Superenduro 2017 Round 3, La Thuile - Day 3

Jul 17, 2017
by Ben Winder  


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.

Mont Blanc looking tall and proud nestled in clouds.
Mont Blanc looking tall and proud nestled in clouds.

Tomaso Ancillotti was here racing his bike alongside his team of riders.
Tomaso Ancillotti was here racing his bike alongside his team of riders.

Greg Callaghan this is the worst job ever . Talking about pinning a number to the back of a jersey.
Greg Callaghan, 'this is the worst job ever'. Talking about pinning a number to the back of a jersey.

The series leader before La Thuile Matteo Raimondi pinning his number one to the back of his jersey.
The series leader before La Thuile, Matteo Raimondi pinning his number one to the back of his jersey.

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3
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.
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.

Riders use the chair lift to access three of the stages and pedal to the top of one stage.
Riders use the chairlift to access three of the stages and pedal to the top of one stage.

There s a short liaison to the start of stage one.
There's a short liaison to the start of stage one.

Unfortunately the first liaison caught this guy out one puncture already out of the way.
Unfortunately the first liaison caught this guy out, one puncture already out of the way.

Riders congregate at the start of stage one just waiting to drop in.
Riders congregate at the start of stage one, just waiting to drop in.

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

Fred Leth dropping into stage one with quite the backdrop.
Fred Leth dropping into stage one with quite the backdrop.

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

Vittorio Gambirasio charging on the way to a 2nd place. Vittorio told me that he had a problem with his rim and was loosing air he d put an air canister in his tyre before setting off and just have enough air left in at the bottom of the stage.
Vittorio Gambirasio, charging on the way to a 2nd place. Vittorio told me that he had a problem with his rim and was losing air, he'd put an air canister in his tyre before setting off and just had enough air left in at the bottom of the stage.

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

The trails may look smooth and dreamy from here but they re tough rough and rocky.
The trails may look smooth and dreamy from here, but they're tough, rough and rocky.

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

Simone Martinelli had a nightmare he flatted on three of the four stages.
Simone Martinelli had a nightmare, he flatted on three of the four stages.

Davide Sottocornola powering past Monte Bianco.
Davide Sottocornola, powering past Monte Bianco.

3rd position today for Nico Lau.
3rd position today for Nico Lau.

Anita Gehrig kicking up dust into 4th place.
Anita Gehrig kicking up dust into 4th place.

Laura Rossin was super fast and consistent all day she finished in 2nd place.
Laura Rossin was super fast and consistent all day, she finished in 2nd place.

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

Tommaso Francardo.
Tommaso Francardo.

Nico Lau during the time check at lunchtime.
Nico Lau during the time check at lunchtime.

You might ve 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 of the course and joined slightly lower down. With a broken tyre he replaced it. He then went to the organisers and admitted to two disqualify-able offences 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 offences that he was fully aware he d be DSQ d for.

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.

Back to the top racing gets underway after the time check.
Back to the top, racing gets underway after the time check.

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

One of the more technical rock sections at the top of stage three. This caught out quite a few riders.
One of the more technical rock sections at the top of stage three. This caught out quite a few riders.

5th place today for Greg Callaghan.
5th place today for Greg Callaghan.

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

Killian Callaghan would ve been in 7th place but turned up a little late to his time check and suffered a one minute penalty.
Killian Callaghan would've been in 7th place but turned up a little late to his time check and suffered a one-minute penalty.

Dust shafting through the trees.
Dust shafting through the trees.

This guy walked around the corner missing half his handlebars.
Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3
This guy just walked around the corner missing half his handlebars.

4th place for Marco Milivinti.
4th place for Marco Milivinti.

Simone Martinelli.
Simone Martinelli.

Caro Gehrig powering into a 3rd position.
Caro Gehrig powering into 3rd position.

Nicola Casadei took home the win today with a lead of 13 seconds.
Nicola Casadei took home the win today, with a lead of 13 seconds.

Fastest for Tracy Moseley as well today she d be sat in 45th position in the overall category. She took the win in the ladies category by over a minute.
Fastest for Tracy Moseley as well today, she'd be sat in 45th position in the overall category. She took the win in the women's category by over a minute.

2nd placed Vittorio Gambirasio.
2nd placed, Vittorio Gambirasio.
Number one Nicola Casadei.
Number one, Nicola Casadei.

3rd Nico Lau.
3rd, Nico Lau.
4th placed Marco Milivinti.
4th placed Marco Milivinti.

Tracy Moseley champ.
Tracy Moseley, champ.
Laura Rossin 2nd position.
Laura Rossin, 2nd position.

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3
Superenduro 2017 Round 3 La Thuile - Day 3

1st: Nicola Casadei
2nd: Vittorio Gambirasio
3rd: Nico Lau.
1st: Tracy Moseley
2nd: Laura Rossin
3rd Caro Gehrig

That s all from La Thuile see you next time.
That's all from La Thuile, see you next time.


MENTIONS: @BWinder




17 Comments

  • + 17
 Matteo Raimondi, what an upstanding and honest racer. I think some other racers could Focus on Matteo's example and try honesty, instead of Conn(ell)ing their fellow competitors when they cut the tape 'by accident'.
  • + 9
 Tracy still rules!
  • + 2
 I don't understand the tyre problem with Matteo : you aren't allowed to change a tyre during the race ?
In SuperEnduro, EWS or French Enduro you aren't allowed to change wheels but you can change tyre, thank god.
  • + 1
 The DSQ was issued after another rider [no idea who was] complained officially with the organizers... as apparently they didn't issue a DSQ to Matteo on the first glance. They even let the rider to race in the subsequent PS with all the risks (why letting hime racing if they then DSQ'd him?).
  • + 4
 I think issue is that he changed the tire after stage 1. Racers were only allowed outside help after stage 2 at the paddock area where the feedstation also was, even though we passed close by our pits after stage 1 we weren't allowed to get help or change or take/put anything there. He is an honest racer at that is so cool to see.
  • + 1
 He was DSQ for track cut, not for the tyre. He went over the bar in a tight and very steep backswitch and he didn't rejoin from the same place he came out. He admit that at the end for the stage.
  • + 2
 Was there 2 weeks ago, the most physically tiring riding I've ever done, guys coming down this at race speed, even though they're pro's, have my full respect.
  • + 1
 One of the best placed i've ever ridden i'd say! Everyone raves about Pila but take yourself another 30mins up the road to here and I think it is far better! Love it!
  • + 2
 hei Greg Callaghan, if you want i can replace you in your "worst" work, being payed for riding a bike! what a dream..
  • + 3
 I'm sure he'd let you pin the number on his jersey. You know, since that was what he was referring to- the quality of his number pinning job.
  • + 2
 I need to go to la Thuile...
  • + 1
 Um, what brand of handlebar was that?
  • + 1
 Race Face next?
  • + 1
 @TimRidesBikes: I'd say that's a good guess. You can just make out the "XT" there coming out beyond the number plate
  • + 1
 Lots of Yetis here.
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