|March 6, 2015 – March 8, 2015 (about 1 month from today)|
|Tavira, Portugal [large map] 37.1336, -7.643|
|marathon, MTB, Stage Race, XC, PORTUGAL, ALGARVE, tavira|
After two awarded editions the expectations for the ABC2015 are huge…
The Algarve Bike Challenge or ABC is a mountain bike stage race and it will run from 06 to 08th of March 2015. The real challenge of this stage race is not only about to win, but the knowledge, living the mountain bike spirit, overcome own limits and being in close touch with Nature.
The development of this Event is about the increasing demand and search for a type of Race who suits the best of two worlds: teams of two riders and a course guided by a GPS track.
Like the famous Epic stage races, the riders of ABC will race by teams of two. Team members can be off different ages and/or gender and at Checkpoints (CP) and at Finish line, the team result will only be authenticated when both two team members are present at the same time.This concept is a surplus in endurance races, stimulating team spirit. Effort management and risk assessment are also important factors in this kind of stage race.The structure of this Race will provide everything that is necessary from water, food, accommodation, technical support while they care only about their passion, RIDING A BIKE! The ABC will be hosted in the marvellous and historical city of Tavira starting with a night Prologue on the town historical centre lighted by his natural light and ancient torches. On the day after, Saturday, will be raced the Queen stage. Riders will start from Tavira town centre crossing the characteristic barrocal located between the coast and the inland Serra. The 2nd stage will be a little shorter but not much easier. Rider will face north to the hills from the Algarve. The landscape, terrain characteristics will be totally different from the first stage.
Concerning the results Teams will be classified in one single category using a scheme of time allowances for gender and age. The team will be attributed the handicap of the member with the highest allowance.
The winning team will be the one with less time, combined the results from the two stages.
In each stage, each team will follow a preset track on the GPS screen.
Since no marks will be placed along the course, only signposting to alert from danger sections, crossings and descents, the environmental impact of the race is substantial reduced.
The GPS should have a coloured screen, a minimum of 32Mb of memory, be able to accept cartography, and a recordable track capacity of at least 10000 points. The GPS must have an USB communication interface.
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