27 Sep 2017
The first edition of GAES Catalunya Bike Race presented by Shimano arrives with force, and after announcing an intense and fun tour of 133 kilometers and 4.300 meters of climbing by the incredible places of the Natural Park of the Cadí-Moixeró, it is the turn to discover which Mountain Bikers have options to take the winning trophy to home.
Following Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano and La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano, the event to be held in La Cerdanya, based in Bellver de Cerdanya (Lleida) from September 29th to October 1st will have numerous professionals of MTB and several celebrities that will make the weekend a unique experience for the almost 1.000 participants of 27 nationalities.
MOUNTAIN INTERNATIONAL BIKERS:
- David Rosa (Tropix): Portugal Champion of Cross Country 2015, 2016 and 2017.
- Luca Braidot (Olympia Factory Cycling): Runner-up of Cross Country Italy 2016 and 2017. Olympic Diploma in Rio 2016.
- Daniele Braidot (Olympia Factory Cycling): Italian Champion of Cross Country 2016.
- Hugo Drechou (Massi): Runner-up of France of Cross Country 2014. Runner-up of the World Cup of Cross Country Sub 23 2013.
- Hansueli Stauffer (BiXS): winner of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2016.
- Mario Costa (Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor): Winner of Cup of Portugal of Cross Country 2016. Runner-up of Portugal of Cross Country 2017.
- Georg Egger (Lexware): Germany third-ranked Cross Country Championship 2017.
- Piotr Brzozka (JBG-2): Polish runner-up of MTB Marathon 2017.
- Maximilian Brandl (Lexware): Under 23 Germany Champion Cross Country 2017. Under 23 World Championship third-ranked of Cross Country.
- Ever Alejandro Gómez (TBellès-Cannondale-Gaes by Tactic): Runner-up of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017.
- Joana Monteiro (Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor): Portugal Cross Country Champion 2015, 2016 and 2017.
- Maaris Meier: Estonian Cross Country Champion 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- Kerry Macphee: UK runner-up of the Cross Country 2014, 2016 and 2017
Other foreigners to highlight: Neïlo Perrin-Ganier, (Massi), Mariusz Michalek and Adrian Brzozka (JBG-2), and Hildegunn Gjertrud Hovdenak (VPG).
MOUNTAIN NATIONAL BIKERS:
- José Antonio Hermida (Merida): Ambassador of the race. Silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and Olympic diploma at Sydney 2000 and London 2012. Cross Country World Champion in all categories and three times Elite European Champion.
- Clàudia Galicia (Polar-Trek): Ambassador of the race. Winner of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2014, and La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, having won all stages. Silver medalist in the European Championships of XCM and has settled its best performance in a world Championship being placed in the position number 11.
- Sergio Mantecón (Trek Factory Racing): Europe runner-up of Cross Country.
- Francesc Guerra (Buff-Scott): Winner of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017.
- Roberto Bou (TBellès-Cannondale-Gaes by Tactic): Third- ranked of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017.
- Sandra Santanyes (Olympia Factory Cycling): Winner of Andalucía Bike Race presented by Shimano 2014, runner-up La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shinano 2016 and 2017.
- Sandra Jordà (Marqués de Riscal-Orbea): European Champion MTB Ultra Marathon 2017.
- Natalia Fischer (Trek): Spanish Champion MTB Marathon 2017.
- Raquel Lisbona (TBellès-Cannondale-Gaes by Tactic): Third-ranked in La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2017.
- Victor Manuel Fernández (Citroën Cosersa-Wolfbike): Runner-up of La Rioja Bike Race presented by Shimano 2016.
Ramón Sagués (Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor), Javier Poza (Kross-New Race), Xavier Borràs (Olympia Factory Cycling), Israel Núñez (Massi), Ibón Zugasti (Orbea Factory), Enrique Morcillo (Buff-Scott), Cristofer Bosque (TBellès-Cannondale-Gaes by Tactic), Mercè Pacios (Cycling No Limit) and Ramona Gabriel (Buff-Scott).
OTHER ELITE SPORTS
- Joaquim 'Purito' Rodríguez (Bahrain-Merida): Winner in innumerable classics, he has climbed to the podium of the three Grand Tours and has achieved stages in each of these races. The World Championship of cycling were also no exception and got a bronze medal in Mendrisio 2009 and silver in Florence 2013.
- Rubén Ruzafa (Specialized): XTERRA three-time World Champion and triple ITU Triathlon Cross World Champion.
- Aleix Espargaró (41Team): MotoGP rider.
- Tomás Misser (Orbea Factory): Downhill European Champion 1996. Downhill World Cup third classified 1996 and 1997.
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