The 5th Sea Otter Europa will be held this year. The Marathon BTT will take place as part of the festival and run through the iconic landscape of "Vall de Llémena".
From the start at Fontajau pavilion, the route will head towards Sant Gregori following the course of the Ter river and then the Llémena, the latter of which will be crossed, moving in an upstream direction, throughout the first half of the race. The first climb will then begin going up past the Font del Raig where riders will find the first track. Halfway along the track/climb to Sant Grau the route will make a turn before starting the first descent, which will be sure not to disappoint, heading down to the area surrounding the church and passing through places as magnificent as the Font de Can Verdeguer.
Just after passing by Ginestar, the longest climb will begin, which both routes will follow until the top of the Serrat de Can Polità, where the short route will cover 200 metres before linking up again with the long route while the XCM will begin a descent to Llorà. From there the route will go through the Plà de Sant Joan, a place surrounded by mountains with wonderful views, before heading up to the mountains along an authentic circuit that all MTB fans will get a kick out of from start to finish.
Once the descent through the forest of Can Soms is complete, it will then be the turn of the last long climb through the forests of Bac before linking up again with the XCP race, where a long descent to the edge of the Ter river awaits. From there it will follow the course of the river until Bescanó where the last climb will begin with a gradient of about 70 metres, allowing the final positions to still be decided with those not able to pace themselves perhaps getting a taste of the consequences. Then, after a small descent, the Ter and the Llémena rivers will take turns accompanying riders on their way back to Fontajau.
From here on out, everything is flat. The route crosses countryside, passes through Sant Gregori and continues to follow the river Ter to return along the opposite bank to Fontajau, where they will revel in the pleasure and joy of having finished this spectacular event.
Category PRO (UCI Marathon Series) / OPEN
Location Fontajau pavillion. Av. del president Josep Tarradelles i Joan, 22 - Girona
WHAT DOES THE REGISTRATION INCLUDE?
· Right of participation in the Scott Marathon BTT by Continental
· Entrance to the festival site
· Commemorative gift of the race
· Route completely signaled
· Medical services and ambulance
· Runner guide
· Very complete liquid and solid feed zones (every 20km approx.)
· Basic bicycle repair material in the supply stations
· Opening vehicles, monitoring and closing of the race
· Showers and locker rooms service
· Bicycle washing area with high-pressure washers on arrival
4 to 7 p.m. Pick up bib numbers
7 to 8:30 a.m. Pick up bib numbers
9:15 a.m. Start PRO XCM
9:25 a.m. Start PRO XCP
9:30 a.m. Start OPEN
2:30 p.m. Ceremony Awards
HOW TO GET?