Race day arrived here in Santa Caterina for the final round of the Superenduro (Italian Enduro Series). Along with the race atmosphere so did the rain, torrential. This really put a spanner in the works, the initial worry was for the rider’s safety, the organisers weren’t sure it was fair to ask riders to head up to 3000m in freezing, rainy and snowy conditions. This was confirmed when the gondola wasn’t able to run either. This forced changes in the schedule for the race, and unfortunately ended up with two of the stages totally cut, and half of another.
The race was now stage one as planned, then riders would take on a two-hour climb high into the mountains, and reach the half-way point of stage three, race the remainder of stage three and then to the final stage. The weather is always going to be a potential issue for riding in the mountains, they’re unpredictable and sometimes dangerous, but perhaps that’s an element that attracts us to them as mountain bikers, their untouched and pristine beauty.
As it’s the final round it wasn’t just about the racing on the day, the overall still needed to be decided, the trails still needed to provide a challenge to allow the best rider to win. This was a worry considering half of the race had to be cut, but what we lost in distance was made up for in the technical difficulty that the rain brought on. ResultsMen's:
1st: Marco Milivinti
2nd: Marcello Pesenti
3rd: Martino FruetWomen's:
1st: Louise Paulin
2nd: Anna Oberparleiter
3rd: Jessica Bormolini