We are once again ready to make you both suffer and enjoy the beautiful hidden corners of Menorca that we will be discovering, incredibly now after 15 editions (45 stages), while we test our strength, ability, technique and resilience... We will break a serious sweat, no matter what the weather, but we'll do so happily and in good company.
This year, we would like to emphasise the importance of practicing sport in general, and most especially cycling, in natural surroundings, as one of the very best tools to favour a healthy lifestyle and overcome adversity. Being joined on this year's Volta by members of the Francisco Luzón Foundation, which strives to improves the lives of individuals effected by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), will certainly be a clear reminder of this.
This year's calendar is less favourable, as the 12th of October holiday falls on a Wednesday, making it impossible to take advantage of it for the BTT. Therefore, on Friday the 7th, following the distribution of bib numbers, we will once again have a night stage, a night with a nearly full moon, allowing for an truly unforgettable experience to kick off the 16th VOLTA A MENORCA BTT. For Saturday and Sunday, we have organised two mighty stages that will assure that this year's Volta doesn't leaving you in need of more.
One of our main “obsessions” throughout the year, but most especially on the days of the Volta, is that our activity should have the least possible impact on the natural environment. Last year, Josep Lluís Melis, in his talk on The Use of New Technologies in Practicing Outdoor Sports, showed us GPS images for tracks, routes, etc. This year we'll take it a step further and avoid signposting the first (night) stage, and we'll provide you with the tracks for all three stages so you can follow them on your own with your GPS devices. In any case, have no worries, we will be taking all necessary measures to ensure that everyone can follow the routes without any difficulties.
This past year, all of us at the Penya Ciclista Ciutadella have suffered the loss of a great individual, a friend who put forth substantial effort to help the Volta a Menorca BTT grow and gain in popularity, most especially in its early years, carrying out with great passion one of the many things at which he was adept. We hope that during this edition of the Volta, we can all take a moment to remember Joan Allés by watching his films of the first editions of the BTT.
Great effort and enthusiasm have been put forth in preparing this 16th VOLTA A MENORCA BTT, and we are so eager for the day to arrive that we'll once again be sharing with you this incomparable experience.