A cross-country specialist racing enduro

Aug 31, 2017 at 8:36
by Yaroslav Alpizar  


Past year 2016 Trans-Nomad, a multi-stage adventure enduro race, first on its kind in Spain, took place in the area of Aragonese Pyrenees. With a wide variety of climatology changes, long climbs, long walks to the start of stages and grueling and technical but fun descents, it was a true alpine mountainbike adventure. This year the race will take place in just 3 weeks, riding on same area but totally new trails and routes. 70 lucky riders will have the opportunity to discover some of the best trails of the Pyrenees on 4 days of racing with several special stages each day.

One of those is the known spanish cross country and multi-stage mountain biker Antonio "Cora" Ortiz. With over more than 25 years on the saddle, World Cup participations, Cape Epic, Andalucia Bike Race, Trans Andes Challenge, Trans Mongolia and more, he is definetely not a new comer on these kind of multi-day races. The difference is that he is used to hardtails, light bikes and long stages pedaling. Having Cora as a close neighbour and friend I can not lose the opportunity to ask him couple of questions. How he is preparing for a completely different event to what he is used to, what does he expects from this event and more.

Un Especialista en Cross Country Corriendo Enduro

Hi Cora, first thing first. After so many years racing cross country, how did you ended up on a multi-day enduro race?

Jajajaja!! Well, simply put: I'm in for anything. Even more if it is related to cycling. Many of my experiences on my 25 years racing has been like that. But once that said, the general idea is to see how a cross country racer with a brand new enduro bike (BH Lynx 5) will face an event like this one. And see how together with a professional enduro rider like Ze Manel Borges from BH-Miranda Racing Team, I can cope with the challenge. Either ways, the idea of participating on a enduro race has been on my mind for a while and this event has been the perfect opportunity for that.

Un Especialista en Cross Country Corriendo Enduro

Un Especialista en Cross Country Corriendo Enduro

Even when TransNomad will be a multi-day race as many other cross country races you have participated, is an enduro race, so there are differences. How are you preparing for this challenge?

Well, yes, is a different race, focused on the special stages where downhill sections predominate. But at same time, the long hours I've spent training for cross country helps to face the special stages with less stress on my body and allowing me to risk more on those sections. So my training will not be completely different. I'm focusing a bit more on series to gain that extra power required on the timed stages. Also I'm quickly adapting to the bike, it's different geometry, suspension, etc.

Un Especialista en Cross Country Corriendo Enduro

Used to ride lightweight hardtails or short travel bikes, with a geometry optimized to go as fast as possible for long km's and multiple days: what about this brand new BH Lynx5 bike that you will be using?

I'm in love with this bike since the first moment I tried it. I adapted really quick to the bike and I'm enjoying each and every trail I do with it. I've been riding my BH Lynx Race Carbon 29", cross country/marathong bike, for a year already and it does not feel sluggish or slow on technical and step trails. The new BH Lynx5 takes the best of that idea and with a new geometry allows you to feel even more safe on technical and gnarly terrain, with the plus of longer suspensions and wider tires adding more traction. Even when is a bike oriented to gravity categories I feel really comfortable pedaling for several hours. Obviously the pace is different as with the BH Lynx Race Carbon, but long hours on the saddle will not be a problem with this bike.

Un Especialista en Cross Country Corriendo Enduro

Un Especialista en Cross Country Corriendo Enduro

What do you expect from this race and yourself?

To have fun, mainly that. As any other race I took part, first thing is to have fun and enjoy the trail. As usual, I want to inspire others to try mountainbiking, to show them how fun it can be, even when you are racing. As for competitive side, is my first try on enduro and it will be a hell of a good experience. I'll try to do my best and be on the top if possible. But I understand that it will be difficult to deal with all the new challenges. And last but not least, enjoy the amazing landspaces and terrain where the race will take place, the Aragonese Pyrenees. Not all riders in Spain realize what they have on their own backyard.

Un Especialista en Cross Country Corriendo Enduro

Trans-Nomad race will take place from 13 to 17 of September, in just about 3 weeks. Let's try to be in touch and share your daily experiences! Thanks Cora for your time!

Un Especialista en Cross Country Corriendo Enduro

Trans-Nomad video review from past year 2016.




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