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Race Report: 2020 Spanish Enduro Championships

Sep 13, 2020
by Yaroslav Alpizar  


And just like that, Spanish 2020 Enduro Champs are done and dusted and dusted it was. With the temperature reaching 30 degrees (86F) and no rain in sight, the trails were really dusty. After a couple of days of official training by the day of the race, some ruts were getting deeper and deeper. Rider after rider hammering the trails left some rocky madness to navigate.

On elite women category Sara Gay Moreno grabbed the first place without giving any chance to the rest of the riders, she won all five stages and the second Ares Masip came 58sec behind. Sandra Jorda closed the podium 1:07.69 after Sara. The young U23 Sara Yusto won all stages on her category and also won the women overall by 7sec over Sara Gay. To complete the fifth position was for the experienced Marketa Michalkova 1:36.66 behind.

Elite women
Elite women

In the elite mens race, Gabriel Torralba finally grabbed the Spanish Enduro Champ title, a long-awaited title as on previous years he was U23 category and according to UCI rules even winning the overall, he was still not the Spanish champ. Gabi won 3 stages from five, the first and second ones were key for his title, two long physical stages. He also won the fifth stage, a short but pedaling stage.

Men
Elite Men

With five stages to tackle it was a long day on the saddle, a physical 39km long course with almost 2000m to climb. The first stage was the queen stage without doubt, almost 5km long and with 663m drop. It took 9m47s for Gabriel Torralba to do a full run of this grueling stage. A lot of different sections, rocky, technical, steep, with switchbacks and exposed lines, it had all. In the womens field, the young Sara Yusto started the day with a win on this stage with 14:02 in total.


Edgar Carballo in a constant battle with Gabriel Torralba for the win



After a short link stage second stage was another big one, with 3km to go and 343m drop. This was a stage with two clearly different sections. First one fast, flowy and pedaling. But second one a step gnarly one, with several tight switchbacks to navigate. Sara Gay won this stage with 9:11.25, maybe her XC skills helped a bit more here to beat Sara Yusto. In the mens field, Gabriel Torralba won again with 7:05.80. Edgar Carballo, his EWS teammate, was following him close by but almost 30sec lost on the first stage it seemed impossible to recover on the next shorter stages.




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The third stage was a short but really rocky one, with some long rock gardens and rock slabs where carrying speed and momentum was key for the win. Sara Yusto won this 3rd stage, taking back the temporary overall lead over Sara Gay. Edgar Carballo won the stage with 2sec over Gabriel Torralva, not enough to get over those 40sec from first and second stages. In the ebike category, Antonio "Toni" Ferreiro kept his winning strike aiming for the overall.

National legend Toni Ferreiro has done a full switch to ebike racing and he is doing very well winner on ebike category
National legend Toni Ferreiro has done a full switch to ebike racing and he is doing very well, the winner in the ebike category

Sandra Jorda paced herself to get to the third place on the elite category
Sandra Jorda paced herself to get to the third place on the elite category


local rider Maria Monzon got lot of cheering and screaming from local friends that almost caused a bad crash but she managed to stay on the bike
local rider Maria Monzon got a lot of cheering and screaming from local friends, that almost caused a bad crash but she managed to stay on the bike

Marketa pushed hard but this time ended up on fourth place clean run everywhere but not enough to beat the young blood hungry for titles
Marketa pushed hard but this time ended up in fourth place, clean run everywhere but not enough to beat the young blood-hungry for titles

Stages four and five where short ones but fast and flowy. There was a treacherous section on the last meters of the fourth stage where several riders had a crash losing some precious seconds, just meters before the finish.

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the end of stage 3 caused some damage Gabriel Torralba controlled the pace all the time
the end of stage 3 caused some damage


M30 Alvaro Garcia from Granada dotching a treacherous wet rock at the end of stage 3
M30 Alvaro Garcia from Granada dodging a treacherous wet rock at the end of stage 3

M30B winner Juan Esnaola on mid section of stage 2 rocky and fast
M30B winner Juan Esnaola on the middle section of stage 2, rocky and fast





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Women overall
Women overall

Men overall
Men overall


M40 women
M50A podium

M40B podium


eBikes podium
eBikes podium

Results

Pro Men

1st. Gabriel Torralba 24:27.54
2nd. Edgar Carballo 24:59.22
3rd. Iraitz Etxebarria 26:02.13
4th. Xavier Domenech 26:09.75
5th. Mariano Mari 26:36.06
Pro Women

1st. Sara Gay Moreno 33:19.32
2nd. Ares Masip IbaƱez 34:18.13
3rd. Sandra Jorda Pasco 34:27.01
4th. Marketa Michalkova 34:55.98
5th. Covadonga Gonzalez 35:59.77




2 Comments

  • 2 0
 Congrats Yari! Excelent Instagram feedback all the weekend and top pics on the report
  • 1 0
 thanks! gracias!

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