For the first time, Italian cross country entrepreneurs, with the supervision of the Italian Cycling Federation, have signed each other a joint venture to think bigger national off-road world and offer sponsors, media and general public a new product.
From now on, in Italy there will be one ambitious project for the Olympic sport of cross country which will also aggregate the organizers of the XC Italian Championship.
This great change takes place in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic year and aim to convince sponsors to invest in an industry that today, in contrast to the economic crisis affecting every business sector, it is still growing. This is confirmed by the large numbers related to the increase in bicycle paths and equipped paths, as well as the exponential increase in mountain bike sales. After laborious negotiations also with the leaders of the International Cycling Union and the Italian Cycling Federation, it was drawn up a calendar of international events that in this first edition will take place in about 30 days.
The opening stage will be Gaerne Trophy in Maser (TV) 19th edition on 12th-13th March, one of the most enduring international events that have shaped the history of off-road world in Italy.
Following on March 28th will be held the great return of “La Montagnetta” at San Siro (MI) that, between 1998 and 2000, gave a real international flavor to the national fat wheels movement, with the presence of Olympic and world championship athletes.
On 9th and 10th April will be time for Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race staged in Nalles (BZ), the most international stage that from the first edition has maintained excellent levels of participation both in terms of riders and audiences.
On 16th and 17th April, everybody will be in Montichiari (BS) for Trofeo Delcar, the youngest event of the circuit that in just three years has been able to obtain the Hors Catégorie title from the UCI.
To complete the series of prestigious events, on 11th and 12th June, in Courmayeur (AO) already home in the past year of an intense weekend of racing, will be held the XCO Italian Championship.
The 2016 International Italian Series Circuit was officialy inaugurated this afternoon at the headquarters of the Federal Technical Structure at CONI Palace in Milan during the awards ceremony of the best 2015 athletes and teams and the presentation of this year national off road calendar.
The events of the Italian International Series 2016:
Gaerne MTB Trophy March 12th and 13th – Maser – Treviso
La Montagnetta March 28th – Monte Stella – Milan
Marlene Südtirol Sunshine April 9th and 10th – Nalles – Bolzano
Trofeo Delcar April 16th and 17th – Montichiari – Brescia
XCO Italian Championship June 11th and 12th – Courmayeur – Aosta