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2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4, Terras de Bouro - Race Recap

Aug 1, 2017
by Yaroslav Alpizar  


This past weekend, riders hit the road again to get to the known area of Terras de Bouro in Northern Portugal. All the region belongs to the Peneda-Gerês National Park, with the highest protection level due to its peculiar flora, fauna, and geography. It's also known to have some of the best Portuguese trails and wine. I still can't say which is better.

After the third round in Sao Bras de Alportel in June, the top spots in the Elite category were taken by Emanuel Pombo, Marfo Fidalgo, and João Rodrigues. In the Elite women's category, Ana Leite took the lead. In the Master 50 category, the overall has been determined already as rider, Jose Salgueiro from Xdream2Rodas/Moto Clube Faro won the three first races and there are just two left. In other categories, riders were ready to fight fiercely for the victory. Riders as Hélder Padilha, Lino Correia, and João Gomes in Master 30 and Esteban Lorenzo and David Guerra in Master 40 put a hell of a fight on the trails for the podium.

The race consisted on 36 kilometers with around 1,520 meters of cumulative climbing and 2,100 meters of descending, spread over six stages. The longest one, stage two of three kilometers and the shortest, the fourth with 1.4 kilometers. For Sunday, temperatures were expected to be more gentle but on Saturday the sun and dusty conditions played an important factor for riders endurance. It was important to hydrate and take it slowly, or the next day your legs would suffer.

All first three stages started from the same point, good for the public to socialize between riders as they waited for their run. Everyone agreed that the second stage was the best one, a bike park for enduro with all kind of natural features, berms, jumps, rock gardens, fast sections, slow and technical sections, everything was included. The fourth stage was fast and quick, with no technical sections, just pedal as hard you could. The fifth and sixth stages demanded more from riders, with already some kilometers on their legs, these stages needed a big effort for racers to finish in one piece.

Emanuel Pombo and Ana Leite were the final winners of the Elite categories so they have secured their general classification for the series. The next and last stop will be in September, in the Maia region.

All results can be found here, the official Portuguese Cycling Federation website.


2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Stickers are the silent witnesses of each stage training.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Everything ready to race!

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Francisco Batarda and Miguel Rato (xDream2Rodas/Moto Clube Faro) tucked on the fastest section of stage four.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Marco Fidalgo with all stickers meaning he didn't miss any stage training.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
On the liaison to stage five racers needed to wait for a while.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
If you see Ana Leite around, fun will be guaranteed

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Tiago Mano pinned on one of the many dusty sections in stage one.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Tiago Silva one of the youngest riders, still young but ready to shred.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Granite rocks and boulders everywhere, such amazing terrain.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Stage one's rock gardens smashed some wheels.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Luis Nogueira charging on stage one.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Joao Rodrigues made an impressive race, taking third in Elite.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Marco Fidalgo lost some time on stage two when he lost his line. Fourth for him in the Elite category.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Jose Oliveira pinned on the first section of the long third stage.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Joaquim Dias on one of the many dusty switchbacks on the third stage.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Liason to the first, second and third stage was the same, what an awesome view.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Pombo on the third stage.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Diego Cerca ready to shred, start of stage two.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Ana Leite on the loose.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Daniel Ferreira charging on first stage's granite boulders.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Jose Afonseca catching as much air as possible on the dusty switchbacks in the third stage.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
It's a bird...it's a plane...it's Anthony Oliveira.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Ready to be delivered to the winners.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Waiting for the results.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Master 40 and Master 50.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Master 30 and Junior categories.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Elite women podium, Ana Leite on the top once again.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Elite men podium, Pombo pushed hard to get to first place.

2017 Portugal Enduro Series Round 4 Terras de Bouro - Race Recap
Team podium, Enduro BTT Braga again on top.



MENTIONS: @russianyaz




8 Comments

  • 2 0
 Pec4 didn't felt like it was downhilll ????
  • 4 0
 I would say no, on the contrary, it had lot of pedaling and even a steep section where many riders stepped down few meters. It was ok, but on my opinion, not DH.
  • 2 0
 @russianyaz: I was being ironic mate Big Grin I just slammed a tiny bit the saddle on Sunday!
  • 1 0
 @jiMMy23: jajaja!! ok ok, sorry, didn't get it right away Wink
  • 2 0
 Thanks for the nice report!
  • 1 0
 Obrigado! to you all for racing in such hot days!
  • 2 0
 Good report!
  • 1 0
 Obrigado! \m/

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