Superenduro Sestri Levante: Training and prologue

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We’re over in Italy for the first round of the Superenduro series which is taking place in Sestri Levante and it’s great to see the sport of mountain biking seemingly growing in popularity and indeed the discipline of gravity enduro racing. With the event full to capacity there are 500 riders lined up for tomorrow’s main race which will see them race down four timed stages, predominantly downhill and ranging from highly technical to highly lung busting.

Today saw the entrants practising the stages and then race in a ‘prologue’ stage, which was essentially a short urban sprint around the alleyways, down some steps and even along a section of beach. This pre-cursor to the main attraction is a staple at the Superenduro series races and does a great job of bringing in the crowds and showcasing the sport.

We’ll have a full report after the race tomorrow but for now here are some photos from today by Ben Winder:

The people of Superenduro subject 1: Guilio from Endura Italy. Loving the trails and enjoying hanging out at the event. Photo © Ben Winder
The people of Superenduro subject 1: Giulio from Endura Italy. Loving the trails and enjoying hanging out at the event.
Photo © Ben Winder
The people of Superenduro subject 2: Simon from SRAM. Loving the downhills and his brand new pimped-out Specialized 29er. Photo © Ben Winder
The people of Superenduro subject 2: Simon from SRAM. Loving the downhills and his brand new pimped-out Specialized 29er.
Photo © Ben Winder
The people of Superenduro subject 3: Manuel and Valentina of Life Cycle. These guys have helped us get to the race - thanks! They are happy and smiling as ever. Look out for top results tomorrow - they were both top 5 in the prologue. Photo © Ben Winder
The people of Superenduro subject 3: Manuel and Valentina of Life Cycle. These guys have helped us get to the race – thanks! They are happy and smiling as ever. Look out for top results tomorrow – they were both top 5 in the prologue.
Photo © Ben Winder
Follow the signs for pain. And great trails once you've made it to the top. Photo © Ben Winder
Follow the signs for pain. And great trails once you’ve made it to the top.
Photo © Ben Winder
Sestri Levante's trails range from flowing to technical to high speeds through open rock gardens above the sea... Quite some place and with a great atmosphere to boot. Photo © Ben Winder
Sestri Levante’s trails range from flowing to technical to high speeds through open rock gardens above the sea… Quite some place and with a great atmosphere to boot.
Photo © Ben Winder
Teaboys on tour. Ali Todd (pictured) and Ben Winder (pictures) are here in Italy to expand their pizza-based horizons and to help with the testing of bikes. Photo © Ben Winder
Teaboys on tour. Ali Todd (pictured) and Ben Winder (pictures) are here in Italy to expand their pizza-based horizons and to help with the testing of bikes.
Photo © Ben Winder
This is a fantastically well run series with all the infrastructure in place to allow further growth. Photo © Ben Winder
This is a fantastically well run series with all the infrastructure in place to allow further growth.
Photo © Ben Winder
Plenty of spectators turned up to watch the high speed racing through the streets this evening. Photo © Ben Winder
Plenty of spectators turned up to watch the high speed racing through the streets this evening.
Photo © Ben Winder
The prologue stage was fast, short and a leg burner.  Photo © Ben Winder
The prologue stage was fast, short and a leg burner.
Photo © Ben Winder
Keeping it upright on the shiny cobbles wasn't an easy task and more than one rider overcooked it big time. This rider got through clean and fast though.  Photo © Ben Winder
Keeping it upright on the shiny cobbles wasn’t an easy task and more than one rider overcooked it big time. This rider got through clean and fast though.
Photo © Ben Winder
Oh Italy... We're feeling quite lucky to be here. Photo © Ben Winder
Oh Italy… We’re feeling quite lucky to be here.
Photo © Ben Winder
Just another day at the Superenduro. These events are open to all and we've seen everything from a carbon 29er hardtail to 180mm travel freeride bikes today, with riders ranging equally as much in shape and size. Get yourself entered and make one of these events a holiday to remember, go on!  Photo © Ben Winder
Just another day at the Superenduro. These events are open to all and we’ve seen everything from a carbon 29er hardtail to 180mm travel freeride bikes today, with riders ranging equally as much in shape and size. Get yourself entered and make one of these events a holiday to remember, go on!
Photo © Ben Winder

Check out the Superenduro website for more information and plenty of videos and photos.

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