Key points:

  • An anniversary and two records: already sold out, this 15th edition, which will take place from 19th to 24th April 2020, will witness a battle between 700 participants from 26 nationalities.
  • Several former professional riders will take starter’s orders.
  • With 7,629 m of elevation gain spread over 639 km and 6 stages, the Titan 2020 has an enticing route to offer.

Cycling and nature enthusiasts have a good reason to be happy: the Garmin Titan Desert returns from 19th to 24th April 2020. Already sold out and more international in nature than ever before, this promising-looking edition will lead 700 mountain-bikers on an outstanding sporting adventure, at the heart of the Merzouga region in Morocco. This year, the Titan will be able to boast the former professional cyclists Sylvain Chavanel and Miguel Indurain amongst its ranks!

This event is one of a kind and breaks traditional moulds to offer mountain biking enthusiasts a cocktail combining sporting adventure, a human quest and discovery. This 15th edition will again follow this recipe and the participants will be able to savour this winning combination more than ever before. In a postcard-like setting, each day they will be up against themselves to tame the 7,629 m of climbing in store in the Atlas Mountains, as well as the many desert expanses dotted along the 639 km route that snakes through the Merzouga region. The evenings will serve as a reminder that the “Titan spirit” goes beyond sport, with moments of sharing and friendship at the very heart of a bivouac boasting a local flavour.

Two records for the price of one
A little more than a month before the start of the event, all the ingredients are there to ensure that this Titan goes down in history. Certain signs point to its genuine popularity, starting with increasing participation. The race is sold out and has again raised the bar this year with 700 competitors registered. Not content with just one record, there are also more countries represented than ever before. The Garmin Titan Desert has demonstrated its international reach by bringing together no less than 26 nationalities at the start, compared to 19 last year. Furthermore, the number of women is also on the rise (17.5% more).

Chavanel returns while Indurain commences
Although it is demanding, the event has been designed for anyone who wants to challenge themselves. Amateur mountain bikers will have the privilege of rubbing shoulders with road cycling stars. Sylvain Chavanel, who performed well on his second participation last year, will be back with his brother Sébastien Chavanel. The former professional rider, who won 3 stages on the Tour de France and holds the race’s participation record (350 stages), made an impression by winning the penultimate stage of the 2019 edition. The Garmin Titan Desert will also be able to boast the presence of another leading light of cycling, Miguel Indurain. The best Spanish rider in history, having won the Tour de France five times, the Giro twice and a gold medal in the time-trial at the Olympic Games, eventually gave in to temptation to taste the Titan. “I’d been thinking about doing it for several years and Melchor Mauri has always been asking me about taking part. I kept telling him it wasn’t the right moment, but in the end he managed to convince me,” explained Big Mig. Though he is not coming to simply make up the numbers, he admits he has “never ridden in the desert before” and his only goal will be to cross the finishing line: “I’ll try to finish the race and complete the 6 days. My sole objective will be to reach the finishing line”.

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