Riders of the Dominican Enduro Series battled it out on the stages of the appropriately named Caribbean Flow Enduro last weekend, the fourth and final round of the series as well as the last EWS Qualifier of the year.
Held in the La Vega province, the two-day race made use of the regions high mountains with stages ranging from 1200 to 2000 meters above sea level.
Big rocks and long stages - riders were in for a treat.
Day one took riders on a 45-minute shuttle drive to the Valle Nuevo National Park where the first three stages were held, including the 5km long Ghost Town - the longest stage of the race. Next up, another shuttle was used to transport riders to the Divino Niño Mountain for the fourth and final stage of the day. The 1.48km long stage was a tale of two halves, with treacherously loose and rocky sections in the first half and very grippy black dirt for riders to enjoy in the second.
Marcelo Gutierrez was flying high all day and looked untouchable on the stages.
Unfortunately, Andres Valerio from team Scott Bicicentro, the only rider who had the speed to match Colombian ex-pro DH rider Marcelo Gutierrez, suffered a heavy crash on the first stage that put him out of contention.
After four stages of amazing racing, the day ended with all riders getting together for a BBQ, good music and some beers at the race hub.
Fans were out in force, heckling racers and creating a great atmosphere.
The second day of the race started with a 375-meter climb towards the Loma del 80. From there, three stages and some of the gnarliest riding in the country were all that was left between racers and the finish line. Stage seven stood out from the rest, with a 300-meter long chute for riders to tackle to finish the day.
The Men’s top three (left to right): Pedro Sereno, Marcelo Gutierrez, Abel Alberto.
After two days, seven stages and nearly 2000m descent, the fastest time went to Marcelo Gutierrez. In the Women’s field, Gabriella Tejada took a convincing win over Amnerys Cintron Rodriguez and Maryann Alegre, who finished second and third.