The first European marathon race of the season was held in Gran Canaria on 8
March. 111 riders tackled the difficult 90km course with over 2000 metres of
climbing, some new singletrack, and a hike-a-bike section.
Kerstin Brachtendorf (Team Rotwild) from Germany won the women's race in 5
hours 36 minutes, with Jenn O'Connor (Team Altura Patterson Training) from
New Zealand and Sandra Klomp (NSR) from Italy in second and third places.
A new feature for the weekend introduced by race organiser Petra Wonish, was
the mtb criterium race held on the evening before the marathon race. Twenty
international riders raced a short circuit around the Parque del Sur in
Maspalomas. Stefan Danowski (RG BSV Hamburg) from Germany who attacked from
the start, was chased by the other riders, such as favourites Alejandro Diaz
de la Peña and Mathias Mende (Madmission.de), but Danowski held his lead to
win the race.
Results are at: http://nyx.at/canary/show_page.php?pid=370
Open MTB Gran Canaria website: http://nyx.at/canary/show_page.php?pid=269