and educational– in motion

foto conveni club nauticCiF chief Jaume Ferrer sat down today with Vicent Tur, president of the island's club nàutic, to sign into action a partnership agreement in support of sport, social, cultural and educational initiatives.

As part of the deal, the “nautical” or sailing club pledges €50,000 to help the Council stage sporting events, like windsurf regattas with Formentera's surfing club or a sailing league as well as the programme “Descobreix la mar” in collaboration with the sailing school.
The sailing club will collaborate in the Aula de Titulacions Nàutiques, a nautical accreditation site, on training courses and work with the diving school to offer year-round programming. The club will also coordinate “Setmana de la mar”, an event with wide-ranging learning and cultural activities about underwater ecosystems.

The sailing club will likewise put together a yearly photo contest, an annual speed painting contest and an interactive classroom that will serve as a staging area for exhibits, conferences, seminars, concerts, cinema discussions and other activities promoting knowledge about the sea.

One of the sailing club’s main focuses is social inclusion. Club staff take part in disability and special needs training. Partnerships with other specialised associations like APMIPTEA and APNEEF are on the horizon as well.

The sailing club commits to a series of earth-friendly actions as well, like participating in future editions of Save Posidonia Project; helping draft a guide to green sailing; fomenting and spreading not just knowledge but a spirit of care and conservation as well...for the planet at large and for Formentera’s surrounding beauty, especially at Estany des Peix.

Formentera Zen, three days of physical and emotional wellness

foto formentera zenThe Formentera Council's department of sport reports that from Friday to Sunday, the island will host the fourth Formentera Zen.

Formentera Zen is three days of wellness in the stunning setting formed by Formentera's signature light, silence and tranquility. October is one of the best times of year to visit the island. Things move at a different pace, one perfectly suited to a range of movement and disciplines promoting physical and emotional wellness.

Core activities on the programme cover yoga, Pilates, snorkeling, Antigym and Paleotraining, although Formentera Zen also proposes education and training, including dedicated workshops about Eco Diet, mindfulness, aromatherapy and emotional intelligence. Daily from 10.30am to 3.00pm there will also be a fira ecosaludable, or “green fair”, where local producers will gather to peddle their fare, including organic and raw food.

Saturday in Es Pujols, Formentera's sixth triathlon

foto-triatlo-3Secretary of sport Jordi Vidal unveiled details today of Formentera's sixth triathlon, scheduled to play out in Es Pujols this Saturday, October 6. He was joined by Manuel Hernández, head of event organisers Unisport Consulting, and Rafael Cardona, a spokesperson for sponsoring company Trasmapi.

Organisers are expecting some 250 triathletes at the trial, half of them competing in the “sprint” category and the other half in “olympic”. Sprinters and teams start at 2.15pm with a 750-m swim in Es Pujols bay before moving on to 20km of cycling and 5km on foot. Olympic athletes set out at 4.00pm, swimming 1,500m, then cycling 40km, then running 10km.

Any aspiring contenders who have not yet signed up can do so tomorrow between 9.30am and 12 noon in Es Pujols' plaça d'Europa. Numbers will also be available for pickup there between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

Road closures

Tomorrow from 2.00pm till 6.45pm, the road linking Es Pujols and La Savina will be closed to vehicle traffic from Es Pujols to Illetes. In Es Pujols, all but the town's ring road will remain closed to traffic from 2.00pm to 7.20pm. Motorists must take alternate routes during that time, and secretary Vidal apologised to islanders for the inconvenience.

Vidal welcomed Trasmapi's support in organising the event for the sixth straight year. The competition is part of Discover Formentera in October, an initiative aimed at getting travellers to visit the island outside the high season. Vidal also highlighted the participation and collaboration of Viatges Es Freus, Carbónicas Tur, Frufor, Pro-Auto, Actuacions La Mola, Formotor, Motor Pujols, S'Avaradero, Trasmediterranea and Blue Bar.

The secretary also praised the island's local police, Guardia Civil, civil protection and volunteer forces for making the triathlon possible year after year. 

In commitment to local athletes, Formentera frees up €15k in aid

foto ajudes esport 2The Formentera Council's office of sport reports it has awarded €15,000 in assistance to four local sportswomen and men—two windsurfers (Sergi Escandell and Mateo Sanz), one runner (Andrea Romero) and one tennis player (Gemma Lairón).

Sport secretary Jordi Vidal described the goal of the assistance as “helping [these four] to develop and continue receiving guidance in competitions at the national and international level”. According to the secretary, the individual subsidies come thanks to a deal struck between the Formentera Council and a wing of the regional government's directorate general for sport, the Fundació per a l'Esport Balear.

The money will go towards gear, equipment and travel to competitions, as well as nutritionists, sport psychologists, physiotherapists and other professionals involved in elite sports.

For their part, the four pledge to wear insignia of the Formentera Council on their competitive and training gear, collaborate in and give technical feedback on the Council's programme on sportsmanlike values; and mention the Council's sponsorship on social media.

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