Meet the man who built the World Champs track

Join trail builder Pippo Marani as he takes you down the notorious Val di Sole ‘Black Snake’ track.
By Marco Trabucchi and Faye Brozek

The Val di Sole 2016 MTB World Champs track, dubbed 'Black Snake', is a dangerous beast. Watch the video above as track builder Pippo Marani takes us through his masterpiece.

A mythological creature, the 'Black Snake' will swallow riders who don't demonstrate enough dexterity to tackle its hidden dangers. It was given the name because of the vast number of roots littering the course, which turn black and lethally slippery to riders in the wet. However, wet weather shouldn't be an issue this weekend – the major problem to riders is the deep, dusty sand hiding all the rocks and roots.

We are in the alps, but it seems like we are at the beach... This sand means death!

Pippo Marani
read more about
Next Story