The Kantoikrit 2019 was the eighth edition of this criterium and took place in Oñati, Guipúzcoa, last June 13th. A 100% urban and nocturnal criterium that runs through a circuit that is more than a circuit, it is a death trap. Although in this edition, due to a couple of works in the public way, it has been necessary to modify the classic route, the race maintains a route with changes of level, cobbled sections, closed chicanes and curves in descents for 15 laps. 27 kilometres in total. Not bad for a fixed gear criterium.
The old cobblestone area of Calle San Antón stands out, a 160-metre stretch in which you have to hold on to the handlebars, increase the pedalling force in order to fly over the cobblestones and pray that it doesn’t start raining. Obviously, this is where the most spectators gather.
In this edition there were 61 participants, covering many different skill levels, coming from all parts of the Iberian Peninsula and France. As for the race, the Arrueda team dominated the podium with three runners. Mario Junquera won the race in an outstanding way, Luis Junquera finished second and Hugo Rodríguez completed the podium. Mario Junquera escaped in the first lap and maintained the first position until the chequered flag.
Behind, a group of 10 runners battled it out for the other two places on the podium. We should also mention the great performance of one of our own, Charles Nicholson, who finished in a commendable 23rd position. This time the weather played along nicely and there were not as many falls as in the 2015 edition, which was held during wet conditions.
The Kantoicrit was founded by a handful of cycling madmen who had the idea of taking fixed gear races to a land with such a great cycling tradition like the Basque Country. The criterium, which is the second oldest in Spain, has all the support of the population of Oñati, who come out in force encouraging the participants in each and every one of the curves of the spectacular route.
We finish with the video of the race in full and several photographs by Asier Egaña.