Tracy Moseley, Fabien Barel, Rowan Sorrell and Nico Vouilloz are among the 15 riders who are taking part in the Urge Cabo Verde challenge.

Here's a quick word from Day 1 and photos from Sven Martin.

Monday, February the 7th:

Riders and staff met at Charles de Gaulle airport to fly to Praia, capital of Cape Verde… First episode: Hans Rey’s bike hasn’t arrived, it is somewhere between Los Angeles and Paris… we need to find a B plan… Landed on the archipelago around 3 in the afternoon, then to the hotel, first brief and discovery the city.

Program for Tuesday: meeting at the Pedro Gomez School with the children and the managers of two of the four associations Urge Cabo Verde will support. Then we board bikes and people on a boat to the… Fogo volcano, island where the first race will take place on Thursday…

To be continued...

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Hans Rey, Rowan Sorrell, Mark Weir and Marco Nicoletti(?)

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Fabien Barel tying the bikes on.

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Barel

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Nico Vouilloz's Zesty

Nico and Lapierre decided to offer at the Urge For Cabo Verde auctions this unique bike as soon as it’s back from the race, as well as a jersey signed by Mister Vouilloz himself!

15 riders at Cabo Verde

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The complete Riders List for this Urge Cabo Verde :

Fabien Barel (Mondraker) - France

Jérôme Clementz (Cannondale - Mavic) - France

Greg Doucende (Performance Parts - Trek) - France

Sabrina Jonnier (Groupama - Punch Power) - France

Dorothea Lindtke (Rocky Mountain - Brake Authority) - Germany (non-pro)

Anka Martin (Santa Cruz - Sram) - RSO/USA

Tracy Moseley (Trek World Racing) - UK

Marco Nicoletti (Niner) - Italy

Samuel Normand (Lol Racing - Yeti) - France (non-pro)

Sam Peridy (Scott) - France

Hans Rey (GT Bicycles - Adidas) - USA

Rowan Sorrell (Orange - Mojo) - Whales/UK (Editor/Billy: Not sure if that's Blue Whale or Sperm Whale!)

Nicolas Vouilloz (Lapierre) - France

Mark Weir (WTB - Fox Racing Shox) - USA

René Wildhaber (Trek - Dakine) - Switzerland