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!