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Chain Reaction Cycles Quebrantahuesos MTB race report

Monday, April 29th, 2013 7:08am
Category: MTB

Chain Reaction Cycles Quebrantahuesos MTB race report
The Chain Reaction Cycles Quebrantahuesos events series kicked off in the famously stunning area of Sabiñánigo, Spain, over the weekend, with the best racers in the country converging for another hard-fought ride at the UCI MTB Marathon Series race and the long non-competitive marathon.

Spain’s usually warm northern region was not holding its form of the past years, but it didn’t stop everyone having a great start to the series.
We set out our expo area bright and early on the morning of the 27th with our chill-out area, where you could sit back and watch the best of the CRC video edits

We set out our expo area bright and early on the morning of the 27th with our chill-out area, where you could sit back and watch the best of the CRC video edits. We also had an offering of last minute essentials and a mechanic on hand for any last minute tweaks you may have needed.

With the cold weather and natural mountainous region, the original course was changed due to adverse weather conditions

With the cold weather and natural mountainous region, the original course was changed due to adverse weather conditions. The organisers decided it was better for everyone's safety if the course was changed.

The UCI MTB Marathon Series race and the long non-competitive marathon had their initial stretch modified, and removed its first major climb (Punta Oturia). The rest of the 65km route remained practically the same as expected, passing through Senegüé, Larrede, Oliván, Orós Bajo, Orós Alto, Gavín camping, Biescas, Escuer, Arguisal, Punta Güé and Larrés.

The short non-competitive marathon followed the same route from the start but deviated after Arguisal without ascending to Punta Güé, joining the route afterwards from Sorripas, having a total of 56.2 km and 1.145 m of climbing.

Race action from the men

The change in course didn’t dampen the spirits of the riders; in fact it did anything but, with the shorter course encouraging the riders to pedal with more effort than they normally would over this MTB Marathon competition.

Jesus del Nero Montes crosses the line

The winner in the elite men's category was Spain's own Jesus Del Nero Montes in a time of 2:52:35, followed closely by Oscar Puyol Munez (2:52:46) and in a very close third place Juan Pedro Trujillo Hernandez in 2:53:11.

They were all met in true Spanish style at the finish line with cheers, music and an adoring crowd spurring them on.

They were all met in true Spanish style at the finish line with cheers, music and an adoring crowd spurring them on.

The ladies didn't let the side down with some brilliant times also. First in was Poland’s Magdalena Sadlecka in a time of 3:37:22, followed by Muriel Bouhet of France in a time of 3:47:03 and in third place Veronica Leal Balderas in 3:49:56.

The ladies didn't let the side down with some brilliant times also. First in was Poland’s Magdalena Sadlecka in a time of 3:37:22, followed by Muriel Bouhet of France in a time of 3:47:03 and in third place Veronica Leal Balderas in 3:49:56.

It wasn't just the top riders getting cheered on at the finish, but the passionate cycling enthusiasts that also provide a unique part of the Chain Reaction Cycles Quebrantahuesos series.

We had local Spanish riders form part of the CRC-supported athletes for the weekend’s event:
Jamie, Manuel and Fernando with CRC's Andrew Gillis

Here's a little bit about each of the riders and how they got on…

Name: Jamie
What time were you aiming for? Four hours
Hardest part of the race? The climbs, they were tough, but a great challenge.

Name: Manuel
What time were you aiming for? Four hours
What's next for you after this race? A similar MTB race in Tarragona
Toughest part of the race? I thought it would be the cool temperatures but I was actually really warm, even at the high parts of the course. The climbs definitely tested me, big time.

Name: Fernando
What time were you aiming for? Four hours
Hardest part of the race? The climbs, for sure, I cramped up and had to walk for a while! This was the toughest event I have done but very happy with getting it complete.
Any advice for people wanting to compete in this race? Time on the bike, it's what will see you through it. Get the miles done and it’s a lot easier.

What an action-packed weekend to kick off the Chain Reaction Cycles Quebrantahuesos series. Up next is the flagship event, the road ride. Stay tuned for more info.

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