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Video: 13 Year Old Local Rides The Black Snake Top to Bottom

Jun 13, 2024
by valdisolebikeland  

We gave Riccardo Vender the wildcard to prove himself on the Black Snake, ready for the WHOOP UCI Mountain Bike World Series that will go down in Val di Sole from June 14th to 16th.

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Member since May 24, 2016
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25 Comments
  • 33 0
 As much as I am all for the reduction in course tape, its really hard to see where the track goes with the coloured poles
  • 21 0
 Slow down kid, I can't see the track Big Grin
  • 14 0
 Looking at his race results in IXS and other races he's clearly a massive talent and someone we'll see in the future at world level.
  • 4 0
 Watched few IXS rookie cup clips recently and was blown away by the speed these kids have... bonkers!
  • 2 0
 @winko: They're incredible, i get to see the 13-14 quite a lot in the UK Nationals and seeing some of them who are tiny getting down Rheola, Fort William in great times is honestly inspirational.
  • 9 0
 i hope to see more italian riders racing WC. Except for val di sole, usually there are more pierron brothers than italians.
  • 8 0
 Riding the track is a massive feat in itself, but I wasn't expecting that kind of pace from someone his age. Bravissimo!
  • 3 0
 Val de Sole is beginning to look like an ancient archeological site - traces of an old course here, a stone berm over there, ah there’s the preCOVID line…etc etc - ‘….we have got out the geomagnetic gear and think we have found a rut from 2008…’
  • 4 0
 The pro's will be checking out his lines for the weekend.
  • 1 0
 I was watching Bernard Kerr hitting this track and granted he is just learning it but Kerr is amazing and this kid made his video look so slow. I hope he races. I can't imagine anyone hitting some of these lines faster.
  • 3 0
 I bet he eat snakes for breakfast
  • 1 0
 If I was 13, thats how I would ride it....

Fair play to him and to the folk who have taped (polled) the track, that looks so good.
  • 3 0
 The pace the kids are going these days in incredible.
  • 3 0
 He's so fast for his age, he should be grounded!
  • 1 0
 hope they can see the course markers better than on that video. crazy good riding from the kid, puh
  • 1 0
 Awesome! He seems to know each rock. His time was about 4 mins exactly, wow.
  • 1 0
 cool but strange our kids younger than this race sections like this all the time
  • 2 0
 Porca miseria , ma quanto viaggi?
  • 1 0
 I crashed half a dozen times just watching this.
  • 2 0
 Wow!
  • 2 0
 Damn.
  • 2 0
 really impressive!
  • 1 0
 Rapido!
  • 1 0
 Love the big manual.







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