Busy weekend for the Vertigo Team with the Santigosa 3 Days Trial and the opening round of the European Championship both taking part the same dates. In Santigosa riders enjoyed a successful and crowded 48th edition of the iconic event, with nearly 50 Vertigo riders defending brand’s colours throughout the weekend alongside Jorge Casales, Dougie Lampkin and Berta Abellán.
Santigosa didn’t disappoint and offered one more time a nice battle for the victory. From Day 1, several names appeared as victory contenders after a clean and nice ride through the first 31 sections. Amongst them were Vertigo’s Factory riders Jorge Casales and the King of the SSDT, ambassador and developer for the brand Dougie Lampkin, both riding the brand new Vertical R. Just in a few days Casales will be Racing the last race of the X-Trial World Championship in Andorra, before he focuses on the outdoors as the beginning of the series is quickly approaching. Lampkin, as usual, planned the event as a perfect training towards this year’s SSDT, which are only a few weeks time, as Santigosa’s sections feature many of the elements the 12 Time World Champion will have to fight against in the Scottish Highlands where he holds 4 straight victories with Vertigo. Both remained faultless during day 1.
On day 2, they delivered again a solid ride and ended up with 2 and 3 marks respectively, what made them top the general standings at the halfway point of the race with the 1st and 2nd spots. Overnight rain left slippery conditions for the final day of racing in Santigosa, making grip hardly to find. The race was decided at the last sections, the most difficult ones and where the victory contenders left their last marks of the trial. At the end there was a three-way tie between Gelabert, Lampkin and Casales at the top of the standings with 6 marks. Official results left riders in this order after taking into consideration the number of cleans throughout the trial. Casales would eventually finish in 2nd place in the Senior class, same result for Dougie Lampkin in the overall but a great victory for him in Veteran A. He wasn’t the only Vertigo rider to make it to the top step, Berta Abellán had a phenomenal ride aboard her Vertical to came victorious in the Women’s class and placing in an outstanding 51th place overall.
Jordi Picola added another podium for Vertigo as he joined Lampkin in Veteran A’s podium after finishing 3rd, two spots ahead of Dani Comas. Carlos Casas rounded out the Top 5 in Veteran B. Yet another great result delivered for Elliot Laws, came 2nd in Youth.