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Cros de Formentera

foto cros 2018The Formentera Council's sports office reports that Sunday November 18 will mark the season's first cross-country, or cros, running meet. The race will play out on the trails of Ses Illetes. There will be intermittent restrictions on circulating vehicle traffic between 10.30am and 1.30pm on Sunday.

The day will also feature a school cross-country meet. Lower categories will compete between 10.30am and 12.30pm, and the centrepiece is a 5.2K run kicking off at 12.30pm. Participants can register on site until thirty minutes before the start. Some 160 runners are expected to compete in both modalities.

The Formentera Council, Grup Esportiu Espalmador and Federació Balear d'Atletisme are organising the event. Baleària transport company is offering runners from Eivissa 50% off the price of their ferry ticket, and a free bus will link La Savina and Ses Illetes, departing between 9.45am and 10.00am and returning between 1.45pm and 2.00pm.

Hundred plus cyclists expected for Friday’s mountain-biking Volta Cicloturista

btt-volta-cicloturista1This morning the Formentera Council’s sports office unveiled plans for the third edition of the island’s Volta Cicloturista, a mountain-biking challenge. CiF sports secretary Jordi Vidal was on hand at the gathering, along with spokespeople from the organising entities, Grup Esportiu Espalmador and Unisport Consulting, as well as a representative from Trasmapi, which is cosponsoring the event.

Secretary Vidal said organisers are counting on seeing over a hundred cyclists take part in the event, part of Discover Formentera in October, which he called “a push to put Formentera and its natural surroundings on the map with a range of sporting activities”.

Third BTT Volta Cicloturista
Once again, organisers tried to organize an event where mountain bikers of all backgrounds would find in Formentera a meeting point. The toughness of the trails and the breathtaking natural beauty on the island make it a star event on the calendar of mountain biking events in the Balearics.

Set to unfold between Friday and Sunday, the three-stage, 97.5-km route has a combined elevation gain of one thousand metres and each stage is estimated to take approximately three and a half hours.

Distances in the Volta Cicloturista are what make the trial ideal for cyclists of all stripes, whether or not they have a competitive bent. Timed segments include the first and third stages.

On Sunday more experienced cyclists can participate in a classic. Back for its 24th year, the demanding BTT La Mola offers up a demanding 37.6km and 850 metres of elevation gain. Times count towards another mountain-biking event, the Challenge del Campionat Pitiús.

Participants interested in a ride that’s slightly less technically-demanding can choose a route that borrows from segments of the established course. Completion times for this trial will not be recorded.

Traffic closures
For five minutes on Saturday at approximately 11.00am, crews will block the segment of highway from Sant Ferran to Sant Francesc near the windmills. Intermittent road closures are also anticipated on Sunday from 11.30am to 12.30pm at the Club Maryland turnoff near the restaurant Acapulco. Organisers thank motorists in advance for their cooperation and apologise for any inconveniences.

Formentera Zen, three days of physical and emotional wellness

foto formentera zenThe Formentera Council's department of sport reports that from Friday to Sunday, the island will host the fourth Formentera Zen.

Formentera Zen is three days of wellness in the stunning setting formed by Formentera's signature light, silence and tranquility. October is one of the best times of year to visit the island. Things move at a different pace, one perfectly suited to a range of movement and disciplines promoting physical and emotional wellness.

Core activities on the programme cover yoga, Pilates, snorkeling, Antigym and Paleotraining, although Formentera Zen also proposes education and training, including dedicated workshops about Eco Diet, mindfulness, aromatherapy and emotional intelligence. Daily from 10.30am to 3.00pm there will also be a fira ecosaludable, or “green fair”, where local producers will gather to peddle their fare, including organic and raw food.

Council and sailing club sign deal to help put projects –sports-related, socially-impactful, cultural and educational– in motion

foto conveni club nauticCiF chief Jaume Ferrer sat down today with Vicent Tur, president of the island's club nàutic, to sign into action a partnership agreement in support of sport, social, cultural and educational initiatives.

As part of the deal, the “nautical” or sailing club pledges €50,000 to help the Council stage sporting events, like windsurf regattas with Formentera's surfing club or a sailing league as well as the programme “Descobreix la mar” in collaboration with the sailing school.
The sailing club will collaborate in the Aula de Titulacions Nàutiques, a nautical accreditation site, on training courses and work with the diving school to offer year-round programming. The club will also coordinate “Setmana de la mar”, an event with wide-ranging learning and cultural activities about underwater ecosystems.

The sailing club will likewise put together a yearly photo contest, an annual speed painting contest and an interactive classroom that will serve as a staging area for exhibits, conferences, seminars, concerts, cinema discussions and other activities promoting knowledge about the sea.

One of the sailing club’s main focuses is social inclusion. Club staff take part in disability and special needs training. Partnerships with other specialised associations like APMIPTEA and APNEEF are on the horizon as well.

The sailing club commits to a series of earth-friendly actions as well, like participating in future editions of Save Posidonia Project; helping draft a guide to green sailing; fomenting and spreading not just knowledge but a spirit of care and conservation as well...for the planet at large and for Formentera’s surrounding beauty, especially at Estany des Peix.

Saturday in Es Pujols, Formentera's sixth triathlon

foto-triatlo-3Secretary of sport Jordi Vidal unveiled details today of Formentera's sixth triathlon, scheduled to play out in Es Pujols this Saturday, October 6. He was joined by Manuel Hernández, head of event organisers Unisport Consulting, and Rafael Cardona, a spokesperson for sponsoring company Trasmapi.

Organisers are expecting some 250 triathletes at the trial, half of them competing in the “sprint” category and the other half in “olympic”. Sprinters and teams start at 2.15pm with a 750-m swim in Es Pujols bay before moving on to 20km of cycling and 5km on foot. Olympic athletes set out at 4.00pm, swimming 1,500m, then cycling 40km, then running 10km.

Any aspiring contenders who have not yet signed up can do so tomorrow between 9.30am and 12 noon in Es Pujols' plaça d'Europa. Numbers will also be available for pickup there between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

Road closures

Tomorrow from 2.00pm till 6.45pm, the road linking Es Pujols and La Savina will be closed to vehicle traffic from Es Pujols to Illetes. In Es Pujols, all but the town's ring road will remain closed to traffic from 2.00pm to 7.20pm. Motorists must take alternate routes during that time, and secretary Vidal apologised to islanders for the inconvenience.

Vidal welcomed Trasmapi's support in organising the event for the sixth straight year. The competition is part of Discover Formentera in October, an initiative aimed at getting travellers to visit the island outside the high season. Vidal also highlighted the participation and collaboration of Viatges Es Freus, Carbónicas Tur, Frufor, Pro-Auto, Actuacions La Mola, Formotor, Motor Pujols, S'Avaradero, Trasmediterranea and Blue Bar.

The secretary also praised the island's local police, Guardia Civil, civil protection and volunteer forces for making the triathlon possible year after year. 

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