Emanuel Pombo (Miranda Factory Team) and Marta Simões (CAJ Raposa) won on Sunday the elite men's and women's races, respectively, of the first race of the Downhill Cup (DHI), held in São Brás de Alportel.
Gonçalo Bandeira (Miranda Factory Team) was the most prominent runner, winning the junior category and achieving the best absolute record of the day.
The elite men's competition started with Francisco Pardal (BlackJack Factory Team) imposing himself in the qualifying race. However, in the descent that decides the classification, it was the Madeiran Emanuel Pombo who flew higher, concluding the descent of 1950 meters, at the Arimbo track, in 2.45.64 minutes. Briton Brett Wheeler (MCF / XDream / Municipality of S. Brás), running "at home", was second, at 5.80 seconds. Francisco Pardal did not confirm the promises of qualification in the final and finished in 3rd place, 5.85 seconds from the winner.
The elite women's competition had only two competitors. Marta Simões was the fastest, with 4.48.46 minutes, 12.56 seconds less than Joana Nunes (Casa do Povo de Abrunheira).
Gonçalo Bandeira won the race in juniors, but he did more than that: he got the best record among the 64 cyclists of all age categories who competed in the final, going down the course in 2.43.50 minutes, 4.41 seconds less than Nuno Reis (Miranda Factory Team) and 14.78 seconds less than João Baptista (Bike House DH Team Guimarães), who completed the podium.
Also of note is the Algarve José Salgueiro (MCF / XDream / Municipality of S. Brás), winner in master 50.
The 2nd race of the DHI Cup of Portugal is scheduled for November 8, in Tarouca. But on September 20, there will be more action, the National Downhill Championship, in Penha, Guimarães.