Riva del Garda, 30th of May 2022. The FSA BIKE Festival in Riva del Garda was a great event. The autumn date last year was very well received. Nevertheless, everyone was delighted that the event was once again traditionally held on the first weekend in May, kicking off the mountain bike season in classic fashion. With 60,000 visitors, the popular event at Lake Garda was able to set a record.
“I am absolutely enthuse about the enormous number of visitors and the great atmosphere. In addition, all events ran smoothly and successfully and the response was really well,” said Marc Schneider, Manager Cycling-Events at Delius Klasing, who is delighted with the successful start to the mountain bike season. The enlarged exhibition area, which offers additional space for exhibitors, has certainly also contributed to the success.
On the last day, things got sporty once again. At the Northlake Enduro Challenge, 200 specialists demonstrated their riding skills and power on the trails around Lake Garda. During the four stages, excellent cycling skills were required on the challenging trails. The transfer distances – a total of 29.08 kilometers and 1,573 meters of altitude – had to be completed by the starters themselves on their bikes. The winner of the Elite Men is Tommaso Francardo. The 2nd place secured Torben Drach. 3rd place went to Davide Dalpian. For the first time, young people under the age of 15 were also allowed to tackle a skills course.
The youngest were allowed to emulate the greats in the Scott Junior Trophy and get their first taste of racing air. Every child was a winner and so all young athletes were rewarded with a medal for their performance at the finish line. After the award ceremony, the kids were allowed to celebrate on the big BIKE stage. 330 children participated in the Challenge.