RedBull.com takes a look back at Portugal’s #1 Hard Enduro event - Extreme XL Paredes.
For 2013, the race was given a new name due to its revised format. Now called Extreme XL Paredes, the race changed from it’s multi lap format of 2012 to a point-to-point race for 2013. Starting at the paddock, riders faced 15 tough sections to reach the finish that was perched on top of an impossible climb. Like “Hells Peak” at Hells Gate in Italy spectator involvement was crucial in pulling riders to the top.
The time in seconds between race winner Jarvis and runner-up Dougie Lampkin. The fight for victory was a close one between the leading two riders, and third placed Gomez. In fact for the majority of the race all three riders were within sight of one another. Only towards the end of the race did Jarvis pull a gap on his rivals.
The race was set out over two days. Saturday was prologue day with the main event on Sunday. The prologue, situated at the paddock, was an endurocross styled race at night. Qualifying runs determined the start order for Sunday’s race and then the fastest four went head to head in the showcase Super Final. Alfredo Gomez topped the qualification but a mistake from him in the Super Final allowed Jarvis through for the win.
Extreme XL Paredes is a punishing race – it takes no prisoners. You need serious trials skills to cross some of the huge rock steps littered around the course while being stubborn enough not to quit when the terrain gets brutal. Of the six Pro riders that reached the finish line, four of them – Graham Jarvis, Dougie Lampkin, Ben Hemingway and Dan Hemingway - were tough as nails Yorkshire men.
Approximate distance in miles between the Extreme XL Paredes in Portugal and next weekend’s Enduro Ukupacha in Quito Ecuador. Jarvis and Gomez will be joined in Ecuador by Jonny Walker, Chris Birch and X Games Gold Medallist Taylor Robert, among many other hopefuls.