It was a perfect race last Sunday for our riders Lucian Logigan and Tudor Oprea. The city of Arnavutköy, near Istanbul, hosted the UCI XCO C2 category competition “Salcano MTB Cup”. 30 riders from 4 countries were aligned for the start.
The weather was far from the best. The 8 degrees temperature, a strong cold wind and the deep mud on some parts of the course made the race even harder.
The race track, a 4.5 km circuit, it was
not among the most technical ones seen by our riders but hard enough for the beginning of the season.
Already after the 1st lap Luci took the lead and finished 1st after 1h 24min 28sec. Tudor Oprea finished 3rd, just 1 minute behind the champion of Turkey who was 2nd.
With these results our athletes got a total of 45 UCI points, very important for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games qualification.
Next race will be on March 22 again in Turkey, at Izmir.