Defying the limits with Bike Trial champion Alberto Limatore
Alberto Limatore is a bike trial Italian athlete that we had the pleasure to meet a couple of months ago. He has been Bike Trial National Italian Champion for 14 times, winner of a World Cup and he is a well-known record holder. Alberto is the kind of person that always tries to overcome its limits.
When he offered us to participate to his next big challenge – to defy a new world record during Capoliveri Legend Cup 2015 (Isola d’Elba, 15-17th of May 2015) – we accepted since Alberto shares many of Pakelo’s brand values such as resolution and zest. The record to break consists in jumping nine Pakelo drums on a row (35 ¾ inches height x 24 inches ⌀) set at 39 inches distance in less than 10.6 seconds!
Pakelo People|Alberto Limatore Interview
When did your passion for bike trial begin?
My father Gaetano used to be a moto trial driver with a good local reputation. When I was a nine I followed him to every competition and to imitate his stunts I started training with the bike (the only thing I was allowed to ride at that time!). Once we went to the Trial World Championship together. I saw a very talented Spanish bike trial athlete there. I wanted to be him. When I returned home I started training harder and getting better, till I assessed to global competitions.
What’s your standard training like?
I use to train three times a week (twice with my Camin bike, and once in the gym) and every session lasts more or less three hours. Gym training is made to measure. I don’t have to gain muscle mass, but explosive power instead. It’s a very complete kind of training.
Which is the best moment of your career?
Indeed I lived many exciting moments along my career. If I had to pick one, I’d choose the first time I won the Italian National Championship in 1984 or the first time I won a global competition in 1985. That was my golden age. After that I tried with moto trial for a short period of time, but I soon returned to bike trial which is my true vocation.
Which is the most difficult record you managed to break?
The most satisfying one was the climbing of the longest Italian staircase (at Calà del Sasso). The test consisted in jumping 4.444 bike steps without resting on the feet. The initial intention was to break the previous record that was 1.100 steps. When I passed that limit I decided to continue till I could resist. After 2.000 steps I was still physically ok, after 3.000 I was tired and pretty bleary-eyed. The challenged turned into a mental test at last, but I succeed. I remember that it took me more than 5 hours, but I managed to reach the top. With Pakelo I will front a completely different challenge. It’s not an endurance matter but a precision one. All I need is perfect balance and high concentration. I have to stay below 10.6 seconds and I think I can make it.
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