Endurama Cuenca: Racing in a World Heritage City

Jul 3, 2017 at 16:21
by Yaroslav Alpizar  


Endurama Cuenca 2017
ENDURAMA
Cuenca
Words & Photography // Yaroslav Alpizar

Endurama championship is a series of enduro races that have taken place 4 years in a row. It started as a small race between friends to have fun and enjoy a day of racing at their own pace. Nowadays it has turned into a couple of hundred riders that race for the fun of it. And from easy short stages in the beginning, now it has turned into a serious racing, with a "no stress" category for those not wanting to die trying to finish.

Usually, there are 4 races through the year, trying not to repeat locations for each year. But in 2017 due to several reasons, we had 3 races and one of the previous locations, Cuenca, was chosen to hold the final race of the season. And what a final it was. This historic walled town Cuenca is a World Heritage city since 1996, it was already known since Roman Empire. Walking on its narrow streets and visiting its hanging houses, suspended from sheer cliffs overlooking the Huécar river is something you must do.

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Views on SP5, must stop to watch and take a breath

The race course consisted of 40km's, 1800m climbing and 5 special stages that awaited the riders for a long day on the saddle. Stages 1, 2 and 3 on the more enduro style, with a lot of pedaling sections and SP4 & 5 more oriented towards DH, shorter but steep and technical descents.


The race must go on and that's what we we're there for. Riders came from all points of Spain to enjoy a great weekend of racing. And also, to have fun. Because that's what characterizes Endurama races, fun and a nice relaxed atmosphere in between riders. The organization always makes sure that everyone feels at home at each Endurama race.

Endurama Cuenca 2017
"Portu" always with a smile, good rider and better friend
Endurama Cuenca 2017
Zurdo, main organizer, making sure all goes as planned

Don't fool yourself, being relaxed doesn't mean that riders with not fiercely compete for a place on the podium. Usually, the best riders in Endurama races are the same that win the official Spanish Enduro Open, many of them race both series of races and enjoy them as equal.

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Andres Fernandez from Cannondale on fire on SP4 on his way to the elite podium

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Views of SP5 from SP4, more than 1km away, and still crowd could be heard screaming and cheering the riders

The weekend was perfect, bit hot as you will expect in Spain, but the temperature was bearable, and with small creeks and beverages on each feed station, liquid was not an issue in the race. All riders could enjoy an awesome day of racing under a clear sky.

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Ruben Garcia pinned on SP1, revelation of the year
Endurama Cuenca 2017
Every pedal stroke counts, Manuel Plaza on fire on SP1

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Jaime Lopez Montero, winner of Junior category, it's quite a show seeing him descending

Endurama Cuenca 2017
SP5 started right there on the top, Cerro del Socorro

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Awesome landscapes in Cuenca

After several days without rain, the terrain was loose, everyone needed to be extra careful to avoid losing precious seconds. The 4th and 5th stages were a hard challenge for many riders. "No Stress" category riders didn't do the 4th stage, so they had bit more of time to recover for the final one.

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Andres Tapia, from SpainDH, managed to get a 2nd place on M40

Here is a brief highlights video from the race, enjoy it.


Once the race is over, everyone runs to the paddock, there was free beer for all riders! And you know, mountain bike and beer always go hand in hand.

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Beer and enduro, hand in hand
Endurama Cuenca 2017
SpainDH is by far the most numerous and rowdy team on the paddock

Endurama Cuenca 2017
End of race, time to celebrate

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Meditation? Maybe stretching? Be water my friend

A special moment, when "no stress" category rider Alex Tebar asked her fiance to marry. I guess we are all invited to the wedding?

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Endurama has it all, even marriage proposals

All results can be checked here.

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Elite category podium

Endurama Cuenca 2017
Endurama Cuenca 2017
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6 Comments

  • + 2
 Funmy, I was driving by Cuenca couple of weeks back onbmy way to Valencia, and thought. -I wonder if there are any trails here for riding... Sure looks like there is.
  • + 2
 Bueno, pues ya ves, hay senderos para aburrir Wink
  • + 2
 Que buenas las fotos!
¿Dónde anunciáis para el año que viene? ¡No sabía que existiera!

Fab photos, looks like a load of fun!
  • + 1
 ¡Gracias! Pues ya lleva 4 años haciéndose, como has visto en la crónica, estate al tanto de su web o perfil de facebook donde van anunciando todos los eventos que hacen. Este año estrenamos la Endurama SunRace, una carrera de enduro de 4 días, en Ojén, Málaga. Todo parece indicar que el año que viene repetiremos.
  • + 2
 Lovin your enduro race reviews! Looks like really good times... Thank you and enjoy! ;-)
  • + 2
 Thanks! Wink

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