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The Tour de Felanitx

Cycling has always been big in Felanitx, not least because of one of the town’s heroes, Guillem Timoner, a six-times World Champion in motor-paced cycling over medium distances (50 km) in 1955, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1964 and 1965 (he also came 2nd in 1956 and 1958), the most successful cycling racer of all times in this category.

Every year, on the occasion of the Festes de Sant Agustí, the town of Felanitx holds a Cursa Ciclista (a mini Tour cycling race) over 50 km on an urban racecourse, and so again yesterday. Guillem Timoner did not participate, age 85, but came to watch the new generation of cycling enthusiasts of which Felanitx has so many. The race was staged in two age groups, adults (shown here) and adolescents. I was pleased to see that in the latter category there was also a female, or were there even two? Sometimes you cannot tell the gender as the cyclists whizz past the onlookers, generating quite a bit of a whoosh. It’s actually quite hard to get the action on to film, as it were.

Anyway, the last three days of the town’s festes start from today with Anegats and the Els Pets giving an almost sold-out concert tonight at 23h00. Tomorrow, Saturday, a Golf Tournament will be held at Vall d’Or golf course, the Cavallets will tour the pueblo together with the Dimonis and the Caparrots, to be followed by a church service at the town’s convent church, some Bal de Bot by the local groups, Abeniara and S’Estol de Gerricó and another Verbenas concert. Sunday will see the Cossos start the day bright and early, touring the Gall (cock) through Felanitx before breakfast, a church service at the church of Sant Agustí, a performance of Pirata (Pirates) at 18h00 (admission free), a Correfoc and another final concert with groups such as Horris Kamoi, La Timbras Band and a few others more. Depending on which direction the wind will blow, we are bound to be facing three pretty sleepless nights from tonight. Oh well, it’s only once a year.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 25th, 2011. The time was 18:58:10.

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