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The twentieth edition of Castelli 24 Ore ends with a great success of the public and a spectacular event, the 24 hours of road cycling reserved by teams (8-12 items) who in a 24-hour relay pedal in a closed circuit of 1,850 m . built around the historic walls of Feltre (BL). The trophy of the twentieth edition is
flew to Holland thanks to the record performance of the Team Scorpions (Mark Prinsen, Luuk Vanderwal, Albert Tuin, Adriaan Janssen, Quint Vander Leeuw, Jean Biermans, Coen Van Cleef, Brent Clé) who traveled almost 1,000 km around Feltre in 24 hours, that is, 521 laps on average of 40.17 km / h for a total of 963.85 km. Having won on the circuits of LeMans, Nurburgring, Zandvoort, Zolder and BrandsHatch, now Feltre will also be on his list. “We have always competed in circuits – said the captain – we had never ridden on a street circuit before and it was fantastic! There is no one on the circuits, there were people here everywhere, it was really very exciting. Then the racing circuit is amazing because it’s not boring, there’s an uphill, a downhill, a cobblestone, a fast straight road. We will definitely be back in 2023 to defend the victory. Thank you all for this wonderful experience! ”
The Dutch attacked at 5 in the morning after a face-off 8 hours earlier with what would have been the top ten in the standings, then for a few hours with the Belluno Team Sanvido Volata, the Paduan Team Melato (Borgo Veneto ) and the Vicenza Team Room (Romano d’Ezzelino) only to accelerate at 5 in the morning, causing first one lap, then two laps. In the early afternoon an attack from the other three teams caused the Dutch to lose one of the two laps of advantage, but now the difference was inflicted and the Scorpions got the best trophy of the 24 hours signed by Master Marco Varisco.
In the women’s field of the Castelli 24 Ore victory of the Alfonsine Ngmn Azimutr Enervit, the team made up of girls from all over Italy and also from abroad. Liliana Pillon, Monica Cuel, Alessandra Cafiso, Stefania Vottari, Iryna Bukhanska, Anna Mantero, Beatrice Baccini, Chiara Musso, Diana Bulache, Georgina Makhandi, Juana Paola Macedo Abregu, Marina Donzi remembering her beloved Alfonsina Strada first woman to participate in the Giro d ‘Italy in 1924, covered a total of 760.35 km, ie 411 laps at an average of 31.72 km / h, beating the competitors of the Belluno Butelleria Sperandio team “The old chicken makes good broth “formed by a group of girls who participated. in the 24 hours of 10 years ago and, after several children, they wanted to get the dust off the bikes to meet. “We don’t want to do feminism fast, but simply do what we like best, without anyone imposing on us the limits dictated by power, resistance or technique. ” they had said before they began. In the end they did what they wanted: they had fun and even won.
The solo trophy, on the other hand, went to “the only one”. Manuel ANTONELLO who did 365 laps alone for a total of 675 km at an average of 28.21 km / h, stopping Emanuel Scapin with 9 laps and Alessandro Simioni 14 for 14. Among the women, clear victory for the Spanish Maria Josè SILVESTRE GARRIGÒS who covered 580 km for a total of 314 laps and who commented: “It was a tough test for both the heat and the rivals (behind him Giada Bernadei 4 laps behind and the champion Anna Mei 42 laps – ed) but I took home this beautiful victory “.
In the SPECIAL CATEGORIES, victory of:
- Gobik Team – Feltre Clinic – Piero Ostia 515 laps for a total of 952.75 km – BAR category
- Asd Unoteam Citadel 498 laps for a total of 921.30 km – same category of company
- Florence Porsche Center 494 laps for a total of 913.90 km – TEAM category with 3 WOMEN
- Professional bicycle equipment 467 laps for a total of 863.95 km – Category NON VENETI TEAM
- Scorpions Team – FOREIGN category
A demonstration returned after 2 years of stoppage by the covid, a return to obstacles, however, still due to pandemic-related problems that decimated participants a few days after the appointment. But he did not keep the cycling champions still (Bettini, Cassani, Paolini, Pozzato, Parietti…) and the many characters in the show (Paolo Belli, Ignazio Moser, Cecilia Rodriguez, Justine Mattera …) who mounted in support of two charity programs on two teams led by the Vicenza entrepreneur Renzo Rosso (Diesel) on the one hand and the actor Paolo Kessisoglu to the other. A semi-serious challenge that led the team to victory “There is to do and to listen to”From Kessisoglu with 422 laps and 780 km in front of the Team Otb 55 di Rosso who finished with 397 laps and 734 km. These actions have earned the organizing committee and the company Manifattura Valcismo a donation of € 10,550 to the project supported by the actor and € 9,925 to the support of the team of the entrepreneur of Vicenza.
More than 25,400 laps cycled by members of the 50 teams and 25 only one (cyclists who have decided to cycle solo for 24 hours) during the 24 hours of Castelli24h.
The comments of some protagonists of the Castelli 24 Ore
ELvan PIOL (Organizing committee of Pedale Feltrino): “I am the first to thank the public who, after 2 years, have returned in large numbers to encourage the 24 Hours of Felt. I am grateful to the Administration for what it has done so that it can be done and I am absolutely grateful to the Cremonese family for the support that has always been given to Pedale Feltrino for his actions. Interestingly, we became acute over time and it never happened.
Alessio CREMONESE (General Manager of Manifattura Valcismon, Castelli brand):“It is always a pleasure to be with the Fektrino Pedal but I would rather the city of Feltre, instead of supporting us, support us. I would like the city to want these events because according to the beautiful things that are going well, seeing as many people as tonight is a beautiful thing. “
PAOLO KESSISOGLU: “The Castelli 24 mineral from Feltre is a bit of a drug, you do it once and you say “eh, but, tired, I enjoy it a lot but next year I won’t. Then comes May and you can’t wait for the Feltre 24 Hours date to arrive. It is a party disguised as a competition, a great party where everyone has fun and is in company, these are the values that Castelli24h transmits. Thanks to the organizers and the city for this wonderful event“
Renzo ROSSO and Arianna ALESSI (OTB Foundation): “The Castelli 24 mineral of Feltre is something really spectacular for the beauty of the event and the city. Of course we have fun, but the real reason we are here is for the Otb Foundation, we try to pedal as much as we can because the more laps we do, the more we can take home a more important contribution to the Foundation ”. explained Rosso. “In this edition we have cycled for a project connected with 442 people that we have supported since the war began, most of them are women and children, thank you if you have also collaborated.”
Davide CASSANI: “As always, the 24 Hours of Feltre is a great party, it is a bicycle race, there are those who run to win and those who participate or to show solidarity as in the case of the Otb Foundation of Renzo Rosso in the team of which I set up for support projects to support Ukrainian families. I enjoyed and fought. But next year we will win the Kessisoglu team again ”.
Paolo BETTINI: “It has finally returned 24 hours, after 2 years of forced stoppage, we were missing, we wanted and I think we had a great time. I was part of the group led by Kessisoglu whose goal was solidarity, to raise funds for young people who need help. We are just happy to have given our contribution ”.
Luca PAOLINI: “A sincere experience, we rode our bikes to help the guys who came out of confinement in a not-so-brilliant way. We hope it repeats itself next year.”