Ghost Town Freeride 2018

Ghost Town Freeride 2018 – Longboard, skate & Rock’n’Roll

Olginate (LC), Italy – The third edition of Ghost Town Freeride is just around the corner. For two days in June, from Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th, over 120 riders from all over the world will be coming together to shred the gnarly downhill skateboarding spot in Consonno, Olginate (LC) where 9 punk-rock bands will be rocking their favorite tunes during a weekend of non-stop longboarding and Rock’n’Roll.

Related: The Ghost Town Freeride 2017 recap by Sbanda Brianza

The Ghost Town Freeride is an event organized by Sbanda Brianza, a sports club based in Olginate (LC) in Italy that is supported by FISR (the Italian Federation of Roller Sports), Comune di Olginate, Provincia di Leccoand Regione Lombardia. The goal for this year’s event is to ride the wave generated by the success of the previous event editions, characterized by media and public growth.

An estimated public of 2 thousand people will gather in Consonno to admire the evolution of the riders enrolled for the freeride who will slide down the 1.3-km track, reaching the speeds of close to 85 kph.

Ghost Town is not just a freeride…The event promotes longboarding and skateboarding by combining sports activity with the cultural aspect that strongly characterizes these sports. This translates into a weekend mixed with downhill skateboarding, shredding the ramps and live music, with no less than 9 bands, good food, street art, boardsports, and action sports related exhibitors. On Saturday evening, the official after party will rock hard in order to scare away the ghosts from the abandoned town.

To enroll for the freeride, riders had to pay a 70 EUR fee which combines event registration and FISR membership. The registration form is now closed as the maximum number of 120 riders has been already reached. Detailed event information can be found at Sbanda Brianza’s website and on the event’s dedicated Facebook page. The spectators can join free-of-charge and the organization ensures that even they will have a lot to see.

About Sbanda Brianza

Sbanda Brianza started as a hobby project 6 years ago by a group of riders who shared the same passion for skateboarding and the need to create something that was missing. Since then, the project has become more serious and in 2015 it turned into an official sports association affiliated with FISR (Italian Federation of RollerSports). The association is now regarded as a reference club for longboarding in Northern Italy and has many followers, especially longboard fanatics and other people who are fans of extreme sports.

Sbanda Brianza is now very active on the Italian longboard scene through event organization and organizing the learning courses with a “sbanda” (“swerve”) state-of-mind with FISR/CONI certified instructors.

Thanks to the agreement with Comune di Olginate, since 2017 the association manages the first-ever authorized longboard spot in Italy, welcoming many riders every Saturday, thus giving to this sport a reference point where it is possible to practice downhill in safety and without traffic.

“Our lifestyle? Adrenalin, music, bruised knees, wasted boards and parties!”

Consonno DH Spot

Consonno is an ancient village hidden in the hills around Lecco in Italy, 50 km North of Milano. After being turned into a little Las Vegas in the ‘60s, it drastically fell from grace in the mid-‘70s and the town slowly became uninhabited.

Nowadays, Consonno is one of the most famous longboarding spots in Italy. The hairpins that connect the abandoned town with the rest of the world became the headquarters of Sbanda Brianza where you can bruise your knees on the sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

In May 2017, the use of the track has been regulated by an official ordinance, making “Consonno DH Spot” the first-ever skateboard downhill spot authorized in Italy, where riders can practice longboarding in safety, in a paved street closed to ordinary traffic

The Ghost Town Freeride 2017 Recap by Sbanda Brianza

The second edition of the Sbanda Brianza’s Ghost Town Freeride, one of the more popular Italian skateboarding events, was once again a huge success.

A total of 110 riders, not only from Italy, but also from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the US, gathered in Consonno to skate down its 1.3 km long road. The track is also one of the most famous downhill longboarding spots in Northern Italy.

With 7 hours of freeriding, interspersed with a speed contest the track also hit a speed record og 78 kph. The winners of the contest were Rachel Bruskoff from LA and two italians, Fred Falco and Guido Cipolla.

“We are excited!” commented the Sbanda Brianza’s President, Matteo Dell’Orto, who later said:

Compared to last year, we managed to raise the level of spectacularity and the audience appreciated it. It is a great satisfaction for us and we are already looking forward to organising the next year’s third edition! Matteo

Great vibes, live music and skating

To pump up the scene, 7 live bands contributed with concerts during the freeride and in the evenings. It sure was something special to see bands playing by the second hairpin of the track and also during the night during the skate sessions.

The full shuttle going up. Photo by Davide Corona.

The breathtaking scenery of the ghost town of Consonno and everything combines raised the adrenaline level of both the riders and the public. The crew estimates that all together, there were a thousand people who visited the event during the whole weekend.

Most of the success is due to the organisation and the efforts of the whole Sbanda Brianza team. With this second edition, they amazed everyone with their unique way of interpreting skateboarding and partying!

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Abandoned towns, BBQ’s and longboarding – The 2017 Ghost Town Freeride

Organized by Sbanda Brianza, a Sports Club based in Brianza, Northern Italy, the Ghost Town Freeride is run by multiple adventurous skaters with a passion for longboarding and obsession for extreme sports.

Affiliated to FISR, the Italian Skateboarding Federation, the association is active in the Italian longboarding scene through event organization and get-togethers for riders with a “sbanda (swerve) state-of-mind”.

The Association is also deeply involved in offering longboard classes/camps for beginners, with certified instructors.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017
The Sbanda Brianza lifestyle – Adrenaline, music, bruised knees, wasted boards and parties!

GHOST TOWN FREERIDE

Ghost Town Freeride is a two-day event organized by Sbanda Brianza, and supported by FISR, the Italian Roller Sports Federation. It offers 48 hours of longboarding, skateboarding, music, adrenaline and bruised buttocks.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

June 17th and 18th, 2017 will mark the second edition of Ghost Town Freeride.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Last year, more than 80 riders came from all over the Italian peninsula to skate the road that extends down from the peculiar ghost town of Consonno.

The track features 1.3 km of pure asphalt, with 10% average gradient and a 2016 track record of a top speed of 82-kph.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Consonno is an ancient village hidden in the hills around Lecco, close to the Alps. After being drastically turned into a little Las Vegas, it fell from grace in the mid-‘70s and the town slowly became uninhabited.

Nowadays, it has become one of the most famous longboarding spots in Northern Italy.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Ghost Town Freeride promotes the longboarding lifestyle by combining the sport together with its cultural side. This translates into a weekend of not only longboarding, but also music concerts, skate ramps, street-art corners, BBQs, street markets and a Saturday-night party to scare the ghosts away.

The registration fee for Ghost Town Freeride 2017 is set to 50 EUR which includes the event registration and a FISR membership.

For the registration form and more detailed event information visit the official Sbanda Brianza website or check out their Facebook event page.

Ghost Town Freeride 2017

Ghost Town Freeride 2017 sponsors, partners and supporters are:
FISR (Federazione Italiana Sport Rotellistici)
Comune di Olginate
Provincia di Lecco
Nilox
Zero31
Boardstyle
Assicomo
Carrozzeria Goglio
Officina Bonacina
Blossom Communication
Stage Diving