Published July 2008
The first part of the season has gone, and so many things have happened.
In our Campionato Canavesano relay, started in Baldissero on 1st
May, Team AVIS Ivrea 1, with Igor Ricci and Federico Torti, seems
to be unbeatable, although some other teams have improved a lot
in the last times. As always, unfortunately, only one woman team
is taking part to the championship, we still hope to find someone
else, to make races more interesting. In the individual championship,
Igor Ricci dominates again, winning nearly every race. Again not
so interesting to talk about female classification, with just three
participants… always on the podium!
Out of championship, on 22nd June we went to F1 track in Monza,
to join a great sports event and to show our sport to people come
from the surroundings. We made a short relay for teams made by an
adult and a child, then, for the rest of the day, many people came
to try our scooters. Hope to find new kickers for our races!
And, the following weekend, Eurocup in Ivrea and Strambino. Many
participants came from abroad to join us Italians, and it's always
nice to organize events for many people. On Saturday, in the sprint
race, Kai Immonen from Finland really seemed to have wings, and
won the race improving the world record of some 2 seconds (42.73).
Behind him, Petr Pešta from Czech Republic and Massimo Natale from
Italy. In the ladies, first Hermien Koers from the Netherlands,
second and third Marketa Peštová and Martina Smitková from Czech
Republic. In the relay, Team Ketkupollka Helsinki won in front of
AVIS Ivrea 1 and Grifoni from Italy. In the meantime, races for
kids of various categories, won by Lorenzo Ricci (<7 years), Jannik
Küppenbender (8/11 years), and Einari Vierikko (>12 years), also
member of the winning team in the relay. After races, party in Montalto
Dora, where the Finns gave their best when everybody else was already
On Sunday, long distance race in a beautiful hilly surrounding,
again with very high temperature and some wet pieces on the track
due to morning rain. The excessive effort in the sprint race (and
maybe also the "pikkus" at the party - someone will understand…)
didn't help the expected winner Kai Immonen, who finished second,
behind a very strong Petr Pešta and before our fastest Italian Igor
Ricci. In the women, Martina Smitková made an extraordinary race,
winning although taking the wrong way in the last part of the race
(our fault, sorry!). She was really very fast, and she won in front
on other Czech Marketa Peštová and Ivana Dvo?aková, other very strong
new entry. After the race, lunch and prize ceremony. Apart from
sport matters, we seem to be quite good organizers when talking
about food… What to say after this nice weekend? Just thank you
to all participants and helpers, and hope to do better and better
year after year. There's always something to improve…
Just the time to relax a little after Eurocup, then another hard
and warm relay for our local championship, followed by the always
appreciated dinner at Roberto's place. Then the writer flew to Finland
for a short holiday (thanks to everyone for hospitality!), where
Erwin talked about organizing a scooter race in the USA, where he's
moving to, for next summer, inviting all scooter friends. Let's
talk about it!
From Finland, directly to Czech Republic, where the guys organized
a great event. Nice races, good food, party, disco… Well, maybe
the disco wasn't exactly part of the event, but it was funny anyway.
Not so special for "athletes", but… Team Ultima teaches! Thanks
to all organizers for the great job, everyone enjoyed that, and
thanks personally to Petr and Marketa for driving me from the airport.
It would have been quite difficult by train. Too heavy baggage,
One week later, traditional weekend of races in Rapy, Valle d'Aosta,
on a nice 2km skiroll track in a beautiful mountain surrounding.
Special guest, Funke family from Germany. Always nice to have them
in our events! On Saturday, after kids race, 10km race with strong
wind, so very hard to kick. Igor was first, Elisa had hard work
to win just few seconds in front of Alicja and Rossana. On Sunday
morning, 42km, with warm sun and no wind. Igor finished first again,
before Marco Cecchetti and Federico Torti. Elisa and Alicja again
on the podium… Very good also our young guys, Leonard and Giacomo,
that kicked respectively 32 and 26km. As always, before and after
races, very "light" lunches and dinners cooked by Ezio. Thanks for
giving us energy for the races! Good excuse…
And now, still one relay in Mazzč on 10th August, then the Italian
expedition will leave to the Netherlands for the World
Championship. See you there!