The Cycling Academies Race of the Fundación Contador brings together in the streets of Pinto more than two hundred enthusiastic participants

V Cycling Academies of Contador Foundation Race
Pinto (Madrid)

About 250 participants, almost 200 in the different federated races and the rest in the two popular races, took this Sunday morning the streets of La Tenería neighbourhood in Pinto to enjoy the fifth edition of the Academies Race of the Contador Foundation. An edition held under a magnificent weather for the practice of the sport of cycling.

Javier Muñoz (La Escalada CC) and Paloma Moles (EC Rodríguez Magro) were the winners in the Children’s category. In the Alevín category, Francisco Rodríguez (Peña Ciclista Dos Hermanas Gómez del Moral) and Vega Iglesias (Promesal CDC) won. Gonzalo Vaquero (Fuenlabrada UC9 and Carmen Tormo (Illescas CC) won in Principante, while Anselmo Moles (EC Rodríguez Magro) and Carla Martínez (Bikes Ciem CDE) were the winners in the Promesa category.

Among those registered, in addition to a large representation of almost all the schools of the Community of Madrid, there were also members of Cycling Schools from Andalusia, Asturias, Castilla-La Mancha, Castilla y León, Valencia, Extremadura, Galicia, Madrid, Murcia and Navarra.

In this edition, the registration in the fry category stood out, with 64 participants. The female participation was also very striking and interesting, with almost fifty girls in the different categories. In terms of representation, the Rodríguez Magro EC  had the most participants (24), followed by the Diego Díez Streambike from Ávila and the Nieves Cycling Club from Parla (both with 12).

“All the editions have been special, but the 2022 edition is even more magical because we have been able to recover the non-competitive popular races that could not be held in 2021. It has been a really fabulous morning, with all those girls and boys enjoying cycling in an unbeatable atmosphere,” says Paco Romero, head of the organisation.

We would like to thank all the participants for their presence in our race, especially those who have come from far away for all that this entails in terms of travel, accommodation, etc.” ….. Fortunately everything went smoothly and without any major incidents, apart from the odd fall that was not particularly serious. We can’t wait for the sixth edition to be held”, says the head of the Plaza Éboli Cycling School, Álvaro García.

Alberto Contador, who presided over the awards ceremony, did not miss the opportunity to thank everyone for their presence and sent a message about the rewards of days like this: “Many of you have travelled many kilometres to accompany your children here today. I want you to know that all these efforts, which are many, are not just so that I can ride my bike. You are making an investment in education and values for them and for their future”.

[📷 Marian Molina]

Photo gallery of the Chico Pérez Trophy in Parla, a landmark event in the calendar of Cycling Academies in the Community of Madrid

LIV Trofeo Chico Pérez
Parla, 25th September 2022

[📷 David Gómez García]

Idemticos ambassadors stand out in the Luis Puig velodrome in Valencia and in the time trial of the Madrid Adapted Cycling Championships

Intense competitive weeks in the field of adapted cycling, a cycle in which some of the ambassadors of the Idemticos project of the Contador Foundation have participated with beautiful sporting results.

Gonzalo García Abella, competing with the Spanish national team, won the gold medal in both the road race and the time trial in the Valencia European Paracycling Cup that took place this weekend in Valencia and Xátiva.

Las Rozas, in Madrid, hosted a regional championship in the time trial discipline in which Alejandro Montero and Carlos Javier Mozos won the titles in their respective categories (MC3 and MC1). Christian Silva won silver in MC5.

Previously, the Luis Puig velodrome in Valencia had hosted the Spanish Adaptive Track Cycling Championships, where both Mozos and Silva also achieved great results. The Getafe rider won four bronze medals in the Kilometre, Pursuit, Scratch and Omnium events in the MC1 category. The Galician resident in Torrejón de Ardoz won silver in the Team Sprint.

José Manuel Dosdad was unable to complete the competition calendar due to a crash that forced him to be taken to hospital. With a small fracture in one of his hands, Dosdad is now recovering at home.



Cantabria for the Sahara and its commitment to #BikesforAThirdLife

In July 2019, the NGO ‘Cantabria por el Sahara’ received a donation of fifteen bicycles from the Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA project, which they used for their summer projects and initiatives within the framework of the ‘Vacaciones en Paz’ programme, where Saharawi children between the ages of eight and twelve stayed for two months in the youth hostel run by the association in the Talledo de Ontón neighbourhood, near Castro Urdiales (Cantabria).

Once they finished their projects, the NGO has not hesitated to get in touch with the project again to offer the bicycles again and, once they have been tuned up again by the friends of the AMP Pinto, they can be used for new social projects. A commitment, in short, to #BikesWithAThirdLife that we want to acknowledge and thank from the Contador Foundation and its project Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA.

The Gran Fondo Alberto Contador celebrates its 2022 edition with 2,500 participants and a great day in terms of weather to promote Les Valls after the fires of the summer

A large and colourful pack of 2,500 cyclists faced this fourth Saturday of September 2022 a great day of cycling tourism with the eleventh edition of the Gran Fondo Alberto Contador and its proposal of two distances (Gran Fondo, 169 km; Medio Fondo, 122 km). A festive morning that will return to these roads in 2023, when it will be held on 23 September.

The event, with Oliva Nova Beach & Golf Resort as its nerve centre, faced some modifications to its route this year after the serious fires that affected the area last summer. For the event it had become a fundamental incentive to give visibility to the whole area both to help the people of Les Valls and to raise awareness of the need for a speedy recovery.

The Alto del Miserat, with its almost 6 kilometres at an average gradient of over 9%, was the great orographic attraction of a race in which, however, such is the orography of the inland area of Alicante, there were also climbs to manage such as Llosa Camacho, Coll de Rates, Sa Creueta, Fageca, Tollos and Vall d’Ebo.

“Everything went well, it was the perfect day to enjoy cycling. The weather was good and we enjoyed a great day of cycling in the company of all the cyclists who took part in both the Gran Fondo and the Medio Fondo”, said Alberto Contador after his participation.


The Fundación Contador collaborates with the City Council of Pinto in the ‘Day without cars’ held in the city

European Mobility Week 2022
From 16 to 22 September

This Tuesday, September 20, the city of Pinto celebrated its increasingly traditional ‘Day without cars’, which is organized in the framework of the European Mobility Week 2022.

The Contador Foundation and the AMP Association collaborated once again in some of the initiatives and activities planned on a day where the bicycle once again played an important role as a real, sustainable, economical and ecological alternative to motor vehicles.

Manuel de Falla street, closed to traffic for six hours, was the stage where the activities took place and where all those interested could learn first-hand how handbikes and tandems work, as well as the Foundation’s bicycle-related projects such as Bicis para la Vida by ŠKODA or Idemticos.

Fernando Tercero clinches his victory in the overall of the Volta a Galicia 2022, his second absolute classification in 2022

XX Volta a Galicia
Stage 4: Ponteareas – Ponteareas (124,7 km)

The rider of La Mancha Fernando Tercero clinched his victory in the overall final of the Volta a Galicia 2022 this Sunday after a final stage in which the partial victory came from a large breakaway that was selected as the kilometres went by and in which the yellow jersey responded firmly to the attacks it received during its development, especially in what was the hot point of the day: the climb to Estacas.

More info, U23 website.

Fernando Tercero assaults the provisional leadership of the Volta a Galicia by winning in Manzaneda Mountain Station

XX Volta a Galicia
Stage 3: Manzaneda – Manzaneda Estación de Montaña (114 km)

Fernando Tercero, from La Mancha, third classified in the last edition, took the lead of the Volta a Galicia 2022 this Saturday after winning with great brilliance the third fraction of the Galician round, the queen stage, with finish in Manzaneda Estación de Montaña. A short stage, but with more than 3,000 metres of positive vertical drop, which produced important differences. Third faces this Sunday the final stage with a cushion of one minute over the Mexican Edgar Mesa (Telco’m).

More info, U23 website.

[📷 Álvaro García / Federación Gallega de Ciclismo]

The Fundación Contador Cycling Academies Race celebrates its fifth edition on October 2nd

5th Fundación Contador Cycling Academies Race
Pinto (Madrid): 2nd October

The appointment, the first Sunday of October. The Cycling Academies calendar of the Madrid Cycling Federation will close the 2022 season with a new edition, and it will be the fifth, of the Cycling Academies Race promoted by the Alberto Contador Foundation and the City Council of Pinto with the collaboration of the Plaza Éboli Shopping Centre and the Hotel Princesa de Éboli of Pinto. On 2 October, from 09.30 hours (CET), the streets of Pinto will once again be a party.

For this fifth edition, the great novelty is the recovery of the popular races that were organized in parallel to the federated competitions for the different categories (beginners, promises, juveniles and children). These non-competitive races are completely free to register for and are open to both racing bikes and mountain bikes, with participants aged between 6 and 14 years old. These races will be the first to be held. Registration for the popular races can be made through the website of the Plaza Eboli Cycling Academy, while registration for the federated competitions can be formalised through the Madrid Cycling Federation.

An urban circuit in the neighbourhood of La Tenería of 1.8 kilometres, practically flat, will once again be the focus of the competitions, which, depending on the category, will have their own specific number of laps. The finish line will be located in Avenida Juan Pablo II. More than two hundred boys and girls from all over Spain have taken part in recent editions, while the last edition of the popular races attracted another hundred more.

“Once again this year we are back with one of the best moments of the season for some years now: the day of the Academies Race. This year is much more special because we can once again organise the popular races with which we want to stimulate both the use of bicycles and a more recreational approach to a day of competition at school level and all the atmosphere, kids and families, that goes with it. One more year we have to thank both the Pinto City Council and the Plaza Eboli Shopping Centre for their fundamental collaboration in the organization of an event that we hope will be again a cycling party. We cannot forget our friends of the Hotel Princesa de Éboli, who always collaborate with all our initiatives and also do so on this occasion. And to ask, if possible, that the weather be a little milder than in 2021, when we were accompanied by a copious and generous rain”, says Paco Romero, responsible for the event within the Foundation.

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The ‘Camino por el Cambio con Amazon’, a wonderful day of coexistence and awareness between Arzúa and Santiago de Compostela

An enthusiastic peloton composed of Amazon workers, several of the ambassadors of the Idemticos project of the Fundación Contador and Alberto Contador himself have completed this Monday a last stage of the Camino de Santiago between the town of Arzúa and the Plaza del Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela to give visibility to groups with functional diversity; an action in the framework of the ‘Camino por el Cambio con Amazon’ initiative that launches the e-commerce giant and through which has made a fundraising for the Foundation.

A day of cloudy skies at times, but with an ideal temperature for cycling, which started around 12:00 hours at the foot of the ornamental mural with xacobea theme designed in 2021 by the Galician urban artist Mon Devane within the initiative ‘The stars of the Camino’. Without haste, but without pause, and with some regrouping in between, the expedition dodged the threat of showers and completed the 40 kilometres to reach the end point around 14:00 hours.

On Monday, it wasn’t the averages or the watts that mattered, but the message that was carried. Along the way, more cyclists joined the procession. And the arrival in front of the majestic cathedral of Santiago de Compostela was cheered by the applause of many visitors and onlookers and the whole Amazon expedition that has completed the Camino de Santiago, The Way, on foot.

On behalf of the Idemticos project of the Contador Foundation, ambassadors Carlos Javier Mozos, José Manuel Dosdad, Raúl Vallinot and Christian Silva took part in the initiative. “I’ve been in the world of adapted cycling for about five years, twenty-five years with an acquired disability, and something like what we have experienced today is exciting for me”, said Mozos. “We have been able to go with a world sporting reference like Alberto, someone who has been number one in his sporting discipline worldwide. And on the other hand, it is a pleasure that a benchmark company like Amazon, with the visibility it has and its capacity to generate repercussions, spreads this message among its employees and that they are encouraged to participate and support it. Although it was a limited environment, and a relaxed atmosphere, it is equally valid for empathising and internalising the demands of our collective”.

“In the end, the important thing is to practice a sporting activity, whatever it is. In our case, we were enchanted by cycling, but any sport is equally valid,” says Alberto Contador after tackling this initiative on an Aurum Magma Essentia. “The important thing is to exercise, the health benefits are multiple. In the case of groups with functional diversity, there are still some barriers to be broken down. And not only from the outside, but also within the group. As if sport were a complication or as if there were shame or doubts about practising it. And it shouldn’t be like that. Today we have had here with us four athletes like Christian, Carlos, José Manuel and Raúl, who day by day show us that the most difficult limits are the self-imposed ones. José Manuel has just completed a Tour of Spain on his own for a month!”.