The programme of Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race (Internazionali d’Italia Series stage 4) begins tomorrow, Saturday, with the special technical competition for cadets and rookies. Startlist: number 1 bib for Stephane Tempier and Gunn-Rita Dahle
The final preparations are underway in Nals: the Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race, Internazionali d’Italia Series stage 4, will start tomorrow, Saturday April 8th, the intense programme leading up to challenge between the top names of MTB of Sunday April 9th. The weather forecast looks really promising for the whole weekend, so the ideal conditions are in place to enjoy the MTB show in Südtirol in top fashion.
On Saturday from 9 AM, the course will be accessible for the free training to the riders, looking to find the best feeling on Nals’ demanding circuit. But for someone, tomorrow will already be serious business: from 11 AM, rookies and cadets will take in a special technical competition, the only one of this kind in Italy. “I think training and improving the MTB technique is key for youngsters – explained Florian Pallweber, president of organizing company Sunshine Racers ASV Nals – and also the European Cup has inserted a technical competition in its programme since several seasons. From 2014, we have decided to offer the Italian youngster the opportunity to participate in a similar contest in their own Country.”
The competition features: balance trail, jumps, obstacles, climbing on roots, handling on dirt and counter-sloping hairpins, and even a stretch to be tackled with hands off the handlebar. The competition won’t have a dedicated classification, but it will count in a special combined classification with the Sunday’s cross country races in the corresponding categories. The cross-country races will also have independent standings, apart from the combined.
With less than 48 hours to go, the startlist of the 17th Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race are taking shape.
The winner of the 2016 edition Stephane Tempier (Bianchi Countervail) will take off with #1 on his back in the Open Men category, ahead of Florian Vogel (Focus XC), another top favorite for the race as well as Marco Aurelio Fontana (Bianchi Countervail). Also worth a close eye are Colombian Jhonnatan Botero (KTM-Protek-Dama), German National Champion Markus Schulte-Luenzum (Focus XC) and his young teammate, Swiss Marcel Guerrini. Italy will rely on Luca and Daniele Braidot (CS Carabinieri) – though the former is still in doubt due to his collarbone injury – Andrea Tiberi (NOB Selle Italia) and, obviously, home-guy Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Torpado-Gabogas).
Among Open Women, Gunn-Rita Dahle (Team Merida Gunn-Rita) will lead the field with #1 after winning the race in five different occasions. She will find on her way the likes of Linda Indergand (Focus XC), who dominated in Montichiari, and Hungarian Barbara Benkò (Focus XC), coming off a good showing at Trofeo Delcar as well. Number 4 for Tanja Zakelj (Unior Tools), who raised her arms in Croatia in the last weekend. Team Ghost will field a trio formed by Lisi Osl, Alexandra Engen and Malene Degn. Südtirol’s Lisa Rabensteiner (Focus XC) is the first Italian in the list, with number 8, ahead of Chiara Teocchi (Bianchi Countervail) and GC leader Serena Calvetti (Damil – GT Trevisan).
THE RACE TO WATCH
On Sunday April 9 at 9PM, a 30-minute video magazine on the Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race will be aired in streaming on the “PMG Sport” Facebook page.
MARLENE SÜDTIROL SUNSHINE RACE – THE PROGRAMME
Saturday April 8th
09.00-18.00 Free training
11.00 – 15.00 MTB Technical Competition – Rookes (men and women)
13.00 – 17.00 MTB Technical Competition – Cadets (men and women)
18.00 Official bib ceremony
19.00 Team Manager Meeting
Sunday April 9th
8.30 Rookies Men start (2 laps + starting lap)
8.35 Rookies Women start (1 lap + starting lap)
9.30 Cadet Men start (3 lap + starting lap)
9.35 Cadet Women start (2 lap + starting lap)
10.45 Juniores Men start (5 lap + starting lap)
12.30 Open Women start (5 lap + starting lap)
12.32 Junior Women (4 lap + starting lap)
14.30 Open Men start (7 lap + starting lap)
Awarding ceremony at the end of each lap.