“Get away from everything and enjoy riding like never before”
Ivan Cortina is a 24-year-old professional cyclist from Gijón, Spain. In 2017, he joined Team Bahrain McLaren and made his way through the pack with victories in international races such as La Vuelta a España or Paris-Nice. Ivan, who is considered a great sprinter and cyclist for one-day races, is a cycling enthusiast above all: riding his bike gives him the freedom to explore his surroundings and have a good time with his friends in nature.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, he was confined to his home in Andorra for weeks (see "Light behind Lockdown"). It was during this time that he began to imagine and prepare, almost secretly, his next cycling projects... he called us early in May to document his first post-lockdown adventure: a journey through all the roads of a country, Andorra, in just 2 days. Let's do it !
“After many days in quarantine and not being able to go outside and feel the air on my face as I ride my bike, I have had a lot of time to reflect on how fortunate I am to be a professional cyclist and to live off what I like best, feeling free on a bicycle. I've also had time to think about new adventures and projects.
During the lockdown, I spent many hours on my computer designing all sorts of routes on Strava. A route from Andorra to Asturias in 4 days, gravel tracks in the area, and many other ideas popped into my head.