The third round of the Deporvillage TriTour took place on the 9th and 10th of July in El Pont de Suert. The competition was held in a festive atmosphere that lasted all weekend. Among the more than 600 triathletes who participated in the different modalities (sprint, Olympic, short and half) we find Jordi Garcia and Erik Merino from the deporvillage squad, who explain their experience in the triathlon of the Pyrenees.

Jordi Garcia, swimming specialist, came to Pont de Suert with a clear objective: to compete for the podium positions. And he succeeded in doing so, fighting for first and second place with Nan Oliveras, he finally became the Catalan Champion in the Olympic Triathlon after the disqualification of his teammate. During the race he felt strong and competitive at all times. Having achieved the runner-up position in 2021 also in Pont de Suert, he had a good feeling and knew that he could get the first place. Jordi highlights the good atmosphere among all the triathletes and the expectation for the title of Champion of Catalonia. The surroundings also helped to increase the desire for triathlon and, as he told us, it is a race with a special atmosphere because of the magical environment in which it is held. Despite the heat, the water segment was swum with neoprene because of the water temperature, which helped the triathletes to swim with greater comfort and buoyancy and to enjoy the surroundings of the Parc Nacional d’Aigüestortes a little more. When Jordi jumped into the water, he felt it was a good day and was able to be in the top positions from the start, which led him to start the cycling segment leading the race. A bike ride that left no athlete indifferent. With 20km of steady uphill at the start, then taking the descent to fly into T2. The running segment, with more than 35ºC, was decisive. Jordi maintained his good sensations despite the heat, thanks in part to the warmth of the crowd that filled Pont de Suert.

Erik Merino took gold in the Sprint triathlon, highlighting the good atmosphere among all the participants and the spectacular Escales Reservoir area, where the swimming segment took place. Erik had just come back from the Ironman 70.3 in Andorra. With the body a little tired and the muscles still stiff, the sensations during the trial were getting better and better. Erik highlights from the bike segment the heat that was endured, on a two-way course which allowed him to be aware of the real distance to his opponents. With a good feeling, Erik managed to push on two wheels until he caught up with the breakaway group and even overtook them to enter T2 alone. In the running segment, Erik once again highlights the good atmosphere among the participants who cheered each other on, as well as the large number of spectators who were present throughout the circuit. Erik also highlights the success of leaving T2 and entering the athletics circuit, a section in which the warmth received by the fans is outstanding.

Both triathletes confirm the magic of running this triathlon which, taking place in an unusual and quite tough environment, forces you to take special care of details such as nutrition, hydration and protection against the weather.

Jordi and Erik recommend this race if you are an athlete looking for a different triathlon, hard, in contact with nature and away from the crowds. Deporvillage TriTour Pont de Suert has a component of adventure and discovery that will not leave anyone indifferent.

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The third round of the Deporvillage TriTour took place on the 9th and 10th of July in El Pont de Suert. The competition was held in a festive atmosphere that lasted all weekend. Among the more than 600 triathletes who participated in the d …
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