12 August 2004
great organised eurocup weekend in Italy
This was my
second visit to the eurocup weekend in Italy. This year the organisation
of the races seems to be improved in comparance with 2003. I think
this was one of the best organised eurocups in our competition till
now. The Italian weekend contained all the essentials; a great location,
good facilities, sportive
and it had the essential enthousiastic organising team. I did also
have the impression that the number of public in Cervinia was larger
then last year and even in Ivrea some people and press gathered
to see te race. The start / finish line was moved 500 meters to
a better spot on the large parking area. This made it easier for
organisers and public to spot what was happening.
really motivating to see that the partipant field had increased.
In 2003 14 participants took part in the 9 km race in Cervinia.
Now in 2004 this increased to 29 people at start line! Also
the number of nationalities increased, however no Finns were presents
this time. (Cervinia 9 km - 2004: 17 Italians, 7 Czech, 3 Dutch,
1 German, 1 Swiss).
The relay race had 2 teams less then in 2003 when 17 teams competed
and in now 2004 15 teams. If we look at the 16 km-starting list
(Ivrea) we see that participant field has increased with 200%!
In 2003 only 18 people took the challenge to kick the individual
Ivrea eurocup and this year 36 participants. A great development
for the international and Italian scooter scene. (Ivrea's
race 16km - 2004: 22 Italians, 7 Czech, 4 Dutch, 1 German, 1 Canadian,
My special congratulations to the Italian girl Antonella Marquis.
Who competed as a 1-person team in the 1,5 hours relay in Cervinia
and managed to kick 38 rounds alone. Antonella became second before
the other Italian team which had 2 girls. I hope this achievement
will be an example and stimulate or trigger more Italian girls to
get in to our sport. Why? ..because it's simply great to kick...:)
In the relay the Italian team Avis Canavese finished 46 seconds
a head of the Czech national team. Both teams made 51 rounds. Third
became Alieni team. A great achievement as they kicked with only
two people in 47 rounds.
The women relay was won by the Czech women team with 42 rounds.
the 1-women team of Antonella
Marquis with 38 rounds and third became the Ivrea Ragazze team with
In the individual race of Cervinia (9 km) the public went crazy
when the local favourite Igor Ricci managed to beat the army of
fast Czechs. Igor finished 13 seconds ahead of Milan
Gazarek and third was Petr Pesta who finished 26 seconds behind
the winner. I witnessed this 9 km race from the side line and I
can tell you it was really a exhiting to see. The public really
enjoyed the competition.
In the women's 9 km race Sprint World Champion Lucie
Gazarkova from the Czech team won, second - with a10 seconds
difference - was Hermien Koers (Dutch team Selles Kamperzeedijk)
and 29 seconds behind the winner Marketa Stejrova from the Czech
team came over finish line.
On Sunday in the 16 km race the Czech Republic ruled. Petr
Pesta won the race and reached finish line 41 seconds earlier then
Igor Ricci and Milan Gazarek who became second and third. In women's
race again it was Lucie
Gazarkova who won in a time of 0:42:03.
With this time she managed to finish 13th in total and that means
that 18 men finished behind her!
Marketa Stejrova, also from Czech, finished 22 seconds later then
Lucie and Anezka Zykova completed the Czech party by finishing third
(about 2 minutes behind the winner in the women field).
Suprising this weekend was the Swiss guy Dani Niederberger who managed
to finish 6th on Saturday in Cervinia and 5th on Sunday in the 16
km race. Surely someone to notice in future events.
After the 16 km race the organisers prepared a extended and great
diner for all helpers and participants. Special
thanks to Federico and his fellow organisers. And the many volunteers
of AVIS who made it happen.
honour of Ville
the start of the 16 km race in Ivrea organisers, public and participants
had 1 minute of silence in honour of our fellow competitor and IKSA
colleague Ville Vickholm who died in winter of 2003. Ville took
part in the Italian eurocup 2003 as he did in all other eurocups
that same year.
on behalve of IKSA