BANYOLES KICKS OFF THE SEASON WITH A SPECTACULAR LINE-UP: THE FIRST HORS CATEGORIE OF 2022 IS ALMOST HERE

16-02-2022
More than 900 cyclists from 35 different countries will attend Spain’s finest race, which will once again enjoy the support of enthusiastic spectators

Olympic champions, world champions, first and second World Cup runners-up, national champions and 17 cyclists in the TOP 20 of the UCI Ranking. Banyoles Town Council continues to be committed to the event and the town will once again be the meeting point for the best cycling on the planet on its twentieth anniversary.

The world’s biking elite will come together on 26 and 27 February. Banyoles is known worldwide in the biker community thanks to the Continental Super Cup Massi and the Copa Catalana Internacional Biking Point, the event that serves to inaugurate the international cross country season.

A RECORD-BREAKING WOMEN'S RACE

On Saturday all the attention will be on the female riders, who will be seeking victory at one of the most prestigious cross country locations. The formula developed by Ocisport years ago to promote women’s mountain biking has paid off, with more than 160 riders competing in the women’s race – a milestone that deserves highlighting and that demonstrates the rise of women’s cycling. In La Nucía, the race will follow the same format.

Olympic champion Jolanda Neff is one of the hot favourites, along with her Trek Factory Racing teammate and current World Champion and UCI number 1, Evie Richards, who won the last two editions.

But the race looks set to be very tight with the presence of the current XCM World Champion and XCO U-23 World Champion, Mona Mitterwallner, from Cannondale Factory Racing. Favourites for the Top 10 also include Linda Indergand (Liv Factory Racing) and the national champions of Spain, Rocío del Alba (BH Templo Cafes UCC); Estonia, Janika Loiv (KMC-Orbea); Portugal, Raquel Queirós (MMR Factory Racing); Ukraine, Yana Belomoina (CST POSTNL Bafang MTB Racing Team); the Czech Republic, Jitka Čábelická (GAPP System - Kolofix MTB Racing Team); and the United States; Savilia Blunk (Orange Seal Off-Road Team).

Not forgetting double XCM World Champion Ramona Forchini (JB Brunex Superior Factory Racing) and XCM World bronze medallist Natalia Fischer (BH Templo Cafes UCC). The battle is well and truly on!

A STARTING GRID WITHOUT A CLEAR FAVOURITE

One of the best races that can be seen in Europe in 2022, at a location renowned for cross country… In reality, the Continental Super Cup Massi in Banyoles needs no introduction. An exceptional track record has made it a benchmark in terms of both the number of participants in a cross country race and the quality of those taking part.

The start of 2022 looks set to be a head-to-head battle to see who kicks off the season in the best shape. The Mexican and continental champion Gerardo Ulloa, from Massi-Beaumes de Venise, will be part of the starting grid for the first time in Banyoles and will be putting up a fight, alongside his whole team.

The 2020 winner, Brazilian Henrique Avancini, will be competing alongside the entire Cannondale Factory Racing team, consisting of South African champion Alan Hatherly and Danish champion Simon Andreassen.

World number seven and Romanian champion, Vlad Dascalu, will ride alongside Trek Factory Racing teammate and USA U-23 Champion Riley Amos.

There was no way the Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist David Valero would miss the event and he will be on the starting grid, together with Pablo Rodríguez, from BH Templo Cafes UCC.

Team Santa Cruz FSA will be competing with Maxime Marotte, French champion, and Luca Braidot, Italian runner-up.

Nor could BMC MTB Racing miss out on the Banyoles race and they will be in attendance with Swiss rider Filippo Colombo, Italian Juri Zanotti and French riders Titouan Carod and Mathis Azzaro.

Not forgetting Canyon CLLTV with Frenchman Thomas Griot and German rider Luca Schwarzbauer.

European runner-up Sebastian Fini (KMC-Orbea), Italian champion Nadir Colledani from MMR Factory Racing, Belgian champion Jens Schuermans from Scott Creuse Oxygene, Austrian champion Gregor Raggl from JB Brunex Superior Factory Racing, and Spanish U-23 champion Jofre Cullell (Primaflor-Mondraker), who the spectators will be cheering on, will no doubt be battling it out for the pole positions.

With this roll call of names and the incredible atmosphere at the epicentre of the race, the event is undoubtedly one of the best cross country races in the world.

La Nucia will be the next port of call for a Continental Super Cup Massi to remember:

05 MARCH - LA NUCÍA (ALICANTE)

02 APRIL - BARCELONA

23/24 APRIL - SANTA SUSANNA

29 MAY - CALA RATJADA (MALLORCA)

18 JUNE - VALLNORD PAL ARINSAL (ANDORRA)

24/25 SEPTEMBER - GIRONA (SEA OTTER EUROPE)

 

BANYOLES KICKS OFF THE SEASON WITH A SPECTACULAR LINE-UP: THE FIRST HORS CATEGORIE OF 2022 IS ALMOST HERE

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