From Absalon to Cink, an incredible line-up will take part in the Super Cup Massi Barcelona on 6 May24-04-2018
The 2nd Super Cup Massi event, which will take place in Barcelona, will follow in the footsteps of the opening event in Banyoles. An exceptional turnout of participants will bring the best cross country on the planet to the Catalan capital for a unique race that combines the great tourist destination that is Barcelona with the highest level of mountain biking.
Montjuïc will be the stage for the most hotly-contested edition of this event, which already has a long history on the international calendar. With the return of the World Cup to Europe, this race will be key to checking the fitness of some of the podium position candidates and also one of the last chances to see them face off against one another before the event in Germany.
Firstly, we will see the championship leader and the man who has converted Banyoles into his private practice ground. Victor Koretzky (KMC-Ekoï-SR Suntour) will be wearing the leader’s jersey, but one he will find it tough to defend in Barcelona. Unlike in Banyoles, the Frenchman does not seem to be in top shape at the moment and perhaps this will encourage the other favourites to fight it out over the leader’s jersey. This event also marks the half-way point in the championship, with only the Sea Otter Europe race and the final event in Vallnord remaining.
Julien Absalon (Absolute Absalon) might just be the strongest favourite to win. With the allergy problems that affected his performance in Banyoles well and truly behind him, the twice Olympic champion has already broken his duck in 2018 by winning the last event in the French Cup against Hugo Drechou (Massi), another French biker who has improved enough to vie for first place. It should also be remembered that this is a unique opportunity to see an MTB legend like Absalon in action, as he approaches the end of his professional career.
A number of Spanish stars will also be here. MMR will take part with its best riders. Pablo Rodriguez and David Valero –now fully recovered from his fractured collarbone– are warming up for the World Cup and are both in a condition to compete strongly against any international biker. These two will be joined by Carlos Coloma (Primaflor-Mondraker-Rotor), who has progressed very well in recent weeks, competing regularly and obtaining great results. The Rio de Janeiro Olympic bronze medal winner will be looking to shine during one of the most important races in Spain and a key event internationally because of both the date on which it is held and the turnout of competitors. Carlos Coloma’s colleague, Ondrej Cink, will need to start demonstrating that he has readapted to mountain biking after his time in road biking and will continue his important mission to earn UCI points to improve his standing in the world ranking. Let’s remember that the Super Cup Massi event is a UCI C1 event on the global calendar, just like all the Super Cup Massi races and the International Catalan Cup Biking Point.
As was the case in Banyoles, the race in Barcelona will also be worth points for the International Catalan Cup Biking Point (the 5th in this series following the event in Vall de Lord next weekend). A great opportunity for its followers to measure up against the best cross country riders on the planet.
Thanks to the tough, entertaining and fast circuit prepared by Ocisport in Montjuïc, we expect to see close races disputed right down to the last metre on a route that offers several areas that are perfect for the crowds to follow the progress by participants first-hand as well as enjoy some spectacular views of Barcelona itself. Whether as a rider or a spectator, you should definitely make room in your agenda for the Super Cup Massi event in Barcelona as a forerunner to the Super Cup Massi event in Girona. Register at www.ticketoci.net