Video: Big Crashes & Saves from the Italian National DH Championships

Jul 19, 2021
by Ed Spratt  

bigquotesHere is the crash compilation from the 2021 Italian National DH Championships with the best riders challenging each other on the difficult "Back To The Roots" track of the Piazzatorre bikepark.PRB Content Creator



80 Comments

  • 53 1
 Did that guy pedal his way out of a dead sailor at 0:57?! What other incredible secret techniques are the Italians keeping from us?
  • 11 3
 Italians do it weird but they do it betterWink
  • 11 0
 Its a common technique in motocross to control your angular momentum. You can also brake to get the opposite effect. Implementing it on a bike is on another level though.
  • 8 0
 Would be very interesting if that's the case, however a bicycle's rear wheel mass is insignificant compared to a moto's (plus engine kick), so not sure
  • 20 1
 You can also windmill your arms. Same idea.
  • 8 0
 @JohanG:

Windmill to Scorpion
  • 6 0
 "Just keep moving your legs and don't ever look down" - Wile E. Coyote
  • 2 0
 How to score penalties
  • 1 0
 Maes in Fort William few years ago. He couldn't save it though and broke his wrist!
  • 1 0
 At Les Ges, that's how Bernard Kerr managed to handle the fast highline ski ramp while Reece Wilson got bucked.
  • 37 0
 Did that last guy just take a dude out by throwing his bike?
  • 2 0
 I think so
  • 9 0
 Trust me, what it says is worse......... :0
  • 5 1
 Looked like a bit of a hissy fit, after he lazily rode over that obvious slippery root and ate it. Did he also throw a rock at his bike?
  • 6 0
 Someone knows the meaning of "porcodio"?
  • 1 0
 @Canadmos: looks like the goggles
  • 6 0
 @Fusilcontrafusil: Whaahahahha, the only thing I can say is that the words of the "thrower" have some similitudes with "porcodio". Here in Bergamo/north-east of Italy we use a lot of those "against-christian-gods yelling"
  • 5 0
 @Fusilcontrafusil: But yeah maybe "Porcodio" is the most used one Smile ) ... Shortly it means (sorry, you asked...) "God is a pig".
  • 6 1
 No he slipped on his own


@ 3:28 tho the crowd was chanting some voodoo; notice the riders head bobbling to the sounds their making just before he crashed.

Explains why so many were getting rag dolled. These are strange times for sure!
  • 3 0
 @MarcoM85BG:

I like that! - Porco+Dio? makes sense! Good old Latin-based languages are so logical.
  • 3 1
 @MarcoM85BG: Here we have "Jebem boha", it means "I f*ck god" - that's the basic form and it can be extended to "jebeb ja tvojho boha vyjebaneho" - "I f*ck your f*cking god" for example. It was popularized by one drunkard from shithole villagecity, whose loud alcoholic rants were recorded by his neighbors and publicized on internet (and went viral over years)
  • 1 0
 @Fusilcontrafusil: allora spero di aver esposto bene la question, DIOCAN!
  • 18 2
 Is everyone in a movie where they’re gonna win the big race to get the girl or save the orphanage or whatever? Cuz these dudes are WAY out of their depth! A few could do with faster rebound on their forks too. I love it!
  • 2 0
 How can you tell from the video the rebound is too slow?
I'm not fooling around with you, just generally curious.
  • 4 0
 @tonit91: get bounced on the tabletop jump. Maybe the jump is poorly builted as many times happens here in italy, or maybe they've got wrong suspension setup, too fast rear rebound or/and too slow fork.
  • 24 0
 @tonit91: I have a google chrome plug-in that analyzes suspension reactions in real time.
  • 4 0
 @tonit91: I can tell by the action of the bike and from having seen quite a few forks in my time.
  • 3 0
 the fact is that for the lack of regional races, everyone can and will participate in the national series, from the national champion (or even people from abroad) to the biggest of beginners, it's really a melting pot of skills. For example some months ago i raced in the same category as Loris Vergier on my 26" dh bike.. i mean..
  • 6 0
 @Elibo: I love this. A true Open class is so rad. Did you stare him down before the race?
  • 17 0
 Sends, Saves and Fails combine. And the best part is: upfront you never know which one it's going to be.

Awesome action, awesome racing, awesome video. Lo adorno!
  • 11 0
 Man... this mid-air-pedaling save was wild! Never thought of this being a good idea, but it seems to be...
  • 2 0
 Can't tell if this work on a MTB, but this is how it's done in MX (spin the back wheel) to prevent a nose dive and pulling the rear brake in the air to prevent a backflip Wink
  • 1 0
 @danielson-01: I have seen this in the mx world aswell, but never in the MTB world. Thought this was just a Blenki-style thing
  • 2 0
 @le-freerider: it's also a mtb thing, Martin Maes tried to save his wrist doing it on the "Scotland" drop jump in Fort William (2018 or 19).
  • 2 0
 @Clem-mk: Interestig! I need to find a clip of this.
Maybe this pedaling comes into my mind the next time I´m jumping front heavy.... but I doubt that I could think of anything else than.... "Ooohhhh ssshhhhh***ttt"
  • 9 0
 Europeans crash differently than us North Americans.
  • 5 0
 Just me or is there a certain weirdness to a lot of these that you don't really normally see in crashes? Like a lot of slow, slow slow, stop, fall over kinda things?
  • 1 0
 Weird track apparently
  • 1 0
 I was thinking the same. A lot of nose dives too. Makes we wonder wether the track was "special" or the average level was lower than what you'd expect from UK, USA, France... nationals.
  • 6 0
 Gnarly track!
  • 6 0
 I'm from Bergamo, the Piazzatorre county: I was there on this trial 1 month ago, and I can confirm: it's one of the gnarliest shit I ever did on my bike... Obviously I did the trail at something like 1/4th of the speed of those sic guys in the vid.
  • 4 0
 By all accounts Italy has the best DH trails in the world. Why aren't there more World Cup DH riders?
  • 17 0
 Honestly, we don't know! ...Maybe competition isn't our priority? F**k it, gimme some spaghetti I live in the best place in the world... Joking Wink Regards
  • 9 0
 I've raised that question before. I guess like many other countrys,domestic federations and racing clubs don't really help their riders as they should.
  • 10 0
 Poor training traks, no support for young riders, no pump track, nor dirt jumps or anything else where u could learn and train basic and fundamentals skills, little access to trail, the few lift access park are for the most just walking trail with no sign of proper build jumps/features for bike.
  • 2 0
 @Luniapuanrider: I would say that the lack of pumptracks and dirt jumping spots is more on the riders and clubs fault. If people get organized,even at a smaller scale something can be done.
Maybe that the big population centers are very far away from the good riding areas,or even that the majority of the italian riders aren't really interested in competition. No problem with that, it's just the way it is.
  • 1 1
 @Luniapuanrider: This really explains the lack of skills of many of the riders in the video, even if it is Nationals!. Reminds me a lot of Friday fails...
  • 2 0
 @nozes: " majority of the italian riders aren't really interested in competition"

Like Canada, I suppose. So many amazing riders, but they all do slope or aren't interested in competition.
  • 5 0
 No funding, no public interest, not enough people "notice" the sport in their youth. Everyone rides XC when they are young. Things are slowly changing though. We have the terrain for it, indeed.
  • 3 0
 @Luniapuanrider: they are some really good pumptracks in the north of Italy.
Lenate is the best pumptrack I ever rode!

But I guess you are right, the density is low compared to the south of France.

In France or GB, there is also a previous generation of riders (Peat, Vouilloz, Barel, etc.) that teaches the newcomers.
  • 2 0
 @nozes: "the majority of the italian riders aren't really interested in competition" i don't think is true,as i told you aside from Finale Ligure and some major spots in the Alps (Livigno over the most) we lack places where you could learn and progress.
And yes private club could be a factor, but for other sports there are tons of public facilities and investment to developing new and young athletes.
Just to put things in perspective i live in a provincial capital of 60 k people, that is 3 times Squamish pop, with maybe 1/5 of the land of squamish, we have ( not joking) over 20 soccer field with countless soccer clubs, and not a f*cking pump track, there are 2000 mt mountains 10 km from my doorstep with amazing terrain, still we haven't a f*cking built jump or tabletop in 15 km radius.
And aside from 4-5 natural trails we built with other 2 local clubs there is 0 mtb trails.
How the hell you start to be competitive in such enviroment?
How could someone young and not rich start this f*cking sport if the only thing you could ride aside fireroads are double black rocky trialsy stuff?
  • 2 0
 @labourde: yeah , for sure in northern italy there are several facilities, and also in the Alps several bike parks such Livingno with a lot of proper jumps and opportunities for progression in a relatively safe and accessible enviroment.
But is far away for a lot of people in Italy to get to that places. In other country each small / medium town has at least a pumptrack, not to mention the lack of properly buil trails and trail access.
So for getting back to the first comment even if in Italy we have a lot of (potential) proper dh and enduro terrain, and many places start to pop out but still it is very difficult to have a generation of athlete competitive at WC level.
And then yes, we lack also proper "teachers" because we don't have such a lot of former WC riders to teach new ones, but u can still take some teacher from other country but if your young athletes can't develop skills and access to facilities as it is for the majority of sports, for example road cycling is still nothing compare to soccer in Italy but it's huge compare to mtb. Dozen of clubs, facilities and opportunities for kids/ newcomers to the sport to build skills and confidence and therefore make proper use and advantage of the terrain we have.
  • 1 0
 @Luniapuanrider: Considering the huge number of skiing resorts in Italy you are really behind Austria/Switzrland/France with the bikeparks, they are being developed but really slloooowly while other countries seem to have just adopted them much faster. Italy has a long history of cycling, unfortunately just not in the gravity disciplines... hope this will change soon!
  • 2 0
 other than what the other people mentioned, I think the cycling federation and the people funding the sport are made up by the older generation (50+), which is still focused on road cycling and maybe XC. France invested in BMX training and pumptracks for the younger generation, the Italian federation is still focused on fabricating good roadies and some XC athletes, that's it. Also, shops are full of customers that are 50 to 70, who demand XC bikes, wear lycra and have never done a skill training in their life - these people have the greatest purchasing power and eventually steer the market and influence the younger generation too.
Things are slowly changing though: the trail density is increasing, the possibility of riding are potentially countless and non-riders are relatively tolerant of bikers in the Italian outdoors. And the spread of media over the internet is doing its job in making people curious about Enduro/DH. Winter resorts are expanding the riding offers in summer, which is also a good driver.

I actually disagree on a couple of things above: Italians do compete and in the past there were so many Enduro and DH competitions even at the local level, but this slowed down with the increase in the ebikes market, which ate shares of the enduro/DH market. Also, while the north have many riding areas on the Alps and the northern Appennines (also close to the biggest cities, like Turin, Genoa, Bologna, Florence or even Milan - anyways the Italian population is pretty much spread out all over the place), the south has only very small riding communities unfortunately, while having also very good potential for riding terrain.
  • 5 0
 The guy at 2:10 who got stuck on the safety net. lol
  • 1 0
 Is that the same rider falling out from under the net at 2:18 in the next video cut?
  • 4 0
 Fails, Sends and Saves. Monday Mashup?
  • 3 0
 Pretty wide array of skill here...lol
  • 1 0
 yeah we may not have pumptracks, dirt jumps, properly built mtb trails, flow trails, jump trails, but we surely have the gnarliest dh tracks
  • 1 0
 The last guy in the video is in the Master 6 category, a mature veteran who should be an example to the younger folks on how to deal with adversities
  • 1 0
 ...so it seems everyone able to stay upright for about 3 seconds can enter that kind of competition?
  • 1 0
 the french say "allez allez allez".....what do the italians say?
  • 10 0
 Die die die I believe!!
  • 3 2
 "forza, forza, forza"
  • 8 0
 I think I listened something like "PUTTANA LA MADONNA TROIA"... Quite a different meaning Smile ))
  • 3 0
 @MarcoM85BG: haha, yes the last guy had quite some cursing ready for his bike Smile
  • 1 0
 porco dio
  • 1 0
 @SeanOg: Technically they say "dai dai dai" ("come on, come on, come on" or "go go go"), but it sounds exactly like "die die die" in English!
  • 3 0
 kurwa!
  • 1 0
 Like SS and FF all rolled into one
  • 1 0
 the guy at the end throwing his bike, he's a real prize winner
  • 1 0
 Man the Italians love them some rebound.
  • 1 3
 the most famous Italian of all time was Pinocchio and he was a liar. Then a jackass named Dominick. Then Pizza.
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