An emotional last stage of TRANSPYR GRAN RAID MTB 2018, having everybody the sight of the Atlantic Ocean in mind.
With almost 1000 metres more of descent than elevation, this is as kind of celebration of mountain biking as the stage has a little bit of the ingredients passionate of the sport love: though, steep slopes, great demanding descents, rocky and grassy terrain, amazing open views, close forests and some singletrack… The landscape is just amazing and from mid stage if you are lucky with the weather it will be possible to spot the Atlantic Ocean.
However, again this is not an easy stage: although not technically challenging, it runs more than 90 km and before reaching the seaside you will still have to face the tough climbs characteristics of this area, and continuously go up and down many small hills. And still, it is important to save some energy to be concentrated on the arrival so that you safely cross the traffic congested area.
The stage begins with a beautiful short climb on open spaces, the trail progressing among meadows and small rivers. It is then followed by a steep, spectacular and somehow a little exposed downhill to the French valley where the small villages of Urepel and Aldudes will be crossed. It then follows the probably steepest slope of TRANSPYR GRANS RAID MTB, fortunately short and mostly on tarmac surface, to continue with the descent to the big and wide valley of Baztan, again in Navarra. Scattered stone-houses villages and overall green landscapes are all around, and after the first food station in Erratzu you will have to ride the last long climb of TRANSPYR, being the following ones always shorter and easier. Right after the third food station, the route descends for the last time, already down to the Basque coastline, having to cross the town of Irun before being awarded with the unforgettable arrival in the seafront of Hondarribia.
Baztan 17 km ; 750 + ; 400 –
Expressly a short timed sector for the last stage of TRANSPYR GRAN RAID MTB 2018, as this must be before anything else a celebration journey!
Mostly on open spaces where the landscape will be the main issue, it does begin with a climb on a mix of tarmac, concrete and gravel climb, at parts very steep, that leads to a wide pass where you probably will see the Ocean on the horizon. The sector goes on with the descent on forest tracks and afterwards with some ups and downs combining different type of trails, mostly on good surface conditions, although it will depend on the weather of the previous days.
(consider them as approximated)
Stage distance: 92 km
Timed Sectors: 17 km
Liaisons: 75 km
Stage elevation: 2100 m
Stage descent: 3000 m
KEEP IN MIND:
Unpredictable weather is a characteristic of this part of the Pyrenees: even in June it can go from very hot and dry, to quite cold and very wet. Weather forecasts will be announced and, if it is likely to be changing, make sure you take clothes and equipment for it with you.
There are some dangerous road crossings at the last part of the track in the forests: just stay at all time completely attentive!
The last itinerary trough urban areas it is, unfortunately, unavoidable. Keep concentrated as these are busy areas with a lot of traffic and people moving around.
You are close to the fulfilment of you Mission, thus this is a moment of an intense sense of accomplishment.
When riding along the last tedious kilometres on urban surroundings, the memories of those many ridden trails, overcome situations and mixed feeling that began a week ago in the Mediterranean will begin to appear one by one in your mind, leading to a degree of emotion difficult to contain.
It is in Hondarribia, along the Bay of Biscay, where we release the message of brotherhood of the Pyrenees, their people and their valleys, that we learned and gathered in our incredible journey from the Mediterranean