2009 Challenge Coast of Barcelona-Maresme
Content below is from the site's 2009 archived pages except for the press release about the lawsuit filed by Felix Walchshofer’s Team Challenge against the 2009 Challenge Coast of Barcelona-Maresme promoter Roberto Mondejar and his Evolution organization.
Talk about disappointment. The athletes are, of course, in a different league from the spectators, but they at least may have some recourse through the courts. The spectators, such as myself, will just have to suck it up. At least I will enjoy the beach and some chill time. As it turned I arrived back in NYC to another disaster. My upstairs neighbor, who happens to drink excessively, had had a water pipe break, but didn't know about it for hours since he was passed out in his living room. Apparently his daught dropped by and not only discovered her father, but also the water flowing from a pipe in the kitchen . My place was wet, smelly and a total mess. Aside from having to find a company that would deal with the wet ceiings and walls, I had to contact my insurance company, and also find a place to stay. I looked at the carpeting, particularly the antique Persian rugs and wondered what the cost of experienced oriental carpet cleaning nyc would set me back. Arggh! What a terrible end to a ztrip that had already gone sideways. Well, fate must have taken pity on me cuz I found Sunlight Fine Rug Care & Restoration who had the experience and expertize to deal with all my rugs. They also could deal with all the furnishing as well as drying out the apartment using an advanced air-injecting technology that would dry the walls and ceilings. I simply handed them the apartment and asked if they would handle the cleanup. A month later, the apartment was ready to be painted and I moved back within six weeks. Durong that time I spoke frequently with my neighbor's daughter and finally decided to make a suggestion regarding her father. She admitted that he had had unsuccessful treatments at several rehab centers and failed miserably at similar 12 step programs that require abstinence. I was working on a website called LifeBac that was promoting a program to help those giving up alcohol that involved psychotherapy and pharmacotherapy. She said her father had tried Antabuse, a medication causes individuals to suffer from very unpleasant side effects when even trace amounts of alcohol have been ingested and hated it. I informed her that LifeBac's approach used the drug, baclofen, removes or strongly suppresses cravings for alcohol in 92% of people. Baclofen's action on the GABA receptors in the brain help lessen cravings and withdrawal symptoms for alcohol in many people. Doctors in Europe have been prescribing baclofen as the primary treatment for people who drink excessively for a number of years now. She was intrigued and said she would discuss with her father. I hope he tries this new approach. I don't need another bad incident occuring as a result of his drinking. Next time it could be a fire instead of a water pipe break. I shuddered to think of such a scenario.
Meanwhile, I hope the athletes of the 2009 Challenge Coast of Barcelona-Maresme were able toreach a satisfactory solution to their issues surrounding the cancelled races / purse monies, etc.
Challenge Costa Barcelona Maresme
The competition born in Roth, Germany, arrives in Spain in its two modalities: Medium Evolution Challenge, long distance triathlon with typical measures 1.9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and 21.1 km of running and Evolution Challenge with distances of 3.8 km of swimming, 180 km of cycling and 42.2 km of running on foot.
Challenge Media Distance Program - May 24, 2009
Wednesday, May 20
10.00 - 20.00 Challenge Information Center open
Thursday 21 May
10.00 - 18.00 Withdrawal of numbers at the Information Centre
Friday, May 22
10.00 - 18.00 Registration and withdrawal of dorsal
Saturday May 23
Sunday, May 24 - Career Day
The organizers reserve the right to make changes of all kinds as necessary.
Manager : Roberto Mondéjar
Director of Career : Jordi Gonzalez
Technical Director: Eduardo Nó
Security: Carlos Guzman
Jordi González. Career director
Graduated in Advertising and Public Relations, for years he held different responsibilities in the Ironman of Lanzarote, from the coordination of the press office to the technical coordination of the event.
Other events in which it has been an active part are the Gran Canaria Media Marathon of which it has been founder as well as the International Duarte Powerman Gran Canaria that was celebrated successfully in the years 1998, 1999 and 2000.
During the years he worked at Club La Santa, he led numerous sporting events, including the International Marathon of Lanzarote, Tour of Lanzarote, etc., as well as training campuses with the Olympic triathlete Maribel Blanco.
He has also worked as a consultant for different events of institutions such as the Insular Institute of Sports of the Cabildo of Gran Canaria, and where he highlights the work he is currently developing for the German company TEAMChallenge GMBH, whose international expansion is actively involved.
Eduardo Nó. Technical director
A swimmer and cyclist in his youth, he has been a passionate triathlete since the year 85. His interest in sports knowledge led him to study the University of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences in the specialty Swimming in Madrid. Subsequently the Superior Titles of triathlon and cycling, studies of medicine, physiology, nutrition ?? By then he was already training triathletes, cyclists and swimmers.
Technical Director of the Spanish Triathlon Federation from 1994 to 2001, he directed the Spanish Olympic Triathlon Team at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Until 2005 he continued as a triathlon coach at the High Performance Center in Madrid, completing 12 years of training of international triathletes.
Currently he assumes the Technical Management of the Challenge Costa Barcelona-Maresme and the Trainning Center of Evolution.
The region of Maresme harmoniously combines the boom and richness of an internationally recognized tourist area, full of activities all year round, and the calm that offers a mountain made to measure for the walkers. The intense green of the vegetation, first of all, and the blue of the sea in the background, with vast beaches of golden and coarse grain sand, interrupted here and there by small coves, form an idyllic landscape of exquisite Mediterranean beauty, with Hot and dry summers and mild winters.
Known as the tourist capital of the Costa del Maresme, it is characterized by being a cosmopolitan and lively city, with a typical Mediterranean climate. 50 km from Barcelona and Girona, its geographical location and also its communication channels become a key factor for the realization of all kinds of excursions and activities.
An offer of about three kilometers of beaches of golden and clean sand, deep blue waters, natural areas such as Dalmau Park, Manuel Puigvert promenade, Garbí promenade or Las Torretes, make Calella a dynamic, modern city And cozy that allows the visitor to enjoy a unique holiday destination.
The Maresme occupies a narrow strip of land in the northeast of Catalonia, between Barcelona and the Costa Brava. It is surrounded by the Tordera River, the Park of El Montnegre and the Corridor, the parks of the Serralada Litoral and the Serralada de Marina and the beaches of the Costa de Levante.
To access by car the following routes are recommended:
- From France: Highway N-II (Girona-Barcelona) Motorway AP-7 ( E -7), exit Hostalric Tordera address.
-From Barcelona : Highway N-II (Barcelona-Gerona) Motorway C-32 ( E -19), Barcelona-Palafolls.
-From Granollers : B-40, linking with C-32 or the N-II in Mataro.