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Gran Premio Canal de Castilla - a new 'Monte Paschi Eroica' in Spain?

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hrotha said:
I think 237 km is too long for what would be a semiclassic. With that length and those roads, it's going to be entirely too tough, especially considering the Spanish peloton is not used to this kind of stuff (also it would prevent the sort-of-amateur/continental teams from being competitive).

Your right there. I think initially the race should be shorter, say 160km, then after a breaking in period be increased to 240km.

I can imagine them all lining up with their clinchers or 21mm tubs, no support mid-sector, etc...

I didn't see what time of year they plan to host this event, but the heat and dust could also be a factor.

I think bike racing needs creative ideas like this. It needs to evolve and these epic races in unusual places that captivate fans. It's like harking back to it's roots!
 
Looks like a really interesting project and race. But I do wonder a little bit at what point this sort of terrain just becomes a gimmick? The sport is after all road racing. Any race could easily throw in some sections on a mown grass field or across a sandy beach to make things more difficult and exciting.
 
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My feeling is that these 'other terrain' events bring one back to the essence of the old time road races when surfaces were generally poor and the races longer. I'm all for these events. Even more races like this and they could make a whole series from them!
 
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Today "Sirgas del Norte" (4 special sections with sterrato):

http://www.gpcanaldecastilla.com/

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I admire your dedication. Looks like a really tough event, in the heat of Spain at that time of year; are you looking at elite amateur status soon?

Maybe the distance is too much in that respect unless it goes straight to the pro level; perhaps it could be split in half and done in one day with a rest hour or something (then set off in pursuit mode?)
 
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Libertine Seguros said:
I admire your dedication. Looks like a really tough event, in the heat of Spain at that time of year; are you looking at elite amateur status soon?

Maybe the distance is too much in that respect unless it goes straight to the pro level; perhaps it could be split in half and done in one day with a rest hour or something (then set off in pursuit mode?)

Cheers mate

At the moment is going to be just bicycle touring (like Eroica Toscana in it first steps), after some years who knows

One thing is quite clear, Spain needs a proper classic race, do you agree?
 
I'd argue that the Donostiako Klasikoa is a proper classic race. But certainly there isn't really anything conducive to creating anyone for the classics or nurturing anybody who might be skilled in that direction, short of cyclocross.

I miss the Subida al Naranco and Subida a Urkiola too.
 

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