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Transpyr crossed into Navarre in what was the race’s penultimate stage before reaching the finish tomorrow in Hondarribia and completing the mission of joining the Mediterranean and Bay of Biscay. Stretching 135 kilometres between Jaca and Burguete-Roncesvalles, today’s stretch was the longest of this Transpyr, making this challenge all the more epic for a group of riders who tomorrow will be handed their degree in mountain biking. They will have completed 775 kilometres in one of the five most gruelling stage races in the world, this year marked by the strengthens of the participants, which have suffered less abandons than other editions.

To round things off, Transpyr crosses over into the Basque Country tomorrow in a 96-kilometre stage which finishes at the beach in Hondarribia, where the cyclists, who hail from 26 different countries around the world, will be greeted with a ceremony.

As for GAES Transpyr Backroads, today also marked the race’s longest stage (168 kilometres), with punishing climbs including the ascent to Port de Larrau. The pack completed what many consider the race’s most beautiful stage, with unparalleled landscapes such as the Arguibela mountain pass. Tomorrow, the roughly hundred GAES Transpyr Backroads participants will also complete the thrilling and arduous challenge of crossing the southern slopes of the Pyrenees on inhospitable roads in seven stages.

 

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Oriol Sallent