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Photo Report: Portuguese Enduro Cup - Ponte de Lima Round 5

Oct 21, 2018
by Tiago Nunes  


The portuguese enduro caravan hit the road on the way to Ponte de Lima. Its the last race of the season, everyone was excited to meet the new champions or anxious to chill and drink some beers after a day struggling on the bike. After three years working hard and organizing other events such as, Enduro Challenge Ponte de Lima, the crew from Pé do Negro made an effort and put together all the conditions for an unforgettable racing weekend.

After a stormy night powered by 'Leslie, the Hurricane', the maintenance crew was forced to check all the five trails in order to guarantee the safety of all riders. With everything checked, the green light was given and riders started to roll into Stage 1.

Vasco Bica, the downhill rider from Miranda Factory Team was the first leader winning by over 3 seconds his team mate José Borges. Fun Zone is the name of the Stage 2 but after the hurricane well, its wasn't fun anymore... one tree fell into the stage forcing the organization to cancel the special. The Stage 3 known by bsoluteBlack was an ally for Borges who beat Emanuel Pombo by 11 seconds and send him for the first position overall. At the end of the stage everyone understood that Borges wasn't there to play... He was hungry to reach first place and become the Portuguese Enduro Series Champion and specially in the north. From there on, last two stages of the season Borges was totally 'blind' and imposed an amazing rhythm leaving everybody behind... In the end José Borges and Maaris Meier were crowned champions.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Different contrasts between stages.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Last race day of the year for Manuel Ribeiro and Joaquim Dias.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Sauro Agostinho on his way for the third stage.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
José Borges won the race and made the final step to the title.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Vasco Bica showed up on fire and took the second place.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Emanuel Pombo sits in the third place.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Eyes on the prize.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Wow, is this a Red Power Ranger?

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
João Reis on the rails of the Maxxis trail.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Jumps ahead... Riders get ready to fly.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
César Lima on his Scott Genius.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
In the middle of the Pé do Negro forests.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
The tricky corner of stage four.
Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Connections combined with breathtaking landscapes.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Tiago Silva on the second stage, Fun Zone.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Henrique Monteiro droppin' into a sixth place overall.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Maaris Meier kept it consistent in his quest for another overall victory.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Aurea Agostinho sits comfortably in a second place.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
No light means its panshot friday.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Slippery and no support corners are always funny face.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Nicolas Carrera won the junior category by 23s.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Pedal for the medal.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
António Sousa in full commitment mode.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
The Spanish rider, Ruben 'Smiley' Prazos rode into a fourth place.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Duarte Medeiros drops into stage 2.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Straight from the south, José Salgueiro was the king of the north this weekend.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Railing through the loam on stage 3.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Pedro Oliveira crashed big on Saturday, so he was just cruising down.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Lino Correia was pushing hard. Second place at Master 30.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Miguel Pardal was 'electric' this weekend.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Downhill or Enduro? Tomás Barreiros made clear that downhill bike can deal with it.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Ponte de Lima sightseeing powered by Pé do Negro.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
Different contrasts between stages.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.
First corner of the last stage of the year.

Photo report for P do Negro covering the fifth round of the Portuguese Enduro Cup.

Final Results

Men
1) José Borges - 13:29m
2) Vasco Bica - 13:49m
3) Emanuel Pombo - 13:55m

Women
1) Maaris Meier - 17:26m
2) Aurea Agostinho - 17:53m
3) Ana Leite - 18:27m

Junior
1) Nicolas Carrera - 14:32m
2) Tomás Barreiros - 14:56m
3) Bernardo Silva - 16:04m
Master 30
1) Márcio Ferreira - 14:30m
2) Lino Correia - 14:40m
3) João Gomes - 14:49m

Master 40
1) Jose Lopez - 14:22m
2) Bruno Morais - 15:24m
3) Marco Silva - 15:48m

Master 50
1) José Salgueiro - 16:30m
2) Carlos Taboas - 17:03m
3) Francisco Batarda - 17:16m

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4 Comments

  • 2 0
 Great job mate!
  • 1 0
 amazing report! so sad to miss this event!
  • 1 0
 Nice Pics!
  • 1 0
 Espectáculo

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