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Formentera gears up for weekend of mountain biking

foto 2021 volta bttThe Consell de Formentera unveiled details today about the 6th BTT Volta Cicloturista and 27th BTT La Mola, two races that will cross the island between 22 and 24 October. Tailor-made for mountain bike enthusiasts (the bicicleta de todo terreno in both names signifies "all-terrain bicycle"), the functions are backed by the Formentera Office of Sport in association with the local tourism department, Unisport Consulting and GE Espalmador.

The Volta ("Ride") consists of three stages that pass through distinct parts of the island. Riders will cover 90 kilometres and climb 1,200 metres. As in previous years, riders keen to do so will have the option of participating on Sunday 24 October in BTT La Mola, with departure and arrival in La Mola. A qualifying trial for the Pine Islands MTB Championship (Campionat Pitiús de BTT), it covers 26.6 kilometres and includes a 530-metre altitude climb.

President Juan described October as a "particularly busy month for sports on Formentera", highlighting the nearly five thousand athletes that fixtures this month are expected to draw, and noting that athletes and clubs "can always count on local government support's for sport and organisation of events like these". Vice President and Councillor of Tourism Alejandra Ferrer called to mind numerous Consell-backed events seeking to showcase Formentera's appeal in October and invited participants and companions to enjoy the island. For her part, Councillor Paula Ferrer thanked the organisers and sponsors "for their continued commitment to Formentera as a venue for sporting events".

Also at the presentation were Unisport Consulting's director, Manuel Hernández; Jesús Ferrer from GE Espalmador; and Alex Marí, commercial director of Trasmapi, which sponsors the event.

The first stage of the event starts at 4.00pm on Friday 22 October with a 30K stretch which begins and ends in Sant Francesc. Also starting and ending in Sant Francesc is the 33.5K second stage, which kicks off at 10.00am the next day. The third stage –an alternative to the competition– starts at 11.00am on Sunday in La Mola.

Signups can be completed at www.elitechip.com and will remain open until 21 October. About 50 people have registered to date.


20 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Nearly 3,000 register for Formentera Half-Marathon and 8K race on Saturday

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Earlier today Consell de Formentera President Alejandra Ferrer and Councillor of Sport Paula Ferrer unveiled details about the twelfth Formentera Half-Marathon and ninth 8K Sant Ferran-to-La Savina Fun Run set to unfold this Saturday 9 October. The two races will see nearly three thousand athletes of varying nationalities converge on the island, making the event the largest on Formentera's calendar of fitness fixtures. Also on hand at the press conference were Xisco Mateu, director of the regional Agència d'Estratègia Turística (AETIB); Manuel Hernández, director of organising group Unisport Consulting; Alex Marí, commercial director of Trasmapi, and Carles Verde, director of CaixaBank's commercial division in the Pine Islands, one of the premier sponsors of the races.

The kick-off for both trials has been set at 4.30pm: as is customary, the 21K Half-Marathon will start at La Mola lighthouse and the 8K run will begin in Sant Ferran, with registered participants numbering 1,750 for the former and 1,150 for the latter.

President Ferrer described the races, which were called off last year on account of the pandemic, as having "a special place in athletes' hearts". "Plus they're the perfect opportunity for participants and their companions to enjoy Formentera —our nature, beaches and gastronomic offer— in October."

October, sporting events aplenty

The Councillor of Sport gave praise to the organisers, forces of law and order, health workers and volunteers who make the events, which she described as "benchmarks in Spain and worldwide", possible. She also highlighted the other sporting events still on the docket like the Marnaton (16 October) and 6th Volta Cicloturista and 27th BTT La Mola (22–24 October) which together will draw some five thousand adepts of sport to Formentera's shores. Ferrer also apologised and asked for patience amid the attendant road closures that will intermittently block vehicle traffic.

Lastly, Unisport Consulting's Manuel Hernández marvelled at the scale of the event, for which few spots remain, and drew attention to the fact that early signups for next year's half-marathon already total 700.

Intermittent road closures

To ensure the safety of the participants, the following roads will be closed to vehicle traffic on Saturday 9 October:

·PM 820 (Avinguda de la Mola), between Can Blaiet restaurant and La Mola lighthouse [2.00pm to 5.30pm]
·PM 820, between Sant Ferran and La Mola [4.00pm to 7.00pm]
·PM 820-2, between Sant Ferran and La Savina by way of Es Pujols [3.00pm to 7.30pm]


6 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Flow dance and functional training classes for teens at Antoni Blanc sports centre

cartell 2021 flow danceFrom this week the Formentera Office of Sport invites youth aged 12 to 17 to take part in two new classes —“flow dance” and “hit”— at the Antoni Blanc sports centre.

Flow dance classes are built around contemporary choreographies and take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm. Hit classes, meanwhile, are geared toward offering participants functional training and are held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6.15pm to 6.45pm.

The first session is for trial purposes only, but participants must still reserve a spot to attend. To register, call 971 32 12 40 or send an email to poliesportiu@conselldeformentera.cat.

5 October 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Record number of participants at 8th Formentera Triathlon

foto 2021 formen triatloConsell de Formentera President Alejandra Ferrer and Councillor of Sport Paula Ferrer presented details today about the eighth Formentera Triathlon, including the categories of Sprint and Olympic, set to take place this Saturday in Es Pujols. The race additionally doubles as the Balearic Olympic Triathlon Championship. Participants in the Sprint (750 m swim, 20 km bike and 5 km run) will start at 2.15pm, while Olympic contenders (1,500 m swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run) will start at 4.00pm. There will be individual and team events in both modalities. Also on hand at the presentation were Xisco Mateu, manager of the Tourism Strategy Agency of the Balearic Islands (AETIB); Manuel Hernández, the director of organising entity Unisport Consulting, and Alex Marí, the commercial director of Trasmapi, the event’s main sponsor.

President Ferrer expressed satisfaction at being able to celebrate the Formentera Triathlon again after last year’s event was called off on account of the pandemic. “We’re thrilled to bring back a trial which, in eight years, has put down deep roots on the island”, said the president, adding, “May participants and accompanying friends and families enjoy Formentera in October, with all the programming it comes with”.

Nearly 340 registered participants, a record turnout

The chief of the Formentera Office of Sport highlighted a current participant count of 340 — “a record number of participants”, said Councillor Ferrer, who indicated registrations remained open at www.triatlonformentera.com. “The figures serve to motivate us to continue working to organise events and, above all, to spread the spirit and feeling of sport throughout the island”. Finally, the councillor praised “all the groups that have played a hand in the race’s evolution” and apologised for any inconveniences caused by traffic restrictions during the hours of the event.

And lastly, Manuel Hernández of Unisport Consulting underscored “Formentera’s commitment to sport and events like this and the Half-Marathon” —scheduled for 9 October— “which put the island on the map in terms of major fitness fixtures”. He also highlighted this year’s record turnout and pointed out that aspiring participants could continue to register until 30 September.

Road closures

For this Saturday’s race, from 1.30pm to 6.00pm, road closures will impact PM-820 from the cemetery turn-off to the Sant Ferran roundabout, as well as PM-820-2 from the Sant Ferran roundabout to the Es Pujols roundabout. Likewise, parking will be prohibited on Carrers S'Espalmador, S'Aigua Dolça and Punta Prima on Saturday 2 October between 8.00am and 8.00pm.

29 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Call for volunteers at Formentera Half Marathon

cartell 2021 voluntaries mitja maratoThe Formentera Office of Sport encourages islanders to come help out at the Formentera Half Marathon on 9 October. The race will be held Saturday afternoon and volunteers will man aid stations, hand out medals and provide assistance at the finish line. Interested parties can sign up at the Antoni Blanc Sports Centre between 8.00am and 9.30pm.

24 September 2021
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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