Official work taking place in Villarocca these days. If you are interested in helping prepare for the event feel free to contact us.
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.
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.
Fallen down trees provided natural barriers, some proving to higher and harder than others.
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.
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!
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!
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…
SSIT: 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…
SSIT: 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…
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…
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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Come promesso ecco alcuni scatti dalla gara di Domenica sempre grazie a Dylan VanWeelden.
Sulla Gara incombevano minacciose nuvole che sovrastavano i concorrenti pronti alla partenza alla Bravehearth (dove abbiamo già visto questa cosa?)
Dopo pochi giri la Neve ha iniziato a scendere dando quel tocco di epico che sta sempre bene
Pics: Dylan VanWeelden
For the second race in the italian Singlespeed Ciclocross Series we found ourselves in Piacenza at Parco Della Galleana. A beautiful park made of long grassy lawns and a small forest with a tight network of singletrack. Dog owners were scratching their heads in wonderment as riders converged on the park on this fridgid morning. Why would anyone want to go outside wearing thin lycra to ride their bike in circles in freezing temperatures and fog?
The course for Vigno Cross was a compilation of fast streches of grass and gravel roads, mixed with tight single track sections that had riders weaving between (and under) trees, and racing along side the ruins of a 300 year old fortress.
The two most memorable sections of the course were the run-ups that Vigno Cross is infamous for. The steepest one being so steep and slippery that ropes are used to assist riders as they battle the hill. The second run-up is rideable but only when you are alone, have the perfect line, and sufficient momentum. Naturally this perfect combination is hard to come across during a crowded race!
The pack of this years race was spread out with riders Andrea Pirazzoli (winner of Coppa Cobram) and Isaac Burleigh. Burleigh and Pirazzoli traded places through out the race giving spectators a good drama to follow throughout the 45 minutes. In the end Burleigh pulled through to finish in first place.
Elena Martinello crushed her competition in the women’s category and took first place with a comfortable lead.
Another great Italian Single-Speed production! Hope to see all of you again next week in Milan for the third race in the series: “Highway Cross.”
Il nostro amico Dylan VanWeelden e la sua macchina fotografica erano a Philadephia per i Mondiali Singlespeed Ciclocross.
L’atmosfera nonstante il freddo si è subito scaldata…La qualifica del sabato si è svolta nel mitico Junkyard dei Bilenky tra rottami di auto e altri ostacoli incredibili.
Pics: Dylan VanWeelden
Un bel modo per prepararsi all’appuntamento top della stagione!