JÁVEA'S 'VANISHING' BEACH
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.