16 Feb 2022
Today were held the two official presentations of the 12th Andalucía Bike Race by Garmin, in the morning in Jaén at the Museo Íbero, and in the afternoon at the Territorial Delegation of Culture and Historical Heritage in Córdoba.
The journey starts in Jaén, in the Iberian Museum of the capital of Jaén, where Antonio Sutil, Territorial Delegate of Education and Sport in Jaén of the Andalusian Government; Ángel Vera, Deputy of Culture and Sports of the Provincial Council of Jaén; Julio Millán, Mayor of Jaén; Pedro Luis Rodriguez, Mayor of Andújar; Javier Chica, Mayor of Torredelcampo; Carlos Alberca, councilman of Sports City Council of Jaén; José Antonio Oria, councilman of Sports City Council of Andújar; José Luis Arias, councilman of Sports City Council of La Guardia, Xavier Bartrolí, president of Octagon Esedos and accompanied by Jose María Sánchez, Andalusian who will be participating in the competition and Marcos García, current champion of Spain XCM.
In Córdoba in the afternoon met Inmaculada Troncoso, Territorial delegate of Education and Sport in Córdoba of the Andalusian Government; Antonio Ruiz, president of the Provincial Council of Córdoba; Manuel Torrejimeno, president of the Municipal Institute of Sports of Córdoba; Giuseppe Aloisio, Territorial Delegate of Sustainable Development of the Andalusian Government; Ángel Vera, deputy of Culture and Sports of the Provincial Council of Jaén; Ana Blasco, delegate of Youth and Sports of the Provincial Council of Córdoba; Francisco Palomares, mayor of Villafranca de Córdoba, Xavier Bartrolí, president of Octagon Esedos and accompanied by the cyclists of the Scott Cala Bandida team Sergio Mantecón and Francesc Guerra.
In both presentations it has been highlighted that once again the competition will be three stages in the province of Jaén and three in the province of Córdoba giving visibility to both areas and thus offering a unique distinction to the event due to the variability of its landscapes.
The importance of the event has also been emphasized as it maintains its maximum distinction of the International Cycling Union (UCI) being the only Mountain Bike competition in Spain with the highest category.
And with the registrations already closed, 480 cyclists of 27 different nationalities will meet in Jaén on February 21, where the presentation has highlighted the success of the best riders of the world scene where fifteen of the top twenty best riders of the UCI ranking will be present disputing this 12th edition. The current XCM World and European Champion, three former World Champions, five XCM National Champions among multiple national champions will be present. In women the call has also been excellent as we will have the presence of seven of the top ten riders in the world.
Pictures: Manuel Murillo-Diario Córdoba and Gustavo Pozo (Jaén)
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