What day the race starts?
The departure of the first stage is on December 4th 2016, but you will have to be in La Habana on the 2nd as there is a prologue stage on December 3rd 2016.
What are the hours of the stages?
The outputs for each stage will be at 7:30.
Will there be signs on the route?
The route of the stages of the race will be marked with signs. No need to have knowledge of navigation although the use of GPS is recommended. It is compulsory the passage through the CP (Control Point) so the race is not open to navigation. You must follow the route proposed by the organization.
When will I know the route?
The exact route will be unveiled the evening before each stage. In late October the description of the stages, their exact mileage and altimetry will be exposed to the public.
How the checkpoints will be placed and how many will there be?
The checkpoints are placed depending on the route of each stage. Although there will be variations along the route, there will be more than 3 per stage.
What will occur if I do not reach the checkpoint within the established time?
In this case, the organization will pick up participants who have been relegated to the broom wagon and transfer them to the camp. These participants can take out the start the next day, although their results will no longer count towards the overall standings.
Refreshments How many are there?
At the Titan Tropic Cuba by GAES, the refreshment stations have the name of hydration stations.
At each stage there are a total of 3 Hydration Stations. They depend heavily on the layout and characteristics of the stage. But the organization of the Titan Tropic Cuba by GAES plans not to exceed 30 km between Hydration Stations.
What can you find at the Hydration Stations?
2 or more people from the organization, bottled water and other beverages (juice, soft drinks ...) and some solid food.
What happens if I abandon a stage?
Participants who abandon at any stage will be out of the general classification. They will be picked up (rider and bike) by the broom wagon and transferred to the end of the stage. They may take the start in the later stages, but their time will not be counted in the overall standings. If they abandon on a second occasion, they will not be allowed to retake the start.
How I can take my bike to Cuba?
For the second edition of the Titan Tropic Cuba by GAES THE BIKE TRANSPORTATION IS NOT ICLUDED IN THE REGISTRATION FEE!
Participants have the option to choose the bike transportation service through the organization or by their own means.
More information about the bike transportation soon!
How many clothes should I wear?
It is highly recommended to bring a jersey and a coulotte for each stage. We also recommend bringing a light windbreaker. During the rest of the day you'll be using Bermuda shorts and light shirts. You should also bring an extra piece to keep you warm, without exaggerating. Do not forget your swimsuit for hotels and one of the camps.
Do you need to process a Visa to enter Cuba?
All travelers need a passport valid for at least 6 months and a visa that will be processed by the organization for all participants.
To finalize the registration it’s mandatory to present the passport!
How will I transfer my luggage every day?
The organization will take care of it every day by a transfer truck. Transportation on trucks is limited to one bag per participant which must travel in the corresponding truck (according to the bib number).
Is there any telephone coverage?
Many areas where the camps are located have telephone coverage since they are located near towns. Yet it may happen that in some areas or camps is impossible to find telephone coverage. The Internet is very limited on the island, even with the data rates of the phones. It is almost restricted to the hotel of the arrival and departure, where access cards can be purchased.
How I can travel to Cuba on my own?
The organization offers participants aircraft from Barcelona and Madrid but if you want to travel on your own you can do so in the following ways:
- The nearest point of the departure and arrival of the race is the airport of La Habana, which has regular flights from different parts of America and Europe.
- If you choose to travel by plane on your means we can manage your transfer from the airport to the starting point and from the finish point back to the airport (contact the organization).
- In any case, participants arriving by their own means to the starting point the days before the race, can stay in the same hotel as the organization (subject to availability) and must manage their previous accommodation. The meeting point is the Hote Marina Heminwayl on December 2nd from 8:00 am to December 3th at 09:00 am.
Can I bring companions?
We have created an accompanying program for the last days in Cuba. The companions can enjoy some points of the race and the awards gala.
When can I collect my bike?
Bicycles will be collected on a TBD day in Barcelona.
Those participants who have sent their bikes from home will receive their bikes home starting from those dates.
How do the support services work?
The organization does not offer (mechanical or physical therapy) assistance to participants. Professional companies outside the organization offer such services to participants of the race in the camps.
On the website of the Titan Tropic Cuba by GAES you will find the list of companies that offer these services.
You can hire the service directly with them http://www.titantropic.es/es/asistencias/
Can I find sponsors?
Yes, it is fully permitted finding sponsors and there is no condition in this regard.
What material is the most essential?
It is mandatory a helmet, hydration pack, chambers and other items parts. The rest will depend on the needs of each rider. The use of GPS is optional. An important part of the route is surrounded by a plant with thorns called Marabou, so we highly recommend the use of tubeless tires.
Will I have electricity in the camps?
Participants will have access to an area to recharge electrical devices located next to the logistics truck but each participant is responsible for monitoring their devices.
Can I bring food?
The organization includes all meals in the camps (breakfast, lunch and dinner). However, if you wish you can bring from home all the supplement bars and gels. Also consider that the refreshment stations during the stages have liquid and food (fruits).
Can I wash clothes in the camps?
What temperatures must I withstand during the stages?
During the dates on which the race is scheduled, participants will have to cope with temperatures ranging between 17ºC minimum and 30ºC maximum. The climate in Cuba is a moderate subtropical climate with two distinct seasons. From November to April is the dry season, which is less humid and somewhat cooler, with average high temperatures between 21 and 28°C and an average low temperature of between 18 and 24°C.
Do I need any specific vaccines?
According to the Ministry of Health, it is recommended that persons traveling to Cuba be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B and tetanus diphtheria. In most countries of the European Union, health plans include these vaccinations so that, in principle, all participants should be vaccinated. Otherwise, we recommend vaccination before the trip to Cuba.
Although not compulsory, vaccination against typhoid is also recommended. This vaccine is recommended because the risk of contracting this disease is associated with low hygienic conditions in connection with the preparation and handling of food, control of the quality of drinking water and those places where the removal of waste water it is uncontrolled.
What level do I need to participate in the Titan Tropic Cuba by GAES?
Although it is a competition open to all bike lovers, it is advisable to be in good physical shape. Furthermore, you have to have a good pace to ride for many kilometers.
Will there be any physiotherapist?
The organization does not provide the specific service of physiotherapy, although there will be a doctor. Each participant can hire a physiotherapist if they wish so. As the event dates approach the companies that attend the race to provide physiotherapy services will be announced. You can view the companies available in the section ASSISTANCE.
What kind of insurance covers me during the race?
The organization offers all participants a medical insurance in Cuba, an accident insurance and another one that is linked to the Cyclist license that all participants must have. For more information consult page 20 of the Participant´s guide.
What kind of kit do I need to get ready for the race?
- Insect repellent lotion
- Anti-inflammatory ibuprofen type, aspirin or paracetamol.
- Antidiarrheal: FORTASEC.
- Potassium for ramps: Boy-K
- Disinfectant: iodine - topionic: for wounds or sores, dry hands, feet or saddle.
- Band aids
- Ointments for wounds: moisturizing creams
- Oral serum to hydrate yourself during the race or rehydrate yourself once you reach the camp.
How should I hydrate myself during the stages?
Ideally you should hydrate yourself with water and isotonic drink in equal proportions. If you drink 4 liters in one stage, it should be 2 of water and other 2 of isotonic drink.
A couple of tips:
Being a race where in addition to pedaling, it is very likely that you will have to walk, it is advised to wear shoes that will not cause sores on your feet. It is important to have worn them before. It is very important to change the jersey and culotte every day.
What is the location of the camps?
The camps are in the middle of the jungle, always close to inhabited areas and urban centers. Some camps are located in areas with permanent structures that enhance their comfort and services.
What kind of food will I eat during those days?
It will be varied and rich in carbohydrates. Vegetables, cereals, pasta, rice ... everything that runners need to overcome the hard days of the race.
Under what conditions will be the camps?
The camps have everything you need to inhabit. Toilets, showers, restaurants, medical services and tents with mats. We recommend bringing a sleeping bag and mat.
How are the tents?
They are individual 2,45m x 1,45m NOT equipped with insulating mat. A clean towel each day will be delivered to each participant at the service desk (no soap will be provided; this should be brought by each participant).