For the first time, the mountains of the Cuban western province of Pinar del Rio will be the host of this event, a younger brother of so-called Titan Desert, with an initial stage of 88.5 kilometers (54.99 miles) from Havana to Las Terrazas (Pinar del Rio).
The Titan Desert was an event celebrated in the sands of Morocco, and one of its sponsors, Spanish company RPM Events (Barcelona) this time bet on the Caribbean environments, based in Cuba, which combines abundant vegetation, rivers, impressive views, hills, mountains and others.
Victor Mur, head of Press and Communications of Spanish group RPM Events, introduces this competition supported by the Cuban Cycling Federation, predicted by all these natural conditions the success of the competition and the interest aroused in the media of their country and other nations.
“Also by the quality and experience of competitors, including winners of the Titan Desert and 19 women, as equal, it is very good to count on the presence of a squad from Cuba, it is intended to hold the event annually,” Mura said.
The riders will have the support of different organizations and local governments the participation of local people, especially children and youth as a way to promote this type of cycling competition.
Organizers also expect vehemently a great competition for the title of the individual general classification, although participants do in different age categories, which have a prologue morning of 33 kilometers by different streets of the capital, including the Revolution Square, the Malecon, Paseo del Prado and the Capitol.
After the first stage from Memories Miramar hotel in Havana, to the finish line in a steep flight of Las Terrazas, cyclists will face the steep path from that site to Soroa; the next day will be about 90 kilometers from the city of Pinar del Rio to Viñales, beginning and end of the penultimate sleeve, a circuit that adds 70 km to conclude on Thursday with the way north to Key Jutías to accumulate almost 465 throughout competition.
According to the Organizing Committee, Colombian Diego Alejandro Tamayo and Portuguese Luis Leao Pinto, racing champions Titan Desert 2015 and 2013 respectively, confirmed their participation in the trial.
Other participants are the leader guest team from Cuba, José Mujica, head of Classic Guantánamo-Havana route this year, and one of the two local women who will compete, Olga Echenique.
Lizardo Benitez is the head coach of the Cuban team, formed by Alvaro Soca, Cesar Rodriguez and Yasmani Balmaceda and Danay Martinez.