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Miranda racer beats local talent on home turf

Racing against the nation’s best on Portugal’s famed Madeira island, which hosted the national enduro championships for the first time, Miranda Factory Team rider, José Borges, took home the win in the elite category.

Borges won three of five stages, some of which were also featured in a past round of the Enduro World Series. He finished the race with a time of 25’00”42, in which he bested local talen, Emanuel Pombo (Cycle Madeira Sports Club), who scored second on his home turf.

With his victory, Borges was able to check off one of his goals as “accomplished.”

“I was able to defend my title as National Enduro Champion for the fourth consecutive time,” Borges said. “I am very happy with this result, since I was facing off with the local guy. I knew this race was not going to be very easy, but I fought until the end and gave my best.”

It’s important to note that Madeira was chosen by the Portuguese Cycling Federation, which recently recognized the area’s natural qualities as ideally suited to this discipline, both competitively and recreationally.

Borges continues racing this weekend at the next round of the Enduro World Series, which takes place over two days in Petzen, Austria and Jamnica, Slovenia, a region rich in trails.

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