Monday, 17 October 2011
Paris-Roubaix in Spain - GP Canal de Castilla
The Gran Premio Canal de Castilla covers four types of surface in addition to conventional tarmac (which still manages to make up over 50% of the route).
The professional cycling race would be the first of its kind in Spain in its use of unpaved terrain. The idea may seem bizarre and even slightly risky, yet there is a long tradition in Europe, with popular races such as the París - Roubaix (France), the Tour de Flandes (Belgium) and the Monte Paschi Eroica (Italy). All three races draw massive crowds and attract huge television audiences. However, there is currently no professional cycling race that includes unpaved surfaces in Spain.
RACE SECTION TYPE UNPAVED DISTANCE (km)
Tour Flandes 2009 Cobbles (flat and sloped sections) 27.6
GP Herning 2009 Earth 31.1
Tro-Bro Léon 2009 Earth and loose cobbles 34.8
París - Roubaix 2009 Cobbles 52.9
Eroica Toscana 2009 Earth and (sterrato gravel) 54.7
GP Canal de Castilla Earth and cobblestones 92.5 – 99 (alternate years)
The Gran Premio Canal de Castilla would be held the weekend immediately after the Tour of Castilla y León, taking advantage of the fact that cycling teams are already in Valladolid for the end of the well-established tour of Castilla y León.
Posted by Latin Markets at 10/17/2011