The biggest Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin will start tomorrow, Sunday April 29th in Boumalne Dades, Morocco.
612 participants will take the start of the 13th edition of the greatest mountain bike adventure, a number which is a record in the history of the race. Among them, 70 women, who will experience the edition with more navigation in the desert, with more steps of dunes and with a first stage with the biggest elevation gain of its history. This incredible journey of 619 kilometers and more than 7,500 meters of elevation is divided into six stages.
The recent partnership between the organization of the race and A.S.O. has increased the worldwide impact of the event. This association has also increased the accredited media from all around the world, and furthermore, the images of the race will have a diffusion only available for top sportive events: they will be broadcasted in 190 countries around the world.
Many are the names that stand out in the squad. Among them, there are first class cyclists such as Josep Betalú -winner in 2016 and 2017-, Diego Alejandro Tamayo -winner in 2015- or the double winner Ana Ramírez (2016 and 2017). But there’s a name that shines above the others and is that the World Champion and “Tour de France Winner” Cadel Evans. Evans did not want to miss the opportunity to participate in the first stage of the race, and only schedule problems won’t let him of enjoying the whole week in Morocco.
The Australian cyclist stated in the press conference before the race that "I like bikes, I like the adventure and it was a privilege to receive the invitation from the organization. I'm still linked to cycling and I could not pass up the opportunity to get to know the race. I want to participate because this race is different from everything I've ever run. "
Those who know closely the race are Anna Ramírez and Josep Betalú, both winners of the last two editions in male and female category. Ramírez explained that "the circuit has a very interesting mix. I see many places where you can make a difference, although especially the first two stages are going to be key ones. For my part, I am hopeful to be competitive and, although this year I’ve not participate in many races, I will try to fight for the victory”
Betalú feels very selfconfident and he explained that "I arrive well prepared. I do not feel pressured and I trust in my preparation. Anyway, the Titan always surprises us and we must always be very focused, especially for the navigation stage. Stages 3, 4 and 5 are going to be key ", remarked the cyclist.
On the organizational part everything is ready for the race. RPM-MKTG CEO, Juan Porcar, highlighted the present and future importance of the partnership with ASO -organizer of Tour de France, and Dakar, among other events-, in the internationalization of the race. "Today is a very special day for us. A different Titan begins, not only in terms of the route, but also because the entry of a partner such as ASO. That's the first year of a promising future. This year will be broadcast images of the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin in 190 countries. And which is more important is that the race will keep the same spirit that has had in previous editions: competition and adventure are the key points, "said Juan.
Theo Bayssat, Development Manager at ASO, recalled that "RPM-MKTG and ASO have been collaborating for 25 years and we are delighted to increase our relationship now with the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin helping the international presence of the race".
The Sporting director of the race, Manuel Tajada, explains that “we are in front of the best Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin of the history. We have the best route and a record in the participation. The race will have two diferentiate scenarios: the first two days we will in the mountain with a lot of elevation gain, and the other stages will be much more typical with a lot of desert and sand.
Last but not least, Felix Dot, Event Manager of the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin, has revealed some of the facts & figures of the race. "This is the year of the records. We are more than 900 people, we’ll have camps that reach up to 24,000 square meters and there are more than 170 people from the staff and also local workers to help the participants coming from 24 countries”.