Eleonora Farina’s winning form rolls on at speed as she retained her Italian national downhill title this weekend in style – continuing her hot streak across the packed 2020 DH race season. Mondraker rider Eleonora won the right to the tricolor jersey again on Sunday 25th, racing the Black Line course at Viola St Grèe.
The course and the conditions change year on year but Ele, on her Mondraker Summum, continues to find top spot, with this week’s efforts making it four straight years of victory. Last time it was winning by 4sec at Sestola, in 2018 it was a 7sec margin in Pila and before that it was an 18sec advantage in Bormio. But the World Cup podium athlete knows she can’t take anything for granted and had to be at her best to ensure the 2020 win, with a time of 4’41.085, almost 15 seconds quicker than her closest rival.
Viola St Grèe – in Cuneo, Piedmonte, northern Italy, near the border with France – had seen some of the tough weather that much of Europe has experienced in recent times, and it made practise and qualifying hard on the 3km long course that descends around 550m, through rock gardens, drops and other features designed to sort the best riders and bikes from the rest.
When finals day came the sky was clear and blue, but the dirt was cut up and rutted from a full roster of competitions, providing a testing track to punish mistakes and reward the quick pace and clean lines.
It is a great win for Eleonora on her whistle-stop racing tour of Europe. It came straight off the back of her brilliant third place at the Maribor World Cup and now she’s headed south to the DH season finale in Portugal.
Congratulations, Eleonora! Now we are all with you at Lousã.