This Gran Fondo is not just a traditional cycling competition, but also an occasion involving cycling enthusiasts in a whole range of sporting (and non-sporting) events and activities, beginning on October 13th and continuing for four days. Rome and its wonderful historical and artistic heritage provide the setting for the event, and if only for this reason the competition can claim to be unique of its kind.
There are two possible routes to follow: the first is a classic route of 95.4 km with a change in level of 1,218 metres, while the Gran Fondo itinerary covers 150 km, with a change in level of 2,250 metres. The starting point is the Coliseum, one of the most internationally popular tourist sites in Italy.
As usual, thousands of participants are expected to be involved in this cycling competition, which allows you to explore some of the most famous sights in the capital, starting with the Coliseum, the Imperial Forums and the Piazza Venezia. The route then takes you through Porta San Sebastiano and along the paved road of the ancient Appian Way. It then climbs up through the area of the Castelli Romani with its beautiful lakes, to reach the Rocca di Papa which affords a view of Rome from above. Finally, it reaches the Baths of Caracalla, where the tourist itinerary ends.
These two routes are special in terms of both landscape and historical interest, but also feature some demanding technical sections.
The aim of the Gran Fondo is not just to involve cycling enthusiasts in a sporting event, but also to introduce them to Rome and to all its cultural, historical and gastronomic attractions.
If you have decided to take a cycling holiday in Lazio in October, do not miss the opportunity to attend this unique event. You can take advantage of our bike hotels in Lazio with all their practical services for you and your family, and explore the network of cycle routes in Lazio and their different technical aspects, choosing those most suited to your level of training and physical fitness.
The first edition of the Abruzzo Gran Fondo offers an opportunity to explore a wonderful landscape. The two itineraries, the Medio Fondo and the Gran Fondo, both involve a spectacular section which passes through some very evocative places in the region. It also takes in two wonderful parks, the Majella and Coast of Trabocchi National Parks, among the most beautiful and special natural areas in Abruzzo.
The route begins at Lanciano, following a section of the Trabocchi coastline and then passing the D’Annunziano Hermitage to continue inland through the Majella National Park.
The Gran Fondo itinerary, covering about 130 km with a 2700-metre change in level, heads towards the Lanciano Pass, then proceeds downhill towards Guardiagrele to finish at Lanciano, crossing into the Majella Park. This is a very demanding route, taking cyclists from the coast up to an altitude of 900 metres in the hills.
The Medio Fondo itinerary skirts the heights of the Majella Park and once again finishes at Lanciano. This is also a very demanding route of approximately 85 km, with a 1350-metre change in level.
The two routes follow an identical route for one section, as far as the Piane d’Archi. At this point, the Media Fondo veers off to the left towards the village of Selva Piana, Ciommi, and on to Castel Frentano, then re-joining the Gran Fondo route to finish at Lanciano.
The Abruzzo Gran Fondo is certainly a cycling event which promotes the best of the local area, with its mixture of sea, mountains, culture and history.
In the context of Abruzzo cycle-tourism, this Gran Fondo competition is sure to prove one of the most important events in the region. The area offers a huge selection of itineraries through beautiful countryside, and you can profit from all the specialist services of our hotels for cyclists in Abruzzo. Come on a cycling holiday in Abruzzo to enjoy an exciting journey of discovery!
September sees the return of the Forio D’Ischia team time trials, using a route which in May witnessed the arrival of the Giro di Italia. The third edition of the Forio D’Ischia time trials will largely follow the course of previous events, but this year will incorporate some important changes to make the competition even more enjoyable and exciting.
In addition to its great scenic attraction, this is a really demanding itinerary, covering about 20 kilometres over a 5-km circuit. This year, the competition will be linked to that special Italian event, the US ACLI time-trial.
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A cycling trip in Campania is a journey through evocative landscapes, traditions, history and artistic treasures.
The Fausto Coppi Gran Fondo – Selle San Marco is one of the best known Gran Fondo events in Piedmont. If you are planning a cycling holiday in Piedmont, you can enjoy this competition with its famous ascents.
The event involves cyclists in two routes: one of 198 km and another of 111 km. The longer route includes 6 stages with such difficult ascents as the Montemale, the Colle Sampeye (2284 metres) and the Colle dei Morti (2485 metres). The shorter route only consists of 3 stages.
This famous Gran Fondo event forms part of the UDACE calendar and qualifies for the Italian individual championships. The route starts and finishes at Ortisei in the Gardena Valley passing through a beautiful part of the Dolomites, classified as a UNESCO heritage park.
The course covers a distance of 111.5 kilometres, following roads that have played an important role in cycling history, with such wonderful stages as Passo Sella, Passo Pordoi, Passo Fedaia, Canazei, S. Cristina and Ortisei. The competition is open to all and offers scope for both expert riders and cycle-tourists. Only the ascents are subject to time-trials, while the rest of the course is suitable for amateurs. There is a new feature this year: the opportunity to take part using electrically-assisted pedal cycles.
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