Valid as an Enduro World Series qualifying event, with riders from 10 countries, a 41-km long route, 5 Special Stages and 1,460 m of elevation change, Punta Ala Superenduro promises to be a really exciting race.
Host to the first Enduro World Series ever, back in 2013, Punta Ala Trail Center is back to the forefront of the national and international Enduro scene for the second Round of the Superenduro Series, that will take place on 18/19 May. The round by the sea that is taking place in Punta Ala, together with the mountain race in Abetone, are going to be the only two Italian EWS Qualifier events. By participating in these events, all riders who are also EWS members (find here more information regarding EWS membership) will be able to collect important ranking points.
After the ‘great challenge that has not happened yet’ at the start of the season in Pietra Ligure, when severe weather conditions ruled over the event, just a little more than one month later, riders will again be fastening the race number to their bikes. This time in Tuscany, hosted by PuntaAla Camp & Resort, an amazing corner in the Maremma region overlooking the sea.
This area offers a really amazing network of trails, well-known all over the world. Even if the changes in elevation are never too brutal, the Special Stages that have been prepared are going to be very intense. To be fast, racers will need to combine physical riding, due to the relentless, rough nature of the terrain and technical riding, with non-stop line changes to figure out in the descents and a very hard ground, with rocky sections and plenty of ruts, especially in the woods.
Being able to read the terrain and react quickly will make a difference in the race, but these skills will still need to cope with the new racing format. On the one hand, the only day allocated for practice will not give the riders a lot of time to memorize all the best lines and it will possibly reward the ride-on-sight ability. On the other hand, in order for the riders to be able to react quickly, they will have to let their muscles recover and be fresh. A point that will need to be seriously assessed, especially in light of the ban on shuttles during practice day. Practice will only be carried out on mountain bikes, along amazing transfer stages that are approximately 90% off-road and far from vehicle traffic.
Self-sufficiency is the other aspect that riders should not underestimate while planning their race strategy, as no outside assistance (from mechanics) will be allowed during Time Control, that will take place in Scarlino castle.
Without doubt, this long-awaited race will be as hard as a Superenduro EWS Qualifier event deserves and will offer to the public an awesome spectacle from the word go.
Find the Race Book here, with the provisional schedule and all info about a number of activities for riders, supporters, families and public that will join us in PuntaAla Camp & Resort. They will be able to attend classes of yoga, SUP, sailing, or play in the adventure park or in the brand-new pump track. There will be Giant ebikes on hire to explore the Maremma region or adventure into the pine forest with the kids.
The Punta Ala Superenduro Race Office will be open on Saturday morning too, to take care of the registration process and loose no time. The number of competitors will be capped to 350 participants, so if you want to take part in the race do not wait until the last minute.
On Friday 10 May, the race course will be announced and on-line registration are open here.