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Dolomites crunch time

Dolomites crunch time

This Sunday, 30th June, will see cyclists from all over the World, take over the Italian, mountain town of Corvara, for the 27th Maratona dles Dolomites.

Considered the most prestigious and difficult Marathon, granfondo event on the calendar. 10,000 lucky (or maybe not so lucky) riders have been selected from the draw, from 31,600 applications, With the choice of 3 routes, to suit all levels.

The main event “the Marathon” is actually, relatively short, at 138km, but its not the distance that makes this event so tough. 4200 meters of climbing, over 8 Dolomitic passes. 5 of which climb to over 2200m altitude, are what give this event its signature status.

After the initial 60km loop “the sella ronda”, taking in passo Campolongo 1875m, passo pordoi 2239m, passo Sella 2244m and passo Gardena 2121m, the race heads off towards the “point of no return”, the passo Giau. This beast gives no mercy to anyone, its 10% average gradient, with sections up to 15%, claws its way up for a grueling 10km, to its 2236m summit.

The pressure for top teams to perform, and increased financial interest, is magnified due to the events live National television coverage, from start to finish. Something otherwise reserved only for the “Queen stage” of the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

Whether you are there for the glory of chasing victory, or just to enjoy the magnificent mountain views, it will still be a challenge for every single entrant.

Our team rider, and clothing designer Jamie Burrow is racing to defend his title at this event... He continues...

"Although the severity of the terrain, is always the main talking point of the events difficulty. This year could see another factor becoming significant, if not the “key factor” in how the days activities pan out. The Weather! I have participated in 5 editions of the Maratona, and always been blessed with perfect sunshine and blue skies, just a little chilly for the 06.30 start. 

Yesterday morning, the alerts started flying around the internet, as heavy snow had fallen over night, on even the lowest part of the course. Obviously only snow could eventually stop play, but the weather forecast is rain and snow all week, including race day. And believe me, rain at 2000m altitude is no fun at all.

One thing’s for sure, it looks like we are in for a heroic, battle royalé. where only the toughest will survive!!"

This year team VVF-PLANET X will be fielding 3 riders, for the main event. Last years winner, and Planet X designer, Jamie Burrow. 

Matteo Zanelli (4th last year) and fresh from his first podium of the season last sunday, in a close photo finish at the GF Colli Amerini. 

In the women’s event, we have our super woman, and season saviour, Ilaria Lombardo. Ilaria has won the medium distance event on 4 occasions in the past, but this year she is hungry for success in the big one!

If you happen to be at the event this weekend, as a Planet X bicycle owner, or as an interested customer, please look out for us, and feel free to pop by and have a chat, say Hi, or just check out our bikes. We will have our team cars and camper in a fairly central location in Corvara, from Thursday. You can’t miss them, as you can see from the pics.

**For those of you sticking around on Sunday evening, Jamie is planning on a large Pizza and a beer, on Sunday night, somewhere in Corvara. Please feel free to join us, for some post race tales, and stories of your day.  

Safe journey, and see you there, Cheers JB 

TEAM EQUIPMENT 

The team will be heading north with a selection of bikes and equipment for the occasion.

Jamie Burrow:

"I will be riding my brand new PLANET X - JB920PX Spitfire custom road frame.

Sunday will be the first big outing for my new “Spitfire”. Ive been training on it now for 2 weeks, and it is a fantastic bike. Hand made, tube to tube carbon, in Italy, to race specific geometry. This bike was designed specifically for road events of this nature. Its very light, but stiff in all the right places. brilliant on the long climbs and descents. Reactive for attacking, and very comfortable over long distances.

We even had a special paint job for the occasion. Bringing some true British heritage, with the military matt green, royal air force styling, and just so i don’t get lonely, i have the company of the beautiful red head, “Rose”, as my pin up, nose art."

The bikes full build
Frame: PLANET X - JB920PX 
SRAM RED shift levers
SRAM RED Rear mech
SRAM RED Font mech
FSA K-FORCE BB386 chainset 53/39 rings
FSA K-FORCE BB386 CERAMIC bottom bracket
PLANET X CNC Brake calipers (gun metal grey)
FSA K-FORCE carbon seat post
Selle Italia SLR carbon team edition saddle
PLANET X CARBON 20’s - 20mm handbuilt carbon wheels. 
CONTINENTAL Sprinter tubular tyres

(Complete bike weight 6.4kg) 

Matteo Zanelli:  PLANET X N2A TEAM EDITION

Frame: PLANET X N2A
SRAM RED shift levers
SRAM RED Rear mech
SRAM RED Font mech
FSA K-FORCE BB386 chainset 53/39 rings
FSA K-FORCE BB386 CERAMIC bottom bracket
SRAM RED brake calipers
N2A SEMI INTEGRATED seat post
Selle Italia SLR carbon team edition saddle
PLANET X COMPACT bars
PLANET X CNC stem
PLANET X PRO CARBON 50 - 50mm carbon tubular wheels 
VITTORIA corsa cx tubular tyres 

Ilaria Lombardo:  PLANET X N2A TEAM EDITION

Frame: PLANET X N2A
SRAM RED shift levers
SRAM RED Rear mech
SRAM RED Font mech
FSA K-FORCE BB386 COMPACT chainset 34/50 rings
FSA K-FORCE BB386 CERAMIC bottom bracket
SRAM RED brake calipers
N2A SEMI INTEGRATED seat post
Selle Italia SLR carbon team edition saddle
PLANET X COMPACT bars
PLANET X CNC stem
PLANET X PRO CARBON 50 - 50mm carbon tubular wheels 
VITTORIA corsa cx tubular tyres

25 June 2013