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When you like something, you do it almost without realising it. For Mattia De Marchi this rule certainly applies, as he likes to cycle many, many kilometres. To be precise, he has just completed 360 of them in just over 13 hours, winning for the second year in a row The Trakaone of the most iconic gravel races on the European scene. This time it was not a solitary ride through the dust of the thousands of dirt roads that radiate out from the walls of the city of Girona, but rather a challenge in 2. A tight duel with Lachlan Morton, another icon of the ultracycling world.

In 2021, in his first participation in the Spanish race, Mattia won by giving it his all, but he did it solo, which allowed him to make mistakes. Mistakes that really helped him this year, because to get his wheel in front of Morton's he had to make no mistakes.

"Last year I came to Spain for the first time to participate in The Traka, with a bad set-up, no feeding strategy, a track to follow and nothing else. I return a year later with more experience and awareness. Nobody is born ready or with solutions in their pocket. You get to know yourself by pedalling, making mistakes and trying again'.

The Traka is a RACE, 360 km to cover in just over 13 hours at insane speed, which is why Mattia De Marchi chose a minimal set up for his 3T Exploro. A Node Road 2H on the top tube and a Bud, nothing more nor less than the essentials. When speed is the only thing on your mind you have to have with you only what you need, but above all you have to mount an imaginary Cluster20 full of determination and Mattia has that to spare.

A pride for Michele Boschetti: 'To be at Mattia's side when he proves to be, without showing it, a true icon of the ultracycling world for me and for the whole of Miss Grape is truly an honour. It is by watching these athletes that we get the inspiration to do new things and to improve every time.

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