Mattia Casse, a downhill specialist on Gimondi’s climbs

The Italian World Cup alpine ski racer will race the 20th Granfondo Gimondi – Bianchi, scheduled Sunday May 15th in Bergamo

His main passion is speed, in challenging the toughest slopes of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup and beyond. Mattia Casse is a member of the Italian alpine ski national team, racing in the greatest speed events of the World Cup. The father of the 26-year-old from Oulx (Piemont, Northern Italy), Alessandro Casse, was a superstar of the speed disciplines himself, with two World Titles and a World Record to his name.

Grown up between slopes and snow, Casse will face a different challenge in Bergamo on Sunday May 15th, when he will tackle the ascents of the 20th Granfondo Felice Gimondi – Bianchi, the popular granfondo event organized by Giuseppe Manenti’s G.M. Sport.

Cycling is one of my passions, I ride as preparation to the first pre-seasonal training sessions, and since I now live in Bergamo, I seize the opportunity to be at the start of a race like this”, Casse said. – “On Sunday, I will participate in my second GF Gimondi with the goal of finishing the medium route in less than three hours. Last year, I started too quickly and ended up struggling on the Selvino climb. Sunday’s strategy will be to find a steady pace for the early going with the ambition of finishing up strong.”

The 2010 Downhill Junior World Champion is a real lover of sports in general, even obviousoy occupies most of his time. “I like to watch cycling on TV. Nibali is a great champion, an icon for Italian cycling, but I hope some new Italian prospects eill also flourish soon on the international scale”.

After an intensive preparation with cycling, the Italian athlete will fly to South America for the pre-seasonal training camp. “My goal is to improve race by race. Last year, I grazed the podium in Beaver Creek (USA) claiming the fourth place. I will need to put my very best in every race to pursue consistency and be closer to the top men in the discipline”, Casse concluded.