Getting fake tanned in Sao Bras de Alportel enduro race.

Updated: Jan 9

Usually "weekend in Algarve" brings allusion to sunny hot weather and quality beach time. We thought it will be like this and we will enjoy after race Halloween on a sunny beach, maybe with some easy post-race surf. We were surfing just not on the boards. With bikes in Algarvean clay... Don't want to be dramatic.. It was first rain after summer in Portugal and trust me it is always dramatic. For us it was the first proper muddy and rainy ride after long dry summer and it happen in a new destination on never-ridden trails and never tasted soil of Fonte Férrea. It was fixed very quickly. We literally were tasting splashing mud on our first practice run and absorbing southern clay with our bodies and popped eyeballs.

The race venue was in the amazing park Fonte Férrea with loads of trails around and 3 of 4 race stages was passing through or finishing in race pits. Amazing riding destination and for sure we will come back to explore! Despite quite uncomfy weather amount of people staying directly in race pits was quite impressive and it means loads of fun! Camping in tent during rain and all day riding deep in mud was cheery on the cake.

Mixtape of the things that was more or less visible through a muddy lens. Filming was really complicated. Trying to find clean piece of cloth to clean lenses was impossible.

PEC 1 had interesting start on wooden platform in the middle of hill 30min climb from pits. Heard many stories of riders puncturing tires at start point on some poking nails. "Wake UP!" type of start. Flowy fun turns, few little jumps, tiny bits of rocky sections and amazing rock face before crossing road (actually coming on Friday night and seeing it hoped that it is on race menu).

PEC 2 had different emotions. Quite remote start point, endless pedaling and pushing your bike to it gave really adventurous feeling. Rain and heavy wind on top of the mountain cooled us well while pedalling through the race stage. YES pedalled a lot and always on red line. Here I though that finish line is after every turn. It wasn't it was longest stage.