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.”