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ThirstyBear Cycling Rio Division 2013 Angra dos Reis Road Race report

Weather- a few clouds @88′ -hot & very windy

Class: Elite!
32 riders on the line
55 miles (point to point)
5,743ft of climbing
2:54 minutes

2010-2012: Raced the Master B (40+) class here in Rio and finish mostly on the podium with a few wins. Though the fields are smaller than California – many of the Brazil National Champs live in Rio – so it’s always a good test.

2013: Decided to up the ante’ and jump into the Elite class – Big commitment as jumping back and forth here is not allowed…

Last year: 4th in this race with the Master B’s. This years prep included driving out the previous 2 weekends to ride the course. Recommended

Elites were the first group off with a long 15km neutral promenade through Angra dos Reis a beautiful oceanside village about 2 .5 hours from Rio

City Cycle 2012 Trek still taking care of business – Great Bike!!
City Cycle 2012 Trek still taking care of business – Great Bike!!
Long 15km neutral promenade through Angra. 2nd Group – Master B’s just visible in the background. As the 40+ group is generally stronger here in Rio they usually put them before the A’s (30+).
Long 15km neutral promenade through Angra. 2nd Group – Master B’s just visible in the background. As the 40+ group is generally stronger here in Rio they usually put them before the A’s (30+).

 

The Big Elite team here is certainly FW Engineering with at least 9 riders and 30% of the peleton…and the class of the field.
The Big Elite team here is certainly FW Engineering with at least 9 riders and 30% of the peleton…and the class of the field.
Hanging onto Zomers wheel who eventually took 6th – nice ride Anderson! 
Hanging onto Zomers wheel who eventually took 6th – nice ride Anderson! 
First climb rises 2000′ in 6 miles from the valley below including 3 cobbled tunnels. Made the 2nd group on the road – about 10 of us including 3 FW riders…by Rio Claro just 3 FW’s and me. Hard but satisfied.
First climb rises 2000′ in 6 miles from the valley below including 3 cobbled tunnels. Made the 2nd group on the road – about 10 of us including 3 FW riders…by Rio Claro just 3 FW’s and me. Hard but satisfied.
A nice bamboo tunnel gives a little respite from the heat just after Rio Claro. FW boys offered some water and eased away…very sporting group!
A nice bamboo tunnel gives a little respite from the heat just after Rio Claro. FW boys offered some water and eased away…very sporting group!
All in at the finish line
All in at the finish line

 

The finish line at Mangartiba
The finish line at Mangartiba

Below: Results are in!

Results are in!
Results are in!

Very happy with mid pack finish – did not embarrass myself… Looks like would’ve won Masters A, B & C races by 2+ minutes. Upgrade was right on time. Lots of work ahead…

More than 370+ photo’s on Facebook here: Tour do Rio

Would love to host a TBC Rio training camp 2014…interest?

Will be up for Berkeley Hills & Mt Hamilton in May – Looking Forward!

Go Bears!
Aaron

Comments

Alex Osborne

Hi Aaron,

This is very cool! It looks like safe racing. didn’t see much evidence of traffic. That team controlling the front looks very serious. Are they going to have that masters worlds qualifying gran fondo again this year?

Alex

Orlando

Well raced! The FW dudes weren`t messing around! I was sorely tempted to go, but I had too much going on at the time so had to miss out!

Georgina

Hi Aaron,
Great race! Beautiful pics. Keep up the good work. With love from Ireland/USA. MUA

Steve Close

Excellent report and result. Thanks for keeping me on the info list. I miss the good old days: you, me, Gene and sometimes Corey riding the hills of Santa Barbara. Hope to see you again. Steve

Matt Pigeon

Awesome Aaron, you the man.

Aaron

Thanks All !!

Yes Alex a very safe location and beautiful location for a race! Also, Yes they will have the qualifier here in Rio again – one for ALL of South America…on the Olympic 2016 course again. Profile below shows the climb which they took out last year – we’ll see what happens this time around! Mark your calendars August 11, 2013 http://sport.be.msn.com/uciworldcyclingtour/2013/eng/rio/

Good Times,
Aaron

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