Superenduro Round 4, 2017 - Calestano: Day 1

Sep 8, 2017
by Ben Winder  


The Superenduro (Italian Enduro Series) is back. For the fourth round this year we’re in the Parma region in a small town named Calestano. A riding destination unknown to most but that holds gems, from rocky technical stages, to fast flowy stages. It might not have Mont Blanc watching over, like La Thuile, or the towering Dolomites overhead like Canazei, but it’s riding talks for itself. Calestano is definitely on my radar now.

With everything all to play for here in the overall, Vittorio Gambirasio is leading by just 40 points, followed by Nicola Casadei. But as such an underground location and with rain forecast, the win could be anyone's come race day.

The race itself is made up of four stages, 1,637m of descending and 44km of pedaling. They are made up of fast, technical, demanding, and flow. Superenduro head honcho, Enrico Guala, told me that stage four is one of his favourite stages of the year. All the stages will be quite heavily affected by the weather, and with the heavens scheduled to open come Sunday, riders will be expecting super slippery and sketchy conditions.

Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1
Welcome to Calestano with rolling hills and stunning villages nestled in the hillside.
Welcome to Calestano, with rolling hills and stunning villages nestled in the hillside.

Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1
Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1

Stage map is pinned up in the center of town showing all the stages. There s 44km of riding in total although all the climbs are steady nothing to difficult.
The stage map is pinned up in the center of town, showing all the stages. There's 44km of riding in total, although all the climbs are steady with nothing too difficult.

Shuttling is allowed during practice but riders without access to a shuttle spent the day pedaling to each stage.
Shuttling is allowed during practice, but riders without access to a shuttle spent the day pedaling to each stage.

Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1
No moto Stages this way.
No moto, stages this way.

Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1

It was a misty morning today the church near the top of stage one and three poking it s spire through the clouds.
It was a misty morning today, the church near the top of stage one and three poking its spire through the clouds.

The final part of the liaison to stages one and three is along this exposed ridge line.
The final part of the liaison to stages one and three is along this exposed ridge line.

And riders drop into stage one.
And riders drop into stage one.

With a bit of rain yesterday the stages were slippery first thing.
With a bit of rain yesterday the stages were slippery first thing.

The highest start point is 888m but the valleys and exposure are quite incredible.
The highest start point is 888m, but the valleys and exposure are quite incredible.

Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1

Trains riders seemed to just having fun riding together today.
Trains: riders seemed to be having fun riding together today.

The mist lingered at the top of stage one or quite some time today.
The mist lingered at the top of stage one for quite some time today.

The final bits of taping and safety were put in today.
The final bits of taping and safety were put in today.

Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1

This trails aren t heavily used so there s an amazing mixture of rock and dirt.
These trails aren't heavily used, so there's an amazing mixture of rock and dirt.

The slippery dirt caught a few people out today.
The slippery dirt caught a few people out today.

Vittorio Gambirasio came through this tight rock section on stage three at a serious pace it ll be interesting to see this section in the wet.
Vittorio Gambirasio came through this tight rock section on stage three at a serious pace, it'll be interesting to see this section in the wet.

The top of stage three is fast and open with a few natural berms.
The top of stage three is fast and open, with a few natural berms.

Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1

Enrico Guala rode the stages today checking them and having A LOT of fun. Here he is on stage four a very British style of trail. He told me he has to ride this stage again tomorrow.
Enrico Guala rode the stages today, checking them and having a lot of fun. Here he is on stage four, a very British style of trail. He told me he has to ride this stage again tomorrow.

There s a lot of variation in style of stages and types of soil.
There's a lot of variation in style of stages and types of soil.

Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1

Superenduro Round 4 2017 - Calestano Day 1

Tomaso Ancillotti is here as the team mechanic and is searching for a bed. Last night he camped for the first time in 20 years.
Tomaso Ancillotti is here as the team mechanic and is searching for a bed. Last night he camped for the first time in 20 years.
Vittorio Gambirasio appears to be very hands on when it comes to his bike setup.
Vittorio Gambirasio appears to be very hands on when it comes to his bike setup.

That s all from today we look forward to seeing what tomorrows weather holds.
Thats all from today, we look forward to seeing what tomorrow's weather holds.



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