SCIS 2014-2015

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!

AVETE MANDATO LA VOSTRA ISCRIZIONE? SE NON L’AVETE ANCORA FATTO CLICCATE QUI

Milano HighwayCross

Photo Cred: Emanuele Barbaro

People were slipping and sliding, falling on their hips, and shedding blood all before the race started. Getting into the bottom of the skateparks ramps was hard enough, everyone was wondering how they were going to get out! Any rider who found themselves in the wet skatepark on this freezing morning in Milano already knew that Italian Single Speed events are always done with this flair and had expected nothing less.  When the start came riders climbed out of the bowl, sliding and falling just as they had to get in, and ran on foot to their bikes to race on.

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Photo Cred: Emanuele Barbaro

The Milano HighwayCross took place on Sunday, December 15th at the beautiful Parco Lambro. The park provided perfect cyclocross terrain with huge grassy lawns, hills, and fast gravel sections. Riders where forced to shoulder their bikes to climb a huge stair case before taking a sharp steep descent with challenging turns.  In another section a short steep up at the bottom of a hill provided a jump for some while others decided to keep the rubber side down. Without a doubt BMX Pro, Federico Ventura, was the champion of this small kicker, riding with style throughout the whole race.

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Photo Cred: Ma Mo

Fallen down trees provided natural barriers, some proving to higher and harder than others.

Photo Cred: Emanuele Barbaro

The race began with a group of seven riders up front, this group stayed largely together for the first 2 laps until riders were slowly dropped from the leading pack. In the last 10 minutes the lead group had been reduced to three riders, in the last lap the three was reduced to two riders who battled until the end. Paolo Bravini proved to be the champion and took the win with a powerful sprint.

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Photo Cred: Emanuele Barbaro.

In the womens category Elena Martinello continued to dominate over the competiton and took another win. This is Martinello’s third win in the series!

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Photo Cred: Giovanni Drago

Another great Sunday of cyclocross racing in Italy, congratulations to the winners and see you all again at Rockville. Don’t forget that registration is now open here at SingleSpeed Italy!

The Adam Craig Interview

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SSIT: First of all congratulations on your victory at SSCXWC in Philly, this makes two SSWC tattoos for you! You have won national championships, raced World Cups in XC, represented the United States in the Olympics, and seem to dominate in any event you participate in! Did you see this as your future when you were a kid?
ADAM: I love it when a plan comes together.  And by plan I mean just being a kid riding bikes who grew into someone who gets to do it for a living.  I certainly didn’t have this plan as a kid, I wanted to be a motocross racer, then a ski racer, then a realized I loved riding bikes and seemed to be good at it…  

adam4SSIT: Not only do you race bicycles but you ski, kayak, snowmobiling,do rally car racing, and moto cross, am I missing anything else? It’s awesome to see a pro cyclist having so many diverse passions, do you think this has helped you in your career as a cyclist?
ADAM: Having a lot of sporting interests has helped prolong my career by keeping me fresh mentally and balanced physically.  Doing all of these things gives me time away from the bike to recharge and come back stronger.  And I apply a lot of the skills, really, they’re all the same foundation, left and right turns, ups and downs…

adam7SSIT: You have been know to throw single speed racing in the mix as well, winning most events you enter in! Do you ride single speed  as apart of your normal riding?
ADAM:I’m going to stick my neck out here and say I’ve got more Singlespeed heritage than the average contestant at any SS event.  I got a Surly 1×1 in 2000 and realized it was the best bike for riding in the woods of Maine, so that’s what I rode, all the time.  From then on, basically whenever I’m at home, now in Oregon, I ride SS at least half the time.  It’s easy.  It’s hard.  It’s simple.  It’s fun.  And it doesn’t require fiddling with bike bits.  Inflate, lube, ride.  And learn something every time.

SSIT: How does the feeling at the start line differ from a SS race to a normal XC race? ADAM:Having a whisky flask on the start line gives it a little bit of a different feel…

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SSIT: Love your get ups for Single Speed races, my personal favorites have been the 2007 Worlds and 2012 CX Worlds. What kind of thought do you put into these outfits? You don’t have a stylist do you?
ADAM: I’d like to say I crowd-fund my attire.  Last year’s Mad Max was courtesy of my local costume king, Rob Landauer.  This year it was too cold for the pre-ink I had planned, so blagged some Pirate bounty off Coley from Boston.  It always comes together.  But next year might be all business…

SSIT: Why is the cut-off denim restricted to SS racing? Will we ever see Daisy Dukes on a World Cup podium?
ADAM: Oh man, that makes me want to use mystery Enduro fitness to climb up on one at Mt. St. Anne again someday…  Dropper post, 50mm stem, and jorts.  Dialed. But, no, that’s never, ever going to happen.  I almost got fired from Rabobank for riding a SS with normal respectful baggies at the Windham World Cup last summer…

adam1SSIT: You’ve ridden all over the world, any places that stand out in particular, any favorites?
ADAM:Secret spot, Coastal Maine.  All-time.  Thanks for the work, Sparky.

SSIT: Final thoughts or any shoutouts?
ADAM: Shout out to the SSCXWC13Philly!! crew for showing us such a perfectly good time.  Really good to see Matthew Slaven and Danni Dance’s vision jump coasts and continue growing.  Those guys are ace and the roving band of jerkoffs is consistently making them more and more proud.  Oh, and I’m glad Wallrod was already at The Gold Room when we rolled in Sunday night, keeping the Origonal PDX Gangsters on top, where they belong.

SSIT: Thanks for taking the time to answer these questions. We’ve got a great SSCX event out here in Europe on January 6th called Rockville ( video about it here http://singlespeed-italy.com/?p=118). We’d love it if you could make it out some time! Thanks again and good luck with all your up coming events!§
ADAM:  I’ll pencil it in, as I do love me some Italy, and winter is the best time I think…  See you around next summer or fall I hope. Cheers.

Words: The Sac and Adam Craig   Pictures: Dylan VanWeelden

 

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