The 2011 Urge Cabo Verde event has become more than a race to its participants. As Weir puts it, it's a chance "to become a better person and friend to everyone."
Some of the experiences were definitely more pleasing than others. Weir recounted tales of loose volcanic terrain, exhaustingly steep "hike-a-bikes" cresting the volcano, and harrowing, endless, leg-cramping descents. Riders were forced to put their nerves, fitness and skills to the test (not to mention their bikes!) as each day brought new challenges to overcome.
Congrats to the athletes for finishing strong despite the challenges; for their incredible show of sportsmanship and support for one another that kept everyone safe and in one piece; and to everyone who supported the charitable efforts that will leave the Cabo Verde island communities with a lasting and positive impression of mountain bikers.
1 - Nicolas Vouilloz (Lapierre) – France : 1h03’30
2 - René Wildhaber (Trek - Dakine) – Switzerland : 1h05’36
3 - Fabien Barel (Mondraker) - France : 1h06’16
4 - Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale - Mavic) - France : 1h09’49
5 - Mark Weir (WTB - Fox Racing Shox) – USA : 1h11’26
6 - Greg Doucende (Performance Parts - Trek) - France : 1h13’03
7 - Rowan Sorrell (Orange - Mojo) - Wales/UK : 1h18’24
8 - Hans Rey (GT Bicycles - Adidas) – USA : 1h25’02
9 - Sam Peridy (Scott) - France : 1h27’00
10 - Marco Nicoletti (Niner) - Italy : 1h28’51
11 - Samuel Normand (Lol Racing - Yeti) - France (non-pro) : 1h31’20
1 - Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing - Osprey) - UK : 1h22’13
2 - Sabrina Jonnier (Groupama - Punch Power) - France : 1h36’50
3 - Anka Martin (Santa Cruz - Sram) - RSO/USA : 1h37’52
4 - Dorothea Lindtke (Rocky Mountain - Brake Authority) - Germany (non-pro) : 2h05’18