With practice finished, it was now time to put the clock on the four stages, riders faced 3000m of descending and over 37km of riding. A seriously tough day on the bike, from rough fast alpine singletrack, steep rooty sections, and tight technical corners, all sprinkled with a few inches of dust. Most people's answer after being asked about their day, ’Dusty.’
Nicola Casadei took home the win of 34 minutes and 10 seconds. Trailing by just 13 seconds was Vittorio Gambirasio, closely followed by Nico Lau. Marco Milivinti landed in 4th and Greg Callaghan took 5th. In the women's race, Tracy Moseley took the win, just five minutes behind the fastest time of the day. Laura Rossin took second place, and Caro Gehrig took the third spot.
A closely fought race, with honesty, mechanical issues, and truly exciting racing. Enrico Guala (race organiser) tells me that this was the best Superenduro ever.
As with all Superenduro races, riders are set off from the paddock, which is where they get their start times. Riders must stick to these times are they will be awarded a penalty. Enrico Guala sets all the riders off, giving them a mini interview and a bit of support.
You might have wondered why I mentioned honesty earlier on in this post. That's because of this man, in ten years the Superenduro have never had anyone admitting to breaking the rules. Matteo Raimondi had a puncture on stage one, and he fell off the course and joined slightly lower down. With a broken tyre, he replaced it. He then went to the organisers and admitted to two disqualifiable offenses, changing his tyre outside of the time check and cutting the course. He was ultimately DSQ'd for the course cutting, but due to the wording of the rules he didn't break any changing his tyre, the organisers have told me they're going to update the rules. The most important thing to learn from this though, Matteo was the current overall leader and admitted to two offenses that he was fully aware he’d be DSQ'd for.
This guy just walked around the corner missing half his handlebars.
1st: Nicola Casadei
2nd: Vittorio Gambirasio
3rd: Nico Lau.
1st: Tracy Moseley
2nd: Laura Rossin
3rd Caro Gehrig