The article here on the La Voz de Almería site has details of a desert cycling event that is going to take place in the province later this year.

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The Titan Desert changes Morocco for Almería: the Paris-Dakar of cycling arrives

The organization announces in a video with landscapes of Almería the change of scenery due to the virus

Almería will host next November the fifteenth edition of the Garmin Titán Desert, the endurance and orientation race in stages considered the Paris-Dakar of mountain biking. The test moves its headquarters from Morocco to the Tabernas Desert due to the health crisis opened by the expansion of the coronavirus.

Juan Porcar, director of the Garmin Titán Desert, has announced the decision in a video posted on the race's official channel, illustrated with images of Tabernas and Cabo de Gata. "We hoped to be able to celebrate the 15th anniversary in the conditions we had foreseen, but Covid has changed the world and that affects us," he says.

"I am not here to give bad news. We are going to celebrate the Titan in the November dates that we had planned. We will not be able to do it in Morocco and we will have a different place, which we have sought and been developing," he adds. "We ask you to trust us."

The official announcement of the celebration in Almería will be made in the coming days, but the organization has been working on the possible route and the necessary logistics for a competition of the highest level and prestige like this one. The announced dates are November 2-7.

It is not a test for amateurs, but a high-level challenge for athletes with sponsorships and experience in orientation and adventure. The mythical African race has attracted great cyclists in recent years and the possibility of including Miguel Induráin among the participants of this edition was even announced.

He has also had other top-level former professional cyclists such as Melchor Mauri, Abraham Olano, Purito Rodríguez, Roberto Heras, Claudio Chiapucci, Sylvain Chavanel and Cadel Evans.

The coronavirus crisis causes a small halt on the road to development on African soil and offers the alternative of Almería. The Garmin Titan Desert seeks new horizons.