Fast Facts on the 12.4km prologue, Mucuge to Mucuge.


Just like everywhere else, the 29er is taking over in Brazil. Last year, estimates put the number of big wheel bikes at this race at about 5 percent. This year, it’s at least half of the steeds at this seven-day mountain bike stage race. Most are of the carbon hardtail variety, such as those fashioned by RC Bikes, a new Brazilian bike maker co-founded by Brasil Ride race director Mario Roma. Here’s a sampling of what we saw during a post-stage cruise of the Brasil Ride tent city and bike park.