Superenduro Round One - Gualdo Tadino: Race Day

May 22, 2017 at 3:12
by Ben Winder  


Race day started out pretty grey, cold and windy. Riders were looking nervous, wondering what to expect, worrying about tyre choice and how many layers to take. Riders start off from the town and pedal off into the clouds, they’re kept motivated by Enrico Guala’s voice echoing across the region.

The weather improved throughout the day, and by the afternoon the sun had come out which encouraged the fans to get out on the side of the hill. This meant the trail conditions were changing constantly, from soaking wet first thing in the morning, to patches of dust in the afternoon. This played havoc with tyre choices, riders are allowed to change their tyres at the time check in the middle of the day. Most people stuck with this same tyres all day, some went for dry tyres and struggled in the morning, and others went the other way, with mud spikes.

The changing conditions made for an extremely exciting race, crashes, mechanicals and wild riding. The race was won by Matteo Raimondi and Alia Marcellini in the women's. The saw a lot of jumping around in the positions, it was the mistakes, crashes and mechanicals that decided the race.

Tyre choice The Lupato brothers opted to run dry tyres all day which was costly in the morning but then in the afternoon they came into their own and Denny even won the final stage. Marco Millivinti on the other hand he ran mud tyres which were great in the morning but for the afternoon they were awful.
Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino
Tyre choice, The Lupato brothers opted to run dry tyres all day which was costly in the morning but then in the afternoon they came into their own and Denny even won the final stage. Marco Millivinti on the other hand, he ran mud tyres which were great in the morning, but for the afternoon they were awful.

Enrico Guala spends Sunday on the microphone keeping everyone motivated and informed.
Enrico Guala spends Sunday on the microphone keeping everyone motivated and informed.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

A freezing blustery start to stage 1.
A freezing blustery start to stage 1.

Due to the cancelled stage PS3 now became the first stage of the day and was also raced twice.
A freezing blustery start to stage 1.
Due to the cancelled stage, PS3 now became the first stage of the day and was also raced twice.

The E-bikes were the first category off in the morning.
The E-bikes were the first category off in the morning.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

It didn t take long for the mud to become unearthed.
It didn't take long for the mud to become unearthed.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

Italians don t try to hide it in general they don t like riding in the wet. The section became super slippery and dangerous which caught quite a few riders out.
Italians don't try to hide it, in general, they don't like riding in the wet. The section became super slippery and dangerous, which caught quite a few riders out.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino
Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino
Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

It didn t take long for the track to start to dry out especially the sections in the open.
It didn't take long for the track to start to dry out, especially the sections in the open.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

Lorenzo Suding looked to be on top form in the morning he was leading after the first two stages but in the end a mechanical issue meant he had to drop out.
Lorenzo Suding looked to be on top form in the morning, he was leading after the first two stages but in the end, a mechanical issue meant he had to drop out.

After the first two stages everyone heads back into town to see how they re doing in the timing work on their bikes and get some lunch.
After the first two stages everyone heads back into town to see how they're doing in the timing, work on their bikes and get some lunch.

Catching up and sharing tales of the day so far was also a top priority.
Catching up and sharing tales of the day so far was also a top priority.
Alia took the opportunity to stretch out.
Alia took the opportunity to stretch out.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino
The Lupato brothers rode with the wrong tyres on in the morning but remained in high spirits.
The Lupato brothers rode with the wrong tyres on in the morning but remained in high spirits.

Back to the racing Stage 3 was the longest stage of the race and this is where Lorenzo lost his lead.
Back to the racing, Stage 3 was the longest stage of the race and this is where Lorenzo lost his lead.

Fiorile Allocca.
Fiorile Allocca.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

Vittorio Gambirasio was fast and consistent all day today but was just pipped by Matteo Raimondi.
Vittorio Gambirasio was fast and consistent all day today, but was just pipped by Matteo Raimondi.

A big crowd came out for the Italian version of Hecklers Rock.
A big crowd came out for the Italian version of Heckler's Rock.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

Today s winner Matteo Raimondi consistent smooth and calculated.
Today's winner Matteo Raimondi consistent, smooth and calculated.

Alia stormed the race and took the win by nearly three minutes.
Alia stormed the race, and took the win by nearly three minutes.

The final stage was a race through town loads of locals came out to see the spectacle.
The final stage was a race through town, loads of locals came out to see the spectacle.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

The race through the town is only short but it s 100 percent effort all the way.
The race through the town is only short, but it's 100 percent effort all the way.

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

Superenduro Round One 2017 Gualdo Tadino

Lorenzo explaining to Enrico where his day went wrong.
Lorenzo explaining to Enrico where his day went wrong.

Nicola Casadei
Nicola Casadei
Vittorio Gambirasio
Vittorio Gambirasio

Vittorio Gambirasio
Vittorio Gambirasio
Denny Lupato
Denny Lupato

Alia and Matteo were stoked to take the win here.
A massive cheers from the organisation team.
Alia and Matteo were stoked to take the win here.

A massive cheers from the organisation team.
A massive cheers from the organisation team.

Spotted.
Spotted.


MENTIONS: @BWinder




64 Comments

  • + 59
 "Enduro sucks", "29' are gay" Italians are definitely Europe's voice of reason
  • + 21
 @whipperman did you see the e bike category they had ? Not sure that's a voice of reason
  • + 17
 I honestly just clicked on this article because of this guy and his panel.
  • + 3
 Yep, well done guys, a bit of unnecessary homophobia to kick things off...as if the wheel size debate wasn't ugly enough to start with...
  • + 5
 in the US you can't use the word ghey without being fired from your job and excommunicated from the community.
  • + 15
 @sk133872: in the my country, you're not true friends if you haven't called each other gay..
  • + 5
 @enger: i def dont come to pinkbike for electric motorized coverage.
Keep that outta here.
  • - 4
flag jaame (May 23, 2017 at 1:06) (Below Threshold)
 @Altron: it's not homophobia. Just as the word gay evolved from meaning happy and cheerful to homosexual, so it has evolved again to mean uncool.
  • + 8
 @jaame: the fact that they use someone's sexuality as a curse word or to describe something negative is exactly what's the problem here and why it is homophobia. It hasn't evolved away like you said. Gay is still the name for homosexuals.

There are thousands of amazing curse words out there, no need to offend innocent people by using their name as something bad.

Doesn't matter wether it is about someone's sexuality, religion, skin color or origin, that's just uncool to use as a curse word.
  • + 2
 Wow what an interesting topic.... I think the panels were ironic. Anyway, it seems in a few months all top DH racers will be "gays" and I will certainly buy a "gay" bike in a few weeks and won't care about those idiotic comments.
But what about these weird (double?) valves on the Lupato brothers wheels? That's something I wanna know about.
  • - 3
 @Mattin: I don't think that man is saying 29ers are homosexual. Machines do not have a sexuality as far as I am aware. Like it or not, gay has become a term meaning uncool.
  • + 7
 @jaame: what if we substituted "gay" for "british?"

After a while, hearing things like "29er's are british" would drive you crazy.
  • + 0
 @jaame: Exactly!! I seem to remember there was a sign at an XC WC about 4 or 5 years ago saying 29ers are gay - in fact, this sign looks like a near perfect replica of it, so along with the "Enduro Sucks" one (and believe me, those guys love Enduro out there), I expect there's more than a little bit of comedy/irony in there. LOLZ at people getting triggered by it!
  • - 3
 Dentists get a much harder time on these message boards than homosexuals, and I don't see many people getting their knickers in a twist about that.

What if the sign said 29ers are straight? Would anyone care about that? I doubt it. What if it said 29ers are white? 29ers smell so clean and hygienic? 29ers are so slim? 29ers are hairy?

It's only insulting if you take it as an insult.

"You big hairy bastard." Is that insulting? Maybe it could be. It could be a compliment. Perhaps that guy thinks 29ers are happy. Perhaps he is gay himself, and he loves 29ers, and he is paying them a compliment.

If someone calls me British, or white, I just thank them for the compliment. Homosexuals should do same. Being gay is just as good as being straight, so calling someone gay is not an insult.

Personally I don't care what anyone is. It's not my business. Also I feel it's not anyone's business to tell someone what they can or cannot joke about. If you don't like the sign, don't read it. If you don't like gays, don't be gay. If you don't like people who don't like gays, don't hang out with them.
  • + 6
 @jaame: ^that^ is naive. As a straight white male, I can't pretend to know the impact of years of having the term gay and fa* used in a degrading way. To say it isn't or shouldn't be a big deal doesn't make it so. I strongly dislike the militant political correctness movement, but I get the impact here.
  • + 1
 @jaame: Or instead of telling people not to feel offended by your childish behavior, maybe you should think about adjusting your childish behavior so it doesn't offend people. You can't tell people how to feel when you use discriminating words.

It's you that needs to adjust, not the whole world that needs to adjust to you.
  • + 1
 @Mattin: I'm not the one who said it, I simply made a point that I don't care if someone else said it.

Yes there are c*nts about. Get over it. If you go looking for something to get offended about, you'll spend a lot of time getting offended.

If you don't like it, don't read it.

Who are you to tell me to adjust? I accept that people are different. Some are gay, fine by me. Some people write signs that say 29ers are gay. Fine by me.

Celebrate diversity means accept all kinds of people for who they are, be it blind fat disbaled Muslim lesbians or people who make flippant jokes about 29ers being gay.

When I meet an arsehole I leave them to it. I'm not their father. It's not my business to tell other people what to think it feel or do.

I am a true liberal. I apply my liberalism to everyone, not just those who agree with me.
  • + 1
 @jrocksdh: I don't either...just pointing out the artical notes on e bikes....

E bike are not the voice of reason....i will keep that here thank you very much
  • + 4
 @jaame: don't be so gay then
  • + 18
 E bike racing?
Thats like having a moped catagory in moto GP racing.
Nothing fast or exiting about pedal assist bikes.
Its a crutch for a bicycle. Sad very sad.
  • + 2
 I had to read that caption twice. They run a special race for E-bikes now? Wow
  • + 1
 i thought the caption was a joke that just went over my head.
  • + 3
 yeah sure E-bikes are definitely not for everyone, but we have too think about all those people that are not lucky as us to have a normal and fit body, we have to consider ourselves lucky to have no anomalies, if one day i become paralized, i'm never giving up mtb, i'm definitely going for an E-bike.
  • + 11
 @williamsiquet1: These guys are racing a mostly downhill enduro course on e-bikes. They aren't crippled. They're just lazy.
  • + 2
 @williamsiquet1: how is anything you said relevant to healthy young people racing on these mopeds? Not trying to be a dick either, sorry if it came off that way, I just honestly can't see the connection.

Ride them, nobody cares. Pinkbike, please stop covering them, it doesn't belong here, you know your audience.
  • - 4
flag jaame (May 23, 2017 at 1:07) (Below Threshold)
 @Crooks: I think they are a great idea for Enduro. I mean, who enjoys riding up hills, really? No one, that's who. We just do it because we have to if we want to enjoy the downs. This is a way to numb the pain and maximise the smiles.
  • + 7
 @jaame: i enjoy climbing.
Thats how the word cross country ,all mountain and enduro became popular.
Yes there is shuttling and down hill racing.
E bike enduro is a great way to work on that spare tire also known as a beer gut.
  • + 2
 @jaame: I won't lie, climbing isn't my favorite part of it, but I can honestly say that I don't hate it, part of the game and all that. But still I think you misunderstood me. I don't care if people ride them, one day I might as well, I just don't like the coverage here. Feels wrong, but maybe I'm just wrong. It's just when I see ebike races covered with dh or Enduro or anything else, I can only think "why?".

I've said it before and I'll repeat it here again, I genuinely don't care what anyone else wants to ride. Have fun doing your thing, but this conversation is about the coverage on PB.
  • + 2
 @Crooks: They do know their audience. They also know PBers would go nuts over it.
  • + 1
 @h-beck83: Fair enough. Works every time, doesn't it, lol
  • + 4
 3 things:
1. Dang those are some rad bikes
2. Dudes in Italy w signs go hard
3. Please for the love of all that's holy quit having races through the middle of towns
  • + 10
 Why? I think is an awesome thing to do in cycling friendly places like Italy...
  • + 3
 @JeffreyJim: maybe it's just my inner deep seated hatred for those urban DH races (aka-deathtraps)
  • + 4
 I wonder, what do people do with gigabytes of all that awesome super quality footage they shoot with their smartphones/gopros on that rock slab in the title shot?
  • + 3
 Yep, that leaves me wondering too! So many footage form the races, nowhere to be seen.
  • + 1
 I assume the e bikes had the fastest times? I just got to ride one and was shocked( pun intended) when I went down the hill. The extra weight made it track and handle great. The next hot upgrade, make your frame heavy as f@&k!
  • + 3
 My 29er makes me happy, I never wondered if my 29er was happy or not, I guess it is. Thanks guy with sign for opening up my mind.
  • + 4
 I'm by no means the most patriotic American around, but that Stars and Stripes bike is looking pretty legit.
  • + 0
 Kinda apologetic eh..
  • + 1
 Kinda? Understatement of the century.
  • + 3
 The backwards ergo grip in the 3rd set of photos down (guy with the mic) really is bothersome
  • + 3
 Why can't we get a series like this in the US? Is it really that hard to come up with some decent courses consistently?
  • + 17
 Because someone's feelings would get hurt by the signs. And everyone would want a participation trophy.
  • + 7
 Liability... if everyone could just stop suing everyone
  • + 3
 @petebike: You win comment of the day!

Also if parents are involved in a younster class then they will swear that the kid on the 29er that beat their kid was cheating.

Its funny that 29ers are gay though, Alia won by 3 mins on her 29er, just saying.
  • + 0
 @Carl96: Speed and sexual orientation are not mutually exclusive.
  • - 1
 @cmcrawfo: Im still confused on how 29ers are gay though?
  • + 6
 @Carl96: Its complex ... likely a combination of genetic, hormonal and environmental factors, but at the end of the day they are still bikes..so does it really matter?
  • + 0
 @cmcrawfo: Not to me, I was just reading the sign in the first picture.
  • + 11
 @Carl96: The guy isn't being homophobic or anything. 29ers being gay is actually a manufacturing thing. For example: it used to be that if Santa Cruz wanted to make a 26" or a 27.5", they'd stick, say a Nomad and a Juliana Roubion in a comfortable room together, dim the lights, light some candles and put some Barry White on. That's how baby bicycles are made.

Because 29ers are gay, manufacturers thought the bi(ke)ology was different. That's why it took so long to get geometry right. They thought you could just stick two Tallboys in a room like you did with other bikes and get another Tallboy. But it turns out that 29ers are made like other bikes, but historically we just didn't accept them so they hid their wheel size.
  • + 3
 @kelpaso:
I can bite on that!

I gave you props, I like the way you explain it!
  • - 1
 Leftist environmental wackos who sue the crap out local city officials from theryre nice lair jets and high rise buildings in ny, sf, dc for disturbing the earth.
  • + 1
 @jrocksdh: Or red necks who don't want to be disturbed on their private lands while shooting wildlife with assault rifles, in case they shoot back.

More seriously, I think it's easier to organise this kind of event in France and Italy because most mountains and forest are state owned and therefore open to anyone (except for natural reserves)
  • + 2
 @Whipperman: assault weapons eh?
  • + 0
 @Whipperman: they are here in the US as well. People here just don't like bikes.
  • + 0
 If anything is "gay" it's this race being covered. Homophobic signs. An E-bike enduro category.

It's like some kind of humorous alternate MTB universe except nobody is laughing...
  • + 1
 They still need some major improvement on their "heckler's rock" though... too many shirts,
no beers to be seen...!
  • + 4
 i'd say that instead of beer we could go with a good red...you know, being italy Wink
  • + 1
 @Bruccio: yes, more appropriate. But remember taking off the Shirts as the saying goes "Shirts off on the rock..."
  • + 2
 @Bruccio: Monte Heckler Big Grin
  • + 2
 Sorry, but what was spotted in the last photo?
  • + 0
 E-bike enduro category doesnt fit in mtb. Should be coverwd on pinkscooter.com
  • + 0
 ARRGHH! Enduro gaps everywheree..
  • + 1
 Maybe on resale value??

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