Cannondale 2013 Factory MTB Team Part 2


Cannondale wrapped up its two-day Factory Racing team launch in Italy on Thursday, treating riders, staff, and a collection of journalists to a mini-version of the famed SuperEnduro race that’s held annually here in Finale Ligure.

Riders rolled out of the seaside town two-by-two, then slogged their way up a series of steep road climbs, topping out at about 1,000 feet. After that it was game on, with riders taking off one by one and charging (or slowly rolling in some cases) down a snaky line of rough, rocky — and occasionally very steep — single track. Times ranged from 5 to 7 minutes.

Following another road grinder, there was one final timed downhill section, this one tamer and shorter than the first go round, but still lots of fun. When the dust settled, American Ben Cruz had posted the day’s fastest two-segment time, just edging out French teammate Jerome Clementz. Check out the complete route map.

Here’s a look at some of the sights and scenes from the two day press launch. Stay tuned to in the coming weeks for multiple Pro Bike galleries, plus pro tips on tire choice, and an inside look at what it takes to be a successful enduro racer.

Read Cannondale Introduces 2013 Factory MTB Team.

All photos courtesy Cannondale / Ale Di Lullo

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympics, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the Mtbr staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying life with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora in and around their home in the MTB Mecca of Crested Butte.

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  • MissedThePoint says:

    Need a closer look of Anton Cooper’s stem. I’m guessing he’s on the short end of 29er fit, maybe 5′ 5″? Combine that with the Lefty’s 5.5″ clamp spacing, steep geo, 80-100mm of travel, and you’re looking at a really tall stack height.

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