This year's first European downhill race, the first stage of the Portuguese Cup, takes place this weekend in São Brás de Alportel, with the presence of 150 athletes from five nationalities, including the national champions of Portugal and Spain.
The prestigious Arimbo track, which is already a national reference, in the heart of Serra do Caldeirão, receives the start of the 2020 Downhill Cup of Portugal, the most important national competition of the variant, in an event “totally adapted to the context of a pandemic”, stresses the autarchy.
The two-kilometer open-air track is preparing to welcome one hundred and a half athletes: the national champions of Portugal and Spain and part of the Irish team will compete for the best results in this event in which the public will not have access to the competition areas. or the areas of the participating teams.
Training will take place on Saturday and the competition will start at 11:00 am on Sunday, with the prize-giving ceremony scheduled for 5:00 pm.
Being an individual and open-air competition, according to the rules of the Directorate-General for Health, the event was considered as “very low risk” of contagion by Covid-19 by the local health authority, “with the organization ensuring the implementation of all measures to prevent contagion during the event ”.
The scenery and conditions offered by the territory of São Paulo, close to the sea and with open doors to Serra do Caldeirão, are conducive to the practice of downhill and annually attract hundreds of athletes, who have returned to pre-season stages with a view to a better preparation for international championships.
The municipality of São Brás de Alportel organizes the race, in collaboration with the XDream association and the Portuguese Cycling Federation.