A great challenge to publicize the Madrid Sierra

Madrid and its fans of cycling challenges were missing a level test in the Community, a challenge marked by the hardness within the Madrid territory. Now, those who demanded such a test are in luck, because Madrid 7 Picos has come to stay. The cycling sports march will pass through the Sierra de Madrid on September 17 and 18 in two stages, with a 230-kilometre route, 4,100 meter drop and ascent to seven surrounding peaks. Almost nothing.

In this way, the Community of Madrid will have its particular Bearded Vulture, and this Madrid 7 Picos comes from the hand of the Edelweiss and Octagon Cycling Club, also organizers of the popular cycling tour. In addition, the appointment will be the first event that will be part of the QH365 Series. Such is the relationship with the Quebrantahuesos that the first 1,000 registered for the Madrid test will have a right to reserve a place in the popular march.

The race was presented this past Monday in the capital, with the presence of the Minister of Culture, Tourism and Sports, Marta Rivera de la Cruz, the mayor of Buitrago del Lozoya, Tomás Fernández Vidal; the president of the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation, José Luis López Cerrón; the president of the Madrid Cycling Federation, José Vicioso, and the president of Octagon Esedos, Xavier Bartrolí. The two famous ambassadors of the event were also present at the event: Perico Delgado, champion of a Tour de France and two Vuelta a España, and Clàudia Galicia, champion of the Titan Desert and national gold in XCO and XCM, among other achievements. Perico, in addition, has been in charge of designing the entire route of the march.

“The route is very beautiful, the north of Madrid is quite unknown and it is a space where you disconnect from the big city. With the bicycle, you find incredible ports and it gives the feeling that you are not in Madrid”, commented Perico Delgado at the presentation of the Madrid 7 Picos, where he insisted that the march will serve to get to know an environment full of beautiful landscapes. Although, as Delgado himself warned, it will not be a simple test. “These are hard roads to ride a bike. We athletes want challenges, different landscapes, and that is what people will find, they will love it. It’s not an easy terrain It is more demanding than the route marks. The date is very beautiful because the Sierra will be in its fullness there,” said the former cyclist.

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For the first day, the menu starts strong. The 160 kilometers and 2,870 meter drop will start from Buitrago de Lozoya, where the cyclists will head towards Rascafría along a leg-breaking road with a pavé section included, to face the first port of the day, the Port of Morcuera. Then it will be time to face the Port of Canencia. Three more peaks will remain ahead: the first will be the climb to Alto de Campadales, to connect with Puerto del Cardoso and end the day in the Puerto de la Hiruela.

The day on Sunday, 66 kilometers and 1,240 meters of difference in altitude, will start again in Buitrago de Lozoya, this time in the direction of Villarrobledo to climb the first peak of the day: Alto de Robledillo, with just over 10 kilometers of ascent, but with an average slope of 6.5% and areas of 11 and 12%. After opening your mouth, it will be time for the long port of the day, the port of La Puebla. A fast and long descent, with some ambush in the form of a slope, will take the cyclists back to Buitrago de Lozoya to crowned as ‘finishers’ of the first edition of the Madrid 7 Picos.

Registration is now open on the official website of the test (www.madrid7picos.com), with the possibility of doing the two stages for 99 euros or, on the other hand, only the one on Saturday for 70 euros. The Sierra awaits the most daring.

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