The cycling history of Mattia de Marchi seemed one of those marked by a profound disappointment: that of not being able to find his place in the professional world. The spark that makes lost love rediscover is an endurance race to which they are invited, specifically the Ultracycling Dolomitica, 700 km for 17,000 meters in altitude. Mattia has participated in various gravel events around the world, events such as the Atlas Mountain Race in Morocco and, lastly, The Traka in Spain.
When you like something, you do it almost without realizing it. This rule certainly applies to Mattia De Marchi, given that he likes to travel many, many kilometers by bicycle. For
Our Mattia De Marchi is enjoying it, and with him also his "partner" Enough Asja Paladin. Last March 19th they loaded their Miss Grape bags - as little as possible - because the goal was to win the GranGuanche Audax, an anomalous 700 km self-sufficiency gravel race in the Canary Islands. How is it possible to cover 700km of gravel on small islands like the Canary Islands? Well, you just need to be able to catch the ferry. During the GranGuanche Audax, the time limit is marked by the departure of the ferry to the next islands, and whoever reaches the last ride to the last island in time proves to be “Audax”. A classic ultra-cycling race, but in Audax spirit. Participants can run in groups and help each other to never arrive late for the next ferry. The breaks are almost timed and the average speeds must be strictly respected. If you do everything perfectly, covering 600km with 14,000m of altitude difference should take 32h 35min by bike, averaging 19.3km/h, plus 5h 25min on inter-island ferry transfers. Anyone who knows a little about the world of gravel ultracycling knows well that this is the type of race that appeals to the Enough guys. And in fact there were 6 Enoughs who prepared the bikes and set off. Rapid Red Carbon wheels with Pirelli Cinturato M 700x40C tyres, with the lightest possible gear choice for the Campagnolo Ekar: 38 at the front and 10-44 at the rear. MissGrape Internode bags and a Cluster 7, waterproof and nice compact. In front are two Buds for the important things, just the essentials for sleeping: no sleeping bag, but bivy and emergency blanket. We could use a hundred different phrases to describe the Enough guys' GranGuanche Audax, but we could never convey their passion as much as their words. “To make a long story short it was all incredibly intense and beautiful for everyone. We cycled day and night in the most diverse and incredible scenery we have ever seen. And yes, we got some results, which never hurts. Mattia and Manuel are first and second in the individual ranking, Fede and Frank second in the pairs ranking and Asja finished second in the women's category”. When we talk about Enough and races we know that the general classification is also among the objectives, and it is no coincidence that the 2022 edition was won by Mattia De Marchi ahead of his partner Manuel Truccolo, and that Asja has finished in second place. You say Enough, you say fun, friendship and relaxation. But between the start and the finish line it's competitive spirit and a knife between your teeth.
Badlands is a race with a capital G, a race that Mattia De Marchi won in 2021 riding a 3T equipped with Miss Grape bags.
Take someone who goes fast on a bicycle, very fast. Take the number off his back and the UCI rankings and put overflowing bags on his bike and handlebars, and give him