06 Jul 2018
The first edition of MMR Asturias Bike Race has begun with a stage of steep slopes and mud, of 54.4 kilometers and 1,925 meters of climbing, starting and finishing in Pola de Siero, passing through the Alto de la Cruz, from where you can see Picos de Europa. The Mountain Bikers have climbed the slopes of Peña Mayor and have ended up descending the dark forest of Castiello.
Victory with Cordoba taste
In the Elite Men category, Víctor Manuel Fernández (Wolfbike) from Córdoba has won the first stage by a narrow margin to David Ovin (Tandem Oviedo-Alvemaco). "I won but David has been with me the whole stage. It was very hard, with very extreme slopes and a few kilometers with a lot of mud halfway into the stage that split the first group", highlights the winner of the first stage. The second rider has outstanded: "I was very comfortable in the downhills with the advantage of knowing the terrain, I asked Fernández to pull, but wasn’t possible on the final sprint ". One of the favourites, Daniel Carreño (Extremadura-Ecopilas) has been forced to quit due to mechanical failure.
1. Victor Manuel Fernández 02:34:15
2. David Ovin 02:34:15
3. Juan Pedro Trujillo 02:40:38
In the Elite Women category, the first stage stayed home, won by Mónica Carrascosa (Bikezona), born in Asturias although she lives in the Basque Country. "It was a fast race, with very steep slopes and spectacular descents. The last descent was incredible, it was like a natural Bike Park ", highlighted the fastest Women Elite rider. Marta Tora (BG-100% Natural), was second in the same category, racing against Estefanía Gutiérrez (BH Factory), who’s been third.
Rocío Gamonal (RG), from the Master Women category, was the first woman to cross the finish line. "I decided to start very strong to get an advantage at the beginning so that later I could be able to hold onto the difference," she said.
1. Mónica Carrascosa 03:38:25
2. Marta Tora 03:47:03
3. Estefanía Gutiérrez 03:48:13
Tomorrow, the queen stage
It will cover nearly 74 kilometres with 2.520 metres of elevation gain and runs through the northeast of Pola de Siero. It will begin along the Moncó pass to connect, alternating trails and asphalt, with the Fumarea pass, from where you begin a loop along the Peón range. Fast tracks above the sea, alternating forests and meadows. You return to the Fumarea pass and begin to climb to the Cima peak, from where you descend to the Rioseca valley passing by the Cuatro Jueces peak, also overlooking the Cantabrian coast. The route goes into the Deva park, and then climbs to Baldornón, through the Rioseca valley, until you reach the Gavio hill and descend its forest. Returns to Pola de Siero in the opposite direction to which you came from.