After today’s practice, tomorrow will be time to race for all e-bike riders, with a course spread over the Pietra Ligure area. Starting on Friday, traditional mountain-bikes will be in the spotlight again, with practice and racing around Finale Ligure.
All good to go in Finale Ligure for yet another round of the Enduro World Series, a stop that bears FinalEnduro’s seal and has under the belt eight editions already – an experience that has made it something more than a sports competition – turning it into an event that involves the whole of the region and all communities that are located within the Finale Outdoor Region.
During this event, the best of the enduro and e-enduro scene from all over the world pours into Finale’s towns and villages, thrilled at the prospect of a whole week of ‘bella vita’ in Italy, by the sea, and raring to battle it out on the amazing trails of the hinterland, perfectly groomed for the occasion.
More than 750 riders from 27 countries have entered the event and all competitions are expected to be fiercely contested and spectacular, no matter the category. This is the penultimate round of the season and therefore the points that will be earned here will be decisive for the World Series’ overall.
Athletes’ feedback about the race course is really excellent, both for Bluegrass EWS Finale presented by Vittoria – the race for traditional mountain-bikes – and for the e-bike-specific competition.
“We are really pleased and proud of the work done and of the fact that year after year we manage to satisfy and entertain thanks to the race courses we create in our region; this year even adding an historical and cultural touch to it, with the involvement of Finalborgo, Castel Gavone and Fortezza San Giovanni” says Riccardo Negro, race director of EWS FinalEnduro.
After today’s practice on the race course specifically designed for the EWS-E, it is clear to everyone that the project developed in the Pietra Ligure and Val Maremola area – with the recent launch of Ranzi too – is one of a kind.
The idea of expanding and completing Finale’s offer by extending the trail network with pedal-assist cycling in mind is truly a winning one. Not only it places Pietra Ligure in a specific market segment, it pushes the entire Finale Outdoor Region forward and propels it into the stardom of the most modern outdoor destinations.
Tomorrow will be the first day of racing, with competition for all e-bike racers. There are twelve special stages in store for them – 73 km in total and more than 3,000 metres of elevation difference – that from Finale Ligure reach the area around Pietra Ligure (Monte Grosso) before going back to Finale for the spectacular Govup stage, between Finalborgo and Castel Gavone. In between, two battery recharge breaks, for which racers will need to go down to the assistance area in the historic centre of Pietra Ligure.
Several big names from different disciplines are going to take part in the e-bike race; amongst them two French champions – Julien Absalon from cross country and Fabien Barel from downhill – and British legend Tracy Mosely.
“To mark the occasion of this great international event we have launched our For You Card, the new tool created by the Finale Outdoor Region to make sustainable and support the maintenance of our natural heritage – trails and rock routes – a resource that every year is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of outdoor sports enthusiasts” explains Gianluca Viglizzo, president of FOR consortium.
These cards have been handed out to all athletes when they entered the race and they will really make a difference: not only by raising funds but, above all, by increasing awareness and strengthening the mutual involvement of tourists and local operators, finally working together in a common project.
We also would like to remind all spectators to respect the social distancing rules and be sensible both in town and on the trails …and – at the same time – enjoy the show!