Sam Gaze and Katazina Sosna, two great winners for Sea Otter Europe’s bike-marathon on the Costa Brava in Girona09-06-2018
On an exceptional day at Sea Otter Europe, the third event of the Marathon Cup by Scott & Taymory took place. The race had the highest level riders and the most participants in the whole championship, thanks to the influence of Sea Otter Europe, an event that has become one of the most important in the world in just two years. More than 700 riders gathered to take on a true mountain biking track – not just because the trails around Girona are perfect for the sport, but because mud and water were a firm fixture on much of the track – on a day that was nonetheless hot and sunny. A perfect combination that seldom occurs: tracks, mud and heat. Sure-fire fun for all.
The Specialized biker Sam Gaze has been one of the most oft-repeated names throughout 2018. Winner of the first round of the World Cup, he was bold enough to compete in both today’s bike-marathon and the XCO Super Cup Massi tomorrow. A rider committed to Sea Otter Europe, who has also been based in the spectacular area of Girona for a few weeks now.
Sam Gaze dominated the event with relative ease. For the first 15 km he rode together with his fellow bikers but soon managed to break away to take first place. His statements sum up the event: “I had seen the track a few days before and I knew that it was difficult. And the mud made it technically challenging too. It was a really hard race. I was surprised by the terrain, which had stretches similar to those in the World Cup with natural rock gardens. It was amazing”. Gaze will also take part in tomorrow’s XCO, which he has already set his sights on: “Now its time to head home and recuperate as much as possible for tomorrow”.
He was joined on the podium by the Dutchman Hans Becking (DMT Racing Team), one of the best bike-marathon riders in the world. His race, which went from nought to 100, was proof of how tought the event was for all involved. Enrique Morcillo (Buff-Scott) took third place, confirming that he is having the best season of his sporting career and that, on his own merit, he is one of the finest riders in these types of events.
Guillem Múñoz (Bluemotors Neolith) not only keeps the leader’s jersey, which he took in the previous round, but also manages to clinch first place overall, with the last event yet to be disputed in Vall de Boí.
The women’s category had a clear leader with Katazina Sosna (Team Torpado Sudtirol) sweeping the board much like she did at VolCAT. Her skill has served to demonstrate that she is among the best riders in the world in her discipline. Ramona Gabriel (Blue Motors Neolith) was the rider who came the closest to the Lithuanian. The result also means that she is the overall leader after tallying up the points. Anna Pons (Probike Club) took third place on the women’s podium.
In terms of categories, Francisco López (Addict Bikes Team) and Melchor Faja (Blue Motors Neolith) were the fastest in the Master-30 and Master-40 respectively, whilst the Master-50 category had an illustrious winner: none other than Tinker Juarez (Cannondale Factory Racing). Silvia Roura (Esteve) was the best in the Sub-23 category, Michaela Sekulova (C.C. Tamadaba Biker Agaet) in Master-30 and Eva Martín (Club Ciclista Roses) in Master-40.
On the 47 km track, the fastest were Javi Galvan (Maxi Bike) and Claudia Marin (Scott Bikes).
The Marathon Cup by Scott & Taymory sets forth towards the Pyrenees with its toughest event. A high elevation test that will serve to decide the championship’s overall winner. As part of the Buff Mountain Festival, it will be another weekend of sport, nature and the best mountain biking. The event takes place on 1 July and, as usual in this tournament, there will be two different tracks (56 and 35 km) and two options for participation (Open and Pro).