Davide Sottocornola is the winner of round 1 of the Supermountain powered by SRAM round. Full details, pics and videos inside.Davide Sottocornola is the winner of round 1 of the Supermountain powered by SRAM round. Full details, pics and videos inside.
“I come from Pordenone - 600km far from Limone Piemonte Ed.-, I was at the first Superenduro at San Romolo in 2008 and did not want to miss the first Supermountain today, I really enjoyed it.” - Marco QuaiaVideo recap. Filmed & edited by RITM
Working closely with Via del Sale ASD, Superenduro have bought a new race format to life. On a trail that had everything from tough, technical lines, through to fast, wide-open slopes and bursts of pedalling to test your fitness riders of all abilities were put to the test. In a location with endless vertical metres of descending and stunning panoramic views, Supermountain was born on a great weekend.During qualifying competitors have been able to ride freely on the course for 5 hours. This time was set by the race direction to give everyone the opportunity to become familiar with the track and set the best time. The times were recorded by a transponder of which all the bikers have been equipped with.The course was almost 7km. Cristiano Guarco wants to be sure to remember all the turns and the lines, watching his qualification run at homeAndrea Bruno has been very unlucky this time, with a puncture on race 1 and a tape stuck in the wheel during race 2 Track walk at the end of qualifying for the top riders.RACE1
The race departed from the Cabanaira chairlift, nearly 1,000m above Limone Piemonte. The 54 fastest riders from Saturday’s qualification battled it out in the first group. Like in motocross, a fast qualifying time meant you had a better pick of starting position on the grid. Davide Sottocornola (Cico Bikes - Endura) won qualifying yesterday and translated that choice of position into the holeshot on race day. Manuel Ducci (Life Cycle) and Andrea Bruno (Transition - Ready2Ride) were hot on his heals. The overall winner, Davide Sottocornola, before the start chooses the best position to take the hole shot at the first corner and keep the lead to the end
Dreaded by the athletes, the three tough, technical lines of “The Trivium” presented a tough choice and took their first victim early on. Andrea Bruno punctured, putting him well out of the running. Manuel Ducci stayed hard of Davide’s back wheel over all seven kilometres of the course, but Davide eventually got the better of him, winning by 3.4 seconds. About 500 meters from the start the choice of the line is crucial to avoid the mass.
Pietro Caire (Argentina Bike) edged out Manuel’s teammate, Joseph Murachelli for third place in the heat. Gianluca Bonanomi (Team Pro-M) made his comeback to mountain bike racing and grabbed sixth ahead of Francesco Formichi (MTB School Lago di Maggiore), Carletto Germanetto (Northwest Cycling), Andrew Leo (Bike Cafe) and Andrea Toniati (Cico Bikes Endura).
“Me and Davide were swapping place through the first run and it was a lot of fun.” - Manuel Ducci
The decisive overtake was made when Manuel slides in the second corner of the forest and David flies to victory.Race1 from Manuel Ducci's Contour Plus. Manuel finished second overall.
Among the girls, Limone Piemonte marks the return of Elisa Canepa (Riviera Outdoor) to gravity racing, ahead of Chiara Pastore (Cico Bikes Endura) and Valentina Macheda (Life Cycle). RACE 2 Davide Sottocornola and Manuel Ducci, the two main players of the day
Gianluca Bonanomi took the second holeshot, but could not hold of Manuel Ducci. Davide was strong through the rocks and took that second spot from Bonanomi. Andrea Bruno started strong, but a tape wrapped around he rear wheel got stuck in his brake and held him back. Sottocornola pushed Ducci all the way to the line, but this time he could not find an ovetake.Race2 winner, Manuel Ducci leads the group since the startIn the women’s race it was a photocopy of the first, with Elisa Canepa taking the victory from Chiara Pastore and Valentina Macheda.
This gave Sottocornola the overall victory from Ducci, by just 2.2 seconds over half an hour of descending. Manuel was joined on the podium by his Life Cycle teammates Alessandro Seddaiu in third and Joseph Murachelli in fourth. Pietro Caire took a solid fifth spot. Francesco Formichi took sixth, Carletto Germanetto (Northwest Cycling) seventh, Andrea Toniate (Cico Bikes - Endura) eighth, Andrea Leo (Bike Club Sestriere) ninth and Gerardo Bottinello (Cico Bikes - Endura) tenth. Supermuntain combines the fun of downhill, with the bar-to-bar fighting of marathon DH, all put together to the world-class standard people expect from SuperenduroThe guys at RITM, the official Superenduro videoproduction, must find an agreement with the UCI judges, to decide who will wear the helmet cam in the race. With only two riders wearing the cam, finding the correct angle of the frame becomes essentialRace2 from Andrea Bruno's Contour Roam.
With this great weekend Supermountain is now officially launched. The next event is the Superenduro PRO race at Madesimo 14-15 July and the next Supermountain race is 15-16 September at Pila.
Click here for the official resultsSupermountain overall podiumSupermountain #1 - Limone Piemonte - Classifica Assoluta