Ramon Espelt can write his name in the Titan´s golden book. He faced his first race in 2006, and he has participated in it since then, repeating the experience year after year. Just a few days away from a new edition, it couldn´t be otherwise. Next April 29th he will participate in the race for 13th time in a row. Road engineer by profession, Espelt is, in addition, Titan Legend Platinum, title with which the organization of the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin wanted to reward the loyalty of those participants who do not miss their annual appointment with the desert race.
What does the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin have than no other race has, so that Titan Legends come back year after year?
The Titan is much more than just a race; it´s an adventure, a personal challenge that goes beyond sports and its magnificent but tuff environment. After 12 editions, this race is where I can reunite with my friends with who I share this passionate and intense week.
Worst nightmare and the most exciting moment of the race?
Bad memories must be forgotten, but if I had to choose the hardest moment, it would definitely be in 2011´s edition which ended in Granada. During phase 2, I felt very hard and I got stiches in my eyebrow, a blow in my ribs and a writs luxation.
It was very hard for me to finish that edition, and when I crossed the finish line in my hometown with my brother Alfredo who helped me in the hardest moments and encouraged me not to quit, was one of the most emotive and exciting moments I remember.
How do you see this race has evolved as years pass by?
It has evolved a lot. In the organizational aspect, I believe there has been a continuous improvement in the camps, in the services for the participants and also in security matters. The number of foreign participants is increasing and participants level has risen a lot since the first editions. As the time passes, there are more and more elite participants, and amateur participants come with better preparation.
How do you face you next race participation?
Everyone in my team, Semar-D´Platos, goes with great enthusiasm and, although the experience helps (among the three of us we add 33 Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin), we face this edition as we always do, with respect. Our goal is to finish it the best way possible so, despite going with a proper physical preparation, we have to cross our fingers so we don’t have mechanical problems, health issues or falls.