PRESS RELEASE: Devinci Enduro Series
March, 2018: it was time to start the racing season and Andres Sotomayor and his team decided to do it in great style. Hard and fun trails in a beautiful location, and raced blind, naturally. Cuenca is one of the most important cities in Ecuador, surrounded by mountains with ancient trails and modern DH tracks. With the proximity of the opening rounds of the Enduro World Series in Chile and Colombia, this 38 km course, with its four stages and tough liaisons, served well to test the fitness and preparation of the riders who will be attending the big show.
After a little climb to warm up and reach the highest point of the course, at 3100 meters, the riders took the starting line. The first stage started with a fast section on an open dirt road that included a brutal climb. Then, the route entered a beautiful singletrack full of little natural jumps that led to the steepest part of the stage, a tight section full of rocks and switchbacks that drop into the valley below.
A short liaison led to stage 2, 3 km of steep singletrack. The first section featured some steep chutes followed by a tough flat section full of bumps. After that, a tight trail hanging on the side of the mountain led to an amazing ridge line witch technical features and high speed zones.
A long liaison, with almost 600 meters of vertical gain, led to stage 3, a short but steep affair. Starting with some fast corners, the trail became smaller and steeper, with lots of switchbacks. Lots of switchbacks.
The climbing to stage 3 was worthy.
Another hard climb took the riders to the start of the last stage, the longest one. Stage 4 shared some parts of the classic La Paz trail, a bobsled section with huge bermed corners, and the last section a steep dry and loose trail. The middle was a new natural trail trough a small forest. The result was a real gem with more than a thousand meters of descend and a great mix of styles.This section is a rider's favorite for obvious reasons.
Keeping on the good form from last year, reigning champion Martin Jijon was able to take the win while local Cristian Valdiviezo took second place. A big win on stage 4 gave Alejo Ortiz the last spot on the podium. On the women category, Diana Marggraff managed to overcome a difficult third stage to win the race.
1. Martin Jijon
2. Cristian Valdiviezo
3. Alejo Ortiz
1. Diana Marggraff
2. Daniela Costa
3. Gabriela Acosta
1. Fabricio Custode
2. Sebastian Tamariz
3. Daniel Falconi