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TW Girona 2017

Technical specifications

Please download the Roadbook (in spanish) and the english translation

Technical specifications

Location: Vía Verde" Pirineu- Costa Brava (Girona, Spain)
Start: Saturday April 1, 2017 at 10 am in Olot
Lenght: 100 km in 32 hours time limit
Slope  positive 423 m; negative 986 m 
   
Online registration: 200€ per team of 4 walkers + 2 support crew with a vehicle. Teams can register and modify before 10 April. Incompleted teams are not allowed to participate.
Donations: Minimum 1.500 euros per team before  10 April

Collection of dorsals

MARCH 24: FUNDS RAISED AND FULL TEAM

Web teams profile have to show 6 members registered and, before removing the dorsal, at least 1.500 € raised

MARCH 28: DORSALS COLLECTION IN BARCELONA

Oxfam Intermón, Gran Via 641, de 10.00 a 20.00. At least one member of each team, with the 6 movil number that the team wil use during the Trailwalker.

MARCH 31: DORSALS COLLECTION IN OLOT 

Recinte firal, Av. Madrid 2, from 18.00 to 00.00

APRIL 1: WE WILL NOT DELIVER ANY DORSAL BEFORE THE START

The teams who have not collected their dorsal before Saturday may not participate.

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Do not forget (documents in spanish):

Consult checkpoints information

Download the ROADBOOK and english translations: maps, coordinates, access, provisioning.

Download GPS TRACKS and Google Tracks (2016)

Review the sporting regulations 

Review the required materials.

Follow the sanitary precautions and diet advice: in all control points will be water and fruit and another product that some companies collaborate, but the mainstay (breakfast, lunch, dinner) it must facilitate the support team.

Use the calculator for the route schedules, pace and breaks.

To remove the dorsal is necessary to have raised (visible on web site) a minimum of 1.500 euros (we will not accept donations on hand), the 6 telephone numbers to be used during the Trailwalker and a compulsory accident insurance for the 4 walkers:

-Federated: included in the license (required in the collection of numbers).

-No Federated: must pay € 5 per walker in the collention of the numbers.

-Framing: (optional). € 5 per person at the time of collecting the numbers.

-Vehicles must have compulsory insurance for driving.

Required materials

At the time of departure and during the progress we make material controls to ensure that bear the required material. Remember it's for your safety. No carry mandatory material may be cause for disqualification.

Material required by walker

  • Dorsal chip (provided by the Organization)
  • Bracelets (provided by the Organization)
  • 4 captive
  • cell phone
  • Survival blanket (thermal blanket aluminum least 220 x 140cm)
  • Bottle or hydration bag (minimum 1L.)
  • Headlamp and extra batteries
  • Vest or reflective material for road crossings
  • Jacket or windbreaker
  • DNI or identity card

 Material required for support team

  • 2 mobile phones. Battery Charger.

Material required per team

  • 2 emergency kits: a first aid one  to be brought by walkers and a more complete one to be brought by assistance. The Team is responsible for prescription drugs and painkillers, and not provided by the Organization.
  • Route 2 books (material provided by the Organization): one for walkers and one for assistance.

Optional Material recommended

  • Towels and toilet paper
  • Sports Shoes parts
  • Shirts, pants and socks parts
  • whistle
  • breathable clothing
  • Sweatpants, short tights or pirates
  • Sunscreen and petrolatum
  • Long Sleeve
  • Blanket or sleeping bag
  • utility knife
  • Sunglasses

Supplies

Menus for the route prepared by the team of support 

  • 8h am: soft breakfast
  • 11h am: sandwich
  • 13h:  soup, toast with ham, rice salad, potato omelette.
  • 16 h: sandwich
  • 20 h: soup, pasta with tomato (precooked and heated stove), chicken nuggets.
  • 2h am: broth, bread with tomato and turkey, cheese.
  • 6h am: A soluble coffee with milk, muffins, bread with tomato and salami, cheese ...

While walking between checkpoints is important to keep in the backpack nutrition and hydration products. Currently there are many drinks developed to consume during exercise. Have low doses of carbohydrate and allow to maintain sugar levels in the blood. To ensure effectiveness of hydration level is equally important that contains minerals, this improving the intestinal absorption of sodium and water. Is advised to take every half hour 0,5l of water because it is advisable to drink before you get the sensation of thirst.

If we can eat any solid food is recommended every 30-60 minutes. It’s better to eat easily digestible foods like ice, candy, energy bars or fruit. The fruit can be fresh (preferably banana and orange) or dry (dates, raisins and figs). At this time we can afford the pleasure of eating chocolate (preferably black and Fair Trade).

The route

Departure:

10.00: the greenway is open to the public. The busiest hours of a Saturday are from 8.00 to 10.00. You will have to exercise caution, patience and sharing the road with cyclists and walkers.

The opening and closing of the control points are calculated for a minimum total time of 9 hours and a maximum of 32. Teams that do not reach a checkpoint before it closed, they can not continue.The old rail track “Pyrenees-Costa Brava”, as its name suggests, stretches from the mountain to the sea. It is a route through impressive landscapes of great ecological and cultural value. It begins at the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone, and follows the path of the narrow-gauge old train. This route has been conceived for hikers and nature lovers, through wooded landscapes and mountains, before descending slowly towards the coast of the town of Sant Feliu de Guíxols, origin of the place name “Costa Brava”.

Throughout the trail we will discover landscapes of unique beauty. The following describes briefly some of the most interesting places of the trail, so that you can get a clearer picture of what’s along the way.

Olot:

The route starts in the city of Olot. One of the main attractions of the area is the Fageda d’en Jordà, the best conserved beech forest in Catalunya.

The Pedra Tosca Park:

The way continues to Pedra Tosca Park, located at the boundary between the municipalities of Olot and Les Presses, and pertaining to the Garrotxa Volcanic Zone Natural Park. This is a place of great ecological interest, consisting of 25 hectares of bed rock made by the layers of lava spewed by the Croscat Volcano 11.000 years ago.

Coll d’en Bas:

From here on we continue to climb to the Coll d’en Bas. It’s the longest ascension of the route, which starts near the outskirts of the town Sant Esteve d’en Bas. We will cross several small tunnels until we reach the Coll d’en Bas, the highest point of the whole challenge at 620 metres.

Vall d’en Bas:

Shortly after we start our way down we will reach the coolest and most humid part of the route, when we enter the oak wood of the valley’s southern slope.

Ter river:

We will go under the dam of Pasteral, the last dam of the river Ter, which from now on and until Gerona will accompany us during a significant part of the route.

The forest of la Devesa:

We will have the chance to see the wild waters of the Park la Pilastra, located at the edge of la Devesa forest, which we will not leave until reaching the city of Girona.

Girona:

While we cross the city we will go through one of the largest and best conserved old Jewish quarters of Europe.

Growing areas:

Once we pass through Quart, the landscape will change. We will leave the woods behind and reach fields of cereal crops, through which we will continue until the town of Llagostera.

The descent to the sea begins:

After Llagostera we will go through one of the few Eucalyptus forests in Catalunya. At this moment we will begin to intuit our destination. We will descend the steepest slopes of the whole route, reaching finally Santa Cristina d’Aro.

Catching sight of Costa Brava:

Once we leave behind Castell d’Aro, Platja d’Aro and S’Agaró we will reach our destination, arriving at the end of the narrow-gauge old trains’ route: Sant Feliu de Guíxols' port, the essence of Costa Brava.