Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the Garmin Titan Desert MTB stage race continues to evolve through the creation of the Titan Series. According to the organising team at A.S.O, this is a new competition format born of the same philosophy as the original event… ‘to offer a mountain bike stage race for riders who want to go further, test themselves to the limit and enjoy a unique experience, although in a smaller-scale format (between 3 and 4 stages).’
The first of the new series of races will be the Titan Series Saudi Arabia, which will take place from 29 January to 1 February in Saudi Arabia. Registration opened on November 29th, and the 100 limited race numbers on sale were snapped up quickly.
85% of the registered athletes in Saudi Arabia are cyclists with previous experience in the Garmin Titan Desert. There will be four stages for a limited field of 100 in the exclusive first edition of the Titan Series Saudi Arabia. A.S.O adds that the number of participants has been ‘restricted to around one hundred, to offer them one of the greatest experiences possible with the best service.’
The race in Saudi Arabia will have four stages. The desert will be the main backdrop in a country with a surface area of over two million square kilometres, four times the size of Spain.
For the Saudi Cycling Federation, holding this event will enable them to ‘showcase the landscapes of Saudi Arabia through a sustainable sport such as cycling and contribute to the development of sport in the country.’
The original and main Garmin Titan Desert race is the second event on the Titan calendar for 2020. From 19-24 April, Morocco will play host to the event’s 15th edition. It is the race with most stages (six) and the longest distance (around 600 km). Among the riders this year will be Miguel Indurain, five-time winner of the Tour de France.
A.S.O adds that interest in the race has grown continuously, with race numbers (bibs) being snapped up quickly in the last two editions. In 2020 it is expected to be sold out even earlier, as more than 500 bibs have already been sold and only 200 places are left.
The third event of the Titan Series 2020 will be held in La Paz (South Lower California, Mexico) from 13-15 November over three stages and 300 kilometres, crossing landscapes including open deserts, the giant cactuses of Mexico and white sandy beaches.
In contrast to the other two races, the organization of the Titan Series La Paz, Mexico is undertaken by Asdeporte, a leading company in Mexico in the organization of sports events. The Titan World Series team adds that it has been ‘working with Asdeporte for several months to prepare the event and transfer the know-how accumulated over the last 15 years.’