2018 Super Cup Massi, a historic line-up

26-01-2018

The 2018 Super Cup Massi will not only be the starting point for this new world class championship but, after being the best cross country race in the country for more than two decades, will have participants of the highest ever quality this year.

The World Cup starts in March if you look at the official calendar but, unofficially, it could be said that the Super Cup Massi in Banyoles will be event zero for the 2018 World Cup. On 24 and 25 February, we will get a chance to see a large number of the best riders in the world up close and personal.

Outstanding rider quality

In Banyoles, they are used to seeing the best bikers from all over the world. At present, only one month from the race, a total of 20 nationalities are already represented. This event is not only attended by an enormous number of bikers - the largest number of Spaniards at any XCO event (and one of the most popular in Europe) - but the quality of those bikers is also extremely high.

The list of famous names will be led by Julien Absalon of France, for many the best biker in history. He will be riding for the first time with his new team, Absolute Absalon, a unique opportunity to witness this debut by the two-time Olympic champion. New bicycles, new colours and a new philosophy for a biker who has spent his whole life among the elite. He will be accompanied by the French under-23 champion, Neilo Perrin-Garnier.

Another Frenchman, Jordan Sarrou, will be the highest-ranking UCI biker present; currently holding second place. He won’t be alone; the two-time event winner, Victor Koretzky, will be alongside him defending the colours of KMC-Ekoi-SR Suntour.

The French armada at the Super Cup in Banyoles does not end there because the biker from Cannondale Factory Racing, Maxime Marotte, will once again compete at the event. Hugo Drechou, biker for Massi.

Attendance by Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor will mean we can see Ondrej Cink in his first XCO race since returning to MTB after spending some time with professional road cycling. Also the Olympic bronze medallist, Carlos Coloma. Vlad Dascalu, who enjoyed an excellent under-23 season in 2017 will also join the line-up of premiere bikers. The entire MMR team will be there: David Valero, Pablo Rodriguez and Catriel Soto. One important piece of news, Lukas Flückiger of Switzerland will be in Banyoles. He is one of those bikers who has often competed in Spain. We shouldn’t forget Sergio Mantecón or the winners of the International Catalan Cup Biking Point of years past, such as Francesc Guerra, Ever Alejandro Gómez or Ismael Ventura. The young Jofre Cullell, in his under-23 debut, will be another focus of attention.

Unbeatable women’s race

Banyoles was a pioneer in placing the spotlight on female bikers by giving them a separate event on the Saturday. This commitment to female biking will have its reward in an exceptional race.

Emily Batty, a rider for Trek, is one of the female bikers arousing the most expectations at the inaugural Super Cup Massi. It is by no means easy to see this biker in Europe anywhere but in the World Cup. The twice World Champion, Catherine Pendrel (Cliff), will be another big name taking part in this event. The American Lea Davison will join this mountain bike party, while the British winner of the Lenzerheide World Cup, Annie Last, and the Brazilian Goulao will also take part in the race, with a good chance of winning. These are only a few examples of what will be on offer during the exciting women’s race on the Saturday.

At an international level, the attention will be on the debut by the Megamo UCI Team, after signing Claudia Galicia from Catalonia. The young Magda Duran (from Biking Point), Rocío del Alba García and María Rodríguez (both from Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor), will have a golden opportunity to measure up against international riders and keep climbing the ranking.

Experience the best XCO race in Spain and one of the best in Europe

If you would like to be part of this genuine XCO party, you have two options. With a month still to go, you have time to get ready and complete; sharing track, gear and grid with some of the best bikers on the planet. You will enjoy a unique atmosphere and memorable experiences. The wild, entertaining and fast circuit at Parc de la Draga and Puig de Sant Martirià has room for everyone and the various races scheduled allow riders from all categories to compete.

If you don’t have what it takes to participate in the races themselves, you should definitely come along to be part of the crowd. A spectacular paddock area, a circuit that is very easy to follow visually and a large number of more accessible than ever riders make up two days of exceptional mountain biking.

2018 Super Cup Massi, a historic line-up