2700 KM BY BIKE AGAINST BULLFIGHTING
The 4th BASTA CORRIDA VEG TOUR, from Turin to Madrid, will take place from the 3rd of August, 2019, to the 19th. Cyclists, you are invited to join us on an epic unforgettable adventure along the Mediterranean coast on a 2700 km route. On our way to Madrid, we will hold 16 demonstrations against bullfighting, with the support of local activists and various animal rights groups.
In the fight for the abolition of bullfighting the organizer Paolo Barbon has already cycled the tour in 2012, 2014 and 2016 and caused a lot of sensation. He was able to mobilize many activists who took part in the numerous demonstrations and made it into the news of the Italian state television.
We are now looking forward to the fourth edition with many participants from different countries taking part in the whole tour or even just a few stages. We also need your support at the events in France and Spain. Please come and join us in Ales, Nimes, Lunel, Montpellier, Beziers, Barcelona, Amposta, Castellon de la Plana, Valencia, Alicante, Aguilas, Almeria, Malaga, Seville, Caceres and Madrid.
Compassionate people understand that this violence is meaningless, ethically incompatible and resistance to bullfighting is growing worldwide. A survey published in 2016 showed that a majority of 81 percent of Spanish people do not support bullfighting. In recent years there have been several large demonstrations in Madrid and Pamplona with tens of thousands of participants. It is time to ban bullfights and other bloody "traditions".
Cattle are among the most gentle and peaceful creatures in the world. But they suffer not only in milk and meat production, but also for our entertainment. Although the majority of the population rejects this meaningless violence against animals, bullfighting still takes place in France, Spain and Portugal as well as in parts of South America. Every year, several 10.000 bulls and countless calves become victims of the "tradition", sames as many horses and matadors, who are fatally injured again and again.
After the bull enters the arena, he is stabbed several times in the neck by one or two riders with a lance. The neck muscles of the bull are injured, so he can only lift his head under pain. The bull already loses a lot of blood in the process and so is weakened before the actual fight.
Afterwards up to six skewers with barbs are stabbed in his back which cause him strong pain. Then the matador carries out a few figures with the red cloth before he sticks a sword into the bull's body which often impale the lungs. Then the matador tries to kill the bull with a stab in the neck.
If the bull is still alive, helpers of the matador make him move back and forth by waving the pink and yellow coloured cloths. This causes the sword which is already stuck in him to literally dismember his inner organs.
The bull collapses and a helper stabs his spinal cord with a dagger. Often the bull is still not dead, but paralyzed. When fully conscious, one or both ears and sometimes the tail are cut off as a trophy for the matador. The bull is then dragged out of the arena by mules and bleeds to death.
MORE CRUEL "TRADITIONS"
In the Spanish city of Medinaceli there is a cruel "tradition" called "Toro Júbilo". On the second weekend of November, a burning substance is placed over the head of a bull and lighted. Out of fear and pain he runs through the streets. The suffering of these bulls is unimaginable. The fireballs can burn for hours, burning the bull's horns, body and eyes. Meanwhile the spectators clap, bawl and run around the victim. Often the animals die already during the ritual or are killed afterwards with a throat cut.
In the bull races of Pamplona, the bulls are chased through the streets by hundreds of people. The animals often slip in the narrow alleys and sometimes suffer severe injuries. Even the mostly young men who take part in this "tradition" are getting injured again and again. At the end the arena awaits them where the bulls are first seriously injured with daggers and harpoon-like weapons. The animals are repeatedly stirred up in their agony and chased through the arena. Finally, the matador pierces the exhausted animal with a sword. Often the bulls are paralyzed, but still conscious when they are dragged out of the arena attached to chains.
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HELP FOR THE SANCTUARY "VIVI GLI ANIMALI"
Every year more than 60 billion animals are slaughtered in industrial farms worldwide. Living under shameful and poor conditions, these animals only live out a small portion of their lives. The few sanctuaries that exist are run through tireless efforts of their owners and depend on donations and animal sponsorship to keep them open. Their mission is to be safe havens for animals, giving them a secure place to live out the rest of their lives. Many ill, disabled and rescued animals find refuge here.
Apart from saving individuals, sanctuaries have become a symbol of peaceful coexistence between man and animal. Here we are able to observe the natural behavioral patterns and personalities of animals, something that has become less observable due to our own estrangement from nature and due to the absence of natural living space that animals once were raised on.
For this year's tour we have chosen the Vivi Gli Animali sanctuary in Turin / Italy at our starting point of the tour. The Vivi l'Animali Association was established in 2010 and created a space dedicated to the recovery of animals, saved from slaughter or from situations of abuse or neglect.
The sanctuary is supported by voluntary help, but to cover the costs for food, vet treatment, maintenance of the enclosures and buildings, our help is needed. Please think about whether you can take over an annual sponsorship for a resident of the sanctuary or just give a donation. All donors are listed below.
"An animal rescue does not change the world, but the world is changing for this one animal."
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The tour starts in Turin/Italy and leads first over the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean coast of France. On mostly flat to undulating terrain the tour continues along the coast over the border to Spain down to Andalusia. From Malaga we head north again where we expect more meters of altitude and after about 2700 km we reach Madrid. More information can be found in the stages section down below. Please note that we are still in the planning stage and the routes are not yet final.
Departure from Turin on Saturday, August 3rd for the first stage of the fourth edition of the Basta Corrida Veg Tour. Challenging stage with more than 200 km and some serious elevation - in the end of the day around 3000m.
Stay overnight at the beautiful "Solaire Campsite" in Veynes. In this town there is no bullfighting and therefore it is only a passing stage.
Les Iscles 05400 Veynes
Tel: +33 0492581234
The second stage of about 180 km does not have the slopes of the first, more flat stretches and a lot of downhill. Only about 60 km from Alés there will be some slightly challenging elevations.
The departure will be early in the morning from Veynes, in order to allow us to arrive in Alés in time to participate in the event organized by CRAC Europe. There is an arena in Alés where a lot of bullfighting is practiced. The overnight stay will be at the Première Classe in Alés.
Hotel Première Classe
1577 Chemin Des Sports
Tel. +33 466520135
The third stage is almost flat and short - only 75 Km. The first part will lead to Nimes at one of the oldest arenas in the world. Here the CRAC Europe will organize an event against bullfighting, which will last for a few hours.
After that the cyclists will leave for Lunel, home to a recently renovated arena. Here we will also be also welcomed by a local television station. We will stay overnight at the "Le Pont de Lunel" campsite.
Camping du pont de Lunel
126 Camin des Nouguies
Tel : +33 0467711022
The fourth stage does not present particular difficulties in altitude. It is 120 km in length and also divided into two sections as the previous one.
The first stop will be in Montpellier, where an event will be organized by the No Corrida Association at Place de la Comedie in the city centre. Here we will last from two to three hours and then departing for Beziers.
In Beziers bullfighting is traditionally deeply rooted and the association COLBAC Anticorrida, will organize an event for the passage of the tour.
Route de Bessan
Tel. +33 467767897 Cell.+33 611199813
The fifth stage will lead accross the border to Spain on a lenght of 120 km with a few metres in altitude towards the finish line. This stage will take the tour in a magnificent seaside town where there is no bullfighting, but where there are many feline colonies followed by very serious activists. The FLAC66 association will organize the reception. The overnight stay will be possible in one of the many hotels in Port Vendres.
Hotel Restaurant Les Paquebots
14 rue Jules Ferry
Téléphone: +33 468820135
The sixth stage from Port Vendres to Barcelona brings the cyclists into Spanish territory crossing the Pyrenees along the coastal road with breathtaking views!
Over 190 km with challenging stretches of climb, but also with fast descents where we have to pay close attention to speed and traffic.
Being many kilometers that day the departure is set for early morning, to arrive in Barcelona in time to attend the event organized by AnimaNaturalis.
The overnight stay will be at one of the hotels in Barcelona or at Castelldefels a few kilometers outside of Barcelona
After a day of rest in the Catalan capital, we cycle on to Amposta, where in 2016 more than 60 people welcomed us at an initiative organized by AnimaNaturalis.
The stage is about 200 km long, but has a slight difficulty only about thirty kilometres from the start. The arrival takes place in the late afternoon after crossing the river Ebro on a beautiful bridge.
The overnight stay is at the campsite Los Alfaques near Amposta.
Antigua C.N.- 340 por la Costa, Km. 159.6
43530 - Alcanar Playa
Tel : +34 977740561
Two events will take place on the eighth stage. The first one in Castellon De La Plana, after about 110 km on a mostly flat track without serious elevation. Here the volunteers of the vegan association of Castellon wait for the cyclists. The second in Valencia, with a demonstration in front of the arena.
The overnight stay will be at the El Saler campsite, a few kilometres from the city centre.
Camping Valencia el Saler
Carrera del Riu, 552
Tel. +34 961830212
Approximately 185 km on a stage with quite demanding climbs. Shortly before the arrival we will pass an exiting metal statue of the "Bull of Osborne" on a slope at the roadside. In the evening we arrive at a demonstration organized by local activists in front of the Arena in the Plaza de Toros.
Overnight stay at the Costa Blanca campsite.
This stage over 187 km with more than 1800 metres of elevatoin is a demanding mountain tour and in good weather it can get very hot.
Towards the end of the route there are still some steep climbs and very fast descents where we have to be very attentive. Overnight stay at the camping La Quinta Bella on the outskirts of the charming coastal town of Aguilas.
The eleventh stage from Aguilas to Almeria is 154 km long with an elevation of 1600 m. Like the previous stage, there are challenging climbs and we will spend more than six hours on the saddle.
The Promar Association will organise the event in collaboration with Antitaurino Almeria in the centre of Almeria.
The campsite is located a few kilometres outside Almeria on the La Garrofa campsite.
Infos coming soon.
INFO FOR CYCLISTS
If you are a passionate racing cyclist and want to make a mark against bullfighting: Ride with us! Please read our information for participants and fill out the registration form so that we have an overview. We will soon be calling a Facebook group here where we can exchange information.
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Rather than a wellness holiday, expect an outdoor adventure, which will certainly remain in your memory for a long time. Everyone is welcome to join the tour. If you don't live vegan, you can take the tour as an opportunity to experience a purely plant based diet with a high athletic performance.
Due to the stage lengths and our average speed a roadbike is required (no mountainbikes etc.) and we wish to point out, that you need to be well prepared and fit. It is necessary that you have completed several 200km trainings in preparation.
The tour will be accompanied by an escort vehicle that will transport your luggage and your tent. We will take breaks during the ride to get food and water on the way.
Most of the time we will stay on campsites, but a few times also in guesthouses and hotels. In the stage descriptions we have mentioned our picks for accommodation possibilities. Please make reservations and bookings on your own responsibility.
Do not be too impressed by the tour length. Just plan it to be suitable for you. We have already set a rest day in Barcelona and Sevilla. If you need more rest - there is a railway line parallel to the route. You can get off and on again at any time. For example, you can drive by train from Barcelona to Valencia in three hours and skip 2 stages.
We will share the cost of the transport vehicle. We can calculate the exact amount as soon as we know the approximate number of participants and will publish it here.
Spending the nights on campsites, in hotels or guest houses, will cause additional costs. But we won't collect money for that - please arrange that on your own.
In addition to that, we would like to ask you to donate for the sanctuary "Vivi Gli Animalis" according to your abilities. Donations will be transferred by 100%.
We are an international group of vegan cyclists who have joined together in the last years to organize events like the "Transiberica por los animales" through Spain and the "Tour für Tiere" in Germany. Here are a few short portraits of those who have already confirmed in advance. More will follow soon.....
Paolo is an animal rights activist from Torino/Italy living vegan for more than 15 years and his connection with many sanctuarys shows his sincere dedication.
He is the organizer of the tour, that he has cycled already three times, activating many activists for various demonstrations.
Paolo started cycling at a young age and is now preparing for a italy tour in april
My name is Alberto Trujillo, I am from Plasencia (Extremadura, Spain) and I have been a defender of animals for 6 years. It all started with the inspiration given to me by my sister Alicia Trujillo who opened my eyes to the feeling that it is right to feel towards animals, now I do everything I can for them, to help them without distinction. I help a Spanish protector. As for sport, I do mountain biking and two years ago I was part of a national team called Extremadura-Ecopilas. I keep doing sport to convey my love and respect for all animals. I dream of a world that is sufrimiento animal.
Alberto Pelaez Serrano
Alberto is an animal rights activist living on Lanzarote on the Canarys and a very successful ultradistance runner winning in more than 10 ultra races up to now.
Of course he is also a strong cyclist and when it goes uphill he disappears every time from our sight.
In 2015 he cycled nonstop across the Pyrenees and in 2016 he crossed all of Spain nonstop from Tarifa to Suances together with Jochen and Fran within 52 hours.
Jochen is a two-times Ironman finisher from Hamburg/Germany and a passionate race cyclist. In 2016 he crossed all of Spain nonstop from north to south, joining Alberto and Fran in the challenge Transiberica por los Animales. He was also one of the 2017s "Tour für Tiere" organizer and did many many races all over Germany for the "Roots of Compassion Vegan Cycling Team".
Ben is living in Remscheid/Germany and started his cycling journey at a young age racing crits. After a break of 10 years where he focussed on weightlifting and bodybuilding he returned to road cycling to prepare for the "Tour für Tiere" in Germany in 2017 in which he took part as member of the Roots of Compassion Vegan Cycling Team. He is a passionate vegan athlete and animal rights activist breaking stereotypes towards vegans.
Maddalena Roversi has been a cyclist since the early 90s and a vegan for many years. She is the first woman to confirm her participation in the tour, but certainly not the only one.
She wants to express with her participation that bullfighting is a disgusting and cruel thing and being vegan does not mean that you are weak.
Ben is an ultradistance cyclist and has already finished in several nonstop races of more than 1000km.
In 2015 Ben won the famous "Paris-Brest-Paris" race in less than 50 hours as fastest and youngest driver and "Borders of Belgium" in 2016, where he drove 1.000 km in less than 2 days.
He published the book 'Be faster go vegan' and introduced the vegan "Goodsport" bars on the market.
Horatio Ragusa is a Nutritionist Biologist perfected in sports nutrition, vegan. Through plant nutrition, he supports the performaces and successes of professional vegan athletes, clearing customs on the obsolete binomial sport animal proteins. As a moderate sportsman, although not a good cyclist, he accepted the challenge of going through this fantastic life experience, to give voice to those who can not express their dissent to the torture inflicted by insensitive, overbearing or better unspeakable living beings.