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Bizkaian Downhill Champs Chronicle by Dani Olarra

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We leave the chronicle that has left our rider Dani Olarra after the third round of the Open de Euskadi and in Galdakao Bizcaia Championship (Los Robles DH), III Memorial Hector Spain Coca. Thanks to Scott and Spank for supporting us in this project and many congratulations to the organization, as to each of the runners.

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Finally, after two races featuring the mud and rain, dawned hot and sunny day which made the circuit were dry and very fast. Photos Itxaso Garcia.

Iraitz Etxebarria (Under 23) Team Scott Spain, once again, took the win scratch, followed by Dani Olarra (Junior) 203mm team and in third place the great Fernando Olaneta (Elite) Betibehera team.

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This circuit is short but very complete, has areas of all kinds, and in these conditions it became very fast and dangerous, as the trees pass very close, requiring a lot of concentration along the whole circuit.

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In workouts intended to make about 4 downs to catch up, but when I was doing the third down I found a loose stone in the middle of the circuit and had a fall. Besides multiple blows all over his body, I sprained my wrist and I could not go down all morning. After several questions about whether he would take part in the race or not, I decided to go down to where it would hold.

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In the first race, I stood second to 1 second scratch Iraitz, following a fall clean his teeth and trying to forget the pain. In the second set, I was able to lower my time due to various errors and pain that it was more intense. Iraitz got down to 1 second time that secured his top spot me scratch followed by two seconds.

Very happy with the result and looking forward to more races. Congratulate the organization, Ivan White and Vincent Olarra, who made this great race. A hug to the family of Hector and wherever he is, you know you did not forget.

Results by Category:
FEMINAS: MIREN BENITO
MASTER-30: IVAN GARCIA
MASTER-40: JOSE MANUEL PRADO
CADETES: ANDER FERNÁNDEZ
JUNIOR: DANIEL OLARRA
SUB-23: IRAITZ ETXEBARRIA
ELITE: FERNANDO OLAÑETA
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Race Report La Fenasosa Fun Cup #1

Our 203mm DHTeam Rider Marko Fernández went to  La Fenasosa Fun Cup 2013 and took the victory. This is the first of three races and Marko achived the 1st place  Elite and 2nd Scratch.

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A great organization by the guys at la Fenasosa. Thanks to our sponsors Scott and Spank and the Spanish distributor Melic Bikes for their support. The pics belong to Vicente Flores.

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"Last weekend was held in  Fenasosa Bike Park the first Fun Cup race with about 60 runners. The track chosen for the race was track number 7, a technical track, with lots of stones and big jumps that make this a  perfect trail for a race of this nature.

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Saturday practice uneventful, just a couple of injuries without serious consequences. The fast lifts allowed for large number of downs, something to be welcomed as it allowed everyone to enjoy without long queues and very smoothly.
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As always at La Fenasosa, the atmosphere was very familiar and warm, which counteracts the tense atmosphere usually found in Downhill racing. This allowed the riders would care more about doing many downs and enjoy that pressure to do good on the Saturday.
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Sunday dawned with a fantastic sunny day, far from the rains in recent weeks forced to delay the date of this great event.
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The first race started at 12:30, which gave great scope to train the circuit before the first drop timed, something quite unusual and greatly appreciated, as it allowed the first run to meet the lesson well learned.
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Among the favorites for the win were WC 4x Rider Javi Guijarro, Lampi, Mario Perez, Alex Orbán and although do say so, myself. Really wanted to do something important in this competition, after the bad experience with a hard fall at Gouveia because of the mud and the lack of major races nationally.
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After completing the first round, the surprise was Carlos Haro standing in first position with a time of 2:36 followed by Javi Guijarro and Lampi. This left the bar very high to try to give everything in the second round.
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In the second race the local rider Borja set the fastest time while the Elite category riders tried to snatch the Hotseat. One after another passed through the finish line without success and finally it was my turn.
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I had a good run with just a small bump on his fist against a tree, but I just lost a few time and put myself first elite. I did not get beat Borja time staying just 0.10 sec. 
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There were the best times of the first leg to come, but none improved the rider of La Fenasosa / Wild Wolf. Lampi beat Carlos Haro time of the first leg and placed in second position Elite, while Carlos could not improve his time due to a fall.
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I really wanted to go to The Fenasosa since I had never been there and was pleasantly surprised by how fun and completeness of their circuits.

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The circuit No. 7 was very fast and rocky, so it was very easy to get a flat tyre and stay out of the race. The jumps were really fun, and you had did not wait to throw you upon arrival to the finish line.
fenasosa fun cup 13After Saturday's training sessions we were a while to Foam Pit to beat us a few laughs, although DH bike is not the best machine to do it, the fun was assured. Nor missed the opportunity to ride the new line of Supercross, with big jumps and a line for those with higher level that will leave you open-mouthed.
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Certainly I wont miss  the next race that will take place on 22 and 23 June. We assure you that worth enjoying any weekend of the circuits and the new lines that have created our friends in Fenasosa.
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Congratulate all participants for the good vibes and the organization, especially to the entire family for a wonderful The Fenasosa initiative. Congrats!

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Race Report Open Asturiano Descenso at Deva 2013 by Javier Martinez

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Here is the race report by Javier Martinez, from Open Asturiano de Descenso that took place at Deva. A race won by Eric Portillo. Pics by Javier Gutiérrez.
 
"On Sunday 17th april it took place the Open Asturiano de Descenso 2013 at Deva Gijón:  DH Deva 2013.

cabecera javier martinezThe circuit was short, about a minute and a half, pretty fast and despite having quite pedaling several areas, there were also areas of roots, cambers and several rocks linked to the circuit were quite technical.
The competition began on Sunday but on Saturday afternoon, many riders were on track to train some drawn up around the circuit on foot, until at 18:00 am, a truck started making lifts organization. On Saturday I made some 8 or 9 downs and feelings for Sunday were pretty good.

The competition officially began Sunday at 9:00 began the lifts but at that time there were no people, it seems that on Saturday night gave much of himself, perhaps too but surely this benefited us who woke up early to enjoy one morning session.

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Throughout the morning did not stop riders appear, but thanks to the 4 trucks of the organization to the lifts, was not expect any type of glue. The circuit started breaking, some fell cambers but we must congratulate the organization and rapid intervention to fix them and they were ready for the race.
With about 6 or 7 downs that all morning I went to lunch with my teammates and other friends. Admittedly that is the positive side of racing, reacquaint with friends and enjoy the company of colleagues who enjoy the DH.

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The first race started at 15:00 with great attendance which focused on the middle of the circuit, as it was the most colorful and banked on a plateau bound to put on a show.

Dev javier martinez 203mm 5The best time for this leg marked him Saul Martin Rodriguez. The other favorite, Eric Portillo suffered a fall in a zone of roots But at 17:00 they started the second round in which Eric traced by a time of 1:21,487 and becoming under 23 and a winner, winner scratch competition. A 1.603 seconds Saul was Martin with a time of 1:23,090, second fastest scratch. The local broker Kevin scratch Fernandez placed third with a time of 1:24,280.

In Saul won elites followed by Fernando Martín Prida (a true showman) and Ronald Jamarillo third position. In under 23 the best time was to Eric Portillo, second and third Gonzalo Fernandez Kevin Melendi. The first was for Junior Since Aitor López Case with a time of 1:25,245 and was also fourth scratch. The second place went to Adrian Campo Bilbao and my great teammate Emilio Gutiérrez Viñuela climbed to third escalón.En cadets Pedro Esteban Tapia Trek, climbed to the top of the podium, second and third Marcos Quintela Andrés Díaz. With a time of 1:33,204 at only 300/100 of the podium, I placed fourth.

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For me it was a great weekend with good time and mine. I want to thank my parents for taking me to my teammates not to mention Javier Gutierrez for their photons. Thank you very much also to 203 mm and bikeleon.com Here you have some fotazas Javier Gutierrez and finally a circuit onboard video. Greetings to all from Leon!

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