Last Weekend (20-21 of June 2013) the 3# round of the Spanish Big Ride Enduro Series took place in Cercedilla. Over 200 riders faced the rocky trails in the heart of the mountain of the Guardarrama but only one can take the win, and the big man was Claudio Loureiro from Braga/Portugal.
Here is the report from the Race in the first person (Claudio Loureiro)
“Friday morning: Nuno and I (Claudio Loureiro) left Braga (Northern Portugal) planning to arrive at Cercedilla in the afternoon. This was my first time there and it is stunning, people are friendly and I had instantly a feeling that this was the right place to ride.
Saturday, we wanted to know the first three stages, only because the fourth one was a secret! Stage 1 and 2 were perfect for my liking, super fast but technical, with lots of lines to pick from between all the rocks and roots going on, and some pedaling sections too. For me, these were my favorite of the day. Special stage 3 was a beautiful single track where you reached some insane speeds then into tight switchbacks.
At the end of the day, we concluded that the easiest thing was to have a puncture or two in the race, so we had to go smoothly and not to risk it, especially in certain sections. Connecting stages were ok, not to steep, going up through fire roads with astounding views, but after four timed stages and connections we knew it was going to be hard.
Sunday, I left at 8:14, the vibe throughout the first climb was great, breathing, enjoying and living the real MTB spirit. The time flew and without realizing, suddenly I was already in first stage.
Stage 1 went good, I did a controlled run, focusing not to puncture and going through the lines I chose the day before.
On the second Stage I risked it and went fast and aggressive, unfortunately all was going well until my chain dropped and I had to stop to put it on again but after that I managed to keep the fast pace. For my surprise At the end I managed a 4th best time!
I started the third stage going to cautious because I didn’t remember a thing of it from the day before as it was so evenly the same. I had no reference points for guidance which made the job worse, but I tried to keep a good pace throughout and attack in the sections with better visibility making me feel I made a good run at the end of it.
Stage 4 was the secret one, this was a new thing to me in Enduro so my strategy was to go full throttle for as long as my legs would stand. It was a hard stage, starting with a very fast section which I managed to keep sprinting, the following section was a steep climb and the end section was a great single track spotted by roots and some rocks and again bad luck for me: chain dropped again but I decided to go chain-less until the finishing line. However, I liked a lot this last stage being so complete and I loved the idea of a secret special stage in Enduro racing.
In the end we had a short connection between the last stage and the village where I got the news that I had won the race! Well I thought people were playing with me because I couldn’t believe.
I was really happy with this victory because it’s the result of a lot of sacrifice and work e for having people that support and believe in me no matter what, so I would like to dedicate this result to those people, sponsors, family and everyone else who knows who they are. Also I couldn’t leave withou thanking Guti and all Sherpa Project team for all the care and will to help, and for making me feel welcome. I also need to congratulate lthem for having such a perfect organization going at the weekend.
Thank you for the support and see you next time.
- CLAUDIO LOUREIRO (TEAM TRANSITION/SRAM)
- DANIEL CUBERO MARTINEZ (CUBERO “MTB”- CCUTIEL)
- RUBÉN RODRIGUEZ IGLESIAS (BIKE SUPPORT-INTENSE)
- PABLO BRAVO ALONSO (GOLPE DE PEDAL)
- ANDRÉS FERNANDEZ LATORRE (SLOPES)
- JUAN ANTONIO PASCUAL HEREDIA (XRC BIKE TEAM)
- ANTONIO PEREZ DA COSTA (XTREMBIKE GT)
- EUSEBIO MARTÍNEZ GARCIA (LTM- SANTA CRUZ)
- FERNANDO MARCOS CARLUS (BIKESUPPORT)
- EDUARDO CUESTA GARCÍA (CANYON-AMACHETE)
- ISRAEL GUISADO CASTELLANOS (CANNONDALE)
- JOSÉ MANUEL GALEA JIMENEZ (BIKE-MADRID)
- CESAR CABRERA DIAZ (MTB DESDE ALPEDRETE)
- JORGE RAMÍREZ SUÁREZ
- MARIO LÓPEZ SAN JUAN (CCESCURIALENSE)
- EVA CASTRO FERNANDEZ (SPECIALIZED – MAMMOTH)
- ALICIA DELGADO EXPÓSITO (GRANABIKE CD)
- JENNY MAYHEW (PURE MOUNTAINS)
Once again, the Big Ride event was full of the true enduro spirit: fun trails, a good athmosphere among the riders, cheering at the own competitors and, of course, a lot of beer on the terraces in Cercedilla.
The next stop of the Big Ride Series will be at 7th and 8th September in Manzaneda.