White Water Canoe Slalom Italian Championship U23 Ivrea 2018

Whitewater canoeing is the sport of paddling a canoe on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater canoeing can range from simple, carefree gently moving water, to demanding, dangerous whitewater. River rapids are graded like ski runs according to the difficulty, danger or severity of the rapid. Whitewater grades (or classes) range from I or 1 (the easiest) to VI or 6 (the most difficult/dangerous). Grade/Class I can be described as slightly moving water with ripples. Grade/Class VI can be described as severe or almost unrunnable whitewater, such as Niagara Falls.

IVREA U23 ITALIAN WHITE WATER CANOE SLALOM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

At the request of the Ivrea Canoe and Kayak Club, Hydrostadium accepted an expertise mission in the beginning of 2007. The aim of this expertise was the optimization of the last third of the course with a view to the organization of the World Cup Sprinting in June 2007.

IVREA U23 ITALIAN WHITE WATER CANOE SLALOM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

The re-modeling of the end of the course makes it much more attractive. Moreover, the water level is higher and the final threshold with drop safer. ( Source: www.hydrostadium.com

IVREA U23 ITALIAN WHITE WATER CANOE SLALOM CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018

Images taken at the U23 Italian Championship held in Ivrea in April 2018

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Fabio Aru wins in Ivrea – Italian Road Cycling Championships 2017

Very pleased to see the Italian Road Cycling Championships 2017 arriving in my hometown of Ivrea in the province of Turin, Italy. The race started in Asti, went across the Piedmont, through the Canavese area and finished with a 4 laps around Ivrea and up the Serra Morenica hill.

The leading group attacking the Serra hill, Proteam Astana with Dario Cataldo ahead of Fabio Aru
The leading group attacking the Serra hill, Proteam Astana with Dario Cataldo ahead of Fabio Aru to set him off to his final and winning attack, with the beautiful Lake Sirio in the background with the Hotel Sirio overlooking it. ©Fabrizio-Malisan-Photography

It’s great (for me) to see that this land is becoming more and more considered by the pro riders and the professional cycling event organisers. It offers a variety of terrain perfect for cycling, touring and training, going from undulating landscapes to steeper hills and mountains.

Cycling up the Serra Morenica hill above Ivrea in Piedmont Italy. Many beautiful villages to visit and discover, very characteristic historical and rural architecture, delicious food and lovely welcoming people to meet. This in in image is Nomaglio on the way up to Andrate which dominates the Serra Morenic hill.
Cycling up the Serra Morenica hill above Ivrea in Piedmont Italy. Many beautiful villages to visit and discover, very characteristic historical and rural architecture, delicious food and welcoming people to meet. In this image is Nomaglio on the way up to Andrate which dominates the Serra Morenic hill.

There has been a beautiful stage of the Giro d’Italia finishing by the Sanctuary of Oropa, just above the town of Biella, on the Biellese side of the Serra Morenic Hill. The cherry on the cake has been the presence of most Italian top cyclists, and the victory of Fabio Aru, as most of us spectators were hoping.  Vincenzo Nibali was there too, and many other professional cyclists that we usually see on TV when competing in bigger events.

Vincenzo Nibali of Cycling Team Bahrain Merida signing autographs to fans in Ivrea
Vincenzo Nibali of Cycling Team Bahrain Merida signing autographs to fans in Ivrea

The National Championships is actually a great opportunity to get close to these pro cyclists, to get an autograph or a selfie, and maybe even a few words as they are much more relaxed than in a Giro d’Italia or Tour de France stage.

Fabio Aru Italian Road Cycling Champion 2017 ©Fabrizio-Malisan-Photography
Fabio Aru Italian Road Cycling Champion 2017 ©Fabrizio-Malisan-Photography

It was great to see the smile of joy on Aru’s face, an emotional  moment when, on the podium, he dedicated his victory to Michele Scarponi. It’s very touching to see that the Astana Proteam keep images of Scarponi on the Team Bus and that they keep mentioning him, sharing anecdotes & jokes and the good times spent with the late Michele. He was such a great companion and a big loss for the cycling and non-cycling world.

Coming back to Fabio Aru’s victory, on the last lap Dario Cataldo kept a fast pace at the start of the Serra hill climb, to get Fabio in the best position for his winning attack, and it worked to perfection, as the road got steeper ( gradient over 15% above the town of Chiaverano) Fabio went full gas leaving everyone behind. At the top of the climb there is still a fair bit to cycle back down to Borgofranco and then to Ivrea for the finish, but he managed to get a fantastic solo win….well done Fabio Aru!! It’s going to be a promising and very exciting Tour de France 2017 to watch.

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Autumn reflection – Lakes of Italy

An autumnal view of lake Sirio in Piemonte with colourful trees reflecting in the water. 

 

Autumn  reflections  at Lake Sirio of Ivrea (Turin)
Autumn reflections at Lake Sirio of Ivrea (Turin)

It’s a beautiful area with five small lakes within close proximity of each other, immersed in woodlands and hills. Lovely walks all around the lakes from easy marked pathways to mountain tracks to the higher mountain peaks above. More images will be uploaded soon, in the meantime remember to

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Around Viverone in Piemonte, a landscape of vineyards, lakes and more.

A view of lake Viverone looking through the vineyards of Piverone. These two towns situated at the foot of the Serra Morenica hill, have the advantage of a fantastic climate due to the all day long exposure towards the sun, and the protection from the Serra hill behind of the chilly northern winds. They therefore have optimal conditions for agriculture, specializing in wines and kiwi groves.

Lake Viverone Piemonte Serra Morenica e dintorni
Lake Viverone Piemonte Serra Morenica e dintorni
The Lago di Viverone is a lake in northern Italy. Named after the town of Viverone, lies at 230 m AMSL between the districts of Biella, Vercelli and Ivrea in the area of morainic hills known as Serra. It has an area of about 6 km2 and a maximum depth of 70 m, and a perimeter of about 10.5 km. The lake is 3,500 m long and 2,600 m wide. The southern and western parts of the lake are rich in vegetation while the north part is built-up and includes hotels, camping sites and beaches.

  
Ducks, mallard, coots, grebes and gulls form the major part of the fauna; angling is a popular activity with catches including common whitefish, perch, tench, pike and catfish.

Viverone is a centre for day trips and the lakeside communities of Lido, Masseria, Comuna and Anzasco have recently been connected by a boat service.
Often at times the wind coming from the nearby Aosta Valley, clears up the mist and haze offering amazing views of the mountains in the distance and beautiful sunsets reflecting in the lake.

Lago di Viverone Red Sunset Serra Morenica e dintorni by Fabulous Outdoors
Red sunset over Lago di Viverone
I love promoting this region as it is my hometown and I take pride in showing it to cyclists, walkers, horse riders and all other outdoor activities that can be easily locally practiced. It’s also very suitable for active family holidays and trips with the children. If you need any more information, dont hesitate to get in touch. Get out more, as it’s

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The sun sets on the “Sleeping Beauty”

We are in Piemonte Italy, north of Turin at the foot of the Alps. This region is called Canavese which is a beautiful landscape of lakes, hills and mountains that surrounds the town of Ivrea.  

Sunset on the 'Sleeping Beauty'
Sunset on the ‘Sleeping Beauty’

This mountain where the sun is setting in the photograph above, it’s called “La Bella Dormiente” (Sleeping Beauty) for it’s shape. Thank you for passing by, and remember to Get Out More as it’s 

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A beautiful Autumn for mountain walks in Piemonte, Italy

 

View from the  top of Mombarone
View from the top of Mombarone

It’s nearly mid-November and as usual this is a particularly warm week, in fact it’s called “Estate di San Martino” (San Martino’s summer). It’s the last heat wave prior to the upcoming winter. The weather is very mild during the daytime, although come the evening and overnight, the temperature drops to low single digits.

  

 

In this article I’m showing you a beautiful easy to medium difficulty walk of about 5hrs all together. We are in the Piemonte region, 45min north of Turin airport there’s the town of Ivrea from which you can see the Serra Morenica hill with the Mombarone peak at the top. This walks can be done from several starting points, although this one showed here it starts from San Giacomo above the village of Andrate. 

 

Walking up Mombarone from  La Cavanna
Walking up Mombarone from La Cavanna
It’s an amazing walk full of scenery starting from woodlands that open up to a vaster, open panoramic space that overlooks the surrounding landscape below. On a day with clear, blue skies you can see as far as Turin and beyond, with all the surrounding mountain range and the highest peaks of the European Alps.
 
The monument at the top of Mombarone
The monument at the top of Mombarone
 
It’s a fantastic day out that doesn’t require a very high level of fitness and that I recommend to everyone. If you want to know more and need more information, don’t hesitate to contact: fabulouSport @ gmail com.

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