The great cycling challenge of Las 4 Cimas de Los Filabres returns

The great cycling challenge of Las 4 Cimas de Los Filabres returns
The great cycling challenge of Las 4 Cimas de Los Filabres returns

Some three hundred cyclists from 18 Spanish provinces will compete this Sunday, 14th May, in the 19th edition of the ‘Las Cuatro Cimas’ cycle touring route, organised by the sports club of the Almeria cyclist Juan Martínez Oliver, in collaboration with the Sports Department of the Almeria Provincial Council.

Starting from Sebastián Pérez street in Gérgal (09:30 hours), the route will be 116 kilometres long and 60 kilometres short. In the case of the long-distance event, there will be more than seven hours of intense pedalling along a route that accumulates a difference in altitude of 2,850 metres. Cyclists will start in Gérgal at an altitude of 758 metres and will have to reach the Alto de Castro de Filabres (1,241 metres), Alto de Velefique (Cima R. Magro, 1,724 metres), Collado del Ramal (1,894 metres) and Calar Alto from Bacares (Cima Xavi Tondo, 2,162 metres), with sections with a gradient of almost 12 percent.

The organiser of ‘Las 4 Cimas’, Juan Martínez Oliver, has specified that this year’s route will be a tribute to the young cyclist Estela Domínguez, daughter of the also professional cyclist Juan Carlos Domínguez, who died in February this year, at the age of 18, run over by a truck while training in the city of Salamanca: “This year we want to remember this girl, as her teammates have done in the women’s Vuelta a España. It will be an emotional meeting that will serve as an incentive to show that the sport of cycling is solidarity”.

For the Deputy for Sports, José Antonio García, the route is one of the toughest races on the national calendar and an opportunity to showcase the mountainous jewels of Los Filabres: “I would like to point out that the places through which the route passes have been the scene of the queen stage of the Tour of Spain in some editions, which highlights the uniqueness and diversity that the province of Almería has in terms of sport and tourism”.

The mayor of Gérgal, Miguel Guijarro, pointed out that this event is now inextricably linked to his municipality and contributes “to even more cyclists getting to know the town and the region”, whose mountain roads are climbed every weekend by dozens of cyclists attracted by its ruggedness and natural attractions.

 

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