Santa Margherita: Superenduro Round 5, 2017 - Day 1 Practice

Oct 20, 2017 at 13:23
by Ben Winder  



The final round of the 2017 Superenduro is held a stone's throw (more of a hurl) from Finale Ligure and holds some real gems. The stages are incredible not too difficult, fast, flowy and technical enough to keep you on your toes. The stages aren't the most technical we've seen at Superenduro races in the past, but they include some punchy climbs which are sure to separate the field up a bit.

Santa Margherita is located on the Ligurian coastline, a popular summer tourist destination, and a fishing town. It hosts a keen group of mountain bikers that are determined to create an amazing trail network, I spoke with one of the group and he told me they dig most weekends and if they want to treat the local riders they go out during the week too.

As this is the final round of the season, the fight for the overall is now in full swing. Four contenders could potentially take the overall; Vittorio Gambirasio, Nicola Casadei, Marco Milivinti, and Matteo Raimondi. If Vittorio is to win, the series will be his. The women's race has even more potential overall winners, there's six, but two aren't here this weekend. Laura Rossin and Alia Marcellini are the two main contenders to take the race win here, but Jessica Bormolini and Bruna Benedusi have had amazing, consistent seasons that could play into their favour this weekend.


A stunning Ligurian cove just over an hour away from the mountain bike mecca that is Finale.
A stunning Ligurian cove, just over an hour away from the mountain bike mecca that is Finale.

Blue skies today but the rest of the weekend is looking like we re going to see rain.
Blue skies today, but the rest of the weekend is looking like we're going to see rain.
The town from above outlines the chaotic streets below.
The town from above outlines the chaotic streets below.

Vittorio Gambirasio is the current series leader he looks confident out there but Nicola Casadei is hot on his heels.
Vittorio Gambirasio is the current series leader, he looks confident out there but Nicola Casadei is hot on his heels.
Alex Lupato is out of the race for the series title but will be looking to make his mark on this race.
Alex Lupato is out of the race for the series title but will be looking to make his mark on this race.

Simone Brescia is one of the driving forces behind the riding scene in Santa Margherita today he gave me a tour of the town in true Italian style.
Simone Brescia is one of the driving forces behind the riding scene in Santa Margherita, today he gave me a tour of the town in true Italian style.

During practice racers are able to shuttle the stages.
During practice racers are able to shuttle the stages.

With a relatively dry spell in Liguria at the moment the dust is thick and the trails are slippery.
With a relatively dry spell in Liguria at the moment, the dust is thick and the trails are slippery.

Santa Margherita Superenduro Round 5 2017 - Day 1 Practice

The stages here aren t the most technical or long they re quite fast and flowy with quite a bit sharp punchy climbs fitness is going to play a big part of this race.
The stages here aren't the most technical or long, they're quite fast and flowy with quite a few sharp punchy climbs, fitness is going to play a big part in this race.

Vittorio Gambirasio was looking composed and smooth on track today.
Vittorio Gambirasio was looking composed and smooth on track today.

Santa Margherita Superenduro Round 5 2017 - Day 1 Practice

Stage three is the steepest and pretty much a sandpit. It s incredible fun to ride it ll prove to be tough to race though.
Stage three is the steepest, and pretty much a sandpit. It's incredibly fun to ride, it'll prove to be tough to race, though.

Matteo Raimondi.
Matteo Raimondi.

Santa Margherita Superenduro Round 5 2017 - Day 1 Practice

Riders enter this dark section of steep dust on stage three which proves difficult especially following another rider in.
Riders enter this dark section of steep dust on stage three, which proves difficult especially following another rider in.

Just like this.
Just like this.

Santa Margherita Superenduro Round 5 2017 - Day 1 Practice

In the sections of trail that don t require as much breaking the dirt is perfect. Singletrack that dreams are made of.
In the sections of trail that don't require as much breaking the dirt is perfect. Singletrack that dreams are made of.

Santa Margherita is a high-end summer resort with huge mansions and expensive hotels. Silvio Berlusconi s son was spotted in town today.
Santa Margherita is a high-end summer resort with huge mansions and expensive hotels. Silvio Berlusconi's son was spotted in town today.

Denny Lupato reflecting on the day in the Italian Riveria.
Denny Lupato reflecting on the day in the Italian Riveria.
Davide Sottocornola giving his forks a carpark service.
Davide Sottocornola, giving his forks a carpark service.

Simone Martinelli and his new friend.
Simone Martinelli and his new friend.
Matteo Raimondi.
Matteo Raimondi.

Alia Marcellini.
Alia Marcellini.

A lazer cutting issue left the Superenduro staff with a big job cutting out all the bike stickers.
A lazer cutting issue left the Superenduro staff with a big job cutting out all the bike stickers.

Goodnight from Santa Margherita let s see what the weekend holds and how the weather decides to treat us.
Goodnight from Santa Margherita, let's see what the weekend holds and how the weather decides to treat us.



8 Comments

  • + 5
 full of trails not only in Santa Margherita....there is also Sestri Levante-Riva Trigoso well know for superenduro racing in the past years.
Also Chiavari and Levanto have nice trail at the moment. This part of Riviera is full of nice trail, we have also a "funivia" in Rapallo open all year long. Main problem here is that we don't have the same type of turist promotion of place like Finale. So thanks to the guys in Santa because the do a very good job!
  • + 1
 Hallo guys,
as me and my girlfriend planning to go biking between Santa Margherita Ligure and La Spezia during eastern (as Finale will be a way to overcrowded), may I ask if you know some good trails and guides for a day or two as we are only 2 two.
I as she loves to stay on in tents is there a campsite you would recommend as ratings mostly so la la.
  • + 2
 Nice place for holiday. Hey, locals, tell me please. is there enough trails for whole week riding?
  • + 2
 a life is not enough to ride all the Riviera trails.... and Provance is just there as well
  • + 1
 I confirm that! You can start in Nice and ride Sospel, San Remo, Molini, Colle Di Nava, San Bartolomeo, Finale ligure, Santa marguerita and so on.. A single life is not enough to enjoy la dolce vita d'Italia
  • + 1
 In Santa Margherita (Portofino Mountain) there are only 5/6 trails authorized for MTB. But the neighborhoods are full of trails, you just need a local guy to find them.
  • + 1
 I’ve been to Nava twice and the trails are endless and epic, check out Nava freeride
  • + 1
 Looks very good. Good Luck!

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