The weather finally made its mind up at about 8am this morning, just as the riders were getting ready to take to the hill. It decided to rain. There were a few drier patches through out the day, but the dust from practice is long gone and according to Anka Martin you spent most of the time sliding everywhere. This morning it seemed like a blessing to shelter in the warm press room, but as people came down the hill plastered in mud and grinning from ear-to-ear you know you made the wrong call...
It was the usual early morning tyre lottery. It rained in the night, but at first it looked like it was going to be a nice day...
...but this is what we got.
Giulio from Endura was probably the smartest man in Sauze D'Oulx this weekend. By 9am this morning I think he could have charged whatever he wanted for his waterproofs.
There was only one tyre choice today.
It was strange seeing the pits so empty as everyone hid from the rain.
This photo more or less sums up today: beautiful forest, standing water and Jerome Clementz going incredibly fast.
This guy had the right idea for marshalling, building this sweet little shelter for himself.
Hardcore is the only word for this. He didn't let not having a tyre on his rim slow him down too much either ...
Jerome Clementz had a lot to smile about this morning after taking the individual title.
As I said before, plastered in mud and grinning. I'm jealous.
Alberto does most of the videos for the Superenduro series with his partner, Laura. He wasn't sure how waterproof his Contour cam was, so he spent a good fifteen minutes waterproofing it with tape and a plastic bag.
Simon (L) and Julian (R) from SRAM. Without Simon a lot of our coverage of this weekend wouldn't have been possible and Julian is just preparing for the mass start stage here as he got drafted into team Germany this weekend.
Jerome Clementz completing his clean sweep of the weekend and taking the win in the mass start race.
Nico Voullioz was nothing short of immense this weekend, only a flat in the second stage yesterday stood between him and winning the individual title.
Anka Martin simply dominated the women's field this weekend, by the end of it she was getting tired of overtaking people.
This is what the top photographers go through to bring you amazing race pictures: Matteo Cappe after he got back down from shooting the mass start stage.
Here in Sauze, even the bad weather is beautiful...
Last, but definitely not least today, this is Laura and Alberto from Rock in the Middle, who have been handling all the media stuff this weekend. They've put up with me showing up late, getting confused, losing stuff, breaking stuff... and still don't seem to hate me. None of this would have been possible without them this weekend.
So there we go. It doesn't seem real that it's been four days here, the time has just flown by and it's now time to pack up the bike, laptop and camera and hit the road home. Throughout the weekend there's been an atmosphere unlike any race I've ever been to and I've already been asking the event founder, Fred Glo, about coming back next year... And thank you to everyone who's helped me out this weekend, Enrico, Laura, Alberto, Simon, Giulio, Emiliano, the riders,the whole Superenduro everyone... Thank you.