On Sunday 17th I took part in the First Edition of the Marcha Cicloturista Memorial Pedro Llorente. I usually ride for Nava2000 but on this occasion I rode with club Ciclos Teto – Peña Rocio Gamonal, which I am also a member of. We were nine in total and Rocio also took part – although as she’s a World Champion and Spanish champion at MTB and Ciclocross, it will come as no surprise that I only saw her back, very briefly at the start.
There were just over 200 riders and the level of athlete was quite high (compared to me) so I knew I would have my work cut out to avoid the Broom wagon – Fortunately I managed to stay just ahead of it. The route was quite tough, covering 113kms and climbing around 2000m in total. This included many lumpy-bumpy bits plus the Vuelta climbs of La Torneria and El Torno.
Despite being quite a tough route I really enjoyed it and the atmosphere was great. We started and finished in Balmori, a quiet village not too far from Llanes. Fortunately the rain held off but the peaks of La Torneria and El Torno were blanked in thick fog so the best views were denied us. However, riding through the fog has its own attractions and at times it was very atmospheric.
4 hours 57 minutes after starting and after another 146 riders had already crossed the line I finally finished. Rocio won a trophy for 1st placed female rider and Ciclos Teto won a prize for the club with the most participants. It’s a shame they didn’t have a trophy for the best placed international rider as I think I was the only one, and it would and will always be the only way I will ever win anything.
It was a great day out and really good riding with the guys and gals from Ciclos Teto – Peña Rocio Gamonal.
For more information about the event visit their website here: http://www.memorialpedrollorente.es/
Here are a few pics the profile and the Route: