Stage 1: Mucuge to Mucuge, 12.4km prologue; trail a mix of sand and rock, combined with a steep paved climb and one knee deep water crossing. Technical difficulty, 7.5 out of 10..
Men: Steffen Thum and Simon Gegenheimer (Germany) Ultra Sports Rose Racing;
Mixed: Brian and Jenny Smith (USA) Alpine Orthopedic MTB Team-Breezer-SRAM;
Women: Adriana Nascimento and Sabrina Gobbo (Brazil) Ladies Brasil Soul-RC Bikes
Lost: By American Airlines, the bikes of Topeak-Ergon teammates Jeff Kerkove and Sonya Looney, meaning they did not start the race.
Stage 2: Mucuge to Rio de Contas, 145km with 3372 meters of climbing. This is by far the toughest stage of the seven-day race. Expect the winners to log upwards of 7 hours, while the back markers will spend nearly 12 hours in the saddle. Start time is a painful 6 a.m.
Brazilian Portuguese Words of the Day:
- Por favor [Please]
- Muito Bom [Great, as in great trails ridden today]
- Tudo Bem [Everything Good? A question Brasil Ride teammates will be asking each other all week. If things are good, the appropriate answer is “tudo bom”]
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.
- 1. 37 BARTI BUCHER (BIXS -ZELLEWEGER ARCHITEKTEN) in 0:33:55 10
- 2. 4 ABRAAO AZEVEDO (MASTER BRASIL SOUL – RC BIKES) in 0:34:27 11
- 3. 6 PLINIO SOUZA (BRASIL / ALEMANHA) in 0:36:22 19
- 4. 38 PEDRO NETO (PEDAL POWER EPIC) in 0:38:42 26
- 5. 139 MARTIN PORTMAN (FBC) in 0:41:31 37
- 1, 30 ADRIANA NASCIMENTO (LADIES BRASIL SOUL – RC BIKES) in 0:44:10 53
- 2, 46 ANDREA MARCELLINI (HORA DO BLUSH) in 0:46:57 71
- 3, 47 CARLA PLENS (CM/SZ) in 0:54:42 93