Pioneer event in Spain of backcountry enduro considered today as one of the best Trans format enduro race in the world. 6 events day and 4 race days into the wilder Pyrenees. Round trip route begining and ending in Castejón de Sos, at Puro Pirineo-Valle de Benasque (Huesca, Spain).
Entries are limited to 60 riders for environmental reasons. A good physical and technichal level of mtb-downhill for singletracks is required. It’s not necessary to be a superman or superwoman to come to Trans-Nomad but you have to be fitness, both normal riders and E-Bike riders.
Race format will be backcountry enduro mtb blind. Each day will have an average of 30-50 km y 1200-2000 meters of climbing and 1700-2500 meters of downhill. At the beginning of each day there will be a shuttle or transfer service, and then links to timing sections by paths or singletracks pedaling or carrying your bike to high altitude passes.
4-5 timing sections per day with well marked mountain singletracks. SPORTident will be the timing system and riders will be free to start each stage without any preset order.
You will enjoy this high-altitude adventure with the highest safety. 15 bike patrols team will guide and advise you, you’ll find them at the start, finish and protecting some difficult sections at the timing stages.
We hope we don’t have to use them but in any case we’ll have a professional rescue team formed by 4 people, nursery and 2 4×4 vehicles for medical assistance.
And of course, our bike-race doctor, you could see him at the start of each section with his E-Bike.
We’ll give you GPS tracks and a complete Race Book, and remember that you must use your GPS although the links and sections will be marked.
Mandatory and recommended equipment for Trans-Nomad
For the race
The most important, want to live and adventure and have fun. Despite of competition format, the most important thing is to finish the race without any problem or mechanical issues which force you to abandone the race.
- Full suspension All-Mountain/Enduro bike, featuring 140-160 mm of travel front/rear. This year E-Bikes are allowed too but with the same features than the other bikes (full suspension and 140-160mm). Although rigid bikes with enduro geometry are allowed too.
- Spare parts for the bike to prevent any stock issues in the technical service or the lack of very specific spares, such as the GEAR MECH/DERAILLEUR HANGER. Also, we recommend you bring all material you consider unique for your bike and that you won’t be able to get from the mechanical service.
Clothes and baggage
- Each rider is allowed to bring a suitcase or bag with a maximum capacity of 80 liters. If it is exceeded, the organization doesn’t guarantee the transfer of the exceeding baggage between hotels.
- Mountain bike technical clothes for a 4-day race: it must include warm clothes for cold, rain, and wind to protect you against high mountain weather changes in the Pyrenees. During the race, we recommend a windstopper and waterproof jacket with a water column rating of at least 2000 mm, and a spare long-sleeved technical top.
- For the night, we recommend warm clothes: feather anorak or down jacket, fleece, long trousers, mountain socks, spare shoes, technical long sleeved top and technical shirt for the 4 days of the race, 2-3 trousers and baggy/padded cycling shorts, toilet kit, flip-flops, and first-aid kit.
- A basic toolkit to repair basic breakdowns during the race. Every day, racers will be able to stop at the provisioning and technical service area to repair possible breakdowns, but these can happen after or before this point.
During the race (Mandatory)
Trans-Nomad powered by Orbea will make a TECHNICAL VERIFICATION of the riders material and it is mandatory that each participant has:
- GPS with race tracks uploaded.
- A full face or open face helmet and protections (knee guards are mandatory, and elbow and chin guards are recommended).
- Backpack with a water bag of at least 2 liters capacity.
- Sun glasses.
- 2 energy bars and 1 energy gel.
- Thermal blanket.
- Windstopper and waterproof jacket.
- Long-sleeved thermal technical top.
- Bike spares: 2 tubes of the wheel dimension, pump, and gear mech/derailleur hanger adequate for the bike model.
- Multifunctional toolkit.
- Recommended (not mandatory): small first-aid kit.
Those racers that after inspection are found without this material could be penalized with an addition of between 1 and 5 minutes to their race time, depending on the severity of their fault.
Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
Trans-Nomad powered by Orbea will take place between 30th September and 05th October. Race days will be from 01st to 4th October. 6 event days with 5 hotel nights. 30th September welcome and check-in will take place from 15h in Castejón de Sos. On 04th October there will be a final party and this night is also included at the entry fee. 05th October breakfast is also included in Castejón de Sos.
We wake up early, around 7h AM, to have breakfast. Before breakfast you have to leave your baggage (if we change the hotel) and your bike at Race Office.
Around 8h AM, your shuttle will be ready to start the transfer of 30 minutes or 1 hour. Before getting in the shuttle our Race Office responsible will activet SPORTident timing chips. Remember you have to be on time.
In the morning we'll make 2 timing sections with their links by paths or singletracks. At noon, in the middle of the route, you will find a feeding point with mechanical service to bring some drinks, food and repair your bike if you need it. You will find there hot pasta, fruit, ham, energy bars, sale drinks, water... but remember yo have to carry on water in your bag and at least two energy bars.
In the afternoon we'll make another 2-3 timing sections before reaching the paddock and the hotel.
In the paddock area near the hotel you'll find our Race Office where you must go to download your chips and getting your day times.
You'll also find there our village and chill area where you could get some food and local beer. You could also wash your bike and we'll save it in a safety area.
At 8h PM there will be a briefing mandatory for all riders. There we'll show you all important issues for next day.
After that you'll take a good and local gastronomy dinner and then resting to the next day.
You have to be fit and being used to high-mountain weather conditions to face long ridings, bike-carrying between 30 minutes and 2 hours, long downhills... but you don't have to be superman or superwoman to come to Trans-Nomad! You just need to be fit an to be aware that you'll be at high-mountain and the weather could change in some minutes.
About downhills it's necessary to have a middle-high driving level on singletracks. All difficult sections will be marked before and protected by our bike patrols. You decide if you believe you can pass it or if you prefer to go by foot. The most important is to avoid crashes.
We calculate an average of 6-7 hours per race day including the whole route with an average of 30-50km, 1300-2000m of climbing and 1700-2500m of downhill.
Medical race service could value if your conditions are not the best to come to Trans-Nomad or to continue in the race. We'll tell you about it and in this case you can't come to the race or can't continue the next day. In this case our cancellation policy won't be applied and no refund will be possible.
No need to be federated. All participants will have an accident insurance included at the registration.
The system used is the internationally recognized system SPORTident (EWS official timing). Each rider will carry two chips that must be activated each day at the Race Office before the start.
This system allows riders to start each stage when they want without scheduled start times. All riders must follow Bike Patrols instructions about it at each stage.
There will be no scheduled start times. Each rider can choose the starting order at each section respecting a minimum of 30 seconds between each rider. It's one of the SPORTident timing system advantage.
If a participant reaches another in a special stage, they will have to respect the basic rules of race and as far as possible both riders should facilitate proper advancement and does not cause any kind of danger.
About starting time from hotel there will be just one group for transfers, so all riders will start at the same time.
Breakfast time will be from 7h to 08h AM and all riders must be prepared at 8h AM to activate their chips and get into the shuttle. Feeding point will be around 13h-14h PM and arrival to paddock area around 18h PM. At 20h PM there will be the breafing and at 20:30h PM the dinner.
If a rider can’t complete any stage or can’t start one day or can’t finish a race-day complete, he could continue racing the next days and he will appear also at the race ranking after all the riders who completed all timing sections.
Organization keeps their rights to cancell the full event or some race day or timing sections due to weather causes which endager riders or technichal issues outside the organization. Communication of cancellation will be made at briefing each day.
In case of any disaster or medical restriction or safety reasons outside organization before the event, if organizers thinks that this could endanger riders, the route or the staff, race could be cancelled and organizers will contact riders to tell them about the cancellation and to start the refunding proccess.
If you have more questions or doubts about the race you can write us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will answer you as soon as possible.
“Pyrenees are one of the best international scenes to develope this kind of race which combines different landscapes and high-mountain areas with long and wild singletracks perfects to enjoy a real downhill with an enduro mtb.”