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The 1929 Vuelta Levante: The Origin of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

The 1929 Vuelta Levante: The Origin of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana


Race Historical past: The 12 months is 1929 and in Spain there are already two large bike races: The Volta a Catalunya, began in 1911, and the Tour of the Basque Nation, first run in 1924. In France, Italy and another European nations, highway racing is already a sport with a sure impression among the many public. In Spain, the love for 2 wheels is concentrated extra on the velodrome. However on the time, the bicycle was turning into increasingly widespread as a way of transportation. It’s on this context that the VCV – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana was born in 1929.

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Due to the initiative of the Peña Ciclista Excursionista and the sponsorship of the Republican newspaper El Pueblo, on Tuesday, November 6, 1929, the primary stage of the then known as ‘Vuelta Ciclista a Levante’ was held. A complete of 66 routiers, as cyclists have been known as on the time, took the beginning on the El Pueblo headquarters, on Calle Don Juan de Austria, 10, in València, heading to Vila-real, the end of this primary historic stage. There was 4 days of racing to return and a ultimate prize of 1,500 pesetas for the winner. As a curiosity, followers might observe every stage of their personal automobiles, driving behind the peloton; whereas one of many two medical automobiles was sponsored by the ‘Bambú’ cigarette paper model.

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Official preview of the first Vuelta Ciclista a Levante ©VCV

The official preview of the primary Vuelta Ciclista a Levante, revealed in El Pueblo on Tuesday, November 5, names among the many favorite for the ultimate victory Lloréns, Sans, Riera, Puchades, Pons, Cardona, Martínez, Trueba, Mateu, Borrás, and others. The morning of the subsequent day, the headquarters of the Republican newspaper noticed a relentless coming and going of followers, cyclists and curious individuals who didn’t wish to miss the day’s pleasure. At 07:30 the Vuelta Ciclista a Levante formally began, though it isn’t till 08:20 when the neutralised part to La Pobla de Farnals ended and the race actually started.

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La Vuelta Ciclista a Levante stage 1 map ©VCV

Because the peloton handed by the completely different rural cities and villages, the followers took to the streets to applaud the routiers and, within the occasion that one of many riders was from that village, they have been allowed take the lead and absorb the popularity and have their dose of fame for a couple of minutes. This was the case for Mariano Gómez, cheered by his neighbours in Sagunto as he was the primary to return by the centre of the historic metropolis. It was at one in every of these moments the place the peloton was stress-free just a little, when Antonio Escuriet took benefit and escaped, passing by Almassora. This was the primary escape within the historical past of the VCV. After the primary passage by Vila-real, one of many hot-beds of biking followers within the Valencian Group, there was one other particular second. On the signature management in Cuevas de Vinromà, Escuriet had a 7 minute lead and, based on the race report of the stage, he was surrounded by crowds of individuals, “all types of drinks, bicycle instruments, restore mechanics and every part else.” Every part the cyclists might need have been there.

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The management in Cuevas de Vinroma ©VCV

As soon as the peloton left the Cuevas de Vinromà management, the riders confronted the primary main climb of the primary Tour of Levante. Las Atalayas de Alcalá de Chivert climb noticed the favourites; Cardona and Riera elevate the tempo at Escuriet simply earlier than reaching the highest of the cross and decreasing the peloton to simply ten riders.

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The climb of las Atalayas de Alcalá de Chivert ©VCV

Alongside the route of the stage, there have been completely different prizes supplied by sponsors at sure factors. In Alcalá it was Cardona who took the dash prize after an in depth battle, a lot to the thrill of the native followers. Shortly after, along with Riera, each escape from the group to cross by Oropesa, on the way in which again to Vila-real, figuring out that they have been going to combat for the stage victory. “To say Villa-real is to say CYCLING… Greater than 5 thousand souls… broke out in a formidable ovation when these two courageous routiers appeared on the straight that results in Calle Mayor,” is how the El Pueblo reporter described the ambiance on the first finish-line within the historical past of the VCV. On the end, it was Cardona received the dash over Riera, who nearly with out realising it took a comfort prize.

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The end of stage 1 ©VCV

“A comic from Villa-real has positioned a banner, asserting a secret bonus for the primary one who passes by a stated place. This was the place Riera, with out hardly realising it, finds himself in possession of 30 pesetas, two packages of cookies and a basic ‘ninot’ (Ninots are the smaller sculptures – or monuments – which might be skilfully, and sometimes comically, handmade as a part of the world-famous annual Valencian celebrations), plus a bottle of scrumptious muscatel,” wrote the chronicler of El Pueblo about Riera’s winnings. Cardona, for his half, pocketed 100 pesetas and the popularity of being the primary official winner of a stage within the Vuelta Ciclista a Levante.

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The ultimate winner Salvador Cardona ©VCV

The VCV – Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana was born. Within the following days, Cardona received two of the three remaining phases, the final once more in a dash in a crowded end line in La Alameda de València. Solely Nicolás Tubau was in a position to take a victory within the third stage between Algemesí and Alicante. Within the ultimate general, the victory went the Valencian Salvador Cardona, second place went to the Huescan, Valeriano Riera and Juan Mateu from Pla de Cabra, Tarragona was third.

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