Little by little sport is returning to normal.

On Sunday between Barcelona and Girona, Gran Fondo OnVelo Mataró announced the return of Spanish gran fondo cycling events after a year-long intermission due to the virus.

More than 500 cyclists finished the amateur race with departure from the promenade of Mataró, just east of Barcelona along the Mediterranean coast. They rode on two route options; a 152-kilometre gran fondo circuit with 2700 metres of positive gradient and a medio fondo 93-kilometre circuit with 1400 meters of positive gradient.

Cyclists had to follow hand washing, distance and masking requirements until just before departure, and shortly after arrival.

279 cyclists completed the gran fondo circuit, with the fastest Marc Dueñas and Marc Naveira completing the route with a time of 4:29:34. The medio fondo was completed by 281 cyclists, with Ruben Garcia being the fastest with a time of 2:36:05.

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