The Fundación Alberto Contador Cycling Academies Race returns to the forefront after the postponement of the last edition due to the complexity of its implementation in view of the health situation, mobility restrictions and control measures implemented by the various authorities. With a more benign moment in the socio-health, but without the possibility of an absolute relaxation in the protection measures and in the control of capacity, the Contador Foundation and the City Council of Pinto will launch what will be the fourth edition this coming Sunday, October 3.
This fourth edition has the particularity that only federated competitions will be held for the different training categories, between 6 and 14 years old. In contrast to previous editions of popular competitions, this year’s 2021 edition will be limited to purely competitive events. The organisers have opted for this measure in order to contain the capacity and crowds, giving priority to the continuity of the race and with a view to 2022 in order to be able to launch the competition in all its glory. The circuit will once again be the 1.8 kilometre course in the La Tenería neighbourhood.
“We are delighted to be able to organise the Carrera de Escuelas again. It is very important for us, even more so in our aim to raise awareness of cycling and cycling as a sport for children. Last year, when we announced the postponement, we talked about how timely and exceptional the decision was. And so it was, although with the nuance that its recovery as it was organised last time could not be total, i.e. free competitions for schools and popular races on a closed circuit. It was not possible, because the situation has improved but the regulations still demand certain requirements, and in the dilemma between not holding the event for the second year or holding it partially, we opted for the second option, because it seemed to us that another year without a race was out of the question. For us, all the popular races are fundamental and they will come back in the future, without a doubt”, explains Fran Contador, manager of the Contador Foundation.
Paco Romero, responsible for Marketing and Sponsor Relations within the Foundation: “It is a joy to be able to organise our Foundation Schools Race again after a year’s break due to the pandemic; after all we have suffered, months of being locked up and restrictions, to be able to see children from all over Spain enjoying themselves on the bike again is a great satisfaction. Unfortunately this year we are unable to hold the popular race due to restrictions on participants, but next year we will return with more enthusiasm if possible, more strength and with much more youth participation, to be able to give colour to this sport that unites us. The help of the Pinto City Council and our friends from the Plaza Eboli Shopping Centre, who have collaborated to make the event possible, have been fundamental for the organization of the event. We also have to thank Leclerc Pinto, Rotor and La Capilla restaurant for their support, as they have done in the past years”.
In the last edition of the Carrera de Escuelas, in 2019, more than 235 boys and girls from all over Spain took part, with another hundred taking part in the popular races. Registration for this year’s event can be made through the website of the Madrid Cycling Federation.