Big Ride Manzaneda

Oct 20, 2011 at 14:58
by Juan Angel Triguero Melian  

Big Riders after the race

The 7th edition of the avalanche Big Ride Manzaneda, organized by Sherpa Project, was held this past September in Manzaneda Bike Park, in northern Spain.

As many of you know, competitions like "avalanches" consist of a big downhill race with a massive start of all the bikers together. On this kind of track we can find long dh sections of more than twenty minutes, where you can also have to pedal and even do small uphills. Therefore, most of the bikes used there are "all mountain", "enduro" and "freeride" bikes. Still, it can be done with a DH bike too.

Check the video with the Bike Support team at the Big Ride Manzaneda:

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The Big Ride Manzaneda takes place for a whole weekend, where on Friday the track can be walked and inspected, on Saturday is the qualifying round to set the starting order for the two races on Sunday. The winner is determined by the order of your finishing timel, adding both races together for an overall time on Sunday. This year José Antonio Diez Arriola was the clear winner of the whole weekend.

All Big riders on top of Manzaneda Bike Park waiting for Guti Martin to say the key words 3 2 1 Avalaaancha

The Big Ride Manzaneda 2011 had more than 1000 meters of descent, starting from the top of the Bike Park at 1800 meters and reaching the main square of the City Council of Manzaneda to 800 meters.

The guys from Transition bikes, on their way back from Eurobike didn't want to miss the opportunity to participate in their first avalanche. They had a great time and have promised that next year they would return. I was there with Bike Support team and this is what we lived for the entire weekend with Fernando Marcos, Pablo Gonzalez Wittig, Gonzalo Corrales and Javier Guerrero.

We stop to eat a healthful meal before we go on the road.

We stop to eat a healthy meal before we go on the road.


The beginning of the avalanche
Arriola taking the lead from the beginning

Kevin Menard Kyle Young and Sam Burkhardt with a natural posing after the race at Manzaneda Bike Park

Kevin Menard , Kyle Young and Sam Burkhardt with a natural posing after the race at Manzaneda Bike Park


Fernando Marcos couldn t even finish his first training early in the morning with a silly but painfull crash

Fernando Marcos couldn't even finish his first training run due to a silly but painfull crash


Javi Molina from XMS Imports Spain testing the new Bandit 29er

I had time to shoot and ride the new Bandit 29er. Javi Molina from XMS Imports on the photo.


Ask yourself two times before go on the road with this guys

Ask yourself twice before going on the road with these guys...


Arriola was the clear winner during all the weekend

Arriola was the clear winner during all the weekend


Transition XMS Imports and Bike Support team at the podium

Transition/XMS Imports and Bike Support team at the podium


Sam Burkhard and Kevin Stephen shredding at Manzaneda Bike Park

Sam Burkhard and Kevin Menard shredding at Manzaneda Bike Park


Sam Burkhard testing the new 29er prototype

Sam Burkhard testing the new 29er prototype


Really fun faces at the finish line at Manzaneda village

Happy faces at the finish line at Manzaneda village


Javier Guerrero broke his shoulder blade in the qualifying heats

Javier Guerrero broke his shoulder blade in the qualifying heats


The spanish padron peppers they loved it

The spanish "padron" peppers, they loved it


Saturday night dinner was epic
Saturday night dinner was epic.

Those are a heavy duty wheels
Those are a heavy duty wheels!

Hope you like the post, and we want you to be a "Big Rider" the next year!

Text, photos and video by Juan Angel Triguero - www.freedreams.net

More info: www.bigridechampionship.com
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18 Comments

  • + 8
 This has to be one of the best races we have ever done. Please US race promoters bring avalanche style racing to the US. Thanks for the story Juan, awesome photos, can't wait to come back and do it again.
  • + 2
 we may not have a north shore style bike park but Galicia has gorgeous terrain just waiting to be exposed to bigger biking communities. Besides, chicks are awesome and the food and drink is to die for.
  • + 2
 Any chicks are at least 10x's better than American ones... scientific fact!
  • + 2
 LOL Scott. Your in Morman-ville. Either religious fanatics, whores, or drug fiends. Go to so cal for a few and say American Chicks aren't hot.
  • + 1
 Actually the Mormon chicks are some of the hottest I've seen but you're right about them being religious fanatics though... So. Cali isn't too far away... hmm... do I want to travel that far to get shot down?
  • + 1
 just fyi the manzaneda big ride is part of a cup, it's called "open ibérico DHM" and it's composed of two events, the manzaneda big ride and the avalanche serra da estrela, wich is in portugal, about 10 miles from where i live, every year i go to the avalanche serra da estrela and i always wanted to go the big ride but i never had the chance :S
  • + 1
 eu tamen fun a' serra da estrela!!!! e muito bom
  • + 1
 pierde un poco en la organization, pero la prueba eres muy divertida ( peço desculpas por mi malo español xD )
  • + 2
 It´s sad that a month after the big ride, all that mountain burned for 15 days... Frown
  • + 1
 que me estas contando???? me mata el vivir fuera tio, nunca me entero de na.
  • + 1
 Well done mates! you keeping it even bigger! That´s the way of going! see you there next year!
  • + 2
 gotta love the transition crew tup
  • + 1
 Arriba esos de bikesupport! Que buen adelantamiento de wittig asi es que es, lastima el tortaso contra el arbol jejej
  • + 1
 Awesome name haha, Big Ride. Very to the point.
  • + 2
 nice manual at 5:42
  • + 1
 agreed!
  • + 0
 what is it with Japan?i mean come on
  • + 1
 Muy currado!

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