Stage 1: Mucuge to Mucuge, 12.4km prologue; trail a mix of sand and rock, combined with a steep paved climb and one knee deep water crossing. Technical difficulty, 7.5 out of 10..
Men: Steffen Thum and Simon Gegenheimer (Germany) Ultra Sports Rose Racing;
Mixed: Brian and Jenny Smith (USA) Alpine Orthopedic MTB Team-Breezer-SRAM;
Women: Adriana Nascimento and Sabrina Gobbo (Brazil) Ladies Brasil Soul-RC Bikes
Lost: By American Airlines, the bikes of Topeak-Ergon teammates Jeff Kerkove and Sonya Looney, meaning they did not start the race.
Stage 2: Mucuge to Rio de Contas, 145km with 3372 meters of climbing. This is by far the toughest stage of the seven-day race. Expect the winners to log upwards of 7 hours, while the back markers will spend nearly 12 hours in the saddle. Start time is a painful 6 a.m.
Brazilian Portuguese Words of the Day:
- Por favor [Please]
- Muito Bom [Great, as in great trails ridden today]
- Tudo Bem [Everything Good? A question Brasil Ride teammates will be asking each other all week. If things are good, the appropriate answer is "tudo bom"]