All Quiet on the Verdicchian Front

All Quiet on the Verdicchian Front

Verdicchio Race does things a little differently. Day Three is relatively quiet - the morning hosted the Open Skate Repechage, where the slowest 24 riders from yesterday's qualifying raced each other for the final seven spots in tomorrow's finals. That meant a cruel consolation final in which the top three would advance, but fourth would miss out. That consolation final was all women, and it was Sabrina Ambrosi of Argentina who was the unlucky fourth.

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Carlos Paixão and Melissa Brogni on Fire at Verdicchio

Carlos Paixão and Melissa Brogni on Fire at Verdicchio

After two runs at Verdicchio qualifying Carlos Paixão switched from regular pushing to mongo to then post the fastest time of the day; 2:19.91, almost two seconds faster than fellow Brazilian Thiago Lessa. In Womens it was similar, with Brazilian, Melissa Brogni's 2:27.92 a massive 3.8 seconds faster than second-placed Lisa Peters of the Netherlands.

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Verdicchio Day 1: Wine, Salami and Hail

Verdicchio Day 1: Wine, Salami and Hail

A rider pack containing a bottle of local wine and a salami, and a campsite featuring a swimming pool and an espresso machine; Verdicchio Race is the quintessential Italian experience. The event kicked off today with a day of freeride, and the verdict on the track is FUN. The track is wide, the pavement is smooth but slippery, and the 10 corners cover the spectrum between hard braking and...do I need to brake? Unlike many roads in Europe, the corner exits are steep rather than flat, so speeds never drop.

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Quirin Ilmer wins King’s Gate

Quirin Ilmer wins King’s Gate

Quirin Ilmer won the first ever King's Gate yesterday in a final featuring a spectacular collision between Zak Maytum and Aaron Hampshire at the fastest part of the track. In Women's, Emily Pross proved that even a broken toe couldn't slow her down, while Lyde Begue and Paloma Dorado were impressively quick in taking the other two podium spots in a strong women's field.

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King’s Gate – Day 3, Alex Charleson Turns it On

King’s Gate – Day 3, Alex Charleson Turns it On

Alex Charleson qualified fasted at King's Gate on a day where each qualifying run occurred on different conditions - starting out totally wet, and getting progressively drier as the day wore on. There was no way of knowing exactly how dry each corner would be before starting out, so riders had to be 100% ON to deal with whatever the track threw at them.

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King’s Gate – Day 2, Yet Mysteries Remain

King’s Gate – Day 2, Yet Mysteries Remain

Day 2 at King's Gate began at dawn for the organising crew who who put in a massive effort to add hay and extra netting to the critical safety spots on the track after safety issues were raised yesterday. They worked so hard that the first practice run began on time at the scheduled 11 am. The track was dry, but this is the Alps where weather is always a factor, and after a few runs the rain appeared, sending riders scurrying for rain wheels. The wet didn't change the character of the track much - the slide were longer, but riders still charged hard.

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