#1 RockShox Massa Marittima Superenduro
Name: RockShox Massa Marittima Superenduro powered by SRAM
Place of departure / arrival: Massa Marittima – Piazza del Duomo
Organization: The Trail Brothers
Race affiliation: FCI
The race consists of six Special Stages that will take place during Sunday March 20, with start and finish in Piazza del Duomo in Massa Marittima.
SE-G, SE-1 categories will do a shorter race competing on PS1, PS2 and PS6 immediately after the Time Control.
E-MTB category will do a shorter race competing on PS3, PS4, PS5, PS6 entering the loop at the Time Control in Massa Vecchia.
The time control and feed zones will be held at the Bike Hotel Massa Vecchia
The race cource will be announced Friday, March 11 but not taped.
The tracking will be complete only Saturday morning in time for the start of the Official Practice.
Total Race Distance
The RockShox Massa Marittima Superenduro powered by SRAM race will take place on 6 stages (PS) with start/finish area located in Piazza Garibaldi (Cathedral of Massa Marittima).
After a short city liaison you reach the start of the PS1 Mulino.
Mulino -PS1- (2,1km / 285m) has a first pedaled portion on a gentle slope that leads to a more flowy section with nice turns and some off camber.
The next liaison passes beside a mill, that gives the name to the trail, and then climbs up along a back road “l’asfalto di Capanne” which reaches a small village. From here you arrive at the top of the “Poggio Montierino” along a white road that leads to the PS2.
-PS2- Canyon (1,4km / 160m) is an extremely flowy trail, characterized by a deep natural canyon full of banks to enjoy.
After PS2 you take the tarmac road with direction Bike Hotel Massa Vecchia between cypress trees and beautiful countryside views of Tuscany. Here the time control, feed zone and technical area will take place.
The next liaison is the longest. Always surrounded by olive trees and numerous farmhouses, it’s characterized by an initial flat tarmac section that crosses Tenuta Il Cicalino, but then steepens towards Montebamboli. Following the white road and a fire road you will then reach the summit of the tallest mountain in the area “Monte Arsenti”.
From here starts the PS 3 Bonatto (1,7km / 275m) and the race starts to get more technical.
Bonatto trail is characterized by a slow and steep initial portion with several big rocks that need to be taken with the right trajectory.
The trail ends directly on the road that will take you up to the next PS that starts again from the summit of Monte Arsenti. Along the way a beautiful view of the valley and the sea.
Scopine is the name of the PS 4 (2,2km / 255m) that descends the other side of the mountain compared to PS3.
This trail has two different characteristic. At the beginning it’s narrow with several short sprints and guided sections between the trees. Then the trail becomes more fluid and rich in natural curves that end up in a beautiful forest.
The climb to PS5 is again on dirt road through the woods and will again reach the top of Mount Arsenti.
PS 5 Rock ‘n roll queen (2,5km / 350m) is probably the most technical trail of the race. The upper part is more slow, characterized by big rocks and few good lines while the lower part gets more flowy and fast in a pine forest with an even faster final straight. A quick note, the rocks that characterize this trail are the one used to build the Massa Marittima cathedral.
After the PS 5 the liaison follows the tarmac road direction Massa Marittima. You’ll reach Monteregio Castle, starting point of the PS 6 Massa Marittima Downtown (0,4km / 75m). This stage runs through the narrow streets and medieval staircases of Massa Marittima, it’s a short track, but full of tricky corners that are not to be underestimated especially because it’s the last stage!
The arrival is in Piazza Garibaldi in the paddock in front of the Cathedral.
|Dates and Timing|
|FRIDAY 18 MARCH|
|12pm-06pm||Event Village and paddock setup|
|SATURDAY 19 MARCH|
|09am-12pm||Event Village and paddock setup|
|04.30pm||Press conference, Palazzo dell’Abbondanza, Massa Marittima|
|06-06.30pm||Technical briefing Paddock Area, Piazza del Duomo, Massa Marittima|
|07pm||Ska/Folk/Rock Music Concert in Piazza Duomo|
|SUNDAY 20 MARCH|
|08am||First stage start|
|1.30pm||First arrival in Piazza Duomo|
TECH SUPPORT AREA
1 – Loc. Massa Vecchia 23 – Albergo Podere Massa Vecchia
1 – Loc. Massa Vecchia 23 – Albergo Podere Massa Vecchia
- Bathrooms and showers
Tennis Club / Sport Center inside the Team Area in Parco di Poggio
- Bike wash
Team Area Parco di Poggio
- Pasta party
Piazza Cavour, 200m from the paddock
- Camper Area
Viale Risorgimento close to the Massa Marittima Stadium
- Shuttle service
The Trail Brothers: write to email@example.com and visit www.massavecchia.it/bike-hotel-toscana/bike-shuttle
- Pump Track
Massa Vecchia Resort (always open with free access upon release of liability)
- Mtb, E-bike, road bike, dirt bike for pump track rental
Choose your bike and fill the form www.massavecchia.it/bike-hotel-toscana/noleggio-bike-maremma or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bike shop
Bagnoli Bike: www.bagnolibike.com
Super Natural: www.supernatural-bike.it
S. Andrea Massa Marittima
- Visits to museums
All of Massa Marittima museums will be open over the weekend and can be visited with a special discount. For more info visit Cooperativa delle Colline Metallifere
- Horseback riding
To receive information and book horse activities follow the link
Folk/ska/rock music in Piazza Duomo, Massa Marittima. Saturday from 7:00 pm
HOW TO GET THERE
- Piazza del Duomo
From Milan almost 395 Km
A1 dir. Bologna until Parma almost 120 Km (autostrada del sole)
A15 dir. La Spezia (passo della Cisa) almost 100 Km
A12 (Livorno-Genova) dir. Rome until Rosignano almost 80 Km
SS1 (Aurelia) dir Rome until Follonica Est almost 80 Km
SS439 until Massa Marittima for almost 15 Km
From Florence almost 111 Km
SS2 dir. Siena until Colle Val d’Elsa Sud
Follow for Chiusdino, Prata and Massa Marittima
From Rome almost 190 Km
Aurelia dir. Genova until Scarlino
Turn left dir. Cura Nuova
Turn right dir. Massa Marittima
You can easily arrive by train at Follonica Station; from there every half hour a bus leaves for Massa Marittima. www.tiemmespa.it
The nearest airport is in Pisa, about an hour’s drive; you can also take a train from Pisa Central Station. Airport shuttles are provided at the station. www.pisa-airport.com/aeroporto_di_pisa_220.html
WHERE TO SLEEP
Links to book hotels