Once again Microarea offered a solid demonstration of teamwork by participating actively to a sport competition: the 24 hour in Val Rendena.
The highly demanding challenge took off on Saturday 1st of September at 12.00, and ended 24 hours later, on Sunday 2nd of September at 12.00. The MICROAREA MTB SCOUT team did not loose the opportunity to emerge as one of the main actors of the competition. A highly competitive team, which can count on four passionate and wild bikers, three of which can be considered as true veterans of the MTB Microarea team: Marco Canessa, Silvano Parodi and Marco Perasso (the "trio" already took part in other breathtaking Microarea performances, such as the 24h of Finale in 2011!) together with Simone Poggio. Firmly convinced in the importance of being a true team, also in this occasion Microarea provided support and sponsorship to its team, which, in turn, reacted with enthusiasm, placing itself in the top positions for the ranking, keeping up high the company name!
The tenth edition of the 24H of Val Rendena witnessed the participation of over 700 bikers, all of which had to battle, in first place, the bad weather (10 degrees average temperature along with non stop rain during Saturday evening and Sunday morning). The competition was actually suspended during the night because of the harsh weather conditions: from 21.30 to 7.00 our riders had the chance to rest and dry themselves before getting back on track, cycling in turns of one hour each.
In spite of the huge amount of mud, the Microarea wheels behaved outstandingly well, also thanks to the fact that no type of damage occurred to the bikes, a problem which could have made the track (a six kilometres-long ring for a total of 46 rounds) even more challenging. The "fuel" necessary for the competition was provided by tasty square meals, perfectly in line with the winter-like atmosphere: "polenta" (finely ground yellow or white maize used as a foodstuff) and sausage risotto granted a further sprint to our athletes!
The MICROAREA MTB SCOUT tackled the race (valid for the Italian 4-member team MTB championship) with great determination, achieving an outstanding result: Matteo, Silvano, Marco and Simone reached the 4th position within their category, 36th position within the overall ranking on a total of 263 teams participating!
The effort and the enthusiasm of the Microarea riders was truly incredible as, by the way, shown by the short video slideshow created with the photos of the event. The sponsor of the event, Miss Val Rendena, awarded the participants covered in mud yet satisfied in having reached the finish line.
Have a look at the following video (filmed by "our" Marco Perasso) if you wish to have a "trail view" of the Val Rendena challenge, or watch the footage on the MTB Channel to have an overall glance at the event as a whole!
Marco, Silvano and Matteo, after getting off (only temporarily!) from their bikes, regained straightaway their positions as Microarea developers for TaskBuilder.net and members of that wonderful team known as Microarea, a team of really skilled individuals who work, successfully, side by side every day, ready to deal with the many upcoming challenges and eager to pass on to everyone their contagious enthusiasm!