Fuertebike: over 1.000 cyclists race around the countryside of La Oliva
The plan to combine sports, gastronomy and tourism is still harvesting successes in the municipality of La Oliva in Fuerteventura. Thousands of people gathered last month in Corralejo either to participate in the mountain bike cycling race called Acua Water Park Fuertebike or as visitors of the Paladea La Oliva fair. The sixth edition of Fuertebike gathered more people than ever before with 1014 participants. It was this year the largest challenge in Fuerteventura and the Canaries. Over 1.000 people travelled to the island of Fuerteventura either to participate or to watch the race and enjoy the fair. The mayor of La Oliva, Isaí Blanco, indicated that «he was very satisfied with the celebration of those two events», indicating that «they had a very positive impact, both for tourism, as they improved the hotel occupation rates and for sports thanks to the planning and organisation. Not forgetting the interest raised amongst the local population who enjoyed the gastronomy fair and musical animations. It was also beneficial for the restaurant trade as restaurants could get promoted and introduce their innovations after the efforts made to offer first quality services and products». The sixth edition of Fuertebike called The Desert's Challenge (Desafío del Desierto) included two modalities, a Half Marathon of 45 km and the Marathon of 82 km. Over one thousand cyclists enjoyed the course that travelled through the countryside of the north of Fuerteventura, the cliffs of Tindaya, the beaches of El Cotillo, the plains of Lajares, the coast of Majanicho with its views of Lanzarote... As a novelty this year, the base camp was located in the area if Morro Francisco, so that participants could enjoythe course around the volcanoes of Las Calderas. The race was very animated during the whole course and as it was a federated challenge in the regional circuit, it gathered the best riders of the Canaries.