Pirelli: Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge

My Drive: Pirelli has announced its competing team for the 2011 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge boasting two of Italy’s best elite adventure athletes. Marco Ponteri , 38, and Telemaco Murgia, 37, will cross the globe to compete in the gruelling five-day event, of which Pirelli is also an official sponsor and which will be held across some of Tasmania’s most stunning natural wilderness sites on December 7-11. The Pirelli teammates, both champion mountain bike, trail running and kayaking athletes, will demonstrate their competitive prowess against professional and amateur athletes from across the world. Created by the Formula One driver in 2003, the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge raises funds for the Mark Webber Foundation which has donated than one million Australian dollars for charities such as the ‘Leukemia Foundation’ and ‘Save the Tasmanian Devil’ Appeal. Following a two-year break, the 2011 event boasts Pirelli Tyres Australia as a one of a select group of corporate sponsors and will provide the most challenging and exciting course to date.

Competitors will experience dramatic climbs and abseiling at Freycinet Peninsula, paddling along the coastal cliffs and hidden bays of the Tasman Peninsula, running and mountain biking across the stunning forests of Bruny Island and Alpine terrain, a spectacular ropes course, a whitewater paddling leg and one of the longest stretches of downhill bike riding in the state. Pirelli has announced its competing team for the 2011 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge boasting two of Italy’s best elite adventure athletes. Marco Ponteri, who lives in Sondrio in northern Italy, and regularly competes in adventure events across the world, says he is eager to push himself to the limit in the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. “It is an exciting opportunity to take part in such a unique competition in what must be one of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world,” Mr Ponteri said. “I am very proud to be representing Pirelli and Italy in such a wonderful event, which not only will test the strength and endurance of the athletes but ultimately deliver some good outcomes to a diverse range of charities.”

Mark Webber said he welcomed the news that Pirelli had secured two of Italy’s best adventure athletes to compete in the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge. “The calibre of both Marco Ponteri and Telemaco Murgia as Team Pirelli raises the bar for all involved in the event. It will be quite a sight to see them demonstrate their extraordinary skills and we are thrilled to have them on board.” According to Alessandro Marchi, Managing Director of Pirelli Tyres Australia , “Our further engagement in this exciting adventure race and the causes it supports, through the Mark Webber Foundation, is part of a long Pirelli tradition of taking part in community projects and activites all over the world that contribute to education, health and research.” “We look forward to welcoming ‘Team Pirelli’ to Tasmania and cheering them on as they test their skills and strength in some of the most pristine wilderness in the world.”

Pirelli also has a long history in Motorsport and is currently the official tyre supplier of the FIA F1 World Chamionship.
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Mark Webber and Team Pirelli’s Marco Ponteri who is competing in the December 7 to 11 Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge.

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