What would have been an undisputed star of the day is not there when I arrive to the park Alessandro Barbero, reigning national champion for the last three years will not compete due to an ankle injury sustained in practice. This shuffles the cards and gives to each athlete the opportunity to shake off the awe and give everything to aim for the title.
And what a battle it has been with Gabriele Pala, Emanuel Bettassa and Christian Falvo holding up the KOBRA BMX team flag, Francesco Mongillo returning from a serious ankle injury, Vittorio Galli from Milan, Ramon Francesconi and Lucas Vega from Genova and the local (and promoter of the idea that led to to this Olympic center) Elia Benetton.
In the qualifing (that count only for the starting order of the finals) almost everyone hold back the bangers for the final. Unfortunately Elia cannot keep his runs together after finishing first in the quali with some impressive lines and enormous flip transfer. Down in both his final runs he’ll have to wait a full year for another shot for the title. The scores are very close despite very different styles: Christian Falvo with the highest airs, Gabriele Pala with the technical combos, Emanuel Bettassa with his unique flow and style and Mongillo with an impressive trick variety.
I had the pleasure to spend two days with the Italian freestyle bmx team at their brand new training center in Roncade (TV), housed in the awesome H-Farm campus. The Italian cycling federation, with the figure of the now ex-president Renato di Rocco, worked in synergy with the owner of H-Farm Riccardo Donadon to create, during last year, an unparalleled structure in Italy.
Without chatter, with little or nothing leaked until the opening a week ago, they carried out the construction with the world leaders of Hurricane Parks, builders of the FISE circuit.
The structure is part of a new campus, together with a pumptrack built by Hurricane, already equipped
Results 2° Zoo BMX Pro Challenge, Freestyle Park contest - Priero - Ceva CN - 03 October 2020 Men Park: 1 BARBERO Alessandro ITA 200 points 2 DHERS Daniel VEN 160 3 WEDEMEIJER Daniel NED 130 4 PALA Gabriele ITA 110 5 BETTASSA Emanuel ITA 90 6 BROŽA Jan CZE 70 7 BENETTON Elia ITA 50 8 ORSINI Maxime FRA 30 9 HABADA Martin CZE 20 10 CERESATO Christian ITA 10
In November the crew traveled to Torino to have a session at the new skatepark. On Saturday most of them filmed some clips at the spot in Valdo Fusi, then got drunk and slept at Baudi's place. On Sunday, when the crew resurrected we rode the new park with the local homies. Good times. Filmed (in less than 24 hours) and edited by Matteo Baudracco.
Results Elite Men Trofeo Stefano Gargaglia, Italy: 1 254 BONINI Nicolo ITA 2 74 FURLAN Mattia ITA 3 117 FANTONI Giacomo ITA 4 172 GRAZIAN Matteo ITA 5 116 OKOH Nicholas ITA 6 420 GIUSTACCHINI Tommaso ITA 7 926 BONINI Mattia ITA