Italy Road Trip ..

Val di Sole, Italy UCI World Cup Round 7 22-23 August 2015

 

It was a while ago now but as the snow has just arrived, it’s about time I pulled together some of the photos from summer. Excuse the iPhone shots but hopefully they go some way to capturing the feel of the place. So, In August I decided to go and watch the 7th round of the World Cup in Italy, I was there at the time with my family and I thought it’d be a good opportunity to do it. I’d been to Fort Bill a few times to watch but I’d always wanted to see a World Cup somewhere out of the UK. It definitely lived up to my expectations, so much so , if I can I’ll be back there to watch 2016 World Champs ! If you can go for a riding holiday at a similar time to a World Cup race nearby, go for it, it’s an awesome experience. The mountains , culture and food mixed with the passion the fans have for racing made for an electric atmosphere.

 

Rough river and a rough track...

Rough river and a rough track…

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There was a hell of a buzz at the bottom of the track. You could hear the noise of the crowd, chainsaws and air raid sirens ripping down from the hillside… While you sat and had a Cappuccino. It’s not bad.

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4X , DH and XC all finishing at the same place makes for a great area at the bottom.

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Middle Station, start gate.

 

 

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Downhill flat out vs clipped in XC . I know who I was here to watch but it was great to see the events side by side, not to mention Nino Shurter pulling big whips over the jumps!

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Sprint to the finish….

 

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Gwin looking focused. Perhaps some open eye visualisation going on? Whatever he did, it worked.

 

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It’s a long way up and a long way down ( especially if your walking )….

 

Bruni looking well in control while the evil commentator laughs on….

 

 

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Steep,fast,loose,rooty , rocky it has all the best elements of a proper DH track.

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Did i mention steep? The great thing is, this is no one-line Scalextrix track, if you have skills/balls there are plenty of big lines to go for to separate people out.

 

Deep, dusty loam and big rocks. A junior rider carrying decent speed through one of the flatter parts of the track !

Andrew Crimmins hitting the steep stuff at speed!

Rachel Atherton came trucking through this section at some speed. The crowd were pretty wild , it must just sound like a massive blur of noise for the riders.

Gwin just looked precision, no excess movement , no loose back end just pinned all the way for the win – and the series.

 

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Looking forward to coming back to this amazing place. Until next year!

 

 

Max Neely, November 13, 2015