Superenduro Round 1, 2017 – Gualdo Tadino

May 19, 2017
by Ben Winder  




The race season is well under way now, and it’s time for the first round of the Superenduro. We’ve ventured down to Perugia to a beautiful town named Gualdo Tadino, home for Rocchetta water. A famous spring here pumps out the water, fills the taps of all the houses and is also bottle at the bottom of the hill. The town itself has had a troubled history and had to be rebuilt three times over due to wars. The last time it was rebuilt was in 1239, and has remained since then, still a stunning ancient town.

Looking all around there are rolling hills, nothing jagged but not small either. The mountain behind the town, on which the first stage starts towers over the town by about 900m, starting at 1,400m. Over the course of the race, the riders will climb 1,700m and pedal 39km in five stages.


A super picturesque town in the heart of Italy.
Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino
A super picturesque town in the heart of Italy.

A typical ancient Italian town has maze like narrow streets either a shortcut or a pathway somewhere new.
A typical ancient Italian town has maze-like narrow streets, either a shortcut or a pathway somewhere new.

The town is also famous for it s ceramic ware around every corner there s little gems.
The town is also famous for its ceramic ware, around every corner there's little gems.

Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino
Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino

But of course there s a mountain bike race going on Alex Lupato setting up his forks with the Andreani guys.
But of course there's a mountain bike race going on, Alex Lupato setting up his forks with the Andreani guys.

Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino


A Word with Manuel Ducci

As Race Director, he’s involved in the taping of the tracks, and providing technical feedback on things like line choice and safety. He works together with Enrico and the local organisers on their track choice and helps in making the final decision. Manuel is still racing outside of the Superenduro, so he’s in tune to what riders want to see in trails and what will make exciting racing. This is a new role for Manuel this year.

You came here two weeks ago to make the final decisions on the tracks that would be raced, how do you decide? What influences your decision?

Yes, I came here two weeks ago to decide. I’m still a rider and a racer so I try to think about what I would like to find in a race, not just for me, but what I would find exciting for all the racers. So trying to follow these guidelines I will find the best trails for the event.

Are there any limits on the tracks you tape? How many you stages you race?

There are some standards we must abide by, the altitude/elevation effects the amount of stages we can race. The levitation is the main thing. You can have many stages with low elevation or sometimes the opposite. We have to stay between 1,600 and 2,000 meters of elevation. In this range, we can make a race between 35 and 50 kilometers. We always try to get the most and best stages as possible, but we must stick to these guidelines.

What can we expect from the stages here?

The stages here are pretty, they look easy… but they are not. To ride at the right pace, you have to push really hard riding on the limit, it’s easy to make mistakes, come off the track and lose time. In general, the riding is good, the trails are really flowy, every stage is different, you can find different kind of dirt, ground and the difficulty level changes stage by stage, I think it’s going to be a very interesting race. It’s also a great place to start the Superenduro series this year.

Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino
Riders drop in from 1,400m into Stage 1, which starts out in the open with fresh, grassy turns.

Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino
A small but sweet ridge line at the top of Stage 1.

Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino

A super fast section of trail just before it drops away into the woodland.
A super fast section of trail just before it drops away into the woodland.

As the trail drops into the woodland the dirt could be described as hero dirt yet it s easy to make mistakes and end up off the track especially at race pace.
As the trail drops into the woodland, the dirt could be described as hero dirt, yet it's easy to make mistakes and end up off the track especially at race pace.

Towards the bottom of the stage the ground starts to undulate with big holes that need to be accounted for. Whilst setting up here I saw a massive crash word is this section has caught a few riders out a very fast section of trail.
Towards the bottom of the stage the ground starts to undulate with big holes that need to be accounted for. Whilst setting up here I saw a massive crash—the word is this section has caught a few riders out. It's a very fast section of trail.

Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino

Lorenzo Suding dropping in we caught up with him a little later after a big crash...
Lorenzo Suding dropping in, we caught up with him a little later after a big crash...

With his right sock used as a bandage. Committed.
With his right sock used as a bandage. Committed.

Stefano Zenobi showed us around his ceramics workshop Stefano has made the trophies for this weekends race.
Stefano Zenobi showed us around his ceramics workshop, Stefano has made the trophies for this weekends race.

Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino

Super enduro Round 1 2017 - Gualdo Tadino

A view of one of the rooms in his workshop.
A view of one of the rooms in his workshop.
The trophies for the race.
The trophies for the race.

Tomaso Ancillotti of Ancillotti bikes is here on mechanic duties for his team it s amazing to see his passion for mountain biking.
Tomaso Ancillotti of Ancillotti bikes is here on mechanic duties for his team. It's amazing to see his passion for mountain biking.



14 Comments

  • + 5
 I might be dumb for asking this, but what is the difference between superenduro and enduro? do the stages have more flats/uphill than a normal enduro? thanks for putting up with my ignorance.
  • + 6
 Neither, They just all were spandex a cape a mask and a big letter an their chest ! O yes and goofy boots too.
  • + 3
 Will we need super boosted bikes for this?
  • + 9
 It is normal enduro, it's just a name for the series (at least it's super well organized and the tracks + venues are usually all top notch). I think the well organized Superenduro was one of the main things leading to the current EWS..
  • + 2
 that's no differences, it's only the name of the trophy, the format is the same..
  • + 6
 Looks amazing! Wish I was racing.

Also. I know it's not "cool" to cover your elbows but if had a penny for every time I saw a bloody one. Wear some pads FFS people!
  • + 1
 Long sleeve jerseys are the answer.
  • + 1
 @bikeis4life: If you mean pads under long sleeve jerseys (just to hide the pads) then yes. Otherwise a big no.
  • + 2
 @TheJD: I mean pads under the jersey. I do that, looks like a normal jersey if you wear a loose jersey.
  • + 1
 Italian Enduro scenery every year is better and better.. like italian wine !!
  • + 1
 Ancillotti, love those frames.
  • + 1
 superenduro>EWS
  • - 1
 Neither, They just all were spandex a cape a mask and a big letter an their chest ! O yes and goofy boots too.
  • + 0
 Dropper post is 650$ at the shop! Enduro is my passion, but damn.

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