News From Newsletter June 2010

Transpyr® Adventure 2010

Transpyr 2010, the first route to link the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean in just 8 days of mountain biking, proved a great success in terms of participant numbers with 80 cyclists.

The first extreme mountain bike staged route linking the Mediterranean with the Atlantic Ocean along the southern slopes of the Pyrenees, inspired by the popular bicycle touring route known as the trans- Pyrenean or two seas route, crossing and linking Catalonia, Aragon, Navarre and the Basque Country, took place from 19th to 26th June.

TRANSPYR 2010 was a great personal challenge and a sensational journey of perseverance and immersion in the valleys, villages and cultures of the Pyrenees. The event got underway on Roses beach on 19th June.

The TRANSPYR® route covers almost 900 km and more than 20,000 metres of altitude gain and loss in 8 days of pedalling. This route was sponsored by the Pyrenees brand and by the Euskadi mountain bike centres, with the collaboration of the Patronat de Turisme Costa Brava Girona and the Patronat de Turisme of Lleida Provincial Council. The route passed through Roses, Camprodon, la Seu d’Urgell, el Pont de Suert, Aínsa, Jaca, Isaba and Elizondo before reaching the long-awaited finishing line in San Sebastian.

TRANSPYR 2010 was a non-competitive point-to-point route covered in stages in which the challenge, in the ADVENTURE mode, was to depart from the Mediterranean and reach the Atlantic Ocean in just 8 consecutive days. There were two alternative participation modes: LITE A, which covered the first 4 stages (from Roses to Aínsa) and LITE B, which covered the final 4 stages (from Aínsa to Sant Sebastian).

The TRANSPYR® has the potential to become a leading international mountain bike stage event. The event is an initiative of individuals and organisations with links to the Pyrenees who are cycling and outdoor sports enthusiasts.

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