Maluka Bike Race: Different but Always Fun

The Change Of Means Of Transport, From The Automobile To The Bicycle, Marked The 18th Accomplishment Of The Caiense Gymkhana

The 18th Race Maluka did not have the bearing and the repercussion that this brilliant gymkhana had in its early years. There were only 15 teams participating and this was mainly due to the fact that the test, this time, be performed with bicycles, instead of cars, as it always was.

The greater severity of the laws on traffic safety led the organizers to make this change, which discouraged participants.

It was a test. It is possible that, next year, the Race will be back by car.

But those who participated liked it. Each team was composed by up to four cyclists and the route was mainly by ground road, in the localities of Barra do Cadeia and Pareci Velho.

What did not change was the creativity and daring of its organizers. Among the 43 tasks that participants had to complete along the 30-kilometer course, there was one that is among the most impressive of all time.

A crane truck was placed on Marechal Floriano Street, near the Woodpecker Pizzeria and the Crazy Dog lodge Ali, a member of each team entered a metal cage and was erected by the crane up to a height of 45 meters. From there, the Maluko corridor dropped three bladders filled with water, having to hit inside a hula hoop placed on the asphalt of the street. The number of hits counted. There were team that hit the three releases.

The gymkhana began on Friday evening and ended on Saturday afternoon, divided into three stages.

On Friday night, it was ten kilometers. Ten more were flown on Saturday morning and ten in the afternoon. In this way, it was not tiring for the participants. The Maluka Race is not an athletics competition.

The tests were fun. In one, the participants had to pass a floating, narrow, swinging bridge over a pond. A lot of people fell into the water.

At another stopping point, the proof was to walk on a tape (slackline) tied in two trees.And there was even proof inside the Caí River, held with a jet ski.

In another test couples had to kiss in public. He counted the age of the man and the woman and the time they stood with their mouths pressed together. It won the couple in which the man was 75 years old, the wife 66 and the kiss lasted 27 minutes.

One of the teams did a mechanical engineering work by attaching three bikes to a deceased coffin.

And so, from malukice to malukice, competitors and the public spent a fun weekend.

Even with fewer competitors, the Race showed vigor and creativity, showing that the game has everything to keep happening.

Winners

When the points were added in the late afternoon of Saturday, the rested was surprising.It was announced as winner the team 57, formed by young Leonardo da Silva, Mateus Gomes, Leonan Sandeski and Rafael Hoss. An unexpected result, because they are boys of 16 and 17 years and had never participated in the race.

But this result was disputed, the points count was checked, and it was proven that the winning team was 14, composed by Charles Mentz, Felipe Mentz, Azir Hartmann and Laísa Hartmann. Charles Mentz is a great champion of the Maluka Race. He has competed since the first race, in 1989, and won several times.

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