The Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship Calendar 2017

The Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship Calendar 2017

Several months passed since the end of the Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship 2016. With the late arrival of cold winter weather, our thoughts of rubbing shoulders with fellow racers on the road and hearing the sound of wheels sliding still warms us. Making this holiday season even better is a Christmas gift that is the CIDHS calendar for 2017!

The Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship (CIDHS) promised an interesting tour for next year with substantial news regarding the race tracks. The championship tour will take part from June to August, taking in account all other IDF competitions across the globe.

The stages for the Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship 2017 will include four events and two new race tracks.

Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship 2017 calendar

Downhill Falls – 24th and 25th of June, 2017

Downhill Falls Track – 24th and 25th of June, 2017As the new entry in the CIDHS series, Downhill Falls will take place in the province of Frosinone, in the center of Italy.

Held in a very special city called Isola del Liri, it’s also the only European city with a waterfall flowing right in the heart of town. As something I never thought I would see, it is also the particular characteristic that gave the event its name.

Apart from seeing the beautiful waterfall, you shouldn’t miss the 1.3 km long race track with brand new asphalt. We invite you to take a go at it and try being the first one to win the podium at Downhill Falls.

 

Official hashtag: #downhillfalls

Ambrose Challenge – 1st and 2nd of July, 2017

Ambrose Challenge – 1st and 2nd of July, 2017Ambrose Challenge was a part of the CIDHS circuit last year and got a very positive feedback from all the racers attending. It is located in the province of Verona, in Valpolicella. For next year’s season, we are expecting another pleasant weekend on this road that will cater to all adrenaline seeking longboarders.

The track is 2.8 km long with an average gradient of 6.5 % and a maximum gradient of 10 %.

Here is the 2016 video from Ambrose Downhill Challenge:

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Official hashtag: #ambrosechallenge

Verdicchio Race – 27th to 28th July, 2017

Verdicchio Race – 27th to 28th July, 2017The next new/old entry of the 2017 tour is Verdicchio Race. As the third edition of this race, its coming back better than ever after a years break. Verdicchio will be held on the Poggiocupro race track in a village called Cupramontana, the capital of Verdicchio.

As one of the most technical and fun packed tracks in Italy, riders will descend down the 2.7 km long race track with 6 hairpins and long straights with fast corners.

This event will last for four days and is going to be a part of the IDF Eurotour 2017, as a World Qualifying Series. Two days of the event will be dedicated to the Italian Championship.

Official hashtag: #verdicchiorace

Euroskate 2017 – 3rd to 6th of August, 2017

Euroskate 2017 - 3rd to 6th of August, 2017The 14th edition of the Euroskate will finish the CIDHS circuit. The Roll Club of Padua, led by Sandro Marandin, is back with the Euganean Hills and an impeccable organisation which includes big shows and the famous torchlight ride along the race route.

The track is famous for its curve called “Schivanoia”, the first one of a series of hairpins following one another and inevitably leading to racers showing off their best skills while pumping and taking advantage of the hairpins apex.

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Official hashtag: #teyolo

Surely the 2017 Italian Downhill Skateboard Championship FISR will not fail to surprise us. In the mean time, while waiting for the race season to start, go out and skate. Get ready, because the starting line is waiting for you!

Castelplanio Race – CIDHS 2016 Italian Championship

Sometimes it takes very little to change the tide of a race, what little though, in most cases, can substantially affect the conclusion of a competition or even an entire season: the choice of the most performing setup, adverse conditions weather or sometimes just the irrepressible desire to win, are factors that can really make a difference at the moment to draw the conclusion in a league which ended last weekend in Castelplanio (an) with the last stage of the CIDHS 2016.

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Video by Simone Barbizzi (Madrid, Venom, TSG, BoardstyleTuck Yeah)

After Valpolicella (VR), Alto Rock (CN) and Teolo Euroskate (PD), the City of Castelplanio (AN) hosted the final race in a well known road (to some good old riders): it was the track which hosted in 2011 the first edition of Verdicchio race, that was the final of the European Championship IGSA and last race of an Italian Championship still not under the aegis of FIHP: get back on that technical track and full of history is always a thrill, ride it is even more then a blast.

Last preparations before the racing.
Last preparations before the racing.

The summer day and clear skies of Saturday morning immediately put in a good mood all the riders, giving way to a long freeride session to stretch their legs and store 2.5 km of track with the various pitfalls attached: 7 switchbacks, 2 blind corners following long straights stuffed with wide-ranging curves, are the variables that must be taken into account until the last 100 meters straight to the finish line. Although, those damn 100 meters, can make a difference.

Qualifying took place on Saturday afternoon and have followed one to another without problems under the supervision of the Italian Timekeepers Federation (FICr) which recorded two qualifying times for each rider: while in the first run Marcus Aldinucci (3 ‘05.49) flew ahead by 4/10 on Giorgio Garino, in the second timed Giorgio got below 3 minutes and 5 seconds with a time of 3’4.54. Stefano Barbizzi has never moved away from the two finishing in third position with a best time of 3’7.46 obtained in the first run.

Castelplanio Race 2016 qualifying results
Castelplanio Race 2016 qualifying results

The rain on the night between Saturday and Sunday proceeded to give riders a wet awakening and an equally wet track on which have to deal: we tried to stall a bit with various warm up to wait for dry up an average part of the road. Before the scheduled lunch break, the two race batteries respectively in the category Women DH Skateboard and Streetluge went down: for the girls, Giulia Bottazzin collect his second win in the league, crossing the finish line first ahead of Azzurra Felici, and won both last run of the championship and the title of Downhill Skateboard Italian Champion for the first time in the history of Italian downhill skateboarding. Unfortunately went bad for Helene Folliard (aka Lilù), which was also running for the title, that could not attend this last crucial race.

For Streetluge the race is won by Daniel Aldinucci over Samuel Montesi in a single run 2 Man-heat run. Daniele Aldinucci is therefore awarded at the end of the season with the title of Streetluge Italian Champion 2016.

Bottazzin Giulia and Azzurra Felici on the podium for the cat.egory Women DH Skateboard
Bottazzin Giulia and Azzurra Felici on the podium for the cat.egory Women DH Skateboard

After the lunch break we got to the final showdown of the Open DH Skateboard: 25 riders at the start and 4 Man Heats the race format chosen for. For the young Mariano Conti and the former Italian champion 2013 Roberto Marasca, fifth and fourth respectively in the timed runs, the race ends unfortunately at the quarter-finals after a contact between the skateboard of the two: the crash ended the run to the finish line after two hundred meters from the starting line but fortunately neither of riders got physical injuries.

Shortly before the final Open DH Skateboard the rain did not last to fall, restoring the road conditions same as morning: the 4 finalists were invited to make a further warmup by the race director Matteo Fioretti.

The final part run smoothly and 100 meters from the finish line out the last left, Stefano Barbizzi bend in the lead followed by Giorgio Garino that started to gives few big push trying to go despite of the sustained speed: 100 meters were enough to overcome Stefano right before the finish line and Giorgio win not only the fourth round of the Italian Championship but also the title of Italian Champion Downhill Skateboard 2016!

Final overtaking CIDHS 2016 Castelplanio, Barbizzi vs Garino:

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The first words of Stefano at the finish area were: “It was the most beautiful run of my life” and it’s not hard to believe that seeing the stunning finish.

Unfortunately the weather condition was not digested by Marcus Aldinucci ending the final in fourth place: Marcus was first in the standings before Giorgio and he has seen his chances to become Italian Champion at this stage, after leading a fantastic season with commitment and dedication and it is certain for us that will come back stronger and more fierce than ever for 2017.

Third place instead for Alessio Damato, back from a quiet top speed of 122.7 km/h in Canada on his board, which concludes this Italian Championship in 2016 in fourth place on the overall standings.

From left to right: 4 finalists in Open DH Skateboard: Stefano Barbizzi, Giorgio Garino, Alessio Damato and Marcus Aldinucci, plus an intruder below ;)
From left to right: 4 finalists in Open DH Skateboard: Stefano Barbizzi, Giorgio Garino, Alessio Damato and Marcus Aldinucci, plus an intruder below 😉

It’s amazing and fascinating at the same time how everything can change in an instant, how the fate of a race can not be written until the finish line and how adrenaline can make any magic while going down on a board with four wheels.

See you at CIDHS 2017, but in the meantime, keep skateboarding fast!

Italian Downhill Skateboarding Championship 2016 – Part 1/2

Italian Downhill Skateboarding Championship 2016

Last year’s annual circuit was held only on Verdicchio Race, but 2016 Downhill Skateboard Italian Championship consists of four races. It is set up to be a tour that brings together Italian skaters and gives them even more roads to skate and a chance to win the title that is the Italian Champion.

Downhill Skateboard Italian Championship

CIDHS 2016 Race Lineup

The opening race in a 2016 lineup was Ambrose Downhill Challenge in the beginning of July in Valpolicella (Verona). The second race of a CIDHS circuit was Alto Rock race at the end of July, shortly followed by Euroskate 2016 in Teolo (Padova) in the beginning of August. The last race of CIDHS 2016, Castello Race will be held in September in Castelplanio (Ancona).

Jump to:

  1. Ambrose Downhill Challenge
  2. Alto Rock 2016
  3. Euroskate 2016
  4. Castello Race

1. AMBROSE DOWNHILL CHALLENGE

July 2nd – 3rd 2016, Valpolicella (Verona) – The Ambrose Downhill Challenge took place in Verona and opened this year’s Italian Championship.

Practice run at Ambrose Downhill Challenge 2016
Practice run at Ambrose Downhill Challenge 2016

Ambrose Qualification Results

During the timed qualifications, Giorgio Garino dominated the race with a time of 3.04,81. Right after him, Stefano Barbizzi had the best time of 3.08,56 and Marcus Aldinucci 3.09,81.

Ambrose Final Results

In Open Skateboard final heat, Marcus Aldinucci won the race, followed by Giorgio Garino on the second, Guiseppe Maltese on the third and Filippo Salerni on the fourth place.

In Women’s category two girls raced, Helene Folliard won and Giulia Bottazzin was second.

The Street luge podium included Luca Santolamazza taking the first place, Daniele Aldinucci taking second and Maurizio De Pollo taking third place.

2. ALTO ROCK 2016

July 30th – 31st 2016, Alto (Cuneo) – Alto Rock race presents the steepest track in the circuit with 22,72% grade. Race format is 2 man heats, first one down takes the win. The track is 1,9 km long and will definitely keep your heart rate up.

Riders getting ready for another run at Alto Rock 2016.
Riders getting ready for another run at Alto Rock 2016.

Alto Rock 2016 Qualification Results

After registering on Saturday, the riders dropped in for a warmup run and then started racing to qualify. Top five riders who qualified were Giorgio Garino followed by Stefano Barbizzi, D’amato Alessio, Castagnola Giorgio and Simeone Alessio.

On early Sunday afternoon as the weather was better then expected, twenty riders gathered on the start line and started racing, head to head in two man heats.

Alto Rock 2016 Final Results

Giorgio Garino won the final run racing Stefano BarbizziMarcus Aldinucci placed third by winning a race with Alessio Simeone.

Open Skateboard: 1st Giorgio Garino – 2nd Stefano Barbizzi – 3rd Marcus Aldinucci
Open Skateboard: 1st Giorgio Garino – 2nd Stefano Barbizzi – 3rd Marcus Aldinucci

Hellene Folliard had an accident during a qualifying run and couldn’t race so the first place was left to Giulia Bottazzin.

Maurizio De Pollo won a street luge podium, Daniele Aldinucci placed second.

3. EUROSKATE 2016 (TEOLO)

August 4th – 7th 2016, Teolo (Padova) – Roll Club Padova organised another successful edition of Teolo Euroskate race, joining inline downhill skating and downhill skateboarding for the 13th time already.

Federico Falco, Andrea Moreni and Simeon Alessio (in the back) ready for a test session.
Federico Falco, Andrea Moreni and Simeon Alessio (in the back) ready for a test session.

Riders were racing in a usual 4 man heats format with timed qualifications on a 1.6 km long road with an average incline of 12 percent.

Teolo Euroskate 2016 Qualification Results

In Open Skateboard category, Giorgio Garino had the best qualification time 01: 59.271 and broke a 2 minutes threshold. Filippo Salerni was the second fastest with time 02: 00.693 followed  by Marcus Aldinucci with 02:00.861.

In Women’s Skateboard category, Giulia Bottazzin was the fastest girl on the track with 02:12.643 followed by Hellene Folliard  with 02:17.559 and young newcomer from Lazio, Felici Azzurra with 02:24.786.

In Junior Skateboard category Mariano Conti was racing solo and crossed the line with the total time of 02:04.600.

Teolo Euroskate 2016 Final Results

In Open Skateboard final heat Marcus Aldinucci crossed the finish line first, Filippo Salerni was right behind him and finished second while Stefano Barbizzi and Giorgio Garino had a contact on the 4th hairpin and missed the opportunity for the win. Stefano ended up being third and Giorgio fourth.

Women’s Skateboard category racing was intense to the last hairpin where Hellene Folliard confirmed the lead and crossed the finish line first. Giulia Bottazzin followed by placing second and Felici Azzurra got third.

Teolo Euroskate 2016 Podium
Teolo Euroskate 2016 Podium

For the Luge category the challenge was determined directly with a final run of four riders: Daniel Aldinucci was the fastest and placed first followed by his brother Riccardo Aldinucci. Andrea Morellini placed third while Maurizio De Pollo crashed and ended up with the fourth place.

4. CASTELLO RACE (Coming soon)

September 17th – 18th 2016, Ancona – The last event in the Italian Downhill Skateboarding Championship tour will take place in Ancona. Standard race format of 4 man heats on a 2,1 km road and average gradient of 5,83% will decide who takes home the title.

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Current rankings

At the time of writing this post, Marcus Aldinucci is on top of ranking list with 2700 points. Giorgio Garino is currently positioned on the second place with 2450 points. Stefano Barbizzi managed to get 2100 points and is currently on the third place. Source: CIDHS rankings.

Let’s wait and see what the results of Castello Race will be like. Longboard Magazine will keep you posted, but you can also follow Italian Skateboarding Commission’s website (in Italian language).


Shoutout to Federico Barbezio for providing information and photos.
Photos presented in this post are a courtesy of Italian Skateboarding Commission.
www.italianskateboarding.org/downhill-skateboard


Federico and Roberto slaying Almabtrieb, Gipsy Team 2016 trailer, Tuck Yeah and more

Hey rippers! We’re back with the second issue of the #ACOS series showcasing some of the coolest stuff that came out today. Check out Alex’s freshly baked video featuring Federico and Roberto, Gipsy Team’s 2016 trailer and Tuck Yeah Apparel’s coolest t-shirts ever. There’s an official announcement for the SKOA’s newest team member as well as Pernes’s failed attempt of flying. Enjoy and share the stoke!


Federico and Roberto – Almabtrieb 2014

Alexander “Tiki” Frischauf (Streetluge-Austria.at) shoots out another great video, this time from last year’s Almabtrieb 2014, featuring Federico Barbezio and Roberto Marasca, the Verdicchio Race organisers. Thumbs up for a great choice of music 🙂

Another good news which popped out recently is that Almabtrieb is coming back in 2016 and the race is announced to be a part of the BigMountainSkate series, held on a furiously fast road in Austria. Woohoo!


The Gipsy Team says “We will be back”

The notorious skate gang from Italy has been around for a while now and it looks like they don’t intend to leave. Well, that’s good to know 🙂 Bring it on bit***, the game is on! One of the bangers and a good friend of mine, Stefano Barbizzi also runs a project in his basement, the Tuck Yeah Apparel. You should check out the stuff he does, it’s cool. Even James Kelly wears Tuck Yeah stuff, which confirms it’s worthy 🙂

Tuck Yeah Apparel's latest t-shirts © Tuck Yeah
Tuck Yeah Apparel’s latest t-shirts © Tuck Yeah

If you are stoked about having one of these unmatching cool t-shirts, you can get it for 14,90 € at BDS Ricami website. Worth every cent!


It’s official: Pablo Quiles joins Skoa team

Pablo Quiles joins SKOA Trucks team

This is kind of like a “last year’s snow” but since yesterday, he got a well deserved feature on their website. So now, it’s official. Congratulations! Here’s what Reinhold Uhrner from SKOA Trucks says about it:

For us Pablo is a very important skater and we like how he lives the skate life. We are impressed how he and his spanish friends build up the whole Gnarlicante scene (Salsito House, Gnarlicante Tours, Gnarlicante Longboard Shop, etc) he is really focused in all he is doing and with his passion for skating he is pushing the whole European skate scene. ~ Reinhold Uhrner

Nicely said, Reinhold and well done, Pablo! We’re looking forward to see what this collab has to it.


Jorge Pernes belives he can fly!

Jorge Pernes belives he can fly!

Cult’s Jorge Pernes was out there playing with some prototype wheels. If you’ve missed it, check out this short video featuring him flying off the board while doing a Switch 180. “You won’t belive what happens next” style!


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