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TW Girona 2014

Technical specifications

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Technical specifications

Location: Vía Verde" Pirineu- Costa Brava (Girona, Spain)
Start: Saturday April 26, 2014 at 10 am in Olot*
Lenght: 100 km in 32 hours time limit
Slope  positive 423 m; negative 986 m 
   
Registration: Before April 14 in Register your team.
Teams: 4 walkers + 2 support crew with a vehicle. Team changes allowed 1 week before the event
Donations: Minimum 1.500 euros per team before  the event

* The technical details will be confirmed the weeks before the Trailwalker

The route

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”.

Places of interest

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.

Strategy

It is important that you have plan well the route: 4 people are walking 32 hours, with beats and breaks that you should plan well with your support team.

How do you want to make the route? Running? Walking? Doing shortstop? Will you sleep on the road?? In Girona you can camp. In Cassa and Llagostera will be covered areas (sports).

Do not forget to check:

Sporting Regulations and the terms and conditions.

Tips and sanitary precautions.

Power Tips. Important: In all control points will be water and fruit and another product that some companies will work, but the mainstay (breakfast, lunch, dinner) it must facilitate the support team.

Road Book (2013): maps, coordinates, access, provisioning.

Here you will find detailed the check points in Trailwalker 2013. Planner how you want to get your second challenge: get to Sant Feliu together in less than 32 hours and in the best possible condition!.

VIA VERDA KM LOCALIZATION WC CHECK POINT SLEEPING ZONE
OLOT 0 Fairground.

Yes

Water NO
SANT FELIU DE PALLEROLS 17,6 Train satation Yes Water and fruit NO
AMER 30,8 Train satation Yes Water and fruit NO
ANGLÉS 38,2 Train satation Yes Water and fruit NO
BESCANÓ 49 Sala Polivalent Yes Water and fruit NO
GIRONA 56 Fira de Girona Yes Water, fruit and pasta Sportive pavilion
CASSÀ DE LA SELVA 71,4 Sportive pavilion Yes Water, fruit and soup Sportive pavilion
LLAGOSTERA 81 Sportive pavilion Yes Water, fruit and soup Sportive pavilion
SANTA CRISTINA D'ARO 91,1 Train satation Yes Water, fruit and soup NO
SANT FELIU DE GUÍXOLS 100 Passeig marítim

Yes

Water and fruit Sportive pavilion

Departure at 10.00: the greenway is open to the public. The busiest hours of a Saturday in May 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.

Collection of numbers

Recinte Firal d'Olot Friday, April 19 from 18:00 h to 24:00 h and Saturday April 20 from 07:00 h to 09:00 h

On Friday at 21.00 offer dinner at the Turin Chamber (Olot). Entry fee: € 11. Includes dinner and concert. Soft drinks and beer apart. You can book by transfer to the account number: 2100 0008 22 0200682123 (Concept: SOPAR TRAILWALKER). You will need to present the tranfer at the entrance.

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.

Supplies

Menus for the route prepared by the team of support (Motius Cent)

  • Amer 16 h: soup, toast with ham, rice salad, potato omelette.
  • Girona 22 h: soup, pasta with tomato (precooked and heated stove), chicken nuggets.
  • Cassa 2 h broth, bread with tomato and turkey, cheese.
  • Llagostera 6 h: 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).