Race Report: Superenduro Round 3 - Lerici

Jun 16, 2019 at 18:11
by Ben Winder  


We’re back for the third round of the 2019 Superenduro (Italian Enduro Series), this weekend we’re coming to you from the southern border of Liguria. A new venue for the Superenduro, and a relatively young riding scene but with all the raw elements for a mountain bike paradise.

The race was made up of six stages, covering over 46km and 1590m of climbing, which is a pretty big day of racing. The trails themselves are made up of old walking paths, access routes and have been extended and adapted into bike tracks... The trails are tight, technical and challenging to race.

The men’s race was won by Marcello Pesenti who took the win by 13 seconds, leaving Mirco Vedemmia in second position and Nicola Casadei in third. In the women’s Laura Rossin dominated the race, and took the win by over a minute and a half, leaving Francesca Bonanni in second and Irene Savelli in third.

Lerici is located on the edge of Liguria, just a stone's throw from the stunning Cinque Terra.

The harbour is in the town, with boats bringing in fresh fish every day.




Not a bad spot for a warm-up stretch.

Tomaso Ancillotti getting his pits set up first thing.

In the morning, the mechanics put the final touches to the bikes.

Before the 394m climb to Stage 1, all the riders are set off from the stage in town and the Pope of Enduro, Enrico Guala.


Luca Bertocchi setting off from the top.


The tracks here are littered with small sharp rocks, which caused many punctures this weekend. I watched this weekends winner Marcello Pesenti puncture twice in a 100m section during practice.

There's always time for a bit of style in practice.

An integral part of the Italian Enduro scene is Davide Sottocornola, who finished up in 10th position this weekend.

A solid result for Denny Lupato finishing in 4th position

Simone Pelissero carving up this (bumpy) roller-coaster section of stage 4.

6th position for Erwin Ronzon.

The end of the stage is where teams talk about the track together...

...or fix one of the many punctures...
...then head back up for the next stage...

...but also, to stop off at one of the food stations.

Back into the racing and Matteo Berta took 5th position.

A great result for the youngster, Mirco Vendemmia who finished in second position.

A few issues hindered Irene Savelli, leaving her in third position.

Francesca Bonanni finished in second today.

Nicola Casadei won the last round in Punta Ala and took third place here today.

This weekend's winner, Marcelo Pesenti.

Laura Rossin took the full honours in the women's category.


The final stage of the day was a short sprint through the windy old streets of town...

Mattia Baldo tackling one of the many steep tight turns.

Alan Beggin.

As Nicola Casadei crossed the finish line, Marcelo knew he'd taken the victory.

This Weekends winners, Laura Rossin and Marcelo Pesenti.

1st: Marcelo Pesenti
2nd: Mirco Vendemmia
3rd: Nicola Casadei
1st: Laura Rossin
2nd: Francesca Bonanni
3rd: Irene Savelli




12 Comments

  • + 16
 Who's the sponsor of that last rider on the bench?
Is that handbag a prototype?
Those goggles are sick!
  • + 10
 Enve, she's still waiting for wheels that hold up.
  • + 2
 Just look at those flat pedal shoes. She knows that flat pedals win medals.
  • + 3
 Great Race !!! Good location and good trail we love Superenduro ! Mushroom Riders #nonunapedalataindietro @mushroomriders see you in Abetone for the next round !!
  • + 3
 It looks like people are either riding Öhlins suspension or an Ancilotti bike. Could you do some proper statistics like at the Whistler opening at the next race?
  • + 1
 @clemson I did put a smiley face but it came out as ??? Each to there own, Ive ridden in that region and love the Italians xx
  • + 3
 You’re obviously fast Marcelo, but full face and glasses? ????
  • + 5
 .....style police ....who cares ....its about riding what works for you and not about style ...
  • + 3
 I have to use the glasses, without I can't see the tree in front of me ???? and I don't like the contact lenses
  • + 3
 Good to see more and more riders on Ohlins
  • + 3
 The Scott Ransom with Ohlins is dreamy....
  • + 1
 Definitely would like to see some more pictures of that bad boy.

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