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24 Jan 2019

Andalucía Bike Race at FITUR

The most international Spanish mountain biking stage race faces its ninth edition

FITUR (International Tourism Fair) that takes place in Madrid from January 23 to 27, has hosted the presentation of the ninth edition of Andalucía Bike Race, that will be held in the provinces of Jaén and Córdoba from April 8 to 13.

The event was attended by Paco Reyes, President of the Diputación de Jaén; Antonio Ruiz, President of the Diputación de Córdoba; José Luis López Cerrón, President of the Spanish Cycling Federation; Juan Fernández, Mayor of Linares; Francisco Huertas, Mayor of Andújar; Antonio Rojas, councilor of the City Council of Córdoba and President of IMDECO; Xavier Bartrolí, President of Octagon Esedos and Carlos Coloma, Olympic medalist of the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.

All the 2019 Andalucía Bike Race presentation attendees highlighted the evolution of the race which for seventh consecutive year is registered as a first class UCI (International Cycling Union) race, and which aims the highest world class, Hors Categorie, in 2020. The race has had world, continental and national champions, Olympic medalists and many of the world’s best Mountain Bikers.

They also all agreed that the beauty and contrasts of the landscapes, the area’s unique singletracks, the organisation and the presence of international mountain bikers that race year after year, make it an incredible competition. As a novelty, it will now be held in spring, before Easter.

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Six days of MTB with designation of origin

The ninth edition of Andalucía Bike Race will have a route of almost 380 kilometres and 7.730 metres of climbing. It will consist of an individual time trial and five marathon stages, combining unknown stretches with other mythical ones, that have given such a good reputation in its eight previous editions. 

The six stages of Andalucía Bike Race 2019 will have more rhythm, flow, and will visit the towns of Linares (two stages), Andújar, Villafranca de Córdoba and Córdoba (two stages). All of them will be out and back, starting and finishing in the same town.

The first stage will be held in Linares and will be an individual time trial of 38 kilometres and 508 metres of climbing, along the mining district.

The second stage, also held in Linares, will have 75 kilometres with 1.250 metres of climbing and will include more singletracks than in the past edition. It will cross Guarromán and reach Baños de la Encina, bordering the Rumblar reservoir.

The third stage is a mythical stage of Andalucía Bike Race, and serves as transition day between the provinces of Jaén and Córdoba. From Andújar, 68 kilometres with 1.535 metres of climbing will be ridden. The first section will be new, passing by Marmolejo.

The fourth stage will be raced in Villafranca de Córdoba, a town that lived the start of the 2017 Andalucía Bike Race. 53 kilometres and 1.354 metres of climbing of fun singletracks and amazing landscapes next to the San Rafael de Navallana reservoir. 

The two final stages will take place in Córdoba. The BUFF® stage, will be the Queen stage with almost 90 kilometres and 1.700 metres of climbing. It will go along iconic sections of Córdoba’s sierra, and will have a spectacular finish through Santo Domingo’s singletracks. This stage will start at the Liberad avenue and, as a novelty, will finish in the Asomadilla park. 

The sixth and final stage of Andalucía Bike Race 2019 will witness the last 58 kilometres and almost 1.400 metres of climbing, which will decide everything. The last day that will conclude with a recital of awesome singletrails, the climb of mythical Reventón and Los Morales downhill.

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