Quebrantahuesos [pronouced kay-bran-tah-oo-ay’-sos] means “bone crusher” or Osprey in Spanish and it is an appropriate name for a sportive that test riders on the soaring cols of the Pyrenees.
The Quebrantahuesos marcha cicloturista (also known as la quebranta) starts and finishes in the Spanish town of Sabiñánigo at the foot of the Pyrenees. Over 205km cyclists are pushed to their limits as the combination of a long route and tough Pyrenean climbs takes its toll. The race and the area is steeped in cycling history with many stages of the Vuelta a España having finished in Sabiñánigo.
Quebrantahuesos Event Details
- Date: Saturday 21st June 2014
- Distance: 200km
- Climbing: 3500m
- Start and Finish: Sabiñánigo, Spain
- Nearest Airport: Zaragoza
- Accommodation: Recommended places to stay
Quebrantahuesos Route Recce
Quebrantahuesos Course Profile
The parcours features three main climbs:
- Col du Somport (1,640m) is the first climb to warm you up
- Col du Marie Blanque (1,035m) is a short but sharp which has featured 14 times in the Tour de France
- Col du Portalet (1,794m) also known as the El Portalet marks the border between France and Spain
Training For Quebrantahuesos
Two British Army adages come to mind when thinking about training for a sportive like this;
- K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid): It’s very easy to read too much and try and overcomplicate cycling training. This sportive is long (200km) and involves tough climbs (3500m+ of climbing); keeping these two things in mind will help keep your training focussed on base miles and climbing practice
- Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance: Cycling in the Pyrenees is not to be underestimated. Your training plan will need a good amount of base miles throughout winter training and some specific alpine cycling training too. The chances are your local cycling clubs “hilly ride” just won’t be a realistic enough preparation for the cols awaiting you in the Pyrenees
With that in mind you’ll be needing a sportive training plan.
La Quebranta Training Tips
- Training consistently using a 12 week sportive training plan will get you in shape and improve your confidence
- Cycling in the Pyrenees is hard to replicate in training, a sportive training holiday in the Alps can help you get race fit
- Check out these 5 training tips for sportives
Quebrantahuesos online registration opens in November and entry is determined by a lottery that takes place in January.
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Quebrantahuesos Sportive Training Camps
Quebrantahuesos Sportive Training Plan
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Useful Websites for La Quebranta – Quebrantahuesos
- Official website: Marcha Cicloturista Quebrantahuesos
- Twitter feed: Follow @QHyTR and join the conversation with the hashtag #QH2014
- Facebook: Meet fellow riders on the Facebook page
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