Hope you are doing great out there!!
I am just back from the last MTB race of the season in Brazil.
“Brasil Ride” is the biggest stage race event in America and worldwide recognised as one of the hardest races to win. Winning this race was something my team mate Luis Pinto and me were aiming for.
Brasil Ride consists of the following challenges:
7 days • +600Km • +13.000M were waiting for us!
–And not to forget, the heat and the burning sun in that country were maybe one of the biggest obstacles when you come oversea from Europe.
But nothing went like we had planned and hoped for. While test riding the track for the prologue the day before the race, Luis hit a sharp metal piece in the narrow single trails and got a 10 cm long open cut in his right leg. First I thought he was joking when screaming for an ambulance but when I had a closer look the leg was open right to the bone..
Somehow we got him fixed (8 stiches) and I somehow convinced him to start the prologue the day after, just to try and finish and then maybe look ahead to the 2nd part of the race.
So did we: we forgot about the overall classification and tried to get as easy through the first stages as possible.
Queen stage 4 was the hardest and most brutal stage of all. We decided to go all we could trying at least to compensate all the bad luck.
105km and 3400 meters of climbing were the menu of the day. But we kept on to our plan and went all out from the beginning of the stage. With temperatures around 40 degrees and a killing humidity it was very important to drink and eat in order keep your body going! After the 2nd feed zone of the day we made our move and set a crazy pace up the longest climb of the day. On the top we had more than 1 minute to the next team and we just continued to gain more time as the day went on. At km 60 we had 5 minutes advance, and as we reached the finish line more than 10 minutes to the later overall winning team with Henrique Avancini and Jiri Novak(Cannondale factory)
We were both super happy about this win and the way we did it. We showed everyone that on a “normal day” we would have been on top with the leaders in the final overall.
The day after, we nearly won another stage. Unfortunately we got caught in the end, and finished the stage in 3rd position. The rest of the stages we were doing well but Luis started having problems with infection in his leg, so we had to slow a little down.
But all in all I think we got the best out of the situation even if we both knew we could have done much more if things had gone our way.
I hope you enjoyed reading and following my racing in
Here a few articles/news from the race:
Now I am back in Luxembourg where I will take a week or two without the bike in order to recover well before I start the cyclocross season. From there on I will start building up towards the new MTB season.
Hope to see you around!