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Race Report: Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round 2

May 25, 2019
by João Fânzeres  


After a successful First Round in Cadafaz, it was time to move north to the beautiful landscapes of Murça. The area is home to dry soil, burning sun and good wine, but this year for the good of us, the sun took a break and the temperatures were just perfect for a pleasant weekend of racing.

The venue was composed of 5 Special Stages with around 1100m climbing and 1300m descent on a total of 38km of length. The type of trails that this region presented to the riders were a mix of flowy but unforgiving loose trails with a few pedaly and technical sections. The key for a successful race here was to play it wisely and just send 99% commitment at the loose sections and 110% full gas in the other ones, especially on the pedaly ones. So, consistency and being fit were the magic words.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Send it bro!!! This one truly represents how fun the practice day was.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Henrique Monteiro and Duarte Medeiros with their fancy new "The Collective" jersey and those flying Nukeproof Megas as well.
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Cheering the locals.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Duarte Medeiros always sideways.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Last rounds race winner, João Rodrigues was the first rider of the day.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Endless views! Tiago Mano's Loose Riders jersey suits perfectly to the race conditions.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Not as badass as they look on the track.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Guilherme Pissarra dropping in on Stage 1. He finished 3rd in Juniors!

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Mr. Master 40, Nuno Lopes.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
So pinned these two. Tiago Silva took his first win in Junior's and Diogo Silva finished in 7th in Elite.
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Stromp had a nightmare of a race. A couple of flats took him off the fight.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Carolina Costa from Madeira Island won the Women's category

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Besides his flats, Stromp enjoyed the race all the way to the end. Ana Leite made 3rd place in Women's.
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Luís Novais had a smooth day and finished 13th place in Master 30.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Well yeah, the usual suspect Miguel Barros paying off his aggressive style.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Sauro Agostinho always super consistent but once again, just a few seconds off the pace. Finished 4th just 5 seconds from the podium.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Fernando Aires finished 3rd and Marcio "Golias" Ferreira finished 2nd, both in Master 30.
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Fabio Gil on another smooth race that took the 6th place in Elite.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
The Winner of the day José "Meira" Oliveira by just a slight margin - 1.7 seconds ahead.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
João Rodrigues still in recovery from EWS, gave everything he could but finished 2nd place.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Views for days! The young talent Nuno Reis won without surprises the Under-17 category and even took a Special Stage Win.
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Nuno Nobrega always with the fine stance.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Nuno Lopes as well.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Nuno Ramos from The Collective made his way to 5th place.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
These two had a crazy battle during the race day. Joao Cordeiro finished just 0.7 seconds back of David Guerra who won the Master 40 category.
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
José Vieira was on fire and won by 3 seconds ahead of Marcio Ferreira. Another tight podium!

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
D.Medeiros releasing it.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Joao Reis closed the Elite's podium with the 3rd place.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
With the BMX school but from now on full enduro mode, Pedro Oliveira is working to reach one the top spots. Today he took the 11th place in Elite.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Men's and Women's Elite.

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Is it to Celebrate of to Forget?

Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Portuguese Enduro Cup - Round II Mur a Vila Real
Men's and Women's Master.
What a race, one of the tightest races we've seen in Portugal - in every category the race was up to be determined until the last corner.
Now it's time to take a breath for a couple of months to let the riders settle everything up for the National Championships. With this huge window, which surprises do we're gonna have?

Results.
1st . José Oliveira . 22:53.127 min
2nd . João Rodrigues . 22:54.908 min
3rd . João Reis . 23:13.686 min
4th . Sauro Agostinho . 23:19.317 min
5th . Nuno Silvestre . 23:48.575 min

Full Results: HERE

Words and Photography: João Fânzeres, MISSION adventure collective
Special thanks to: The Collective - Bikes & Beer | Motor Clube do Marco



7 Comments

  • + 3
 Muito Bom! Continuem com o bom trabalho e cobertura das provas! Very good! Continue the good work and race coverage!
  • + 3
 Awesome photos! #PedroIsMyHero
  • + 3
 Nice ,muito bom ,parabéns
  • + 3
 Good Job! Awesome report, Congrats!
  • + 2
 nice report????
  • + 2
 nice report!!!!! era mais isto....
  • + 2
 Cool!

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