Cube Action Team On The Riviera

Mar 17, 2016 at 1:20
by cubebikesofficial  





It feels like only last week we were on the Italian coast finishing up the 2015 race season in Finale Ligure. Fast forward five months and we’re back, except this time we’re 40 minutes down the road in the picturesque area of Diano Marina for our pre-season team camp.

It was a great time for us to come together for a final fine tune of our bikes, bodies and brains before the season kicks off. Having all been in our separate corners of Europe for most of the winter, it was the first time we were all together before the season. The days were packed with photo shoots, bike set-up with our super mechanic, Jan the man, good food, coffee and most importantly just spending time together and riding our bikes.

In previous years we have gone to Finale Ligure but this year we wanted to branch out a little and discover somewhere completely new. Diano Marina with the surrounding hills of Molini di Triora and San Bartolomeo and many others was the perfect spot. Although it’s only down the road from Finale, it’s a different beast altogether. The marina itself is beautiful and our hotel was right in the heart of everything, it even had its own private beach... cool or what?!

The guys from Riviera Bike were looking after us and had the job of showing us what the area had to offer, they did not disappoint. By the time I was in the airport to head home my hands were sore from so many high fives and fist bumps! They were possibly some of the best few days riding I’ve ever had. Our first evening in the marina was when Jan and Claus got their chance to play Santa and give us our new bikes and kit. We had already been testing with FOX in Portugal so were well settled on the new Stereo c:68 and it was just a matter of transferring all the settings onto the fresh bike with the help of Jan. These few days were just another chance to make any extra small adjustments we might want before parting ways again until the first races.



Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.



This year we have a couple of new members in the team, Gusti has recently become a Dad so little Ursin joined us for his first trip to the seaside. It was awesome and crazy at the same time to see Gusti take on this new role of responsibility, it’s good to see he’s still the same, wild Justy, that keeps us entertained. After a few years of injuries, it’s exciting to see Gusti free of metal work and riding his bike! The other one is Daniel Schemmel, our new junior rider from Austria. Last year I was the new guy so it’s nice to pass on that baton and start the initiation process with Daniel and show him the ropes with the team. Having some young blood in the team is cool to keep things light-hearted and just have a laugh with each other. Coming from an XC background he also brings a different perspective to racing, it is cool to compare approaches and riding styles.

Andre Wagenknecht was suffering with glandular fever last season so it’s awesome to see him back in action and to ride with him again. Our first ride together was an early but rad one. We wanted some photo gold so headed up San Rocco for sunrise to get some bangers with Matt. It was definitely worth the early start for the amazing views and Matt worked his magic to produce the photo goods too. The rest of the track we got to ride back into town for breakfast was an absolute belter too. Flowy, jumpy perfection all the way. One of those tracks you can relax on and enjoy all day. Perfect for a couple of half asleep lads with empty stomachs. The rest of the day continued with much of the same riding but with the whole team joining us for some mega trains and a bit of sessioning for photos. We stopped for lunch in a really cool little restaurant on the beach for the best fish in town. A few refreshing beverages later and we were back to the hills to ride until sunset. Days don’t come much better.



Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.



The following day we drove a little bit in the opposite direction and further into the hills into the relatively undiscovered biking paradise that is Molini. It’s always tricky to find good weather for riding in winter and normally when you do you’re limited to the kind of riding you can do. Not in Molini. They have everything here. Rene from Riviera Bike was our guide for the day and he was definitely the right man to follow flat out down these trails. Possibly the most hipster looking mountain biker I’ve come across, a total pinner and a rad guy too. The tracks were mostly 10-15 minute descents of every kind of riding you could think of. Rough and fast, tight switchbacks and open and flowy, all in the one descent. It’s the kind of place where it feels like the tracks were built yesterday and you’re the first riders down them. Hero dirt for days.

It had been a while since I’d spent some time behind the rear wheel of Nico. It didn’t take me long to remember just how special it is to follow that guy, especially when riding blind. These tracks showed all of the reasons that make his riding special. I honestly think that if I had walked these tracks I couldn’t choose better lines than those he finds riding tracks for the first time. He truly is the king of blind riding. We took a break from the high five-inducing trails for another epic lunch, this time in a mountain town above Molini, a total contrast from the previous days lunch just down the road. Adrian kept us entertained with some history lessons of the local area and the hosts kept our bellies happy with an endless supply of delicious food. Some more photos and riding in the afternoon and that was it for my stint at team camp for 2016. I was off to the airport while the rest of the team stayed on for another day of riding.

I’ll definitely be back to this area as there’s so much we didn’t get to see in our short few days. We all left the Italian coast full of smiles and ready to get racing started at our different first races of the season.



Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Cube Action Team camp 2016. San Lorenzo Italy. Photo by Matt Wragg.


MENTIONS: @cubebikesofficial / @foxracingshox / @schwalbe / @mattwragg / @GregCal




22 Comments

  • 17 1
 Is it wrong that I dwelled on the pictures of food the longest
  • 3 0
 Not at all ! Food, women, bikes, through a keen eye they're all the same Wink
  • 6 0
 Jesus watch off the Paddy, the only one without a pint. The Greg is getting serious this season Smile
  • 3 0
 It's awesome that PB is doing stories of riders riding "most-folks" mountain bikes on "normal-people" trails. This is a beautifully shot story on exotic (to me) trails that show some buds shredding stuff that looks lots like stuff we ride at home. But, and I realize the gear is mostly for show, full face helmets and goggles seem a bit overkill on this one... or should I be wearing fullies too? Mostly I'm just choked cause I wanna use that one pic as a wallpaper, but feel like a tool with a dude wearing a full face helmet on my screen - seeing as how I never will.
  • 5 3
 Usually i avoid any form of spam, but i work as a mtb guide in Diano Marina, so feel free to get in touch and book some of your best days of riding!
www.facebook.com/golfodianesebikepark
  • 4 0
 Molini di Triora... Ride well, eat even better. Great combo!
  • 1 0
 Cant wait to go back in the autumn
  • 2 0
 In the first picture, the Fox Float X2 has a lever on the blue knob, i believe the low speed compression damper, does anyone know anything about this?
  • 2 0
 It's been around a while as a prototype
  • 2 0
 Ohh it's going to be so sexy !! and where is the outside cable for the Fox droppers Wink
  • 1 0
 @themagicturtle Those look like Reverb droppers to me. The levers as well. Haven't seen the new Fox levers so maybe they look the same now.
  • 1 0
 What the crap... Didn't notice the lever....
I were just expecting something crazy from a Fox sponsored team ! Not this abomination Wink
  • 4 1
 I'd like to try one of those Cube Stereos out. Looks like a fun bike. I dig Cubes aesthetic.
  • 4 1
 Clones!!!!
  • 2 0
 And running XTR Di2! More awesome-ness from Shimano!!
  • 2 0
 nice cube,nice ride!
  • 1 0
 "another day at the office..."
  • 1 0
 Where can I get that shock setting note pad?
  • 4 3
 Nice looking kit.
  • 1 0
 those kits look awesome!
  • 2 3
 Looks like the new GoPro mounted on their helmets!?
  • 2 0
 It's Garmin Virb

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