Andorra, located in the heart of the Pyrenees Mountains, welcomed cyclists from across Europe on 9 August to an astonishing ride through the beautiful country at Volta als Ports d’Andorra gran fondo. With a few COVID-19 adaptations including social distancing, mask wearing, multiple start locations and individual time trial style starts, the event hosted 430 participants safely. Additionally, timing was stopped at aid stations where cyclists socially distance queued and waited patiently for food and drink.
The 89km route offered riders four timed Tour de France level climbs – Col de la Peguera, Alt de la Comella, ‘Engolasters and Coma of Arcalis.
Despite still recovering from a recent crash, South African Burgos BH Pro Willie Smit claimed the overall fastest time on the four climbs in 2:36:01. Miguel Martínez Semino was second in 2:37:41 and in third, Albert Masana at 2:38:38.
For the women it was Lídia Puyals clocking in at 3:19:00 to earn victory. Neus Serracanta was second in 3:28:16 and Maria del Carmen Castillo crossed under the finish banner in 3:46:46 for third.
While the weather was sunny and beautiful in the morning, riders finishing in the afternoon were caught in torrential rain.
Here are the best photos courtesy of Volta als Ports d’Andorra/Gran Fondo World Tour.