The 23nd Classic Marathon
For 2010, the Marathon heads to the Pyrenees where competitors can expect the usual mix of good driving roads, well planned regularities and an interesting selection of driving tests.
When25 June - 01 July 2011 (7 days) 
Deadline 
WhereSantander ()
SPAIN 
CategoriesRally 
Contact+44(0)1633 263366 (Phone)

 

Now in its 23rd successful year, the Classic Marathon heads for new territory in 2011, with an exciting new route exploring the spectacular mountains and coastal areas of Northern Spain.

 

The event starts from Santander within easy reach of the ferry crossings from the UK and France. Following the formalities of scrutineering and documentation, crews will gather for the evening get-together and Welcome Dinner in the lovely Belle Epoque-style Hotel Real - our Rally HQ.

 

The 23rd Classic Marathon is once again a round of the prestigious FIA Trophy for Regularity Rallies, something we have been involved with since its inception. However, novices should not let this daunt them - indeed they can be re-assured that they are entering an event whose high standards of organisation have gained formal International recognition and authorisation.

 

Ahead lies six days of enjoyable and competitive rallying on fabulous traffic-free roads through spectacular scenery en-route to the event's finish in Oviedo - the elegant capital of Asturias

 

 

Day One: Santander to Ribadesella

Sunday, 26th June - 290kms

A mid morning start from the centre of Santander sees crews heading south into the Cantabrian Mountains for the initial regularities and tests. Turning west, the afternoon section skirts the northern fringes of the spectacular Picos de Europa as we make for our first overnight halt in the attractive seaside resort of Ribadesella.

 

Day Two: Ribadesella to Ponferrada

Monday, 27th June - 420kms

We are quickly into the action on Day Two as the route takes in classic stages from the Spanish Rally Championship in the Eucalyptus-clad hills of the Costa Verde before heading south to cross the high mountains of the Cordillera Cantábrica. After lunch, the landscapes become more arid as we explore the rolling hills of Castilla y León en route to Ponferrada.

 

 

Ourense - Spectacular Parador location

Day Three: Ponferrada to Ourense

Tuesday, 28th June - 340kms

Leaving Ponferrada, a shorter day is in prospect but there will be no shortage of action as crews will spend the morning tackling the sinuous roads of the picturesque Sierra Ancares. Further fine scenery is on offer in the afternoon as the route heads west along the mighty Sil Valley to the final sections in the hills above Ourense. Here we stop for the night in a former monastery – now a luxury Parador – in a spectacular location overlooking the Cañón do Sil.

 

Day Four: Ourense to Guitiriz

Wednesday, 29th June - 350kms

Heading north and west from Ourense, we discover the rugged landscapes of Galicia, reminiscent of Ireland, which promise some great rallying... Having explored the dramatic Atlantic coastline south of A Coruña - the westernmost point of this year’s route - an enjoyable afternoon of regularities and tests precedes our arrival in the spa resort of Guitiriz.

 

 

Great roads to drive in Asturias

Day Five: Guitiriz to Avilés

Thursday, 30th June - 390kms

A tough penultimate day is in prospect as crews undertake a series of testing regularities through the surprisingly hilly terrain of Northern Galicia during the morning. Crossing the impressive Valle del Navia in the early afternoon, further challenges are in store in the attractive Asturian Mountains before arriving in the bustling coastal town of Avilés where we spend the night.

 

Day Six: Avilés to Oviedo

Friday, 1st July - 260kms

Heading inland from Avilés, the final morning sees us exploring the network of steep mountain lanes in the hills around Oviedo. These challenging sections should provide a fitting finale and might just shake-up the leaderboard as crews arrive at the grand finish, right in the centre of the elegant Asturian capital.

 

After another unforgettable week of Marathon motoring, there will no doubt be many memories to be shared over a celebratory drink in one of Oviedo’s many bars and cafés before the evening’s gala prize giving dinner rounds the event off in style.