FAQ

The race

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1.1
When is the race?
The GAES TITAN DESERT by GARMIN is celebrated each year during the week of the 1rst of May.
1.2
Is there an specific regulation?
The Gaes TITAN DESERT GAES by GARMIN is governed by own rules published on the website. It is important to read it before making the registration and consult if arises any doubt.
1.3
At what time is the start of the stages?
The start of each stage is at 8.00am.
1.4
Will the route be marked?
The route of the stages of the race is  signed, except in the Garmin Stage, with no signals. It is mandatory the use of a GPS. It is only mandatory the passage for the CP's (checkpoints) so the race is also open to navigation.
1.5
How many km have the stages?
The six stages of the race have an average distance of about 110 km each. It is possible to face a stage of 80 km and others up to 140 km.
1.6
When will I know the route?
The exact route will be revealed the night before each stage. In late March will be published the description of the stages, the exact mileage, start and a finish points and the altimetries.

1.7
What does the Marathon stage consist of?
It is a stage in which the participants do not have any external assistance in the camp and the assists mechanical and physiotherapists will be found at the end of the next day stage.
Participants must carry everything they need to spend the night in the camp because the usual haimas are replaced by a large common haima; without mattresses, sheets or blankets (it's recommended to bring a sleeping bag and air mattress). And there is no access to personal luggage.
1.8
How will the check points be located and how many will there be?
Checkpoints controls are placed depending on the route of each stage. Although varying depending on the route, there will be no more than 4 per stage, and there will be communicated the day before.

1.9
How many water points will there be?

In the Gaes Titan Desert by GARMIN the water points are called Hydratation Stations

This depends a lot on the route and the characteristics of the stage, but the organisation of the  GaesTITAN DESERT by GARMIN has planned that there won’t be more than 40km without Hydratation Stations.

They will be indicated with the the letter EH followed by a number (e.g., EH1, EH2, EH3)

In addition, before the start of each stage each participant receive 3 liters of water to fill their drums and backpacks.

1.10
What’s on the Hydratation Station?

Two or more persons from the organisation, bottled water, POWERADE and shade.

Thanks to Powerade, two of the Hydratation Station in each of the stages will have cold water and Powerade.

1.11
What happens if I drop out of a stage or I finish the stage out of the maximum time allowed??
Participants who drop out of any of the stages or arrive later than the maximum time alllowed will be excluded from the general classification. They will be picked up (both rider and bicycle) by the pick-up car and transported to the end of the stage. They will be able to start in the following stages, but their times will not be counted. In case of a second drop out, they could not start in the following stage.

Personal logistics

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2.1
How my bicycle arrive to Morocco?
The bicycle travels from Barcelona (Spain) to Morocco in truck by via terrestrial (transport included in the price of the registration).
Bicycles must be delivered in RPM store about ten days before the race according to the following options:
-Personally or through your mechanical assistance.
-On an own delivery service
-Hiring the service of Messenger of the Organization
They will be collected the week after the end of the race in the same store in Barcelona and according to the same options.

Those participants coming from countries outside the European Union can travel with their bikes in the charters if they have the authorization of the organization.
Participants that travel to Morocco by their own they can also travel to Morocco with their bikes to the starting point of the race (it is essential to communicate it to the Organization).
Bikes in trucks return will not be accepted if they have not traveled in the going away, for custom permissions.
2.2
How much clothing should I bring?

We highly recommend bringing a cycling jersey and a pair of shorts for each stage, as well as a light windbreaker.


For the rest of the day you’ll wear bermudas and light T-shirts. From our experience in past years you might want something a bit warmer for the night.

Don’t forget a bathing suit for the hotels and some of the camps.


 

2.3
Are VISA needed to enter in Morocco?

Most of the participants traveling to the Gaes TITAN DESERT by Garmin not need to obtain a visa to enter the country.

- Spanish citizens:
Spanish citizens can enter Morocco without a visa. Just need a passport with a minimum validity of six months after the race.

- Other countries do not require visas:
As the Spanish citizens, nationals of the following countries can enter Morocco without a visa:
Andorra, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Congo, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Croatia, Denmark, United Arab Emirates, Slovakia, Slovenia , United States, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Indonesia, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mali, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Nigeria , New Guinea, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Romania, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey and Venezuela.

- Other countries:
The best option for citizens of other countries is to ask the Moroccan embassy in their country. You can also find information on the website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Morocco:
Website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs

2.4
How will I transport my equipment every day?

The organisation will take charge of this each day with a lorry. During the Marathon stage participants must clearly understand that they will not have access to their belongings and will have to limit themselves to what they can carry themselves.

The transportation in the trucks is limited to one bag per participant to travel in their respective truck (According race number)

2.5
Will we be able to call home?

Many of the areas where the camps are located have telephone coverage and are located near towns. Even so, there may be some areas or camps where there is no mobile coverage.

2.6
How can I travel to Morocco?

For those participants who wish to travel to Morocco on their own:

by PLANE

In regular flight to ERRACHIDIA, OUARZAZATE, FEZ, CASABLANCA, or NADOR and from there transfer to the starting point of the race (the nearest airports to the point of beginning and end of the race will be communicated in January with information about charter flights).

By CAR

Another option is to travel with your own car to the starting point of the race, in this case you must consider the following:

- You must manage customs formalities (ATA).

- The start and end of the race can be in different villages.

- The organization can't be responsible for the vehicles, whether they are in the starting point, as if they want to wait in the finish. Also any car is accepted in the race route during the race. In any case, participants arriving by their own to the starting point the days before the race, cannot stay in the same hotel as the organization and should manage their accommodation in other hotels. The meeting point will be announced a few days before the race.


2.7
Can I bring companions?
There is a programme for companions fr the last days in Morocco. The companions will be able to enjoy the last stage and the awards ceremony.
   
2.8
How the assistance services works?

The organization does not offer assistance support (mechanical or physiotherapy) to participants.

Professional companies external to the organization offering such services to the participants of the race in the camps (except in the marathon stage). On the website of the TITAN DESERT you will find a list of companies that offer this service.

You can hire the service directly to them: http://www.titandesert.es/en/asistencias/

2.9
Can I find sponsors?
Yes, sponsors may be freely enlisted and there are no special conditions regarding them.
   
2.10
Is there electricity in the camps?
Participants will have access to an area for recharge electrical devices located next to logistics truck.
2.11
Can I bring some food?

The organization includes in the registration all meals in camp (breakfast, lunch and dinner). However, if you want you can complete your luggage with some cheese, sausages, etc ... or specific food for your diet.

Also consider that the refreshment during the stages are only liquid so the whole supplementary feeding like sticks or gels you must bring it from home.

2.12
Can I wash clothes in the camps?

Yes, it is allowed to wash clothes in the bathrooms. We advise all participants to wear clean clothes in each stage, it better prevents formation of sores and ensures the water for all participants.

We remind you that water is a limited resource and that is transported from wells that are several km from the camp.

Health/Legal

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3.1
What kind of temperatures will we have to endure during the stages?
For the dates on which the race is programmed, participants will likely have to confront temperatures of between a low of 5ºC and a high of 45ºC.
   
3.2
Do I need any vaccinations?
No vaccinations are required, although we recommend being up to date with your tetanus injections.
   
3.3
What level do I have to have to participate in the Gaes Titan Desert by GARMIN?
Although the competition is open to all bike lovers, it is advisable to be in good physical condition and to do a medical check before the race (effort test). You have to be able to keep up a good pace in order to cover many kilometres and to arrive before the maximum time allowed.
   
3.4
What kind of insurance coverage will I have during the race?

The race registration includes a medical insurance in Morocco and, in case of an emergency, repatriation to Spain.


The organization offers participants an enlargement of this insurance in case you are interested.   

3.5
What should my first aid kit for the race contain?

Although the medical service will attendany emergency and have their own material, each participant must carry a kit own with:

Anti-inflammatories: Ibuprofen, aspirin or Paracetamol 

Anti-diarrhoea medicine: Fortasec 

Potassium for cramps: Boy-K 

Antiseptic: Iodine – Topionic: for cuts or to dry sores on the hands, feet or seat

Sticking plasters, bandages, gauzes: For scrapes on hands and feet 

Cream for sores: Moisturising cream like those for babies’ nappies

Hydrocolloid dressings: to protect the sores


Oral rehydration solution: Casen or a similar brand to rehydrate during the race or on arrival at the camp.

Don’t forget sun protection cream!
   

3.6
How should I rehydrate during the stages?
The best thing is to rehydrate with water and isotonic drink in equal proportions. If you drink 4 litres during a stage, for example, it would be advisable to drink 2 litres of water and 2 of isotonic drink.
   
3.7
A bit of advice:

Since this is a race where it is very likely that you will have to walk as well as pedal, it is important that your shoes don’t hurt you feet. They should be broken in before the race.



It is also important to change your jersey and shorts each day or, if this is not possible, to carefully remove any sand, since sand can cause sores.

Accommodation/Food

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4.1
Where are the camps located?
The camps are located in the desert, generally in uninhabited areas and remote of urban centers. Some camps are located in areas with permanent structures that improve comfort and service .
4.2
What kind of food will be provided?
During the race you will find a varied diet containingnutritious food, rich in carbohydrates, with salad, vegetables, cereals, pasta, etc. Everything the riders will need to endure the tough race days.
   
4.3
What will the conditions at the camps be like?
The camps have everything you need to live. Baths, showers, restaurant, medical and haimas beds for 3 participants withmattress, sheets, pillow and towel. During the marathon stage participants will sleep in a large tent shared (no mattresses). We recommend a sleeping bag and mattress, that you need to carry during the whole stage.
   
4.4
How will we sleep in the haimas?

The organization will locate to riders at their discretion, in Haima of three people, usually by teams.


If you want to share haima with a friend or partner that he don't belong to ypur team you can apply to the organization by email to info@titandesert.com before the close of registrations. There will be haimas exclusive for women unless one of them ask us another location.

Main Sponsor
GARMIN
Premium Official Sponsor
Powerade
Official Partners
WÜRTH
TAYMORY
ARMAS
DHL
Ciel
RACC
NORMATEC
EURONA
SLASTIK SUN
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COFIDIS
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Ajram Bikes
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SCALPERS
Titan Supplier
HALCÓN VIAJES
COOPER TIRES
SPOT
WAA TRACKING
CARDIOSOS
Institutional Partner
Féderation Royale Marocaine de Cyclisme
Turismo de Marruecos
TITAN SOLIDARITY PARTNER
GARMIN
GAES SOLIDARIA
THE NORTH FACE
Xaluca
Media Partner
SoloBici
Event partner
Powerade Non Stop Madrid-Lisboa
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LA DESÉRTICA
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AVENTURISMO
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