LOUSÃ, Portugal – (November 4, 2018) Yesterday José Borges of the Miranda Factory Team won the Avalanche Liquor Beirão 2018, one of the largest MTB descents on the Iberian Peninsula, which took place in LouzanPark, Lousã. Teammate Gonçalo Bandeira finished in third place. Vasco Bica, also a member of the Miranda Factory Team, did not complete the race due to a mechanical problem.
Yesterday’s race was marked by rain and bad weather, which for some was discouraging, but for others it only drove up the fun factor. There were about 350 participants in what is considered the craziest and most anticipated race of the year. A descent where any type of bicycle and any lover of two wheels are both welcomed and are guaranteed a place.
Organized by the Montanha Clube – BTT Downhill, which — in addition to racing — recorded one of the largest collective descents on the Iberian Peninsula alongside the best national and international racers, whose capacities in downhill, enduro and XC were tested.
José Borges, the elite Portuguese National Enduro Champion, was the fastest on this rainy Sunday. The Miranda Factory Team racer completed the 11km mixed terrain descent that connects the Trevim (at 1200 meters high) to the Parque Municipal de Exposições in the center of Lousã, with a time of 18’ 28”. He was the grand victor of this 2018 edition.
"The Avalanche da Lousã is a mythical event in Portugal, where athletes from all over the country come. It is an experience unlike anything we are used to. I have participated in previous years where I have won twice," said José Borges, whose goal this year was "to win again.”
"I managed to get a good start and position myself at the head of the race. After a few meters I looked back and found that Gonçalo Bandeira was in 2nd place. I even told him to come with me but he couldn’t. From there I rode solo from start to finish, all the while managing everything that was happening. With this victory I finished my season on top and with grand expectations for 2019," said the Miranda Factory Team racer.
Gonçalo Bandeira, who has raced since age five, but still without a victory, took third place. Racing at home for the Miranda Factory Team, the cadet racer commented that, "Avalanche is always a race that everyone is waiting for, more than that, just to be in Lousã. It is the race that allows the various MTB disciplines to converge and compete.” He went on that "it is undoubtedly an end-of-season party."
"Zé and I started to lead but then, with the wind and the rain, I lost both contact and some positions. I was able to improve and recover places, but I could do no more. In the end I couldn’t be happier than to finish again on the podium, again in third place,” said Bandeira, who is a native of Lousã, who also remembered that racers from around the world were present.
Vasco Bica, who is also a racer for the team, didn’t complete the race. A mechanical problem during the descent made it impossible for him to finish, forcing him to abandon.
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