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FEATURE ❘ TOUR TA MALTA T


our Ta’Malta Runs its 21stEdition this Year


Malta and Gozo’s gorgeous verdant countryside offers a multitude of cycling opportunities: from challenging climbs to flat scenic routes perfect for leisurely family outings. The islands’ varied terrain is made easily accessible to visitors where bicycle rental is commonplace, and hiring bikes out is an easy and straightforward process. Because of this, Malta is ideal for both serious cyclists and casual cruisers, but not only, as there’s plenty for their family and friends to discover too. This year, the Tour Ta’ Malta will once again take to the roads of Malta and Gozo, 25th-29th March, taking full advantage of the cycling opportunities the island has on offer. The 21st edition of the four day event will see riders arriving on 25th where the


race will commence the following day. The 2014 winner Giuseppe di Salvo, from Italy, retained his title in the men’s race, whilst Dutch cyclist Mathilde Matthijsse clinched her first win in the women’s race. The Tour Ta’ Malta will be split into four stages where the riders will cover a distance of 225km in total. The first stage begins at the St Paul’s Bay Bypass where riders will enjoy the glistening Mediterranean Sea to one side of them and Malta’s signature hilly shrub land to the other. Here they will partake in an individual 25km time trial that is guaranteed to get the race off to a brisk start. The second stage begins on Friday morning covering the San Martin Circuit. This demanding leg of the race spans 100km and includes a 2.5km steep climb. From this point participants will battle it out between themselves rather than racing against the clock.


Although the following day marks the penultimate phase of the Tour Ta’ Malta, riders will no doubt still be on the lookout for their competition over their shoulders. This seems fitting considering the name of the Gozitan village where this stage takes place, Nadur, literally means ‘to observe at length’ in Maltese. This 60km stage begins at 10:00am and will welcome a more rural backdrop for cyclists and onlookers alike. A pleasant change of scenery from the main island’s highways keep the Tour Ta’ Malta an exciting and diverse event. The home stretch of Tour Ta’ Malta kicks off on Sunday morning at the Ta’ Pinellu circuit in Mellieha. The 40km road race is guaranteed be an intense spectacle. Crowds will bear witness as every racer uses their last ounce of will power in the hopes of lifting the first place trophy at the podium presentation two hours later.


Tour Ta.Malta is in its 21st year


Cycling World discover more about this scenic ride.


INFORMATION:


For more information on the Tour Ta’ Malta, including a full program and race registration, please visit:


http://www.tourtamalta.com/


http://www.visitmalta.com/en/event-de- tails/2015-03/tour-ta-malta-cycling- event-2015-7937


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