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Enduro World Series Punta Ala RD#1 Preview

11:43 13th May 2013 by Billy Thackray
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Round one of the inaugural Enduro World Series kicks off this weekend in Punta Ala, Italy.

The World Enduro Series works by linking together existing enduro races. So the Punta Ala race is actually round 2 of the “Superenduro Powered By SRAM PRO race”, get it?

© Matteo Cappe’ / Superenduromtb.com

© Matteo Cappe’ / Superenduromtb.com

So this weekend, 18/19th May the Punt Ala Camping Resort, Bandite Trail Area and medieval town of Castiglione della Pescaia will host the biggest enduro race the world has ever seen. Honestly, it’ll be bonkers. World Cup DH riders will be mixing it up with enduro specialists, 4x riders and xc racers. Just look at the entry list: Steve Peat, Greg Minnaar, Nico Vouilloz, Fabien Barel, Jerome Clementz, Dan Atherton, Anne Caroline Chausson, Tracy Moseley. How many legends in one race?!

DirtTV will be there to record every pedal stroke, every corner and every incident so you won’t miss a thing! (Maybe a slight over exaggeration of the word “every”, maybe “every other”, but whatever it’ll be good!)

Incidently if you’re thinking of a last minute adventure to go and watch then check out www.superenduromtb.com

Jerome Clementz talks to Superenduro organiser Enrico Guala about the 2013 season.

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A marks the spot.

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You know it’s going to be good when the trail area is called Bandite!

Prolog through the streets. © Matteo Cappe’ / Superenduromtb.com

Prolog through the streets of Castiglione della Pescaia. © Matteo Cappe’ / Superenduromtb.com

All the information is on the www.superenduromtb.com but the basic schedule is a Prolog through the streets of Castiglione della Pescaia on Saturday followed by 5 special stages on Sunday.

Local organiser Thomas Daddi says: “We will have the hardest race on the world circuit, the race will take place over six hours with 65 kilometers of trail and 1,800 meters of climbing, with five timed special stages plus the prologue on Saturday.”

Highlights from the 2012 Punta Ala Superenduro race.

  1. Eoin

    Can not wait! Keep an eye out for a couple of new proto-bikes recently spotted under some very fast frenchmen. The wheel size will upset most of the internet…

  2. Guy Bowden

    Just got back from there last night. Harder tracks than Finale IMO. And the climbing’s nearly all off road. Plenty of factory riders uplifting the trails to scope the best lines. If you get the chance to ride there, then you really should, and not just the race runs. Don’t forget the mozzy spray though!

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