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For the fifth year running, the Circuit Barcelona Catalunya welcomes many top international rally drivers to the FIA World RX of Catalunya, which is also the inaugural event of the 2019 Rallycross World Championship. Among those taking part are such star names as Sébastien Loeb, Petter Solberg and Matthias Ekström as well as Johan Kristoffersson and Oliver Bennet – don't miss your chance to see them and numerous other experts behind the wheel compete in these spectacular compact vehicles that are fitted with 600-HP engines.
The FIA World RX of Catalunya is also part of the Horse Power Festival, which means that as well as being able to watch a series of exciting races, spectactors can make the most of a wide range of activities related to motor sports and cars for all ages during the whole weekend.
As running becomes increasingly popular with millions of people around the world, the numbers coming to take part in Barcelona's marathon grows each year. It's now the fourth largest marathon in Europe after Berlin, London and Paris, with over 17,000 people signing up. Doubtless part of the appeal is the idea of running a 42.2km route around one of the continent's most aesthetically pleasing cities. The number of globally recognised landmarks passed by participants, such as the Sagrada Família and Camp Nou, as well as noteworthy vistas including the seafront, historic port and Ciutadella Park, make this a one-of-a-kind sporting event.
But that's not all. The Barcelona marathon is much more, with entertainment for the crowds that includes concerts, traditional Catalan culture and different local drumming groups, a four-kilometre Breakfast Run the day before the race, a Kids Race, and Expo Sports, a fair focused on outdoor sports that has numerous stands from major sporting companies.
Another big Barcelona sporting weekend arrives as the MotoGP World Championship returns with the Monster Energy Catalonia Grand Prix. There's always a lot of local interest for this event, thanks to Catalonia's tradition of producing world-class motorbike drivers such as Marc Márquez (last year's overall world champion), Dani Pedrosa and Pol Espargaró, while other Spanish stars include Jorge Lorenzo. This race was added to the championship schedule in 1991 although there was already a Spanish MotoGP event because of the level of local success in the sport.
It's run over 25 laps and the popular Italian driver Valentino Rossi says it's one of his favourite tracks. Indeed Rossi has won it six times since 2001, with Australian Casey Stoner - winner in 2007 and 2011 - and the italian Andrea Dovizioso are the only riders who challenge the Spaniards' hegemony over this course. Last year champion was Jorge Lorenzo.
So join the excited crowd and see who will be the champion of this particular crown.
Those loud engines are getting ready to rev once more at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. Over three days in May, Barcelona hosts the fifth event, and the first in Europe, of this year's F1 Championship Season, the Spanish Grand Prix.
This is undoubtedly one of the biggest dates on Barcelona's sporting calendar, and an amazing opportunity to see the celebrated drivers and teams taking part in one of the most thrilling sports in the world. This circuit is regularly used as a test venue meaning that many of those participating are very familiar with its straights and curves, and feel right at home on its 4.66km.
Current World Champion Lewis Hamilton won on this course last year, his third victory on the Barcelona circuit, and he will joins drivers like Alain Prost and Jackie Stewart with a third chequered flag.
The European Balloon Festival in Igualada is the biggest gathering of hot air balloons in Spain and welcomes around 25,000 visitors over four days the first fortnight of July. It's a meeting point, a competition and a festival in one, with more than 50 balloons taking to the air. Competitive flights take place early in the morning and at dusk, when conditions are ideal, and if you want a taste of the high life, balloon rides can be booked in advance. Fly among a mass of Balloons from several counties of the world.
But there's plenty to enjoy from ground level, whether it's the different skill challenges in the competition, live music, kids' activities and workshops, or the magical Night Glow event, in which balloons are fired up but don't take off, glowing like lanterns and accompanied by a fireworks display.
This sporting event with three disciplines is undoubtedly on the rise; it currently forms part of the Olympic and Paralympic games, and athletes such as the British Brownlee brothers have increased the audience for this challenge combining swimming, cycling and running. It is also becoming a trend among amateurs who are looking for a more varied exercise that provides more than just one single sport. It is no surprise that the Barcelona Triathlon attracts thousands of people to its waterfront every year.
With three distances available, participants can choose between supersprint, sprint and olympic, taking part as individuals, in couples (both should finish the race together) or as a relay team (with two of more members sharing the effort). Apart from the sporting activity itself, Triexpo is held the day before the competition, a place where we can find the latest in trends and accessories and it is an ideal venue for getting a new triathlon kit or to meet other people taking part.
La Seu d'Urgell is hosting the 2019 Canoe World Championships which will be focusing for the first time on three styles of Wildwater Canoeing: slalom, downhill and freestyle. The Slalom and downhill races will take place in the Parc Olímpic del Segre, which was built for the Barcelona Olympic Games in 1992. This is a unique opportunity to visit a captivating town and get the chance to see world canoeing stars.
Mountain bike enthusiasts have the chance to put themselves to the test with the YoPRO Catalunya Bike Race. This race held in stages will pass through the La Cerdenya region and covers a 160 km route at 4880 meters above sea level through the Pyrenees. With a starting point in Puigcerdà and a finish line in La Molina, the YoPRO Catalunya Bike Race is celebrating its 3rd edition. It is the MTB race in stages with the highest participation in the world.
One of the most famous events of the city's biggest festival, the La Mercé festival, is undoubtedly the race that bears its name. Since 2004 this competition has had the same route and it stands out for being one of the first to be organized with solidarity in mind. Although it is a festival, it is also a competition for anyone who wants to take it more seriously, since it has formed part of the Challenge BCN 10km since 2010. Come along and run for a good cause.
This is the seventh consecutive year that the CSIO Barcelona has welcomed this equestrian competition. This is the grand final of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup and is the most important showjumping competition on the international calendar. Over the course of four days eight competitions will be held, five of which are individual trials and three form part of the Nations Cup. Overall, 20 countries represented, 80 jockeys and almost 200 horses will turn out for this high-level show in Barcelona. This year, the competition also includes the PoloPark, an area designed for family leisure activities due to their commitment to bringing the world of horses and a love of animals to society.
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