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