The Maremma Cup will be seeing three Olympic gold medalists competing in its second year, namely Bart Brentjens, Miguel Martinez, and Julien Absalon.
Mountain biking was included in the Summer Games for the first time in 1996, with Bart Brentjens becoming the first-ever champion. Miguel Martinez won the gold medal in 2000, and Julien Absalon won back-to-back championships in 2004 and 2008. These three world-class riders are scheduled to join the MTB event this February 27, which is incidentally being organized by another mountain biking star, retired World Champion Thomas Frischknecht.
MTB fans will also get to see Nino Schurter, Florian Vogel, Ralf Naef, and Marco Fontana on the starting line, while the women’s races will see Eva Lechner, Nathalie Schneitter and Daniela Campuzano joining in.
Aside from the Olympians, the second Maremma Cup will also feature a different set of races for this year. The two major cross-country races are now scheduled for Sundays (February 28 and March 7), while a new “Flyer Race” for electric MTBs is scheduled for March 7. Other events will include four “kermesse” races, which will be held in historic locations such as the Old Town Massa Marittima, Porto Santo Stefano, and the Piazza Duomo.
Women cyclists are now welcome to join the kermesse races, and a separate race is also planned for the managers, engineers, and mechanics who want to get into some action for themselves.