Many new features in this edition of 2018. Some we want to get ahead and is that Trans Nomad, redefines some concepts to improve the quality of the event and the comfort of the riders.
As for the test, in October 2017, we were already testing the route with some of the bike patrols and we could see the great beauty and length of the special stages and the links this year. Also the physical hardness of the test, perhaps the most demanding edition, with uneven levels in some stages that can exceed 2,000 positive meters. In these cases the same thing happens with the negative slope!
The timed stages can only be anticipated that are precious and long, although surely we will split them to guarantee the safety of the riders.
There will be 3 days with portage and a day that will be all pedaling. Within the portage, this year we will beat the height record in the test (2,850 meters in height) and also the time invested in the portage (2 and a half hours, of which 2 are very comfortable).
Every day they will also have some link pedaling between 15 and 25 km, being able to invest between 1 hour and a half and two and a half hours of pedaling, touring for the first time in a sporting event, valleys and hills in an unprecedented MTB test in the Valleys of Benasque and Val d’Arán.
As for the transfer, there will only be one a day and normally it will be at the beginning of the day, from the campsite to go back to the starting point of the test every day. This year and as a novelty, we will carry out the transfers once in a single group, not dividing the test into two shifts or groups, which will improve the race schedule.
As for the camps, we decreased roaming to also improve comfort. This year there will only be two camps, one in the Benasque Valley and the other in the Aran Valley. Both have extensive showers, bar, restaurant, meeting rooms and we can taste the local food of the valley every night. This year we also include breakfast on Monday 17 for those who want to stay quietly in the camp. We will continue counting on our refreshment area with hot and cold food, as well as water and isotonic drinks, next to the mechanical service stations. There will be a refreshment-service area at each stage. At night, we advance the dinner time and we will also do the briefing before dinner.
This year we want to improve safety and it will be mandatory that all runners are the briefing we will do every day at 20:00 h.
Regarding the safety of the test, this year we included the technical verification of the material. That is, minimum mandatory material that each runner must carry in his backpack. Runners can be checked at any time and if they do not carry the minimum material they will be sanctioned with time added to the classification of the riders. We will expand our team of Bike patrols, those guardian angels who take care of runners during the test, both in the guided, as in the safety of the sections.
The riders will have a full runner bag that will include a Peak Rider to comfortably carry the bike, as well as a technical event shirt, maintenance components for the bicycle and food products of the Pyrenees.
In short, many and many improvements that we want to make and will continue to make Trans Nomad continue to be better and better.
To the 80 adventurers who can come to Trans Nomad 2018, we only tell you that you have to come with a lot of adventure, to have fun and to enjoy the high mountains of the Pyrenees. One tip: train hard, not only downhill , also the long links and portages that we will have this edition.
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And be careful because some are going to be very big! a greeting