VILLAROCCA – where mud comes alive

VILLAROCCA – where mud comes alive, the Short Film about 2014 Edition of Rockville has been released today.

Photographer and Filmmaker Martino Vincenzi debut movie fully captured the dreamy atmosphere of this corner of the Italian Countryside  

If you was trying to find motivation to be in Villarocca next January the 6th now you have found it, go check your favorite Airline Website and be ready!

VILLAROCCA – where mud comes alive from Martino Vincenzi on Vimeo.

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E’ Autunno, cadono le foglie e iniziano le Singlespeed Ciclocross Italian Series.

La voglia di crossare in compagnia sta contagiando sempre più e di conseguenza il numero di appuntamenti di questo “non campionato” è lievitato per dare ancora più occasioni di giocare con le bici nel fango.

Non siete mai stati alle SCIS? Approfittiamo dell’uscita del bellissimo video girato durante il Cross del Tastasaal prova conclusiva della scorsa stagione per presentarvelo in anteprima e farvi capire l’atmosfera degli eventi:

First “Cross del Tastasal” 9 march 2014 from Kondoo on Vimeo.

Ed ecco una preview del Calendario, seguirà la locandina ufficiale con le date definitive!

2 Novembre Zombie Cross (Moncalieri -TO)
9 Novembre Zullo Cross (Castelnuovo del Garda – VR)
30 Novembre Cross del Generale (Bassano del Grappa -VI)
14 Dicembre Vigno Cross (Piacenza Parco della Galeana -PC)
6 Gennaio Rockville (Villarocca di Pessina Cremonese – CR)
18 Gennaio Groane Yoghies cross (Cogliate – MB)
25 Gennaio Moeche Cross (Mirano – VE)
1 Febbraio Cross del Pirlo (Brescia)
15 Febbraio Ghetto Cross (Parco Lambro – MI)
22 Febbraio King of the Hill (Sirone – LC)
15 Marzo Cross del Tastasal (Verona Bastioni di Porta Nuova -VR)

SSIT14 The Revolution!?!

1_DSC_9890_1La vere e forte rivoluzioni di questa edizione degli inufficialissimi e assolutamente fuorilegge Campionati Italiani Singlespeed sono state quelle delle pedivelle dei partecipanti che hanno animato un week end indimenticabile.DSC_0337Il manipolo di Singlespeeders Veronesi  organizzatori dell’evento capitanati dal Leone Capo Mario hanno scelto una location affascinante dove in parecchi si sono presentati già il Sabato per campeggiare, passare del tempo assieme e perchè no pedalare in compagnia come degno antipasto del fine settimana.DSC_0228La serata passata ha caricato tutti i presenti che l’indomani mattina, nonostante le poche ore di sonno e le non poche birre bevute, hanno accolto calorosamente i nuovi arrivati . DSC_0290Poi con tutta calma (come al solito ci si è mossi solo… quando tutti hanno detto di esser pronti) è iniziato il trasferimento pedalando in compagnia sino alla partenza  che è stata data verso le 12:15 all’ombra (si fa per dire dato il sole cocente che ha baciato tutti noi) di una delle maestose pale eoliche che caratterizzano le colline di Rivoli Veronese.4_DSC_9985Sin dal via i protagonisti sono stati: un Alieno Verde, un Uomo Nero Barbuto con la bici con le gomme gonfiate tantissimo o rubate da un Cross 80, un Gnaro Framebuilder gone Catalunia e un Ragazzino Ricciolino sorridente con la faccia da schiaffi. DSC_0076Il percorso si è rivelato sin da subito divertente tecnico ma…. durissimo! DSC_0108Con salite impegnative per quasi tutti a parte il Ragazzino Ricciolino sorridente con la faccia da schiaffi e discese tecniche e divertenti. DSC_0187Alla fine l’Uomo Nero ha bucato una delle sue gomme giganti, e l’Alieno non è riuscito a raggiungere il Ragazzino Ricciolino Sorridente con la faccia da schiaffi e la Bionda Sorridente a cui piace vincere facile ha vinto facile come è giusto e abbiamo una coppia di vincitori Belli Bravi Bene Bis, Niccolò e Elena e gli vogliamo già bene come se fossero amici nostri.DSC_0365Visto che c’era anche il nostro amico Martino che fa tante belle foto eccone sotto altre:

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All pictures are shot by Martino Vincenziwww.martinovincenzi.com all right reserved

 

Rockville 2014

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In 2002, a group of friends sat at a bar in Cremona, Italy, a small city located along the Po River only 45 minutes east of Milan.
They discussed the new 24hr mountain bike race that was going to happen that April and decided to race it on single speed bikes.
To the best of anyone’s knowledge, these friends were perhaps the first single speed mountain bikers in Italy.

For a country of tradition, single speeding on mountain bikes was certainly a change.
As the years went on, single speed mountain biking began to grow and grow in Italy and eventually the Mountain Bike Single Speed Italian Nation Championship race was created to help bring riders from around the country together.

Thanks to the website singlespeed-italy.com, created by Stefano Spedini, a single speed enthusiast and one of the members of the original 24hr team, Italian riders had an internet platform available for them to reach information and find events through.

It was in 2006 that a local rider posted photos on an Internet forum showing a Cross Crusade Halloween race, asking, “When will we have something like this in Italy?”
Stefano Spedini replied, “How about January 6th?” A venue would be needed of course, but Spedini already knew the perfect location.

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In a small farming town not far from Cremona, a rich family had a huge villa built in the 1700’s. It’s a massive structure with countless rooms, halls, servant quarters, towers, and terraces.
Evidence of the visionary characteristics of the original family can be still seen on the grounds.
There are the ruins of a greenhouse and in the gardens, plants from all around the world are still thriving; cedar trees can be found in one area of the grounds and bamboo in the next. Various owners have inhabited the villa throughout the centuries (the last owner being the Bishop of Cremona), but by 1980, the villa was deserted completely.
The building was simply too massive to be reasonably taken care of and was entirely out of place in the small town of Villarocca. Since the 80’s, the villa has been looted and thieves have gutted the interior, taking even statues that once guarded the outer doors from their posts.

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To the group of single speeders from the Cremona area, Villarocca was a part of them. They had played in the villa in their youth, exploring the rooms and witnessing the decay of the once powerful building. The sprawling grounds and gardens of the villa provided a perfect venue for a cyclocross race and it didn’t hurt the villa’s structure would provide an impressive backdrop.

On January 6th, 2007, 40 racers showed up in Villarocca for the first Rockville Cyclocross race. While some people showed up on serious cross bikes for the singlespeed cyclocross race, a large majority rode on converted bikes.
The bikes ridden at Rockville have changed over the years, but the spirit of the event has not.

The race is largely a social event, people travel all from all over the word to meet up here once a year to see old friends and catch up.
Respect is given to the riders who race to win, it’s not easy to win Rockville; the course is tough, and with racers coming from all over the competition is always steep.
Riders meet up at a nearby farm pre and post race; breakfast is served to racers in the morning and lunch after the race lasts for hours.

If you come for the Grand Fondo ride the day before you can eat dinner at the farm. In true Italian fashion, the quality and quantity of food is of upmost importance, with a minimum of a three-course meal with wine and beer most riders leave satisfied.

This year was the 7th Rockville race. 133 riders lined up at the start line, representing nations from all over the world.
People came from the U.S.A, England, Australia, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark, and, of course, Italy. Although 133 people on one course sounds like a traffic jam, the course was wide enough and long enough for racers to spread out and to pass with ease.

Riders found that the trail, a once fast and twisty track that wound through trees, over small creeks, up and down hills, and spiraled through a lawn, had become a mud bog. Four days of continuous rain turned the trail to slick muck.
The day of the race itself, however, was blessed with sunshine.

The general atmosphere on the course is one of a party. Riders cheer for one another and even passing around bottles of wine. In the men’s category, Isaac Burleigh mashed pedals and ran through the mud to take the win, while in the women’s category, Elena Martinello had victory, continuing her domination in the Italian Single Speed Cyclocross Series.

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In its 7th year, the spirit of Rockville remains the same as it was in its first year.
The celebration of friendship and comradery shared between riders continues to grow, just as the Italian single speed community grew out of a small group of friends who decided to race differently.
As Stefano Spedini puts it, “Our main goal with Rockville is that riders leave happy and want to come back next year.”
This has certainly been the case.

The growth of Rockville was never planned: it has never been promoted with more than word of mouth and on Facebook.
It has truly grown only because it’s a great race.
People come, they love it, and they bring more friends next year.
Sponsors continue to show support because they trust the passion of the organizers and understand what the event is about more than people racing in a circle, its about the friendship, the community, and the shared love for cycling.

This year, sponsors included various bike shops from around Europe, Biciclista, three European bike companies (Legor and Zullo of Italy and 8 Bar of Germany), Cinelli, Chris King, Levi’s, and the good folks at Cyclocross Magazine to name a few!

As the event grows, riders and promoters both share the idea that as long as the spirit stays the same the event will continue to happen.
It is a single speed cyclocross event that brings together an international community of riders joined together by friendship, good riding, and of course excellent food.
By the looks of it Rockville will be around for a long time.

Thanks to Claudio Angelini for all the great photos.

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Rockville Numbers

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Ecco Il numero che porterà sulla schiena Luca Bassi, tre volte vincitore di Rockville e Campione in carica.
Lunedì 6 Gennaio a sfidarlo arriveranno in tanti (abbiamo in lista Inglesi, Australiani, Tedeschi, Svizzeri, Russi, Americani, Danesi e tutti i migliori ciclocrossisti singlespeeders d’Italia), vedremo chi si fregerà del titolo 2014!

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