Sanremo Photo Report - Superenduro 2018

Apr 23, 2018 at 3:07
by Samantha Saskia Dugon  


The first round of 2018's Superenduro in Sanremo celebrated the beginning of the 10th anniversary season of the Italian Enduro Series, with the race being held in the same location where it started a decade ago. The opening round had drawn in nearly 400 riders to race on and around Monte Carparo, that overlooks Sanremo. Despite being an Italian national series, the race often attracts a wide variety of nationalities, and Sanremo was no different with riders from 14 different countries competing.

The pits started filling up on Friday afternoon as teams, from near and far, headed to Villaggio del Fiori to camp and prepare for the weekend ahead. On the first day of official practice it became clear that the heat was what was going to set the field apart, with the majority of the non-Italian riders heading out early on Saturday for practice to avoid the blistering mid-afternoon temperatures. Some, however, had not expected the weather in the Liguria region to affect them so much and people could be found bouncing from one shaded spot to another whilst climbing to the next stage. The weather not only affected the riders, its effects could also be seen on the trails too. With increased traffic during practice and the high temperatures drying out the ground, come race day conditions ended up very slippery underfoot with what felt like endless layers of dust and small rocks.

Monte Carparo

With a 60km course there was a lot to of logistics to organise to get around the mountain.
With a 60km course, there was a lot to of logistics to organise to get around the mountain.

Renowned for it s panoramic views riders try and keep their eyes on the track whilst heading down stage 1.
Renowned for its panoramic views, riders try and keep their eyes on the track whilst heading down stage 1.

Loose switchbacks before descending under the tunnel on stage 2.
Loose switchbacks before descending under the tunnel on stage 2.

Practice day in full swing.
Practice day in full swing.

Stage 3 provided plenty of opportunities to get airbourne with plenty of perfectly situated rocks and a smoothe surface.
Stage 3 provided plenty of opportunities to get airborne with loads of perfectly situated rocks and a smooth surfaces.

The spectator restrictions at the Superenduro are quite relaxed meaning that locals and supporters can watch from the very best spots.
The spectator restrictions at the Superenduro are quite relaxed, meaning that locals and supporters can watch from the very best spots.

A number of brands were on site so help not only the racers but the local mtb community with advice and tech help.
A number of brands were on site so help not only the racers but the local mtb community with advice and tech help.

Race Day

With number boards in place, race chips cable-tied to bikes and rucksacks full of water and tools, it was time to head off for a day between the tape.

The riders had a shuttle provided to winch them up to San Romolo where it would only be a short road climb before they reached the technical climb and push section up to stage 1. With plenty of roots, rock features and gullies and steep terrain, the climb to Stage 1 would certainly kick start any rider into the day. The descent of stage 1, with a 562m vertical drop, 3.6km length, was not too dissimilar to the route they had to take to get there, with rock gardens one after another. With relentless rock gardens smothered in dust, riders would have to keep their braking light.

Stage 2 would be the shortest stage of the weekend, at only 1.3km and 243m vertical drop. On paper it sounds like a sigh of relief after stage 1, however, stage 2 wouldn’t give the riders any reprieve. Instead it was filled with technical root and rock sections planted between narrow trees and tunnels. The more gravity focused of the stages would be the aptly named “Supergravity.” With steep and flowing switchbacks to start, then a mountain road crossing followed by a sweeping and floating bottom section. It’s easy to see how this was Denny Lupatos favourite trails on the course.

In case some of the riders didn’t feel tired after the first 3 stages, then stage 4 was there to ensure that no one came it with any spare energy. Mixed with rock slabs, narrow gullies and loose fire road sprints, stage 4s “Boulder Dash” was an all mountain stage, designed to test not only technical ability, but also fitness and concentration. With the allure to ease off and switch off on the fire roads instead of maintaining race-pace effort, it would be these sections that could make or break the results.

Got to get that insta content
Got to get that Insta content of pre-race prep.

Smiles and laughs before heading off the podium with Race Organiser Enrico Guala providing race start entertainment.
Smiles and laughs before heading off to race with Race Organiser Enrico Guala providing race start entertainment.

Riders happy and eager to get going on race day
Friends and family gathered to watch the riders head out for a full day of racing.
Smiles all round, with friends and family gathered to watch the riders heading out for a full day of racing.

Media uplift with ebikes in tow.
Media uplift to San Romolo with eMTBs in tow.

Ania Bocchini and Jessica Bormolini having a catch up after the climb to stage 1.

With panoramic views from the top of stage 1 the riders couldn t resist capturing the scenery.
Dropping into first stage of the day trying not to get distracted by the views.
With panoramic views from the top of stage 1, the riders couldn't resist capturing the scenery.

With stage 2 running adjacent to the main mountain road in some spots it became a great place for spectators to cheer on the race.
Stage 2 ran adjacent to the main mountain road in some spots and it became a great place for spectators to cheer on the race.

Another foreign rider Matthias Haenel heading from Germany and sampling some of Italys finest dust.
German rider Matthias Haenel sampling some of Italy's finest dust.

The tracks here at Sanremo are not short of a good view which appears to be a common theme in the Liguria region.
The tracks at Sanremo are not short of a good view, which appears to be a common theme in the Liguria region.

Samuele Balestri working is way through the dusty turns.
Samuele Balestri working his way through the dusty turns.

The feed station didn t see a quiet period all day long with riders quickly rehydrating and fuelling up on some essential sugars.
Stage 4 had plenty of opportunities for overtakes with a number of fireroad sprints.
The feed station didn't see a quiet period all day long with riders quickly rehydrating and fuelling up on some essential sugars.

Elite mens winner Florian Nicolai keeping his eyes on the prize as he exists the tunnel on stage 2.
Elite men's winner Florian Nicolai keeping his eyes on the prize as he exits the tunnel on stage 2.

Caro Gehrig on her way to 2nd place in elite womens.
Caro Gehrig on her way to 2nd place in elite women.

A favourite with some riders and hated by others. If you loved a good sprint then stage 4 was for you.
A favourite with some riders and hated by others. If you loved a good sprint then stage 4 was for you.

The locals enjoyed the entertainment on the tracks some even in amazement.
The locals enjoyed the entertainment on the tracks, some even in amazement.

Sugar and carbs to keep the riders powered throughout the race.
Halfway through stage 4 you re met with a gruelling uphill sprint in direct sunlight.
Stage 4 had plenty of opportunities for overtakes with a number of fire road sprints.

Traversing through the bushes before descending into Sanremo
Traversing through the bushes before descending back into Sanremo.

Canyon rider Florian Nicolai took the win in the Elite men category followed by Alex Lupato. The battle between 2nd and 3rd place was tight, with only 2 seconds separating Alex Lupato and Matteo Raimondi.

The women's race was a lot tighter than the men, with the top 3 spots all within 1 minute of each other. Italian rider Laura Rossin took the win, but not far behind was Norco Twins Racing rider Caro Gehrig, and Lapierre rider Chloe Gallean in 3rd.

Elite mens podium.
Elite womens podium.
Elite podiums

Results

Pro Men

1st. NICOLAI Florian (FRA) — 25:25.43
2nd. LUPATO Alex (ITA) — 26:25.02
3rd. RAIMONDI Matteo (ITA) — 26:27.45
Pro Women

1st. ROSSIN Laura (ITA) — 32:22.20
2nd. Gehrig Caro (SUI) — 32:29.69
3rd. Gallean Chloe (FRA) — 32:51.88




14 Comments

  • 7 4
 i find it a bit lame that when you go for a race in Italy, the guys are already checking the stage since 2 weeks, everyday, non stop.
Welcome to Italy where they need to know the trail at 120% to do a result.
NOT ENDURO AT ALL , better go downhill racing in that case
  • 6 1
 I’m sorry fot you, not this time, track were secret till the race week and totally built from zero for race weekend...hater suck!
  • 5 0
 Good to see the event from a new perspective and point of view!
  • 3 1
 Thank you for the report and photos ! But I find it a little bit strange not to mention that Caro Gehrig would have reached the top spot without a penalty for taking the wrong route on the final transfer...
  • 6 1
 Thanks I thought so too...
  • 1 0
 although i haven't ridden half of the trails they have here in italy , what i can say for the most part that I did is that italy has some of the best riding trails. with that said, I would like to see an Italian rider on the dh scene follow the footsteps of gwin
  • 1 0
 @geo89 I was there trying to ride the tracks about 2 days before the event, simply to find a good place to shoot photos from, and they were still building a lot of PS1,3,4. The only one that was truly set was PS2, and it was short and simple, with no need to preride. I say props to the Superenduro folks for putting on a super fun event on some amazing and tricky tracks.
  • 3 0
 What is different about Superenduro vs Enduro?
  • 2 0
 There is no difference.
Superenduro is the name of the series.

In motorcyle racing, enduro is outdoors, superenduro is indoors.

I think the Superenduro series is where the term enduro started to be assoiciated with bike racing.
Back then, 10+ years ago, the long travel bike races were called Freeride / Allmtn and Superenduro was one of them.
  • 3 0
 more details on those BRAKING brakes, please
  • 1 0
 Nothing, thats how they named of the event Don't worry, there's nothing new you did not catch up
  • 1 0
 I saw so many over weight naked people today you don’t even want to know.

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