Henrique Avancini and Letícia Cândico are champions of the Estrada Real MTB 2017 International Marathon
800 participants challenged the Serra do Ouro Branco (MG) on a historic day at the premiere of the competition in one of Brazil’s most beautiful scenery
The first edition of the International Road Cycling Royal Mountain Bike Marathon was a success with the participation of 800 cyclists who sold out a week before the race, held last Sunday (23) in Ouro Branco, Minas Gerais.
“The athletes were surprised by the super structure that we set up in the excellent event venue that the city of Ouro Branco offers, as well as the route through the Serra do Espinhaço that challenged the resistance of the biggest names in the national mountain bike,” says Felipe Avelar, organizer of Avelar Sports who spared no effort to ensure a perfect world-class event.
All Brazilian mountain bike elite were present in search of points in the UCI (International Cycling Union) ranking of Class 3, in addition to a valid score by the Brazilian CBC ranking and the Minas Gerais FMC ranking. The current Brazilian champion and runner-up Pan American Henrique Avancini left with the number 1 and confirmed the favoritism:
“I am very happy with the victory,” said Henrique Avancini, who is on the world circuit for the Cannondale Factory Racing team. “I came from a recovery period after I fractured my finger in the Pan-American MTB Championship and stopped for a few days. The race in the Super Elite was very interesting and agitated, with many moves in the beginning of the race, the route had practically a rise too long from the beginning, then a track section, after a long part of ascents and steep and short descents, with the fastest final part, with fake plans “- adds the Rio cyclist attacked by around 30 km of the race and arrived alone to win with the time of 2 hours, 25 minutes and 14 seconds to complete the 66km distance with more than 2,226 meters of altimetry.
The first podium of the International Marathon Real Road MTB 2017 in Super Elite was composed by Guilherme Muller (Sense Bike) in second place to overcome the sprint Hugo Prado Neto (Cannondale / OCE), third, Lukas Kaufmann, fourth on the Olympic cyclist Rubens Valeriano (Sense Bike) completing the podium of the top five.
In feminine, local cyclist Letícia Cândido (TSW Racing Team) did the honors of the house to secure the title of the first edition of the MTB Royal Road International Marathon.
“My test was very consistent, I was strong from start to finish to go in search of the title to represent my city in the best way.The venue of the event was perfect, bringing the audience to the test.The organization accommodated very well to all athletes and visitors, “comments Leticia who completed the course in 3 hours, 5 minutes and 48 seconds.
The athletes traversed the best trails of the “Golden Route”, as it was known the paths on the Royal Road used to flow gold production in the time of Brazil-Cologne. The International Road Marathon of MTB 2017 was also disputed in the reduced course of 40 kilometers and 1,386m of altimetry, but no less challenging.
1st world structure
The organization of Avelar Sports has prepared an event to be marked in the history of the city and the participants, with an eye on the next edition: “With the success of the event we have already claimed to rise in class in the UCI, to distribute more points in the world ranking and to consolidate Gold White as an international destination for every mountain bike community “- says Avelar.
“The structure was well organized to embrace all participants and visitors, with various types of food that served the different types of public. The event venue, venue chosen to host the International MTB Road Marathon, is truly the best The support of the media like SBT and the presence of our mayor makes us believe that our city has once again become the stage of sports with the hope that this will motivate more young people, children and adults from Ouro Branco, all of which adds value and respect to the event and athletes. “I hope this will encourage many other participants to face the challenge next year.” 20 types of food and the screen that passed live footage of the event.
“We had the press coverage with two helicopters to ensure that escorts could watch the best moments of the competition,” concluded Avelar preparing to hold the 1st edition of XCO International Real Road, on the 2nd of July in Santana dos Montes (MG).
Results – MTB 2017 Royal Road International Marathon
Men’s Super Elite
1 – Henrique Avancini – 2:25:14
2 – Guilherme Muller – 2:26:06
3 – Hugo Prado Neto – 2:26:06
4 – Lukas Kaufmann – 2:27:35
5 – Rubens Donizete – 2:28:31
6 – John Paul Firminus – 2: 29: 4