23 teams will compete in an exciting 135.8 km race through the walls of Pamplona, with the participation of leading teams from the UCI World Team classification and the organization’s commitment to gender equality in sport.
Today, April 27, has been presented at the Navarra Arena the route of the fifth edition of the Navarra Women’s Elite Classics 2023, as well as the teams that will participate in this women’s cycling race next May 10, date marked by the UCI calendar. The event was presented and directed by Juan Mari Guajardo, voice of cycling in Spain.
Since 2018, the Clásica Féminas de Navarra has been held in Navarra with a race that starts and finishes in Pamplona. This year, women’s cycling will once again be enjoyed on the roads of this community, which also takes on special relevance since this edition the race moves up a category in the UCI classification, becoming 1.Pro, the prelude to the World Tour category.
The presentation of the event was attended by Rebeca Esnaola, Councilor of Culture and Sports of the Government of Navarra; María Caballero, Councilor of Social Services, Community Action and Sports of the City Council of Pamplona; Maitane Bueno, Area Director of Laboral Kutxa; and Miguel Sabalza, Director of the Navarra Women’s Elite Classics and the Vuelta Navarra, among other races.
During the presentation, the Councilor for Culture and Sport, Rebeca Esnaola, stressed that the event “is consolidated in the international calendar and grows, and again serves as an attraction for the best cyclists and the top teams in the world to come to our community”. She also stressed that support for women’s sports is provided “through promotion, encouragement and promotion; and also through visibility, which is so fundamental when it comes to women and sport”.
Councilwoman María Caballero added that “betting on women’s sports, from the City Council is very important, so that there are references for all women and girls and they can see the best”. Maitane Bueno, wanted to emphasize that “with great effort you can get to be as visible as the male sector” and wanted to “congratulate all the runners because they are already champions by the fact of participating”.
Miguel Sabalza, has highlighted the rise of the race at international level, having a place in the cycling calendar and highlighting the interest among the teams. In addition, regarding the route, he emphasizes that “in Navarre there are always very mountainous routes, we also liked to show another line, which is the one of the walls. It is to envy the terrain we have and the magnitude that makes the race as beautiful as it is.”
In addition to the government representatives, also present were Pello Bayona from Laboral Kutxa, Miguel Bados from El Corte Inglés, Gorka Echániz from Pinarello and Diogo Carvalho and Andrés Bayón from BMW Lurauto as representatives of the race sponsors.
The Clásica Féminas de Navarra 2023 will have the same walls as in the previous edition, but with the novelty of the Añorbe wall, which makes a total of 8 walls and one pass, the already mythical Puerto del Perdón. The route will consist of 135.8km, 11 km more than in the 2022 edition, and will run along the main walls of Pamplona, highlighting the walls of Olaverri, Biurrun and Galar, with a maximum gradient of 21%.
A total of 23 teams will participate in this edition, of which 6 are UCI Women’s WorldTeam and 17 are UCI Women’s Continental Team. Among the leading teams in the UCI WorldTeam classification that will participate in the Clásica Féminas de Navarra are Jumbo Visma Women, Team Jayco Alula or Movistar Team, among others.
In addition, new digital communication channels have been launched with new profiles in the different social networks, with the aim of making women’s sport visible and giving the best cyclists in the world the space they deserve in a UCI category race, reserved for the Elite Women’s category, classified in the WE 1.Pro1 class. The race will be broadcast live in streaming through the Navarra Women’s Elite Classic’s own platforms and Eurosport Player.
Finally, the organization of the Navarra Women’s Elite Classics has reiterated its commitment to gender equality in sport and has pointed out that this race is a sample of the potential of women’s cycling in Navarra and around the world. She has also thanked the sponsors, collaborators and volunteers for their support and dedication to make this event possible.
The Clásica Féminas de Navarra 2023 is shaping up to be an exciting and adrenaline-filled event for women’s cycling enthusiasts. All the details about the race and the participating teams can be found on the race’s new digital communication channels, as well as on the website.