Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Stage 4: Lanzarote 4 stage MTB race

Tired legs were confronted with the longest, hardest stage. Riders headed over undulating rocky and sandy tracks towards Teguise where challenging trails awaited: narrow, loose singletracks winding around volcanoes; fast, rutted descents; and steep, rocky ascents. Once in the north of the island, the longest climb, known as the Tabayesco climb, snakes up on gravel doubletrack to the highest point, clearly recognised by the wind turbines at the summit. Spectacular views rewarded those who had the energy to look! It’s a mistake to think that it’s downhill from the top; short fast descents are followed by short sharp climbs. The final 20km are the sting in the tail – a mixture of sandy then rocky trails lead to Famara and then hug the coastline back to the finish. With Club La Santa in sight, momentary lapses in concentration resulted in punctures and crashes, and a number of riders ran the final kms or tended to bloodied elbows and knees.

After a less than perfect day yesterday, Bulls rider Simon Stiebjahn was able to set a fast pace and finish the race with a stage win; however, Sergio Mantacon held on to the overall win. For me the aim today was to stay out of trouble, ride hard, but descend with a bit of caution – no need for a crash or puncture on the last stage – everything went to plan and now I’m able to relax in the sunshine, eating nice food at the Club La Santa poolside bar J This really is a great location for hard training because the facilities make everything so easy: wellness centre, massage, sports shop, bike shop, gym – everything you need is right here. And there’s a really nice vibe.   

Sally Bigham 3:35:15
Sandra Santanyes 4:23:45
Mar Franco Peneula 4:43:27

Simon Stiebjahn 3:07:59
Sergio Montecon Gutierrez 3:08:03
Christian Kreuchler 3:08:18

Overall Results after 4 stages

Sally Bigham 08:43:52
Sandra Santanyes 10:25:15
Mar Franco Peneula 11:04:10

Sergio Montecon Gutierrez 07:37:49
Christian Kreuchler 07:40:44
Tiago Ferreira 07:42:19
Simon Stebjahn 07:43:11

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