Big news for the top circuit in Italian Cross Country MTB: the four events in the calendar will be streamed live. First stop in Nals on April 15th
On the day after the opening act of the Italian XC season, Internazionali d’Italia Series – the most important circuit for the Olympic MTB discipline in Italy – has presented in Milan its new edition, characterized by some important highlights. The presentation was held on February 26th, 2018, at the Italian Olympic Committee’s venue in Milan, with the attendance of Lombardy’s Italian Cycling Federation committee President Cordiano Dagnoni, Italian Cycling Federation Counsellor Paolo Fantoni, San Marino Cycling Federation President Walter Baldiserra and Italian MTB National Team coach Mirko Celestino, among others.
The circuit run by CM Outdoor Events, with the backing of the Italian Cycling Federation and the International Cycling Union, features four events in the 2018 calendar. The games will be open on Sunday April 15th in Nals (Bozen), with the traditional Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race, back to the HC category. After that, two complete novelties for the circuit: on April 22nd, the show will land in San Marino for Titano XCO whilst the Aprutium Race in Pineto (Teramo) will mark Internazionali d’Italia Series’ return to Central Italy. The closing act will be staged by another classic event, Alpago MTB Trophy, on Saturday June 30th in Lamosano di Chies d’Alpago (Belluno), where the Italian Youth Championships and Italian Cross Country Eliminator Championships will be held in the same weekend.
The crowns conquered in 2017 by Marco Aurelio Fontana (Bianchi Countervail) and Serena Calvetti (Damil GT Trevisan) in the open categories are now up for grabs again, and the new leaders’ jersey factored by Northwave, and presented on the occasion, will be awarded to six categories: Open, Under 23 and Junior, both Men and Women. Chiara Teocchi (Bianchi Countervail) will have an opportunity to defend the title conquered last year in the Under 23 Women’s series, whilst Nadir Colledani (Bianchi Countervail), who won the Under 23 Men series in 2017, and the winners of the Junior classifications, Juri Zanotti (Torpado Gabogas) and Marika Tovo (Rudy Project), will not have such chance after moving up a category in 2018.
Organization-wise, the goal of CM Outdoor events will be confirming the very good feedbacks collected in 2017 from riders, teams and sponsors, while fielding a good level of participation – in quality and numbers – and making a further leap in terms of relevance and visibility of the circuit. And that’s where the biggest news of the presentation is expected to make a big difference.
For the first time in 2017, the Internazionali d’Italia Series events will be broadcast in live streaming. The MTB fans from Italy and beyond will be able to follow the Open Men’s race integrally, and enjoy the highlights and special contents of the Open Women, Junior Men and Women challenges, bringing unprecedented visibility and accessibility for Italian MTB events, except for the World Cup stages.
“Securing the live streaming was a big goal for us – explained CM Outdoor Events’ Luca Carton, – and we had been taking steps in such direction in the past, offering an extensive highlights magazine in streaming last year, in collaboration with PMG Sport. This time, we will manage to bring the MTB to every fan, an opportunity that brings value to what we have done over the years, confirming the future ambitions of our circuit.”
Internazionali d’Italia Series’ commitment and improvement was rewarded by the support of leading brands in the cycling industry: along with Northwave and Shimano, that had already featured in Internazionali d’Italia Series in the last edition, another important Italian brand, Vittoria, also joined the panel.
The confirmations from the top Italian and international teams are coming in these days, ready to light up the enthusiasm of the fans, both on the course and through the web. Let’s just wait for the show to begin.
THE 2018 INTERNAZIONALI D’ITALIA SERIES EVENTS
April 15th 2018: Nals (Bozen) – Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race (HC). Organizer: Sunshine Racers Nals
A classic of the Italian calendar, Nals has now reached the 18th edition, and it’s back to the HC category this year. Nals will feature its traditional route, charaterized by the long Nachtigall climb, and the technical descent. A course loved by Gunn-Rita Dahle, who won the Südtirol race no less than six times, including 2017 – whilst Marco Aurelio Fontana came on top among men. As usual for HC race, a top-level line-up is expected at the start and among the beautiful Südtirol’s orchards.
April 22nd 2018: San Marino – Titano XCO (C2). Organizer: Federazione Sammarinese Ciclismo
After staging the Games of the Small States of Europe in 2017, San Marino is ready for its first Internazionali d’Italia Series appearance. It’s the first time that an event of the circuit is organized in non-Italian territory. The race course loops inside the Montecchio Park, at the foot of the Mount Titano. The circuit is 4,2 km long, with a 193 mt altitude difference.
June 10th, 2018: Pineto (Teramo) – Aprutium Race (C2). Organizer: ASD Cerrano Outdoor
Internazionali d’Italia Series returns to Central Italy thanks to ASD Cerrano Outdoor, organizing an international event for the first time after several successful experience at a national level. The Aprutium’s circuiti s 4,1 km long with a 175 mt difference in altitude per lap, most of it located in a wood area.
June 30th, 2018: Lamosano di Chies d’Alpago (Belluno) – Alpago MTB Trophy (C1). Organizer: S.C. Chies d’Alpago Asd
Another classic race is back to the Internazionali d’Italia Series calendar: after organizing several international events in recent years, among those the 2015 European Championships won by Julien Absalon and Jolanda Neff, Chies d’Alpago returns to hosting an Internazionali d’Italia Series event in a very rich and entertaining weekend. Indeed, the programme will be opened on Friday June 29th by the Italian XCE championships, and closed by the Italian Youth Championships on Sunday July 1st. The circuiti s 4778 mt long with a 183 mt altitude difference per lap, after a launching loop.