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Competitions & Races

Competitions & Races

Our ferry glided into Tangier on a bright chilly Tuesday morning the 30 th January 2007 . At last we are on our way on a journey dreamed about for years and intensively planned over recent months. "We" includes my travelling buddy Alan Routledge a fellow Brit and business entrepreneur living close by in Sotogrande.

Every year the beaches of Sanlucar de Barrameda in the province of Cádiz come alive with the pounding of hooves as the famous horse races take over the coast. Traditionally, the races take place the second and fourth weeks of August from Friday to Sunday. The schedule also depends on the tide times so they might come foward a week.

Following the success of previous year trips andalucia.com reports on Stage One of the 2007 Rally. The rally consist of a number of old 4x4 vehicles making the one way journey from Andalucia, Andalucia to Cape town in South Africa. The rally will take the form of four stages.

Since the inauguration in 2003 a motley crew take part in this low budget alternative rally, which passes through Spain as part of its official route. The rally takes place around New Year and there is usually a regrouping in Sotogrande.

Traditionally the Paris Dakar Rally began in Paris and crossed Andalucia to North Africa and you can read more about this below in our History of the Dakar Rally. Unfortunately, after four French tourists were murdered in Mauritania in December 2007, the event was suspended in 2008. The tragedy together with direct terrorist threats against future rallies, had the organisers looking for a new venue.

Andalucía Desafío Doñana (Andalucia Doñana Challenge) started in 2009 and takes place each year on about the second Saturday in September. It is a spectacular event. The triathlon starts in Sanlucar de Barrameda with a 100km cycle circuit, then a swim accross the Guadalquivir estuary.

The three main professional cycle races in the Andalucia cycling calendar are the Tour of Spain, known as La Vuelta; the Tour of Andalucia, also known as the Vuelta a Andalucia or Ruta Ciclista del Sol; and the one-day Clasíca de Almería. On a more local level, there is La Sufrida.

The Jerez race circuit opened on 8 December 1985 with the Touring Car Spanish Championships, marking a truly momentous event. Today the course boasts many state-of-the-art facilities and hosts the Spanish Moto GP every year; usually last weekend in April or first in May.