The MTB World Cup Finals kicks off in Val di Sol

Daolasa di Commezzadura (Tennessee), September 1, 2022 – The wait is over. The Italian home of fat wheels is once again in the spotlight. Just over a year after a memorable edition of the World Championships, Val di Sole Bikeland is preparing to host a new event of global significance in Mountain Bike, the World Cup Finals scheduled for tomorrow, Friday 2 September, on Sunday 4 in Daolasa de Comezadora, in Trentino .

An original outdoor theme park for MTB fans and more, with hundreds of kilometers of elevated trails and Alpine Gravel routes and one of the most famous bike trails in Italy, as well as two bike parks for gravity lovers, Val di Sole Bikeland is poised to become the protagonist once again on screens all over the world. around the world thanks to the exciting challenges of the fat wheels phenomenon.

Awaiting the first official comparisons, today, Thursday, September 1, the athletes begin taking measurements on the roads, both in Downhill and Cross Country, while in the evening, starting at 8.15 p.m., it will be the turn of the tightrope and the Four- Cross pedestrians take to the track to qualify. For the last two stages of the 4X Pro Tour, scheduled for the evenings of Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September, starting at 8.45 p.m.

If it’s Friday, September 2, the contestants will start the track that will lead them to the finals on Saturday with the qualifying round (JR men’s at 12:30 p.m., Elite women’s at 1.30 p.m. and Elite men’s at 2.00 p.m.), also for Cross Country Specialists tomorrow won’t be less important.

To win at Val di Sole, Sunday 4 September, you will need great legs but also a proper position on the starting grid which will be decided by Short Track tomorrow afternoon (Elite Women at 5.30pm, Elite Men at 6.15pm). In addition to the valuable points valid for the Cross Country Ranking, there is also the first Specialized World Cup at stake. Among the men, South African Alan Hatherley is ready to defend himself from the attack of Swiss Filippo Colombo, by only 62 points, while in the female category, Swiss Alessandra Keeler can defend a strong margin of advantage, 116 points, over Dutchman Anne Terpstra.

In total, more than 800 athletes will participate in the Solandro weekend between Short Track, Cross Country, Downhill and Four-Cross, coming from more than 50 countries in the world and 5 continents. He hopes that Azzurri—the Cross Country bronze medalist between elite Luca Braidot, U23 World Champion Simone Avondetto, and above all Trentino Eleonora Farina—to write a page of history.

However, in another aspect, Val di Sole 2022 is already writing its historical page: on the basis of a long-term commitment on various fronts to environmental protection at the destination level, the Grand Finale in Val di Sole will be the first MTB World Cup event to reach carbon neutrality, thanks to Two environmental compensation projects promoted in Congo and Sierra Leone with the support of Climate Partners.

Passion in the only VAL DI honoring WALTER7
This morning, the Val di Sole and Mountain Bike family had an exciting moment during Downhill’s free practice with the Walter7 Tribute. Walter Bailey’s friends, along with riders from around the world, commemorated the rider who passed away last February at the age of 41.

Participants in the Walter7 Tribute wore a T-shirt in honor before jumping on Black Snake, Belli’s favorite track. World downhill champions Loic Bruni, Valentina Höll and Myriam Nicole, Eleonora Farina and Veronica Weidmann also took part in the initiative, which was organized in collaboration with APT Val di Sole and Grandi Eventi Val di Sole, as well as Bruno Zanchi, Pippo Marani and Alan Begin, many Italian downhill champions and Walter Bailey’s friends.

Walter Belli’s is a life story that is always made at full speed, first riding a bike, conquering many titles and affirmations until the incident of October 12, 2014, and then a fierce battle for life, which lasted more than 7 years. Due to a very bad fall, Walter Bailey was forced to live his life as a paralyzed patient, hoping to find a cure for his spinal injuries.

Announcing the presence of Undersecretary of State Vesali
At the Daolasa di Commezzadura, which is preparing to receive the embrace of a small audience, tomorrow evening, Friday 2 September, it was announced that the Undersecretary of State will attend with the delegation of sports Valentina Vezzali, who will carry out the awards at the end of the short and quad track tests.

This will be my first time in Val di Sole, and my first time in the UCI Cycling District in Italy, which is part of a network of 18 destinations in the world with its bike-related vision and strategy. Sorry if it’s small…”, the 6-time Olympic champion commented in frustration. – “I am really excited to be able to attend the opening races of the Mountain Bike World Cup Finals. It’s the fourth time in less than twenty years that Val di Sol has hosted the final round of the World Cup, and it’s quite a feat. Therefore, I would like to give my applause to the Grande Eventi Val di Sole and the APT Val di Sole, a combination synonymous with excellence in the cycling world. In fact, it has distinguished itself in recent years because it believes in and invests in infrastructure, in policies in favor of sustainable cycling and mobility.”

“We regret that we were not able to experience the adrenaline rush of cyclists along the Black Serpent which is now a monument to downhill on the international scene. I hope this event will bring as many people as possible to this amazing and dynamic sport because major sporting events are an incomparable show to promote Italy and its beauty in the world ”, concluded Valentina Vezzali.

With the competitions underway, the TV show will also start tomorrow on RedBull TV and RaiSport, which will show live footage of the short track starting at 17.20. The Elite Downhill Race Finals will be broadcast by both broadcasters starting at 12.40am on Saturday, September 3. On Sunday, September 4, live coverage of the Elite Women Cross Country competition will begin at 12.15, while coverage of the Elite Men race begins at 14.45.

World Cup Final Program

Friday 2 September
• 17.30: short track below
• 18.15: men’s short race
• 20.45: Pro Tour 4X

Saturday 3 September
• 09.45: Men’s Downhill Junior
• 10.30: Downhill without Jr
• 12.30: regression without elite
• 1.30pm: Elite Downhill Men
• 17.15: Giant Mini World Cup
• 20.45: Pro Tour 4X

Sunday 4 September
• 08.30: Cross Country Donne U23
• 10.15: Cross Country Men U23
• 12.20: Cross Country Donne Elite
• 14.50: Men’s Cross Country Elite