For several seasons now, Wilier - 7C - Force has ranked among the top teams in the mountain bike marathon category in Italy, but not only.

A valuable partnership for Wilier Triestina that began some time ago and has, over the years, enabled the company to achieve not only significant goals in such sporting events as the Absa Cape Epic but also to develop new mountain bike products like the URTA SLR. In 2022, Wilier - 7C - Force, headed by Team Manager Massimo Debertolis, will include pro cycler Johnny Cattaneo, Norway's Ole Hem, Marco Rebagliati and the young duo Lorenzo Trincheri and Nicola Taffarel.

Massimo Debertolis

Team Manager & Rider - Transacqua (TN), 28/04/1975

Johnny Cattaneo

Rider - San Giovanni Bianco (BG), 19/05/1981

Ole Hem

Rider - Oslo (NO), 24/04/92

Marco Rebagliati

Rider - Genova (GE), 26/08/90

Nicola Taffarel

Rider - Vittorio Veneto (TV), 18/06/1999

Lorenzo Trincheri

Rider - Pietra Ligure (SV) 28/01/2002

Team biography

In its short history, Team Wilier 7C Force has completed five seasons, with 211 podiums, including Cattaneo - Mejia’s prestigious pro victory at the Cape Epic 2019.
Its range of action has expanded over the years all around the world, including Norway, Costa Rica, South Africa, Guatemala, Spain and the Czech Republic, just to name a few.
After its successful debut in 2015, the team stepped up a gear in 2016 with the addition of Johnny Cattaneo from Bergamo and Tony Longo from Trento. They have made a significant contribution in boosting the technical level of the team led by former world marathon champion, Massimo Debertolis.
In 2017, the team’s staff was expanded with the Costa Rican sponsor 7C, allowing the team to expand its international scope, with a satellite team in Costa Rica. In 2019, 7C joined Wilier Triestina, becoming the team’s second name. This new life blood and new energy made it possible for the team to add Norwegian champion Ole Hem and Tuscan Martino Sections to the roster. With Johnny Cattaneo, the two will be the linchpin around which the team will rotate in the 2020 season.

In 2019, Debertolis’s team chalked up 29 victories, 16 second places and as many third place finishes, for a total of 61 podium finishes. The highlight for Wilier 7C Force was the stage victory in the most important and most prestigious mountain biking race in the world, the Cape Epic in South Africa. In addition to that win, Cattaneo and Mejia also earned a third place finish, for a seventh place in the final overall standings. The other elite pair, Longo-Brenes, finished close behind in eighth place, while masters, Debertolis and Dax Jaikel, just missed the podium in fourth position.
So, stage races are the ideal racing terrain for the team, where its athletes have best expressed themselves over the years, winning five consecutive victories at the Bike Transalp (cat. Master, 2015 - 2019) sprinkled with a long series of podiums among the elites. Other noteworthy moments include two successes at the Alpen Tour trophy in Austria (2016 and 2018), victories in the Trans Costa Rica and the Val di Fassa Bike, won by Longo in 2016 (plus a silver medal at the Italian Marathon Championships the same season) and by Johnny Cattaneo in 2017, who also took home the Malevil Cup 2017.
The 2020 competitive program will be even more international and retracing the broad lines of the 2019 season.

Frame: Wilier Triestina URTA SLR
Fork: FOX 32 Factory Kashima
Rear Suspension: FOX
Handlebar: URTA Bar
Seatpost: Ritchey
Groupset: Shimano XTR
Wheelset: Miche K1 Carbon
Headset: Ritchey
Shifters: Shimano XTR
Brake: Shimano XTR
Rotors: Shimano XTR

Gear: Shimano XTR
Crankset: Shimano XTR
Bottom bracket: Shimano XTR
Cassette: Shimano XTR
Chain: Shimano XTR
Pulley: Shimano XTR
Tires: Pirelli Scorpion
Saddle: Prologo
Bottle Cage: Elite
Pedals: Shimano