JÁVEA'S 'VAN­ISH­ING' BEACH

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Kett

A FIT­TING tribute to cy­clist Edu Mon­fort Gasent, Jávea's an­nual triathlon this Sun­day will be named af­ter the ex-mayor's son who lost his life aged 28 on the N-332 in May.

One of the town's largest sports events, the 'Trixàbia' is set to take over the town with two dif­fer­ent lev­els for com­peti­tors – ' Olympic', for the fittest, and 'Sprint', for in­ter­me­di­ates, sep­a­rated into women's and men's cat­e­gories.

'Olympic' triath­letes will face a 1.5-kilo­me­tre swim off the Are­nal beach, a 34-kilo­me­tre bi­cy­cle race and a 10-kilo­me­tre run, whilst 'Sprint­ers' swim for 750 me­tres, cy­cle 17 kilo­me­tres and run for five kilo­me­tres.

Edu Mon­fort Memo­rial tro­phies go to males and fe­males in the Cadets (ages 15-17), Ju­niors (18-19), Un­der-23s (aged 20-23 in­clu­sive), Vet­er­ans I (aged 40-49), Vet­er­ans II (aged 50-59), Vet­er­ans III (aged 60 and over), and Open, for ath­letes of any age.

En­tries have al­ready closed – although de­tails of fu­ture events can be found on www.tri­at­locv.org – but the 'Trixàbia' is al­ways a thrilling spec­ta­tor sport.

At least 820 com­peti­tors have put their names down and will be vy­ing for their sil­ver cups bear- ing the name of the much-loved cy­clist whose life – along with those of his friends José An­to­nio Albi, 28, and Luis Al­berto Con­tr­eras, 53 – was cut trag­i­cally short by a drunk driver on Mother's Day.

The triathlon is or­gan­ised by Lle­beig Athletics Club, of which Edu, José An­to­nio and Luis Al­berto were mem­bers along with the lat­ter's son An­drés and Bri­ton Scott Gor­don, who have spent months re­cov­er­ing from se­ri­ous in­juries sus­tained in the same crash.

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