A busy calendar with 4 races scheduled between April and July: some new entries, two EWS Qualifier events and a great comeback
In our never-ending chase of new trails and top locations to ride flat out, finally the time has come to reveal the calendar of the Superenduro 2019 season.
Countdown to the 7th of April, when a new adventure will set off and will take what is possibly the most anticipated competition in the enduro calendar of Italy – and beyond – to the hills of Liguria and Tuscany, two of the most active regions in the national and international MTB scene.
Riders competing for the title will need to tackle 4 different rounds, three of them totally new to Superenduro, amid breathtaking scenery and unknown Special Stages that will be equally challenging and – above all – will treat all riders on the same footing.
Very welcome – especially to the riders from Central Italy – the comeback of the venue that has played host to the first edition of the EWS. We are obviously talking about Punta Ala (Grosseto province), the same location that has left a mark in the history of national and international enduro and that, after some time off from the MTB racing scene, is back to host the second round of SE2019.
Let’s go into detail.
On the 7th of April, we’ll set off from Pietra Ligure (Savona province), with a race valid as Enduro World Series Qualifier. Riders will face a lot of new trails, some of them just cut in, and a region still to be explored. Pietra Ligure is a fast-growing MTB destination that boasts long and varied trails, just perfect to get going. Pietra Ligure is a ‘neighbour’ of Finale Ligure: it will surely make for a great show, while retaining its unique identity, the beauty and the charm of its old town overlooking the sea.
Then, a little over a month later, the 19th of May will mark the great comeback of Punta Ala (Grosseto province), with one of the most popular race amongst riders. There is no need for lengthy words to describe this venue: it is an icon destination for enduro riding and it is now back, to show us new areas and new trails – some of them will be revealed on the occasion of the Series round. The event of Punta Ala will be something different, if you like, something smaller and more intimate, the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with family and friends enjoying the pinewoods of PuntAla Camp & Resort. The venue will greet its guests with a pumptrack, adventure park, SUP, sailing boats and of course the beach, a great backdrop for the second round of the season.
On the 16th of June, we will land up in ‘non-explored’ Lerici (La Spezia province), for the third round of the Series. Proper uncharted territory for most riders. So, get ready: details and riding finesse will make a difference. Lerici will play host to a national-level race like SE for the first time, but it is another fast-developing destination within the MTB scene. In Lerici you will need to negotiate a few intense Special Stages before being able to reach the finish in this gorgeous and unique village of the Eastern Riviera. Well, we are sure that as a new location for SE, Lerici will be able to surprise us.
Finally, on the 28th of July, it will be ‘grand finale time’ in Abetone (Pistoia province), a TES-tested [Tuscany Enduro Series] and fully gravity-oriented venue. It will make for an adrenaline fuelled close to the season, and it will also be the second Italian event valid as EWS Qualifier. The vertical drop will be impressive, so ski lifts will be used for the Transfer Stages. Technical skills, focus and strength will not be enough: the round in Abetone will reward the riders who will be able to manage themselves in a mountain race like this. Abetone will wrap up the 2019 edition of Superenduro and will crown the season’s champion. Plus, it will offer to all riders the last, critical opportunity to sharpen up on a mountain terrain not dissimilar from what they will find a week later in La Thuile during the Italian Enduro Championship.
Soon online all info about the registration and a few important changes in Superenduro format.