Busto Arsizio (VA), Italy
Italian. Born in 1982, in Busto Arsizio, he was the new entry of the Trailrunning Team Vibram® 2013.Engaged to Eleonora, also a fan of trailrunning, who he met at the end of a race, Stefano has a sporting background: 10 years of football followed by road cycling, marathons and mountain biking until 2005, when, almost by chance, his passion for trailrunning exploded: “Right now trailrunning is a fundamental part of my life, if not the core of it. It has become a lifestyle, an absolute necessity for me to feel good”.
I met the Trailrunning Team Vibram® at the Lavaredo Ultra Trail 2012. Stefano competed in the race and got to know the guys of the Trailrunning Team Vibram®, instantly feeling good about them. Stefano completely adheres to the team's philosophy: he works as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross, he trains in his free time and firmly believes in the material and psychological support he can gain from belonging to a team, especially when tackling long distance races, where assistance along the route is essential, both from a technical and humanistic point of view.
He says: “Running with (and for) the Trailrunning Team Vibram® has given me a lot: sharing adventures, both good and bad, with splendid people, makes me grow as an athlete and a person…Ordinary people being extraordinary, nothing could be truer!”
AIM: "“…in 2014 I will completely focus on international races, to be able to confirm my performance in Trans d’Havet. The chief aims will be the World Series and the ISF world cup. And for the “grand finale”, the legendary Diagonale des Fous, where I will try to take home a 100 miles! Finally!…”.
CALENDAR: Vibram® Maremontana, Trail Sainte Victoire, Transvulcania, Vibram® Trincea Trail, Maxirace, ISF World Championships Chamonix, Trofeo Kima, Trail degli Eroi, Diagonale des Fous, etc
When did you start trail running?
I entered my first race in 2010. Then, more seriously, from 2011.
What did you do before you started trail running?
I used to play football and started road running in 2005.
How long have you been on the Vibram team?
Your best memory of the Vibram 2014 season?
The week in La Réunion, which culminated with a team win at the Diagonale de Fous.
What was your favorite race?
I've taken part in many great races but coming in 7th in the Diagonale de Fous was the best achievement in my career. So far.
Your sporting aims for the 2015 season?
To do well in the Ultra Trail World Tour and take part in the Annecy World Championship.
Of the races scheduled for 2015, which one motivates you the most?
Without a doubt, the UTMB. I have a score to settle.
If you had to choose just one word to define your 2015 races.
VIBRAM MAREMONTANA: Classic. UTMB O CCC: Legendary. DIAGONALE DES FOUS: Unique.
What are your strong points?
Continuity and resistance. And the longest descents at the end of the races.
And your weak points?
What do you think about during an "Ultra"?
In moments of crisis I ask myself "what am I doing here?". Best not to think.
Any unfulfilled aspirations?
Many... But for this year, to achieve a good placement at the UTMB.
What's your favorite dish?
The most beautiful part of the world?
Many places. If I close my eyes, I think of Valmasino, the Canary Islands, the desert and Mont Blanc.
Your favorite trail shoe model? Why?
Dynafit Feline. I like the elongated shape that leaves the ankle free to move and allows sensitivity during descents.
What does "Vibram" mean to you?
To me, Vibram soles mean resistance and security. But Vibram is so much more. Familiarity and professionalism. Support.