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SOROA WELCOMES THE TITANS
The participants made a transfer of 97 kilometers to Soroa on the last day of national mourning. Tomorrow begins the official competition of the Titan Tropic Cuba by Gaes.
Participants of the Titan Tropic Cuba by Gaes held today a first non-competitive day from Havana to Soroa, respecting the last day of national mourning for the passing of Commander Fidel Castro. 150 bikers have traveled 97km to the idyllic town of Soroa, in the province of Pinar delRio, a non-timed stage and without designating a winner.
The Titan Tropic is already underway, although it has started half-heartedly, with participants and main favorites reserving energy for tomorrow's stage, with start and finish in Soroa (106 kilometers), where the stopwatch will be launched.
Throughout the day, there was an atmosphere of tense calm among the great favorites. The 150 participants have left the Havana through wide tracks, easy to ride, until reaching the province of Pinar del Río where the depth of the jungle has taken center stage.
It has been a day of adapting to the terrain, climatology and humidity, and especially to be able to enjoy some spectacular scenery for the practice of mountain biking. Among some of the participants who have checked for the first time what is like to ride in Cuba, is the former Formula 1 driver Jaime Alguersuari, who has enjoyed this first day.
"I have loved the course of this first stage, I have been able to experiment with my Fat Bike on the dry terrain, although the final part has been something more technical. I have to admit that I’m reserving myself for tomorrow, where the good part will start" said the former driver at the Soroacamp.
The Titans had up to 9 and a half hours to reach this camp located in an area that is a Biosphere Reserve. A small paradise where more than 800 plant species and 73 birds coexist. Soroa also hosts the orchid garden with 20,000 copies of 130 species of orchids.
In addition today the titans will also live in the tents that will allow them to experience the adventure of the camps. A sensation that only a test like the Titan contributes to its participants.
After this day of respect, hostilities will be unleashed between the great cyclists of this edition like Tamayo, Betalú, Tinker Juárez, Bou, Ventura, Mojica and the Cuban national team ... they are all looking forward to raising their arms in a stage of 106km.
The stage will circulate through cultivated areas and will pass near three hydraulic dams, facing some technical rise in the final section. The Titans are keen to leave their mark in this magnificent race, and tomorrow we will meet the first stage winner and the first leader.