This is an unprecedented challenge. Mikel Azparren and Julián Sanz go head-to-head in a duel in which only one man can emerge a winner. There is a single goal: Finish the 750-kilometer stretch from Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compostela in less than 24 hours. The competition will be sponsored by Orbea and is to be held on the 16th of August.
The Bizcayan ultra-distance cyclist Julio Sanz (www.juliansanz.net) set a course record of 27 hours and 30 minutes in 2007, a time which was surpassed a year ago by the Guipuzcoan rider Mikel Azparren www.workcycling.com), with a time of 24 hours and 56 minutes a year ago . The men set their records on the Orbea-made Orca and Ordu model bikes respectively. Now they are ready to pair off against each other in a face-off with the same conditions and an official jury that will guarantee and endorse the finishing times registered. Beyond a personal rivalry, there is the challenge of covering the distance in less than 24 hours.
The trial is scheduled for the 16th of August at 16:00. The cyclist with the greatest support on The Challenge’s social media network will start 3 minutes ahead of his opponent, in accordance with existing norms. The race will be broadcast on the social media networks, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on the cyclists’ individual websites.
There will be a contest prize of an opportunity to ride in the race car that will accompany the riders during the race. This prize will go to one of the supporters of the cyclist who generates the most social media followers. Everyone who participates in The Challenge will automatically enter a contest in which various prizes from Orbea will be awarded.
U51Pro supports Mikel Azparren in this St. James Way Challenge. The Guipuzcoan, ex-manager of the professional cycling team, Caja Rural, will combine his training workouts with his work as a spinning instructor and his collaborative duties with U51 Pro.
U51 Pro offers in both its shops in San Sebastian and Madrid (inaugurated last month) the highest quality and most thorough and personalized advice to its customers with the aim of satisfying all their needs.
The Challenge: 24 hours
750 Kilometers cycling from Roncesvalles to Santiago de Compostela
Mikel Azparren vs. Julián Sanz
16th August, 2014. 16:00
TAGS: Challenge, St. James Way, Mikel Azparren, Julian Sanz, U51 Pro, Orbea, 750 kilometers, course record,